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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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen years ago) link

Fuck off you and your 'any chances'!

Twatbag, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen years ago) link

Toxteth O'Grady, USA.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (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, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen 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 (eighteen years ago) link

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

DG, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

*is very embarassed*

RickyT, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen years ago) link

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

Jeff W, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"I've got a Porsche!!"

mark s, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

DOES THE PEOPLES COURT COUNT?

Mike Hanle y, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen 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 (fifteen years ago) link

she didn't do it for me.

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

Well that's fine.

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

Good victory for OUP.

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

Boring bunch of bastards. Foreign Office 4ever.

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

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

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

Jarlr'mai to thread

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

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

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

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

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

It's how Americans say "squirrel"

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

That was Dave off of my Only Connect team on Mastermind, aye.

ailsa, Monday, 3 February 2020 22:16 (one month ago) link

Getting all the plaudits despite scoring one less than I did on general knowledge at the same stage two years ago :-)

VCM doesn't get music questions. There's an entire generation of folk who will recognise Carlisle, Dublin and then mentally go "Dundee, Humberside". She did that whole "there's so much to get, that's brilliant, how do you do that" when I recognised the singing career of various EastEnders cast members last year. Whereas I'm all "why *wouldn't* I get that?".

Those missing vowel anagrams were an insane trick to pull at this stage of the competition.

ailsa, Monday, 3 February 2020 22:20 (one month ago) link

Yeah I've seen way more esoteric clues on OC
and yeah missing vowels is usually *~my time to shine~* but I did poorly :(

kinder, Monday, 3 February 2020 22:52 (one month ago) link

I was screaming MEL GIBSON AND BIG MELONS, but other than that... sheesh.

mike t-diva, Monday, 3 February 2020 22:55 (one month ago) link

To which my partner said,”Is that true, then? Does she have big...”

“Darling, Mel Gibson is a man.”

“Oh yeah.”

mike t-diva, Monday, 3 February 2020 22:59 (one month ago) link

> Getting all the plaudits despite scoring one less than I did on general knowledge at the same stage two years ago :-)

ha ha. i literally saw just the MM score reveal at the start of my recording of OC and it probably looked more impressive because of the lower scores of the others.

didn't get the smiths question but did get 100:100 without knowing the exact reason why (but they were obviously converging). also: big melons.

koogs, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 02:20 (one month ago) link

(the % of % thing is also just square numbers. 98 squared is 9604...)

koogs, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 02:22 (one month ago) link

ha ha, was just reading the Reveal Your Uncool Conservative Beliefs Here thread and the post under the fold, from 2 months ago, was talking about the silk screen that was an answer on UC last night. and the phrase baader meinhof popped into my head. and that was also an answer.

koogs, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 02:37 (one month ago) link

you'll be seeing it everywhere now

Number None, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 06:01 (one month ago) link

lol, bobby seagull

also, there is a 0th law of robotics (so 4 in total) from one of the later books - "must not harm humanity" trumps "must not harm a human"

koogs, Monday, 10 February 2020 20:21 (one month ago) link

wow at the commodore 64 question

koogs, Monday, 10 February 2020 21:00 (one month ago) link

this week's lol, u r old question was the culture novels of iain m banks.

koogs, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:48 (one month ago) link

fuckin state of yerman in his dungarees, delighted they got a thumping tbh

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:58 (one month ago) link

Bet that lad didn't sleep that night

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Monday, 2 March 2020 21:02 (three weeks ago) link

brutal

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 2 March 2020 21:52 (three weeks ago) link

Such a shame for him. Saying that, Jones has been really good, and probably overshadowed by the comedy TV stylings of Brandon and Wang over the piece, so I'm glad her team are through.

ailsa, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 19:58 (three weeks ago) link

And speaking of brutal: that second connecting wall, oof. Total game changer.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 20:51 (three weeks ago) link

Today I discovered that both me and Mr kinder have the Eldorado theme tune seared into our brains despite never knowingly watching it

kinder, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:43 (two weeks ago) link

Lol I knew it was a soap theme, can't remember what I thought it was

Made up for by the time excitement of the Elder Scrolls music on UC afterwards

Psychedics with Rosie Swash (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:45 (two weeks ago) link

confession: I only watch OC now and not UC

kinder, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:47 (two weeks ago) link

I haven't watched either for ages, kinda got back into them the last month or so

Psychedics with Rosie Swash (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 22:49 (two weeks ago) link

shocking lack of sang froid from this lad on Mastermind

Psychedics with Rosie Swash (Noodle Vague), Monday, 16 March 2020 19:56 (one week ago) link

limmys nephew

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Monday, 16 March 2020 19:57 (one week ago) link

really or just joshing?

Psychedics with Rosie Swash (Noodle Vague), Monday, 16 March 2020 19:58 (one week ago) link

soz

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Monday, 16 March 2020 20:06 (one week ago) link

That's alright, it seemed possible, it's not like I got all excited. Anyway, shame on him

Psychedics with Rosie Swash (Noodle Vague), Monday, 16 March 2020 20:11 (one week ago) link

From a convo with a friend the other day:

i think it's structured terribly. the walls aren't much fun to play at home because the contestants give you hints before you've had time to think, the whole show often comes down to that last round which really isn't true to the spirit of the main idea, and the longer it's gone on the stupider some of those missing vowels have got

Psychedics with Rosie Swash (Noodle Vague), Monday, 16 March 2020 20:29 (one week ago) link

the contestants give you hints before you've had time to think

that's what the mute button is for.

Paperbag raita (ledge), Monday, 16 March 2020 20:32 (one week ago) link

Good idea! But, y'know, being arsed

Psychedics with Rosie Swash (Noodle Vague), Monday, 16 March 2020 20:40 (one week ago) link

none of Oxford can say their own names

but they're good

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Monday, 16 March 2020 20:41 (one week ago) link

haigh and prance are sheer league of gentlemen

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Monday, 16 March 2020 20:42 (one week ago) link

Both teams good in patches, both a bit nervy I think

Psychedics with Rosie Swash (Noodle Vague), Monday, 16 March 2020 20:57 (one week ago) link

Kraftwerk/ Aphex Twin / Burial / Massive Attack was good

Neil S, Monday, 16 March 2020 22:24 (one week ago) link

The Sony movie channel was showing Marie Antoinette earlier in the evening and that also featured aphex twin ("July 14").

And that bbc4 Art Of The Image thing which was on later mentioned the female collage artist that was another answer, Hannah Hoch.

koogs, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 01:36 (one week ago) link

Is the competition done and they're just showing them now, or will it get shut down?

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 01:42 (one week ago) link

xp really enjoying the art of the image

BSC Joan Baez (darraghmac), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 11:07 (one week ago) link

University Challenge?

I'm pretty sure it was all filmed months ago, like Summer 2019.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 11:32 (one week ago) link

Kraftwerk/ Aphex Twin / Burial / Massive Attack was good

― Neil S, Monday, 16 March 2020 22:24 (yesterday)

Lol at the girl all pumped for the electronic music round then not knowing her Aphexes from her Mobys.

chap, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 11:48 (one week ago) link

the contestants give you hints before you've had time to think

We pause it as soon as it comes on the screen and give ourselves three minutes to see what we can do before they start.

trishyb, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 15:38 (one week ago) link

You used to be able to play the wall yourself online which was good.

I guess the fact that I don't wanna go out of my way to interrupt the flow of just watching the show says I'm not that bothered. I have always thought that the show's poorly structured in terms of rounds/points tho, and crush on Victoria or not the whole arch style is just - not very good - tbh.

---------------six feet----------------- (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 15:41 (one week ago) link

I don't know, I find OC pretty good in terms of flow, from my point of view. Taking Pointless as the low point of final rounds (I often skip the final round altogether, especially if they choose sports).

trishyb, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 15:45 (one week ago) link

UC was filmed a while ago, yeah, you'll get the whole of this series. Though the next series of Only Connect was due to start recording this weekend, so suspect that may be canned.

ailsa, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 22:05 (one week ago) link

Speaking of bobby seagull... He was on radio 4 talking about books, specifically Johnathon Livingstone Seagull, after which he is named. His dad read it and was impressed enough to give 2 of his 4 kids the surname Seagull (the mother wasn't too pleased, apparently, and the other two escaped with Seagull as a middle name)

koogs, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 02:48 (one week ago) link

Just got the South Park bit of the wall and gave a happy lol

Two Gentlemen with the Rona (Noodle Vague), Monday, 23 March 2020 20:22 (six days ago) link

ha

ole uncle tiktok (darraghmac), Monday, 23 March 2020 20:23 (six days ago) link

got the live aid connection after 2 - had (and have) the book with numerous photos in chronological order - still didn't get the last one.

Paperbag raita (ledge), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 20:30 (five days ago) link

OC questions I got right that the teams didn't: Sonny & Cher (I Got You Babe going backwards); spotted the South Park characters in the wall

nate woolls, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 01:14 (four days ago) link

I was surprised they missed the football scores question

koogs, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 05:41 (four days ago) link

Counting the vowels is such an obvious OC question but I missed that one

nate woolls, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 06:04 (four days ago) link

yeah i saw football teams and tuned out!

Paperbag raita (ledge), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 07:30 (four days ago) link


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