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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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen years ago) link

Fuck off you and your 'any chances'!

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

Toxteth O'Grady, USA.

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

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

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

*is very embarassed*

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

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

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

"I've got a Porsche!!"

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

DOES THE PEOPLES COURT COUNT?

Mike Hanle y, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen 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

New quizzes I've been giving a chance: The Wall wiff Danny Dyer -- absolutely awful. Only about six questions per show, and the Great British Public is not built for running around in front of a giant bagatelle willing giant balls to go into a particular hole. /FACE
Head Hunters with Rob Beckett -- I don't rate Rob Beckett as a comedian much, but he's actually pretty good as a quiz host (although he trips over unfamiliar words a bit too much. Maybe he'll settle into it), and there's quite a nice feeling of camaraderie in the studio on this one. Good number of questions, but the difficult ones fail the test of good quiz questions, in that you don't feel like you've learned anything interesting or valuable when you get them right. And the graphics are just terrible, like something they've had in a file since Going for Gold went off the air.
Yes, I work from home.

trishyb, Monday, 21 October 2019 09:26 (one month ago) link

(wasn't that show where they had to get into the correct shape or get pushed into the pool also called The Wall?)

koogs, Monday, 21 October 2019 10:13 (one month ago) link

(oh, that was Hole in The Wall - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00n53t6 )

koogs, Monday, 21 October 2019 10:14 (one month ago) link

Head Hunters with Rob Beckett -- I don't rate Rob Beckett as a comedian much, but he's actually pretty good as a quiz host (although he trips over unfamiliar words a bit too much. Maybe he'll settle into it)

Mate of mine worked on Head Hunters and said they had to do a terrific amount of retakes because Rob Beckett couldn't pronounce anything. Imagine what it was like before if what you're seeing is the edited version of retakes...

ailsa, Monday, 21 October 2019 17:13 (one month ago) link

Clearly House of Games is the new daddy, but I love Impossible as well.

ailsa, Monday, 21 October 2019 17:14 (one month ago) link

I can't get on board with Impossible. It has the same dead-air feeling as Eggheads.

Imagine what it was like before if what you're seeing is the edited version of retakes...

Good grief.

House of Games and Pointless are partly great because Richard and Xander are smart enough to join in.

trishyb, Monday, 21 October 2019 18:20 (one month ago) link

That Imperial team was really impressive

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 18:56 (one month ago) link

Only Connect and the Orwellians are appropriately rubbish

Xia Nu del Vague (Noodle Vague), Monday, 28 October 2019 20:25 (one month ago) link

not a quiz show but the day I went to be in the studio audience for Hole In The Wall was no joke the greatest day of my life

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 09:59 (one month ago) link

I watched UC and did quite well last night!

the pinefox, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 10:08 (one month ago) link

not a quiz show but the day I went to be in the studio audience for Hole In The Wall was no joke the greatest day of my life

I want to know more.

trishyb, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 10:53 (one month ago) link

it was the second season, where Anton Du Beke was the host. We got to see Anne Diamond and Eastenders' Nasty Nick as contestants. We arrived at the end of the queue and they had over-sold the tickets to avoid there being any empty seats. There were seven of us waiting and five seats left, and the family beside us starting talking in loud Fife accents about how far they had travelled to Glasgow for this, so me and my pal started exclaiming "strewth mate, bloody 'ell" in remarkably unconvincing Australian accents and yet somehow managed to get picked ahead of the family. The warm-up act before the main show was doing a competition where they were giving away tickets to the X Factor live final, but wasn't allowed to say the name of the show and had to convey the prize by forming an X with their arms multiple times, leaving lots of people struggling to grasp what the prize was. Then at the end we hung around the BBC Studios and got a photo with Du Beke. Best day ever!

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 13:51 (one month ago) link

ACTUALLY the best day ever was the day we got picked to go on BBC Scotland's kids' TV show "Up For It" after submitting my Elvis-impersonating grandpa for "Groovy Grandad Of The Day", that was when I got to meet pop sensation Kavana and Scotland coach Craig Brown, as well as visit the Fully Booked set and meet Gail Porter, Tim Vincent and Chris Jarvis. We also ran into Mrs Mack from Take The High Road that day.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 13:53 (one month ago) link

That does all sound fantastic.

trishyb, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 14:07 (one month ago) link

I did a run through for The Hit List to help out a mate, and I got a hug from Marvin and Rochelle who are very lovely people. Marvin is an absolute pro at doing telly. Hanging about with telly people doing telly is fun. Also I totally want to be a contestant on The Hit List.

ailsa, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 22:05 (one month ago) link

I love that programme. I hope they're doing more of them.

trishyb, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 00:10 (one month ago) link

omfg how did I miss Eastham first go round?

Joe Kulak ūüėé (Noodle Vague), Monday, 11 November 2019 20:34 (one month ago) link

i'm using this as general purpose quiz programme thread

celeb countdown (not 8/10 cats, just celebs head to head, slightly relaxed rules). there was a bit of a tutorial section in the middle where rachel pointed out this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JQYYz92-Uk

by choosing all the big numbers you pretty much know what you're getting which helps. she went through the above technique with an example and then gave the celebs (jay raynor, jo brand) a set exercise, which they fluffed.

(the guy above showboats a bit - rather than big number * 50 and then / 100 he could've just 100 / 50 = 2, big number / 2 = answer)

koogs, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:12 (four weeks ago) link

(relaxed rules = loser also gets points. plus the above set exercise which was basically free points as long as you noticed that 3 * 5 = 15 is twice 7.5)

koogs, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:15 (four weeks ago) link

((carol also faffing about somewhat. trouble multiplying a 3 digit number by fifty? just half it and stick two noughts on the end))

koogs, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:14 (four weeks ago) link

((75 - 10) x 25) + 1 x (50/100)

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 21:41 (four weeks ago) link

I did a run through for The Hit List to help out a mate, and I got a hug from Marvin and Rochelle who are very lovely people. Marvin is an absolute pro at doing telly. Hanging about with telly people doing telly is fun. Also I totally want to be a contestant on The Hit List.

‚Äē ailsa, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 11:05 AM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

I love that programme. I hope they're doing more of them.

‚Äē trishyb, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:10 PM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

S2 started on Saturday in case you missed it

nate woolls, Monday, 18 November 2019 03:01 (three weeks ago) link

It's so much up my street. I still totally want to go on it.

ailsa, Monday, 18 November 2019 09:52 (three weeks ago) link

I was keeping half an eye on the hit list, but they didn't call for more contestants. Grr

Mark G, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 07:15 (three weeks ago) link

I have never seen a bigger set of cunts and basics than on Pointless tonight

The Man Who Was Thirsty (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 17:30 (three weeks ago) link

In fairness, though, that dog round was weak. A pug is an animal footprint?

trishyb, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 17:45 (three weeks ago) link

Nah I hadn't got a clue about that one but it rings a vague bell now they've revealed it.

The Man Who Was Thirsty (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 17:48 (three weeks ago) link

There's a lot of bank people and *spit* entrepreneurs tonite tho

The Man Who Was Thirsty (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 17:49 (three weeks ago) link

It's so much up my street.

Ailsa, it would've been so much up mine 10, and even more, 20 years ago but now my reaction times have been shot through age and I don't know a lot of the modern stuff, so....

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 20 November 2019 17:11 (three weeks ago) link

Well, that's why I'd pair up with our Alice.

Mark G, Wednesday, 20 November 2019 20:24 (three weeks ago) link

Was caught out by Kate Tempest being included in a list of poets

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Monday, 2 December 2019 20:24 (one week ago) link

kendrickkkkk

deems of internment (darraghmac), Monday, 2 December 2019 20:44 (one week ago) link

Good follow up joke about Kate Tempest available but ah fuck it tonight's the most coverage she's had in 5 years

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Monday, 2 December 2019 20:48 (one week ago) link

Forgive me if I'm missing a joke about her ubiquity, but she's on 6 Music all the time, which is why I got that group.

So weird that whathisface knew all those 1908 books quick smart but couldn't see that Amsterdam and Atonement were written by the same person.

trishyb, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 09:58 (one week ago) link

yeah i though they missed lots of sitters tbh

deems of internment (darraghmac), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 10:45 (one week ago) link

that Cavendish/Sagan one screwed Glasgow, they might have done it otherwise

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 10:48 (one week ago) link

I always assumed the bonus questions come up randomly but courtauld have been very lucky both times in having a lot of art questions and very few detailed science ones. Amazed they didn't get Lucian Freud though.

The Pingularity (ledge), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 11:05 (one week ago) link

she's on 6 Music all the time

this is one of the many, many, many reasons why i'm not

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 11:56 (one week ago) link

i got those groups pretty easy btw, put Tempest in there thru logic but honestly couldn't think who it was referring to

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 11:57 (one week ago) link

I liked this episode of UC. 18 questions correct.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 12:04 (one week ago) link

awfully likeable teams these

Ban√°n√° h√Čireann (darraghmac), Monday, 9 December 2019 20:40 (two days ago) link

Bugsy Malone

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Monday, 9 December 2019 20:51 (two days ago) link

And I agree with you D but my god they don't watch films

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Monday, 9 December 2019 20:52 (two days ago) link

oh shit bugsy malone

Ban√°n√° h√Čireann (darraghmac), Monday, 9 December 2019 20:53 (two days ago) link

(on a delay)

Ban√°n√° h√Čireann (darraghmac), Monday, 9 December 2019 20:54 (two days ago) link

yanks gotten overconfident now dislike

Ban√°n√° h√Čireann (darraghmac), Monday, 9 December 2019 20:56 (two days ago) link

"is that the actor from rocky"

The Pingularity (ledge), Monday, 9 December 2019 20:56 (two days ago) link

He seems to be right on the line between arrogance and enthusiasm but that's the winning team for tis tournament right there

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Monday, 9 December 2019 20:57 (two days ago) link

never predict a knockout contest lad

Ban√°n√° h√Čireann (darraghmac), Monday, 9 December 2019 21:04 (two days ago) link

yanks gotten overconfident now dislike

usa usa usa

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 21:12 (yesterday) link


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