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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

The fact that my life contains no fun facts is a big part of why i don't really apply for stuff by myself

After Cease to Brexist (Noodle Vague), Friday, 3 May 2019 07:09 (five months ago) link

I got the Aqua one!

kinder, Monday, 13 May 2019 13:30 (five months ago) link

Oh, the Aqua one. The Dicers buzzed in and said QI. There was a pause while producers wondered if having a Danish host made QI an acceptable answer (this was before Sandi Toksvig cropped up in the same set). This put us off, and we basically were all chatting and not concentrating while this was going on, so when it was thrown over to us, we weren't back in the right frame of mind and weren't given any time to actually think about it.

There was also a retake on Franco Baresi, which I buzzed and got but Bob from the Dicers shouted at the same time. We were asked to go again with Bob shutting up, and Dave decided on the retake to look like he'd got it even though it was *my* answer. Bad form to want to throttle one of your team mates on national telly, aye?

ailsa, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 06:46 (five months ago) link

Ha, I have "been there"

A TV show, back in the day. They had an "anagrams" round. I know.

Anyway, I noticed, sat on the panel, that the boards for the two questions were in full view of us. So, while they were focus-pulling or whatever, I told my two team mates and we gently scribbled and worked out the two answers. At which point, the team (ahem) decided that the girl on our team should get one of the answers, and the other lad on the team decided he was getting the other one and if he didn't he'd tell the producers. So, the round came and went, and we (well, they) were careful not to buzz in too quickly and make it obvious. (There's a novel "Starter For ten" where something similar happens. Was going to describe more there, but that'd be a spoiler so no. But I did laugh)

Anyway, the series televised, and a couple of episodes later another contestant had clearly done the same thing, kept it to himself, and buzzed in like it was the missing vowels round.

Mark G, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 07:22 (five months ago) link

Bob from the Dicers = Bob from the Poptimists, obvz.

ailsa, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 11:48 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

UC is back btw!

Number None, Thursday, 18 July 2019 19:44 (three months ago) link

Always a delight when it suddenly turns up again

The brainiac in the losing team this week was giving off strong "why did i get paired with these losers, i coulda been a contender" vibes in the end credits

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 18 July 2019 22:28 (three months ago) link

I enjoyed the arrival of the volcano bonus questions when he flung a pointing finger at the volcano guy at the other end of the team who thankfully was able to answer them all

conrad, Friday, 19 July 2019 08:34 (three months ago) link

calm down, Wang

jou're much too jung, girl (Noodle Vague), Monday, 22 July 2019 20:04 (two months ago) link

calm down, hardwick, you can push the button with one finger, you don't need to move your entire arm.

koogs, Monday, 29 July 2019 20:46 (two months ago) link

wang? hardwick?? you're killing me. what'll next week's annoying captain be called?

conrad, Monday, 29 July 2019 22:09 (two months ago) link

I missed it !!!

the pinefox, Monday, 29 July 2019 23:25 (two months ago) link

look I know this is hugely inappropriate but it's like a row of trophies on a shelf

seven against feebs (Noodle Vague), Monday, 5 August 2019 19:47 (two months ago) link

the two faces of gareth bale here

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Monday, 5 August 2019 19:48 (two months ago) link

look I know this is hugely inappropriate but it's like a row of trophies on a shelf

the first one was studying aerodynamics

conrad, Monday, 5 August 2019 20:13 (two months ago) link

lol I turned on late and missed that detail

seven against feebs (Noodle Vague), Monday, 5 August 2019 20:14 (two months ago) link

ok i love leeks

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Monday, 12 August 2019 19:34 (two months ago) link

studio ghibli effort at an oxbridge student

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Monday, 12 August 2019 19:34 (two months ago) link

everybody else is more irish than that Irish lad

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Monday, 12 August 2019 19:42 (two months ago) link

no place for gael-shaming on ilx

uptown too tanking (Noodle Vague), Monday, 12 August 2019 19:48 (two months ago) link

ive more gael in my clippings than yon souper

phil neville jacket (darraghmac), Monday, 12 August 2019 19:51 (two months ago) link

Maximum condescending mode from Paxman during the music round

Mark G, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 06:30 (two months ago) link

It's true but in his defense it is pretty ridiculous that two teams on this show, especially Oxbridge teams, could not identify the composers of "Ave Maria" or "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring". Not to mention guessing Robert the Bruce as a fighter against the Romans in the era of Nero.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:51 (two months ago) link

Well, I guess it was just one team that failed on "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" but I did get a nice chuckle out of them guessing Benjamin Britten for that.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 13 August 2019 14:52 (two months ago) link

Tbh the general knowledge of both classical and popular music amongst teams is generally appalling

Master of Treacle, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 15:19 (two months ago) link

Nah, they usually have a go-to classical music person on the team

Pop is an afterthought, but it doesn't crop up as much

Number None, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 16:21 (two months ago) link

Not these days, but when it does it can get so I even struggle.

Mark G, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 05:56 (two months ago) link

I thought it was usually classical one week, pop the next - last two have been classical though.

The Pingularity (ledge), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 07:44 (two months ago) link

they had a round of pop qs to which the answers were Metric, then Pavement, then one I didn't catch. Both pretty obscure by the standards of UC I thought.

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 08:39 (two months ago) link

Third was Kings of Leon. The questions were hard too, I didn't get the first two.

The Pingularity (ledge), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 08:46 (two months ago) link

Lowest combined score, I thought that normally if one team got things wrong throughout it gavc the other team a chance to increase their advantage but i think they're at a tie for lowest winning too.

Hope this remains an outlier.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 09:10 (two months ago) link

Billy Idol.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 19 August 2019 19:53 (two months ago) link

^ this

"The Byrds?" (The Velvet Underground)

koogs, Monday, 19 August 2019 20:10 (two months ago) link

Some of the guitar on that album does sound like loops of Byrds tracks. All Tomorrows Parties sounds like a sample of Chimes of Freedom
& I could see it all blending into similar sounding if you're not familiar with it. Would hope all self respecting students should be obligitarily familar with the Velvets though. Omigod the youth of today, eh?

Well glad last week wasn't quite repeated

Stevolende, Monday, 19 August 2019 20:22 (two months ago) link

I’ve never seen someone look that miserable pronouncing the words “mulch” or “tuba”

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 19 August 2019 20:49 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Bland Cams Cooper Raffle Cuthbert Dibble & Grub.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Monday, 9 September 2019 20:12 (one month ago) link

4 of 3 10 fuck off

prorogue mahone (||||||||), Monday, 16 September 2019 19:19 (one month ago) link

missed the first three only connects of the new series. 8(

scottish indie bands on the wall.

koogs, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 16:13 (three weeks ago) link

havent been watching, when did they start having real people on

too many cuckth thpoil the broth (darraghmac), Monday, 7 October 2019 19:36 (two weeks ago) link

One-off get-them-all-out-of-the-way-at-once special I think

Goose Witherspeen (Noodle Vague), Monday, 7 October 2019 20:10 (two weeks ago) link

creditable enough from both teams imo and not a character in sight

too many cuckth thpoil the broth (darraghmac), Monday, 7 October 2019 20:19 (two weeks ago) link

yeah and i don't know if it was me but it was a pretty tough set tonight

Goose Witherspeen (Noodle Vague), Monday, 7 October 2019 20:20 (two weeks ago) link

i thought so too

too many cuckth thpoil the broth (darraghmac), Monday, 7 October 2019 20:24 (two weeks ago) link

the britpop questions were a doddle.

koogs, Monday, 7 October 2019 20:27 (two weeks ago) link

(for us olds anyway, the kids may've struggled)

koogs, Monday, 7 October 2019 20:29 (two weeks ago) link

billy wilders too, but there was a run of very technical/esoteric rounds

too many cuckth thpoil the broth (darraghmac), Monday, 7 October 2019 20:31 (two weeks ago) link

Open University vs. Huddersfield is definitely the most obscure matchup I've seen so far as a non-britisher. Had to look them both up

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 02:56 (one week ago) link

A quandary for those of us who instinctively support the non-posh lot. (That's everyone, right?)

fetter, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 10:20 (one week ago) link

A quandary for those of us who instinctively support the non-posh lot. (That's everyone, right?)

I do but the wife won't root for any teams w/o women on them and sadly that often clashes.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 11:35 (one week ago) link

Dude on Millionaire at the moment, hilariously bad, phones a friend with A HISTORY DEGREE to ask which King approved Magna Carta and the friend tells him he doesn't really know but it might be John

Xia Nu del Vague (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 20 October 2019 19:28 (yesterday) link


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