University Challenge (also featuring Only Connect and other BBC quiz shows)

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Has anyone on ILE been a contestant on this quiz programme? And do you like Paxman's interpretation of what a questionmaster should be like "Come on! You must know!" etc?

MarkH, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

RIckyT was on it! "GIRTON, TUNNICLIFFE!" said the voiceover and we fell off our chairs with excitement. i was nearly on it in that i got on to our college team but then went to India instead CHIZ! me and RickyT = unbeatable combination as you will find out on Wednesday, those of you who are going to SOAS pub quiz!!

katie, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Last night I watched my alma mater, Bristol University, get beaten by Downing College Cambridge...boo!

MarkH, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

it's just a pale imitation of Mark and Lard's pop upstairs/downstairs. plus it wasn't on when i was at college. grrr.

Alan Trewartha, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Is it a rule that each programme must have at LEAST one of the Oxbridge colleges on it? GOSH now that makes it TWO people I know who haf been on it! This was a fact about RickyT I did not know but I am surely amused by it! By no chance did he get to use the word 'frottage' by any chance?

Sarah, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Fuck off you and your 'any chances'!

Twatbag, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Wow, RickyT! Is there video evidence?? Unfortunately, my time at uni was in the hiatus between the show's ITV & BBC incarnations. I would've wuvved to be on it. I suppose doing a Masters or doctorate specially is a bit drastic!

MarkH, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I also knocked about in the hiatus - but used its impending return to play a very, very funny practical joke on a good friend of mine (and was mortified when she actually picked me for her fictitious team). But the crux of the joke was that they were trying out new presenters which included Paxo, Mark Radcliffe(!) and Les Dennis (Kitsch value).

Pete, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

the thought of Les Dennis on UC is almost as funny as the thought of Paxo on Family Fortunes.

MarkH, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Toxteth O'Grady, USA.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

i was on it about three years ago; we made it to the quarter finals and then got stuffed by durham. paxman drank a suprising amount between takes, as i recall.

i had a ridiculous haircut (black/white striped) at the time, which loads of people seem to remember when i mention it ("ohmygodyouwerethatfreakonuniveristychallengewiththeweirdhair!!" etc).

toby, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

Since I'm an American, my only thoughts about UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE is the episode of the YOUNG ONES where they go on. Which, I think, it's too bad of an introduction.

Gage-o, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

"Is it true Bambi? Did you do a Disney nasty?"

DG, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

*is very embarassed*

RickyT, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I think TVU and Norf London always got knocked out in the prelims (think, I know!)...I can only answer questions on sport, music, art and geography on University Challenge! I thought Ricky T looked familiar when I saw him at the ILe awards!!

jel, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

I very much doubt it's UC you remember me from, Jel. I had a lot more hair, a lot less lard and a pair of specs back then.

RickyT, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

The damning evidence. Are you still in contact with your teammates?

Jeff W, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

"I've got a Porsche!!"

mark s, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

DOES THE PEOPLES COURT COUNT?

Mike Hanle y, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty-one years ago) link

two years pass...
I fell in love last night. It was with the woman from the Foreign Office on University Challenge.

She had an Italian name, but I have forgotten it, so no stalking for me.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:12 (eighteen years ago) link

she didn't do it for me.

MarkH (MarkH), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:17 (eighteen years ago) link

Well that's fine.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:20 (eighteen years ago) link

Good victory for OUP.

MarkH (MarkH), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:21 (eighteen years ago) link

Boring bunch of bastards. Foreign Office 4ever.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:24 (eighteen years ago) link

i was on it about three years ago; we made it to the quarter finals and then got stuffed by durham. paxman drank a suprising amount between takes, as i recall.
i had a ridiculous haircut (black/white striped) at the time, which loads of people seem to remember when i mention it ("ohmygodyouwerethatfreakonuniveristychallengewiththeweirdhair!!" etc).

-- toby (toby_ge...), January 8th, 2002.

My mate David was on it the year Durham won it - he was UCL, who were you with toby?

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:25 (eighteen years ago) link

That woman was called Francesca something. Altobelli?

As part of the Lancaster team we made it to the final round of auditions two years ago. They actually interview you as if you're going onto an actual game show ("What books have you been reading recently?"), which I found vaguely disconcerting, but answers to the questions on the test we sat included "Tony Hawkes" and "Sixpence None The Richer". So that's alright then.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:44 (eighteen years ago) link

This is where someone should say "Liz :x to thread"

Mooro (Mooro), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 16:27 (eighteen years ago) link

Most of us Yanks only know University Challenge from the Undertones' "My Perfect Cousin."

OK, that may be just me.

mike a, Tuesday, 31 August 2004 18:19 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Last night, questions on

1. Stream of Consciousness

2. Greil Marcus's Mystery Train

3. something else interesting - what was it?

the bellefox, Tuesday, 5 October 2004 12:12 (eighteen years ago) link

Also, did anyone see the deaf fellow on Mastermind?

I thought he did well.

the bellefox, Tuesday, 5 October 2004 12:13 (eighteen years ago) link

Jarlr'mai to thread

Matt (Matt), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 12:38 (eighteen years ago) link

>3. something else interesting - what was it?

1970s video games? paxman was aghast that people knew all these, i thought they were piss-easy. (pong, tetris, asteroids, snake)

koogs (koogs), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:13 (eighteen years ago) link

No, I wasn't thinking of them, but thanks for the reminder.

Perhaps we should not be surprised that you thought they were easy?

the bellefox, Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:15 (eighteen years ago) link

The deaf guy did great given that he had 2 minutes of questions the same as everyone else and John Humphrys had to speak each question slowly and fully for the guy to lipread it, i imagine some lipreading is about context so predicting and interupting questions may have been a little difficult given his subject (Wild cats of the world) also he asked John to repeat 2 long questions again, it may have been worth his while to pass on questions he couldnt read 1st time.

I'd like to see how many questions he was actually asked as compared to the others.

Uni Chal Mastermind and Buzzocks makes Monday night the best BBC2 line up all week.

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:23 (eighteen years ago) link

I liked the longshore drift questions amd the computer languages one, I should have got that Dirac antimatter one as well, kicks self.

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:25 (eighteen years ago) link

I missed University Challenge in order to see my mate Ernie on Changing Rooms. His best moment was "Fair play to them, it doesn't look like a cupboard any more. But I now have a shed in my bedroom."

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:36 (eighteen years ago) link

ONG that shed looked dreadful (in the 10 seconds of the show i saw)...

"what's 'amped' mean then?"

CarsmileSteve (CarsmileSteve), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:39 (eighteen years ago) link

It was sweet, the way he did wild cats of the world. Nice.

the bellefox, Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:39 (eighteen years ago) link

I liked the longshore drift questions amd the computer languages one.

I found it strange that they didn't know what COBOL or SQL were yet got the (IMO) more obscure Ada question right.

University Challenge makes me realise how much stuff there is that I don't know. I'm usually chuffed to bits if I get a run of Starter + 3 Bonuses correct.

Discovered a fairly good quiz show called Eggheads yesterday while I was off work. A team of "boffins" (I think most of them are former champions of 15-to-1 or similar) is challenged by a different team of plebs every episode. Plebs can win £20000, boffins just get to be smug about being clever. Plebs won yesterday for the first time in umpteen episodes.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:43 (eighteen years ago) link

I thought he was blind. Why did he have the stick? He reminded me a little of Mark Hester, facially.

UC was good, I knew more answers than usual (ie, about 5). The Greil Marcus question reminded me of RJG. I liked the set of questions where they had to say who ruled in a X-ocracy, and one of the words sounded very much like phallocracy, and they dithered and snickered and then it was something not rude at all.

I like Eggheads too.

Cathy (Cathy), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:53 (eighteen years ago) link

UC should have more rude word questions just to put off the geekier students.

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:55 (eighteen years ago) link

too bad the questions about video games did not permit a contestant to answer "Jeremy, Pacman" or indeed, en francais

Brigadier Rainham Steele, Mrs (blueski), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:56 (eighteen years ago) link

I found it strange that they didn't know what COBOL or SQL were yet got the (IMO) more obscure Ada question right.

That was because it's named after Ada Lovelace innit. I didn't know the others but I know who the daughter of George Gordon, Lord Byron was. Hung out with Babbage, nice one.

Liz :x (Liz :x), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 15:01 (eighteen years ago) link

I can never remember what SQL stands for, even though I use it every day. I always think it's "Server Query Language".

caitlin (caitlin), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 16:09 (eighteen years ago) link

as long as you don't pronounce it 'sequel' 8)

koogs (koogs), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 16:11 (eighteen years ago) link

It's how Americans say "squirrel"

Markelby (Mark C), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 16:18 (eighteen years ago) link

My boss pronounces it "sequel". I wince.

(still, not as bad as the cow-orker who pronounces "spamhaus" "spamhorse")

caitlin (caitlin), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 16:25 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah, the deaf MM chap had a collapsible white cane - and yet he was lipreading. Extraordinary. All I could think about was how difficult it would be to subtitle Mastermind (Uni Chal moreso).

My old drama teacher got to the semis on MM in '86 or so.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 17:31 (eighteen years ago) link

So he was definitely deaf then? If he needed a stick to walk, how was he lipreading? I am confused and curious.

Cathy (Cathy), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 18:01 (eighteen years ago) link

The deaf guy did great given that he had 2 minutes of questions the same as everyone else

Didn't he get a wee bit more time than the others - Humphrys explained something by way of explanation about the lipreading thing but I was in the other room so missed most of what he was saying.

I wondered about the cane too.

Was the other interesting thing the karaoke backing tracks of cheesy ballads (all of which I recognised, much to the amusement of my husband and parents)? Wasn't there a Smiths lyrics question too, or was that last week?

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 18:08 (eighteen years ago) link

the ex-ilxor had a good Only Connect last night

koogs, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 11:38 (two months ago) link

Last night's UC teams had only one scientist between them, so I was expecting low scores all round - but by some extraordinary coincidence there were very few science questions. Hmmm.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 12:37 (two months ago) link

They do tailor the bonus questions somewhat to the teams' subjects - of course if you get a starter you might bonuses designed for the other team.

ledge, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 12:39 (two months ago) link

Yeah, but then you get to "waste" the points they would have gotten.

Mark G, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 13:12 (two months ago) link

My gf's sister was on this tonight!!

imago, Monday, 28 November 2022 21:29 (two months ago) link

UC or OC?

that ABCD one was one of the easiest one they've ever had, surely?

kinder, Tuesday, 29 November 2022 20:36 (two months ago) link

Got 27 this week
Lowell, Mars, cantaloupe, pumpkin, pitch, Shanghai & Beijing, William Shatner, Eric B & Rakim, Cornershop, moon, fermium, goldcrest, finch, ash, Andrew Motion, St. Sebastian, IBM, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Mel Brooks, Xanadu, roe, ore, spit, Titicaca.

Watching the Robert Gordon contestant arguing in favour of Norman Cook was painful.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 29 November 2022 22:10 (two months ago) link

UC!

I'm currently sitting in a pub with one of the perpetrators of that Norman Cook foul-up. They consider themselves told

imago, Tuesday, 29 November 2022 22:48 (two months ago) link

(although they were arguing for Cornershop!)

imago, Tuesday, 29 November 2022 22:49 (two months ago) link

Blimey, it's a small world a bit.

Mark G, Wednesday, 30 November 2022 07:24 (two months ago) link

I knew I shouldn't have Twitter-searched 'university challenge' ffs

imago, Thursday, 1 December 2022 14:50 (two months ago) link

Yes, never Twitter search any of the Monday night quiz shows unless you want evidence to discredit the idea that they are TV for smart people.

ailsa, Friday, 2 December 2022 15:49 (two months ago) link

Especially if your irl fam is on the wrong end of the bullshit

imago, Sunday, 4 December 2022 20:50 (two months ago) link

Or your actual own self. Just saying.

ailsa, Monday, 5 December 2022 13:12 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

it's holiday season. so UC is on Mon-Fri and there's a festive OC on Friday

koogs, Monday, 19 December 2022 19:30 (one month ago) link

3 more OC specials next week, themed episodes on Boxing Day & Tuesday and Champion of Champions on Wednesday.

braised cod, Monday, 19 December 2022 20:02 (one month ago) link

jfc I can scarcely manage one uc & one oc per week.

ledge, Monday, 19 December 2022 20:04 (one month ago) link

ffs listen to the questions soas

ledge, Monday, 19 December 2022 20:48 (one month ago) link

I would be very annoyed if I were the other two people on the losing OC team last night. Their captain did not listen to them, and gave wrong answers to a couple of questions as a result. Maybe her earpiece wasn't working correctly?

trishyb, Tuesday, 20 December 2022 09:00 (one month ago) link

Did Paxo hint that the graduate festive UCs had somewhat less demanding questions than the regular ones? For if so that wasn't reflected in my scores.

Univ/Glasgow last night got a reminder of the rules whereas SOAS/Balliol on Monday didn't. Possibly as a result of JP realising his assumption that the contestants would be familiar with them was an incorrect one.

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 21 December 2022 11:42 (one month ago) link

3 more OC specials next week, themed episodes on Boxing Day & Tuesday and Champion of Champions on Wednesday.

What would the fourth be?

(hem hem)

Mark G, Wednesday, 21 December 2022 11:56 (one month ago) link

UC, all those people graduating in 20xx disgust me

Brookmyre was on last night. was he ailsa's backup specialist subjecy when she was on mastermind

the four OC specials appear to be

1 (23rd) Christmas
2 (26th) Mystery
3 (27th) Love
4 (28th) Champion of Champions

koogs, Wednesday, 21 December 2022 12:33 (one month ago) link

re hardness: watching last night's UC now and i think the follow-up questions at least are tailored to the guests (although often they go to the wrong team)

koogs, Wednesday, 21 December 2022 12:38 (one month ago) link

But isn't it the same on regular UC? Don't they sometimes tailor the bonus questions to people's specialities (or is it specialisms? I can never tell anymore)?

trishyb, Wednesday, 21 December 2022 13:22 (one month ago) link

I think the Christmas starter questions feel easier, because the answer is often something festive.

trishyb, Wednesday, 21 December 2022 13:23 (one month ago) link

Yeah, there was a bunch of (classical) music questions, fairly obscure. Paul Gambaccini had nothing to say: it wasn't his team.

Mark G, Wednesday, 21 December 2022 15:10 (one month ago) link

Christmas questions are definitely easier than 'normal' ones in my view! The later in the series, the harder they are too (normal ones). I've had to quit in recent series because it just got boring not knowing anything.

kinder, Wednesday, 21 December 2022 19:06 (one month ago) link

Brookmyre was on last night. was he ailsa's backup specialist subjecy when she was on mastermind

Had no idea! Weirdly I've just read/ re-read a whole ton of Brookmyre books in the past few months.

kinder, Wednesday, 21 December 2022 19:08 (one month ago) link

(i could be wrong! but istr it was a scottish author i hadn't read anything by)

koogs, Wednesday, 21 December 2022 19:51 (one month ago) link

Yes, hello, I did the Jack Parlabane books as a specialist subject a few years ago.

ailsa, Thursday, 22 December 2022 23:59 (one month ago) link

(Jack Parlabane is a character in a series by Christopher Brookmyre, if that isn't clear)

ailsa, Friday, 23 December 2022 00:00 (one month ago) link

Captains rushing in to answer without listening to the actual correct answers coming from their teammates is a bit of a theme on the quizzes at the moment.

trishyb, Friday, 23 December 2022 12:32 (one month ago) link

Grinds my gears something fierce

partez Maroc anthem (Noodle Vague), Friday, 23 December 2022 12:57 (one month ago) link

Not as much as being told "no no no, it's not that.... We don't know!" by our quiz captain. Not TV, just our local pub quiz league, still though..."

Mark G, Saturday, 24 December 2022 17:07 (one month ago) link

(ignore that last quote mark)

Mark G, Saturday, 24 December 2022 17:07 (one month ago) link

paxman in a christmas jumper is just wrong

koogs, Friday, 30 December 2022 21:28 (one month ago) link

So, was that the last ever Paxo?

ailsa, Friday, 30 December 2022 22:06 (one month ago) link

it's back to the normal series next week, i guess the end of that will be the last

koogs, Saturday, 31 December 2022 02:02 (one month ago) link

I think that was the last he recorded, was what I meant

ailsa, Saturday, 31 December 2022 13:34 (one month ago) link

The Christmas UCs haven't been very Christmassy imo. Token 'Letters of the word MISTLETOE' but no 'if Santa goes down the chimney with radius X' etc etc. Still, I've been getting a bunch of them right which is more than I do in the usual series!

kinder, Saturday, 31 December 2022 14:26 (one month ago) link

Only Connect was tough tonight. That Roman numeral question, aargh!

Not normally wound up by UC contestants, but was by St Andrews's Cryan tonight. He really did talk too much.

Anyway, 17 for me tonight.
Romola Garai, Crewe, Perth, Robert Koch Institute, Max Planck Institute, Galilean telescope, Bulgaria, Slovakia, erratic, drumlin. moraine, collage, Suzanne Sontag, Dorothea Lange, Maximillian, Sweden, philology.

Grandpont Genie, Monday, 2 January 2023 21:19 (one month ago) link

Cryan didn't know any answers, but certainly knew when his teammates were wrong.

Mark G, Monday, 2 January 2023 21:24 (one month ago) link

Anisimov had great eye rolling energy on UC.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 2 January 2023 22:34 (one month ago) link

Brown from Royal Holloway was really good, but man, did that drag tonight, the conferring was at Christmas special level of "get on with it".

ailsa, Monday, 2 January 2023 23:23 (one month ago) link

Yeah, St Andrews (and Cryan) were doing my head in

Brown was great though, and she had a lovely soft-spoken manner

Number None, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 18:29 (one month ago) link

ursula le guin as an answer two weeks in a row.

ledge, Tuesday, 10 January 2023 20:09 (three weeks ago) link

I like this Robert Gordon team a lot. Very strong performance from their captain Cullen.

A solid 30 for me x-ray, covalent, Constantine, Dominican, Avignon, Ozymandias, Wexford, garlic, celery, goosegrass, Tasmania, Liberia, Creation, Rough Trade, Def Jam, border, Albanian, Francium, John Lanchester, Scott, Shackleton, okra, primates, chain, polymerase, period, war, Yemen, Oman, Peru

I had no idea amino acids had code letters to identify them, let alone which was which.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 10 January 2023 20:26 (three weeks ago) link

think I got 25.

ledge, Tuesday, 10 January 2023 20:32 (three weeks ago) link

Lol, students have no idea who Joanna Newsom, The Byrds or Jefferson Airplane are, I should be on there instead (though I would be useless for all the other questions)

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Monday, 23 January 2023 20:56 (one week ago) link

Oh I got those. And Linda Perhacs.

But, nobody else home to witness, so hey.

Mark G, Monday, 23 January 2023 21:27 (one week ago) link


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