University Challenge

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Monday 8:30 PM on BBC Premiered Sep 21, 1962 In Season

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University Challenge

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Long-running quiz show based on the US format "College Bowl". Two teams of four students representing institutions of higher education, answer questions of a generally more difficult standard than most quiz shows. The original ITV incarnation started on a winner-stays-on system with teams retiring after three victories and the top-scorers returning for a knock-out phase at the end of the series, later changing to the straight knock-out system carried through to the BBC revival.

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 3/14/2003

Season 0 : Episode 2

Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Paxman

Question-master (1994- )

Bamber Gascoigne

Bamber Gascoigne

Host (1962-1987, 1993)

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  • A highly challenging quiz that pits the best that the UK university system has to offer against each other.

    7.6
    A long running format that pits the best four members of each UK University against each other in a series of encounters until one team is named champions. The questions are often highly challenging and I will often not get more than a handful of correct answers a show depending on the subject area, that adds to the splendour of the often highly talented individuals. A contestant requires a broad and yet surprisingly deep knowledge of a wide range of subjects from science to the arts, with the music and picture rounds being often obscure but very entertaining. I have a certain affinity to the show as my college, won it a few years ago. You can collect a sense of achievement that you might have actually learnt something during the day, as long as the barrage of questions is not too overwhelming. To top it off you have the quick wit and sharp tongue of Jeremy Paxmen that all in all makes for a thoroughly enjoyable half hour.moreless
  • A STUDENT WHO HIT THE HEADLINES FOLLOWING A VERBAL JOUST WITH QUESTION-MASTER JEREMY PAXMAN IS CELEBRATING AFTER LEADING HIS TEAM TO AN "AMAZING" VICTORY IN THE TELEVISION QUIZ UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE.

    Star team wins University Challenge

  • A UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE CONTESTANT HAS BECOME AN UNLIKELY INTERNET STAR.

    University Challenge student's fame

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