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Encyclopedia > University Challenge
University Challenge
Genre Quiz
Running time 30 minutes
Producer(s) Granada Television
Starring Bamber Gascoigne
(19621987)
Jeremy Paxman
(1994 – Present)
Narrated by Roger Tilling
Country of origin Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
Original run 19621987
1994 – Present
Related shows College Bowl
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

University Challenge is a long-running British television quiz show, licensed and produced by Granada Television. The format is based on the American show College Bowl, which ran on NBC radio from 1953 to 1957, and on NBC TV from 1959 to 1970. College Bowl is credited in the end title. A quiz is a form of game or mind sport in which the players (as individuals or in teams), attempt to answer questions correctly. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Bamber Gascoigne (born 1935) is a British television presenter and author. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Paxman presents Newsnight on BBC Two. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... See also: 1961 in television, other events of 1962, 1963 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1962-63 American network television schedule. ... See also: 1986 in television, other events of 1987, 1988 in television and the list of years in television. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1994. ... College Bowl is a format of college-level quizbowl run and operated by College Bowl Company, Incorporated. ... A game show involves members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, playing a game, perhaps involving answering quiz questions, for points or prizes. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... College Bowl is a format of college-level quizbowl run and operated by College Bowl Company, Incorporated. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ...

Contents

History

At its inception in 1961 it was hosted by Bamber Gascoignewho looks alot like a young man named Paul Tweddle with his own range of clothing ,the university challenge range. When audience figures began to fall, changes to the long-standing format of the programme only made things worse and it was taken off the air in 1987. It was eventually revived in 1994 by the BBC (although still produced by Granada), using the original format (with minor differences) and presented by Jeremy Paxman. Bamber Gascoigne (born 1935) is a British television presenter and author. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is one of the largest broadcasting corporations in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of more than £4 billion. ... Paxman presents Newsnight on BBC Two. ...


The original announcer was Jim Pope, who stayed with the programme from 1963 until his death in 2001. Since then, the announcer has been Roger Tilling. Jim Pope (1933 - November 2001) was a British radio and television continuity announcer. ...


Format

The current tournament format used for a series is that of a direct knockout tournament starting with 28 teams. The 14 first round winners progress directly to the last 16. Two matches, involving the four highest scoring losing teams from the first round whose losing scores often exceeded winning scores in other first round matches, fill the remaining places in the last 16.


Teams consist of four members and represent either a single university or a college of the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Wales or London. This is a list of universities in the United Kingdom. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford, England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... The University of Cambridge, located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, with a reputation as one of the worlds most prestigious universities. ... The University of Wales (Prifysgol Cymru in Welsh) is a federal university founded in 1893. ... The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ...


"Starter" questions are answered individually "on the buzzer" without conferring, and are worth 10 points. The team answering a starter correctly gets a set of "bonus" questions worth a potential 15 points, over which they can confer. Sets of bonus questions are thematically linked, although they rarely share a connection with the preceding starter question. Generally there are three separate bonus questions worth five points each, but occasionally a bonus will require the enumeration of a given list with 5, 10 or 15 points given for correctly giving a certain number of items from the list (e.g., "there are six fundamental SI units. Give four for 5 points, 5 for 10 points or all 6 for 15 points"). An incorrect interruption of a starter results in a five point penalty.


In the course of a game there are two "picture rounds" (occurring roughly one quarter and three quarters of the way through) and one "music round" (at the halfway point), where the subsequent bonuses are connected thematically to the starter; if a picture or music starter is not correctly answered, the accompanying bonus questions are held back until a normal starter is correctly answered.


The pace of questioning gradually increases through the show, becoming almost frantic in the last minute or so before the "gong" which signals the end of the game. In the event of a tied score at the sound of the gong, a "sudden death" question is asked, the first team to answer correctly being deemed the winner; this is repeated until one or other of the teams answer correctly, or a team loses by giving an incorrect interruption.


While the starter questions are being read out, the teams are shown on screen one above the other by means of a split-screen effect. When a player buzzes in, the shot zooms in to that player, accompanied by a voice-over identifying the player by team and surname, for example "Nottingham, Smith". The voiceovers are performed live in the studio by the show's announcer and become noticeably more energetic towards the end of the programme.


Controversy

The fact that the Oxbridge universities can enter each of their colleges as a separate team was the ostensible inspiration for a bizarre 1975 protest. A team from the University of Manchester (which included David Aaronovitch) who were appearing on the show answered every question "Che Guevara", "Marx", "Trotsky" or "Lenin", possibly in the hope of making the resulting show unbroadcastable. It did however get broadcast, although only portions of the episode still exist in the archives of Granada TV. Oxbridge is a name used to refer to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the two oldest in the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world. ... The University of Manchester is a large university located in Manchester, England. ... David Aaronovitch (born July 8, 1954) is a British journalist, broadcaster, and author. ... Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as Che Guevara or El Che, was an Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary, political figure, and leader of Cuban and internationalist guerrillas. ... Karl Heinrich Marx (May 5, 1818, Trier, Germany – March 14, 1883, London) was a German philosopher, political economist, and revolutionary. ... Note: This page is very long. ... Lenin redirects here. ...


The University of Essex remains the only institution to have been banned from the show. They allegedly "trashed" the set after an appearance. [citation needed] The University of Essex is a British plate glass university. ...


Although the show has since its revival in 1994 featured a number of very high-standard teams with members of a student age, one trend has been an increasing number of teams which have featured mature students, who are thought to have the advantage of a greater breadth of general knowledge. The Open University won the 1999 series with a team whose age averaged 46, and included a member (Lance Haward) who had only applied to study for his distance-learning degree in order to appear on the show, having previously appeared on almost every other quiz show on British television. The 2003 final was contested between two teams of mature students, with Birkbeck, University of London defeating Cranfield University. The Open University (OU) is the UKs open learning university. ... Birkbeck, University of London, sometimes referred to by its former name Birkbeck College or by the abbreviation BBK, is a College of the University of London. ... Cranfield University is a UK University based on three campuses at Cranfield, Silsoe and Shrivenham. ...


Famous Contestants

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Spin-off shows

The producers of the programme have taken the more recent inclusion of mature students to its logical conclusion by making two series without any student participants: University Challenge Reunited (2002) brought former teams back together, while University Challenge: The Professionals (from 2003) matched occupational groups such as civil servants, architects and doctors against each other. In 2003, the former was won by the 1979 team from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, the latter by a team from the Inland Revenue. The 2004 Professionals series was won by the British Library, and the 2005 series by the Privy Council Office. In 2006, Professionals was won by staff of the Bodleian Library of Oxford. Full name The College of the Lady Frances Sidney Sussex Motto Dieu me garde de calomnie God preserve me from calumny Named after Lady Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex Previous names - Established 1596 Sister College(s) St Johns College Master Prof. ... The Inland Revenue was, until April 2005, a department of the British Government responsible for the collection of direct taxation, including income tax, national insurance contributions, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, corporation tax, petroleum revenue tax and stamp duty. ... British Library Ossulston St entrance, with distinctive red logo. ... Her Majestys Most Honourable Privy Council is a body of advisors to the British Sovereign. ... Entrance to the Library, with the coats-of-arms of several Oxford colleges The Bodleian Library, the main research library of the University of Oxford, is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and in England is second in size only to the British Library. ...


Sixth Form Challenge, hosted by Chris Kelly, appeared briefly in 1966-7.


University Challenge ran in New Zealand for 14 seasons, from 1976 until 1989, with international series held between the previous years' British and New Zealand champions in both 1986 and 1987. University Challenge was a long-running New Zealand television quiz show. ...


University Challenge India started in summer 2003, with the season culminating in the finals of March 2004 where Sardar Patel College of Engineering (SPCE), Bombay, beat Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. The 2004-05 season finale saw a team of undergraduate engineering students from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), Delhi beat a team of management students from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode.The Indian winners of the 2003-04 season went on to beat the finalists from the UK show, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. UC India is produced by BBC World India, and Synergy communications, co-owned by Siddhartha Basu, who also hosts the show. Sardar Patel College of Engineering (SPCE) located in Andheri, a suburb of Mumbai, is one of the most prestigious and sought-after institutes of engineering in Mumbai. ... This article or section should be merged with Mumbai Mumbai (previously known as Bombay) is the worlds most populous conurbation, and is the sixth most populous agglomeration in the world. ... ISB Logo The Indian School of Business (ISB) located in Hyderabad, India, is an international Business School providing postgraduate programmes in Management (Master of Business Administration - MBA), post doctoral programmes, as well as executive education programmes for business executives. ... Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), New Delhi is an Institution of Government of NCT of Delhi under Department of Training and Technical Education and comes formally under the purview of Delhi University. ... The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM K) is one of the six Indian Institutes of Management set up by the Government of India. ... The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are the premier management schools of India, located in the cities of Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Indore, Kolkata, Kozhikode and Lucknow. ... The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM K) is one of the six Indian Institutes of Management set up by the Government of India. ... Full name Gonville and Caius College Motto Named after Edmund Gonville & John Caius Previous names Gonville Hall (1348), Gonville & Caius (1557) Established 1348, refounded 1557 Sister College(s) Brasenose College Master Sir Christopher Hum Location Trinity St Undergraduates 468 Postgraduates 291 Homepage Boatclub Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge is a... BBC World is the BBCs 24-hour international news and information television channel, launched in January 1995. ... Synergy or synergism (from the Greek synergos, συνεργός meaning working together, circa 1660) refers to the phenomenon in which two or more discrete influences or agents acting together create an effect greater than that predicted by knowing only the separate effects of the individual agents. ... Siddhartha Basu is widely regarded as the father of television quiz shows in India. ...


The show has seen numerous specials, including those for specific professions and celebrity editions, such as Universe Challenge, where the cast of Red Dwarf challenged a team of their "ultimate fans" to celebrate Red Dwarf's 10th Anniversary on the air. The cast was Chris Barrie (captain), Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Chloe Annett and Craig Charles. The cast, who at times seemed amazed at the fans' knowledge, lost. Red Dwarf is a cult British sci-fi sitcom that ran for eight television series on BBC2 between 1988 and 1999, and has since achieved a global cult following. ... Chris Barrie in Red Dwarf Chris Barrie (born March 28, 1960) is an English actor, best known as a vocal impressionist (notably in the ITV sketch show Spitting Image) and for his role as Arnold Rimmer in the cult BBC2 comedy Red Dwarf. ... Danny John-Jules as The Cat in Red Dwarf Daniel (Danny) John-Jules (born in London on September 16, 1960) is an English dancer and actor. ... Robert Llewellyn Robert Llewellyn (born 10 March 1956 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England) is a British actor, presenter, and writer. ... Chlo Victoria Annett is an actress, born on 25 July 1971. ... Craig as Lloyd Mullaney. ...


NB: Since the original show was "College Bowl" in the United States, technically University Challenge is itself a spin-off. College Bowl is a format of college-level quizbowl run and operated by College Bowl Company, Incorporated. ...


Winners

Original series

Year University/College
1963 Leicester
1965 New College, Oxford
1966 Oriel College, Oxford
1967 Sussex
1968 Keele
1969 Sussex
1970 Churchill College, Cambridge
1971 Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
1972 University College, Oxford
1973 Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
1974 Trinity College, Cambridge
1975 Keble College, Oxford
1976 University College, Oxford
1977 Durham
1978 Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
1979 Bradford
1980 Merton College, Oxford
1981 Queen's University of Belfast
1982 St. Andrews
1983 Dundee
1984 The Open University
1985 Jesus College, Oxford
1986 Keble College, Oxford

University of Leicester seen from Victoria Park - Left to right: the Department of Engineering, the Attenborough tower, the Charles Wilson building. ... College name New College of St Mary Collegium Novum Oxoniensis/Collegium Sanctae Mariae Wintoniae Named after Mary, mother of Jesus Established 1379 Sister College Kings College Warden Prof. ... College name Oriel College Named after Blessed Virgin Mary Established 1324 Sister College Clare College, Cambridge Trinity College, Dublin Provost Sir Derek Morris JCR President Frank Hardee Undergraduates 304 Graduates 158 Homepage Boatclub Oriel College (in full: The House of Blessed Mary the Virgin in Oxford commonly called Oriel College... The University of Sussex is an English campus university located near the East Sussex village of Falmer, near Brighton and Hove. ... Keele University is a research-intensive campus university located near Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire in the West Midlands of England between Manchester and Birmingham. ... The University of Sussex is an English campus university located near the East Sussex village of Falmer, near Brighton and Hove. ... Full name Churchill College Motto Forward Named after Sir Winston Churchill Previous names - Established 1960 Sister College(s) Trinity College Master Sir John Boyd Location Storeys Way Undergraduates 440 Postgraduates 210 Homepage Boatclub Churchill College Main Entrance Churchill College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of... Full name The College of the Lady Frances Sidney Sussex Motto Dieu me garde de calomnie God preserve me from calumny Named after Lady Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex Previous names - Established 1596 Sister College(s) St Johns College Master Prof. ... University College (in full, the College of the Great Hall of the University, commonly known as University College in the University of Oxford, usually known by its derivative, Univ), is a contender for the claim to be the oldest of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the... Full name Fitzwilliam College Motto Ex antiquis et novissimis optima The best of old and new Named after Fitzwilliam Museum, named after Richard Fitzwilliam, named after Fitzwilliam Street, original location Previous names Fitzwilliam Hall [Non collegiate] (1869), Fitzwilliam House [Non collegiate] (1924) Established 1966 Sister College(s) St Edmund Hall... Full name The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity Motto Virtus vera nobilitas Virtue is true Nobility Named after The Holy Trinity Previous names King’s Hall and Michaelhouse (until merged in 1546) Established 1546 Sister College(s) Christ Church Master The Lord Rees of Ludlow Location Trinity Street... College name Keble College Collegium Keblense Named after John Keble Established 1870 Sister College Selwyn College Warden Professor Dame Averil Cameron DBE FBA JCR President Paul Dwyer Undergraduates 435 MCR President Tom Robinson Graduates 219 Homepage Boatclub Keble College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford... University College (in full, the College of the Great Hall of the University, commonly known as University College in the University of Oxford, usually known by its derivative, Univ), is a contender for the claim to be the oldest of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the... Affiliations 1994 Group, European University Association, Association of MBAs, EQUIS, Universities UK, N8 Group, Association of Commonwealth Universities Website http://www. ... Full name The College of the Lady Frances Sidney Sussex Motto Dieu me garde de calomnie God preserve me from calumny Named after Lady Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex Previous names - Established 1596 Sister College(s) St Johns College Master Prof. ... The University of Bradford is a university in Bradford, West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. ... College name The House of Scholars of Merton Named after Walter de Merton Established 1264 Sister College Peterhouse Warden Prof. ... The Queens University of Belfast Queens University, Belfast (QUB) - or officially The Queens University of Belfast - is a university in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... University of St Andrews The University of St Andrews was founded between 1410-1413 and is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the United Kingdom. ... The University of Dundee is the principal university in the city and Royal burgh of Dundee, Scotland. ... The Open University (OU) is the UKs open learning university. ... College name Jesus College Named after Jesus Christ Established 1571 Sister College Jesus College, Cambridge Principal Sir John Krebs JCR President John-Michael Arnold Undergraduates 344 MCR President Claire Brunel Graduates 134 Homepage Boatclub Jesus College (in full: Jesus College in the University of Oxford of Queen Elizabeths Foundation... College name Keble College Collegium Keblense Named after John Keble Established 1870 Sister College Selwyn College Warden Professor Dame Averil Cameron DBE FBA JCR President Paul Dwyer Undergraduates 435 MCR President Tom Robinson Graduates 219 Homepage Boatclub Keble College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford...

New series

Year Winners Runners-up
1995 Trinity College, Cambridge New College, Oxford
1996 Imperial College London London School of Economics
1997 Magdalen College, Oxford Open University
1998 Magdalen College, Oxford Birkbeck, University of London
1999 Open University Oriel College, Oxford
2000 Durham Oriel College, Oxford
2001 Imperial College London St John's College, Oxford
2002 Somerville College, Oxford Imperial College London
2003 Birkbeck, University of London Cranfield University
2004 Magdalen College, Oxford Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
2005 Corpus Christi College, Oxford University College London
2006 University of Manchester Trinity Hall, Cambridge

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College name Magdalen College Collegium Beatae Mariae Magdalenae Named after Mary Magdalene Established 1458 Sister College Magdalene College President Professor David Clary FRS JCR President Jessica Jones Undergraduates 395 MCR President Kader Allouni Graduates 230 Homepage Boatclub Magdalen College (pronounced ) is one of the constituent colleges of the University of... The Open University (OU) is the UKs open learning university. ... College name Magdalen College Collegium Beatae Mariae Magdalenae Named after Mary Magdalene Established 1458 Sister College Magdalene College President Professor David Clary FRS JCR President Jessica Jones Undergraduates 395 MCR President Kader Allouni Graduates 230 Homepage Boatclub Magdalen College (pronounced ) is one of the constituent colleges of the University of... Birkbeck, University of London, sometimes referred to by its former name Birkbeck College or by the abbreviation BBK, is a College of the University of London. ... The Open University (OU) is the UKs open learning university. ... College name Oriel College Named after Blessed Virgin Mary Established 1324 Sister College Clare College, Cambridge Trinity College, Dublin Provost Sir Derek Morris JCR President Frank Hardee Undergraduates 304 Graduates 158 Homepage Boatclub Oriel College (in full: The House of Blessed Mary the Virgin in Oxford commonly called Oriel College... Affiliations 1994 Group, European University Association, Association of MBAs, EQUIS, Universities UK, N8 Group, Association of Commonwealth Universities Website http://www. ... College name Oriel College Named after Blessed Virgin Mary Established 1324 Sister College Clare College, Cambridge Trinity College, Dublin Provost Sir Derek Morris JCR President Frank Hardee Undergraduates 304 Graduates 158 Homepage Boatclub Oriel College (in full: The House of Blessed Mary the Virgin in Oxford commonly called Oriel College... Imperial College London is a prestigious (ranked 4th in the world for Engineering & Technology) British academic institution focusing on science, engineering and medicine, complemented by a business school. ... College name St Johns College Collegium Divi Joannis Baptistae Named after Saint John the Baptist Established 1555 Sister College Sidney Sussex College President Sir Michael Scholar KCB JCR President Rhys Jones Undergraduates 381 Graduates 184 Homepage Boatclub St Johns College is one of the constituent colleges of the... Full name Somerville College Motto Donec rursus impleat orbem Named after Mary Somerville Previous Names Somerville Hall Established 1879 Sister College Girton College Principal Dame Fiona Caldicott JCR President Simon Bruegger MCR President Allen Middlebro Location Woodstock Road, Oxford Undergraduates 396 Graduates 88 Homepage Boat Club Somerville College is one... 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Full name Gonville and Caius College Motto Named after Edmund Gonville & John Caius Previous names Gonville Hall (1348), Gonville & Caius (1557) Established 1348, refounded 1557 Sister College(s) Brasenose College Master Sir Christopher Hum Location Trinity St Undergraduates 468 Postgraduates 291 Homepage Boatclub Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge is a... College name Corpus Christi College Named after Corpus Christi, Body of Christ Established 1517 Sister College Corpus Christi College President Sir Tim Lankester JCR President Binyamin Even Undergraduates 239 Graduates 126 Homepage Corpus Christi College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. ... University College London, commonly known as UCL, or simply UC is one of the colleges that makes up the University of London. ... The University of Manchester is a large university located in Manchester, England. ... Full name College of Scholars of the Holy Trinity of Norwich Motto - Named after The Holy Trinity Previous names - Established 1350 Sister College(s) University College All Souls College Master Prof. ...

Lowest scores

The lowest score during a regular series was by New Hall, Cambridge - their meagre 35 points were scraped together in 1997, "beating" a 40 point low previously held by Birkbeck, University of London. The University of Bradford also scored 35 in 2004, as did the Royal Naval College in the 2003 Professionals series. Full name New Hall Motto - Named after - Previous names - Established 1954 Sister College St Annes College President Anne Lonsdale Location Huntingdon Road Undergraduates 377 Graduates 74 Homepage Boatclub New Hall is a womens college in the University of Cambridge. ... Birkbeck, University of London, sometimes referred to by its former name Birkbeck College or by the abbreviation BBK, is a College of the University of London. ... The University of Bradford is a university in Bradford, West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. ... Crest on the gate of the Royal Naval College The Royal Naval College was a Royal Navy training establishment between 1873 and 1998, in the centre of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site in London, United Kingdom. ...


However, the all-time low for the Paxman era was also achieved in the 2003 Professionals series, when the Members of Parliament team scored only 25.


In 2006, Robinson College, Cambridge scored 40 points. Other teams to score only 40 have included Oxford Brookes University (1998); St Andrew's University (2001 and 2004); Keele University (2002) and Queen's University Belfast (2005). Full name Robinson College Motto - Named after Sir David Robinson Previous names - Established 1979 Sister College St Catherines College Warden David Yates Location Grange Road Undergraduates 390 Graduates 96 Homepage Boatclub Robinson College is one of the colleges making up the University of Cambridge. ... Oxford Brookes is a public university in Oxfordshire, England. ... The University of St Andrews was founded between 1410-1413 and is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the anglophone world. ... Keele University is a research-intensive campus university located near Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire in the West Midlands of England between Manchester and Birmingham. ... The Queens University of Belfast Queens University, Belfast (QUB) - or officially The Queens University of Belfast - is a university in Belfast, Northern Ireland. ...


Specials

Year Special Event Winners Runners Up
1986 International best of three series Great Britain (Jesus College, Oxford, 1985) New Zealand (University of Auckland, 1985)
1987 International best of three series Great Britain (Keble College, Oxford, 1986) New Zealand (University of Otago, 1986)
1993 Celebrity match Celebrity Past Contestants (John Simpson, Charles Moore, Stephen Fry, Alastair Little) Keble College, Oxford, 1987
1997 College Bowl Challenge University of Michigan Imperial College London, 1996
1998 College Bowl Challenge USA UK
1998 Mastermind Challenge Magdalen College, Oxford, 1997 Imperial College London, 1996
1998 Universe Challenge Red Dwarf Fans: (Darryl Ball, Kaley Nichols, Steve Rogers [Chairman of the Official Red Dwarf Fan Club], Pip Swallow, Sharon Burnett [Co-author of The Red Dwarf Quiz Book]) Red Dwarf Cast: (Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules, Chris Barrie, Chloë Annett, Craig Charles)
1999 Journalists Special Tabloids Broadsheets
1999 Challenge Magdalen College, Oxford, 1998 Leicester, 1963
2002 University Challenge: Reunited Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, 1979 Keele, 1968
2003 University Challenge: The Professionals The Inland Revenue Royal Meteorological Society
2003 Comic Relief match The Townies: (Jeremy Beadle, Danny Baker, Johnny Vaughan, Gina Yashere) The Gownies: (David Baddiel, Frank Skinner, Stephen Fry, Clive Anderson)
2004 International "Grand Final": UK vs India Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Bombay (SPCE): (Nirad Inamdar, Bharat Jayakumar, Nishad Manerikar, Shrijit Plappally) Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge: (Laura Ashe, Darren Khodaverdi, Lameen Souag, Edward Wallace)
2004 University Challenge: The Professionals British Library Oxford University Press
2004 Christmas Special 1 Television (Monty Don, Martha Kearney, Andrew Neil, Clare Balding) Radio (Henry Blofeld, Jenni Murray, Ned Sherrin, Roger Bolton)
Christmas Special 2 Critics (Waldemar Januszczak, Russell Davies, Brian Sewell, Andrew Graham-Dixon) Theatre
Christmas Specials: Final Critics Television
2005 Comic Relief 2005 Match The South (Sarah Alexander, Hugh Grant, Stephen Fry, Omid Djalili) The North (Colin Murray, John Thomson, Armando Iannucci, Neil Morrissey)
2005 University Challenge: The Professionals Privy Council Office Romantic Novelists' Association
2006 University Challenge: The Professionals Bodleian Library Royal Statistical Society

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University Challenge in popular culture

  • A quiz themed around BBC science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf, broadcast in 1998, was entitled Universe Challenge. It opened as if it were a regular episode, but with Chris Barrie imitating Jeremy Paxman. Bamber comes from behind with a blaster gun and blows him out of the chair, so he can host. This was Bamber Gascoigne's last appearance (to date) as host.
  • The ending of the programme is signified with Jerermy Paxman saying "Goodbye from me,Goodbye"

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University Challenge - UKGameshows (2539 words)
The composition of the ideal University Challenge team (in terms of what subjects the team members should study and whether the show shouldn't be restricted to undergraduates in the first place anyway) is the subject of many a heated pub debate.
In the early days, University Challenge followed College Bowl's lead and had a varying score for bonuses (ten, fifteen or twenty points), which was announced by the chairman before reading out the starter question.
He represented his university in the 1981 series, reaching that year's final, and has since reappeared on several celebrity specials, including the 1992 one against Keble College, Oxford, and at least one of the Angus Deayton-hosted Comic Relief specials, and he presented the trophy to the winners of the Reunited series.
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In addition to presenting University Challenge, he is the main presenter for BBC2's news programme Newsnight.
University and University Colleges apply to compete in the series.
While Universities and University Colleges may apply in successive seasons, teams are new each year, as students are not allowed to take part in consecutive series representing the same Institution.
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