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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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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

MarkH, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Fuck off you and your 'any chances'!

Twatbag, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Toxteth O'Grady, USA.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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

DG, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

*is very embarassed*

RickyT, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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

Jeff W, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"I've got a Porsche!!"

mark s, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

DOES THE PEOPLES COURT COUNT?

Mike Hanle y, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

she didn't do it for me.

MarkH (MarkH), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Well that's fine.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Good victory for OUP.

MarkH (MarkH), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Boring bunch of bastards. Foreign Office 4ever.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:24 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

Mooro (Mooro), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 16:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Also, did anyone see the deaf fellow on Mastermind?

I thought he did well.

the bellefox, Tuesday, 5 October 2004 12:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Jarlr'mai to thread

Matt (Matt), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 12:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

>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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

the bellefox, Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

koogs (koogs), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 16:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's how Americans say "squirrel"

Markelby (Mark C), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 16:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I thought it was rather pathetic that no one knew who FYC were.

And that one whole team had never heard of Nietzsche.

And that Chiles thought the definition of 'Oxford comma' (as including the name of a city) led to the answer 'semi-colon'.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:53 (one month ago) Permalink

I've recorded them and just catching up. no-one's mentioned Lee Adama?!

kinder, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:31 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah he was a surprise package

Number None, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Punk songs when your team has him out of Generation X in it is a fucking gimme.

Still didn't guess Wire!

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 22:52 (one month ago) Permalink

xpost he was really pretty good, more so than some of the stuffy old academics who seem to think anything outside of their comfort zone is entirely beneath them.

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 23:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Katy Brand surprisingly good too (actually not that surprising if you've heard her on Infinite Monkey Cage)

The other thing I find a bit o_O is the number of people who graduated after me

koogs, Thursday, 4 January 2018 03:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Very chatty tonight.

koogs, Friday, 5 January 2018 01:12 (one month ago) Permalink

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koogs, Saturday, 6 January 2018 15:54 (one month ago) Permalink

This Newcastle team tho

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 8 January 2018 20:42 (one month ago) Permalink

The stop-start animation one, three.

Mark G, Monday, 8 January 2018 21:02 (one month ago) Permalink

JS Bach was none of the musics fyi

I know because I said it three times and all were wrong

Got two of the chapters of great manifestos tho

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:06 (one month ago) Permalink

I got "Swan Lake" after 0.025 secs, like everyone else.

Mark G, Monday, 8 January 2018 21:12 (one month ago) Permalink

This utter cock

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 15 January 2018 20:34 (one month ago) Permalink

A friend just messaged me to say that

hell is auteur people (Noodle Vague), Monday, 15 January 2018 20:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Ya but which....

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 15 January 2018 20:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Fucking Coco

hell is auteur people (Noodle Vague), Monday, 15 January 2018 20:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Just checking

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 15 January 2018 20:47 (one month ago) Permalink

Urgent boy is urgent tho

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 15 January 2018 20:47 (one month ago) Permalink

The captain? He's quite annoying but I just assumed my class bigotry was showing

hell is auteur people (Noodle Vague), Monday, 15 January 2018 20:49 (one month ago) Permalink

all 8 of them look like a panel out of Viz's Student Grant

hell is auteur people (Noodle Vague), Monday, 15 January 2018 20:51 (one month ago) Permalink

He was also a pushy dick to his teammates and it would not be like me to imagine he was moreso to her

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 15 January 2018 21:03 (one month ago) Permalink

When Maloney gets one right, Howe sarcastically repeats his answer to Tindall.

Mark G, Monday, 15 January 2018 23:50 (one month ago) Permalink

I got all the file compression questions right. Just saying.

lz is something I associate with the Amiga, was never really popular on Windows (which favoured PKZIP) or Linux (gzip)

koogs, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 06:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Can we talk about why the BBC moved Only Connect to the earlier slot?

I mean, OC is fine (I guess), but it's clearly the optional digestif not the first course

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:30 (one month ago) Permalink

Victoria Coren is also fine (I guess) but her patter is reaching Kaufmanesque levels of punchlinelessness

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:32 (one month ago) Permalink

I kind of enjoy that. I choose to see it as schtick rather than incompetence

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:40 (one month ago) Permalink

it's very much a deliberate production choice

i agree it's wrong bumping UC tho, I'm not that fussed about watching OC nowadays

hell is auteur people (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:43 (one month ago) Permalink

True - it often feels like a "how far can I push this" joke with herself. I don't mind it, but my partner hates it, I can feel her teeth gnashing every time Coren does a routine.

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh yeah I mean you could see that

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:53 (one month ago) Permalink

We're always watching OC on catchup anyway so I just fast forward past VC's ramblings. Can you imagine the smugbucket conversations she and Mitchell must have at home?

thomasintrouble, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Find woodland painful

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 22 January 2018 20:45 (one month ago) Permalink

has my brain shrunk or have the questions gotten dead hard?

kinder, Monday, 22 January 2018 21:03 (one month ago) Permalink

There were very few gimmes tonight imo

NB doesn't mean yr brain hasn't shrunk ianad

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 22 January 2018 21:22 (one month ago) Permalink

My scoring system is: 2 points for correct, double if you get it and nobody on the show does, and 1 point if you give the same wrong answer as a contestant.

This week, I scored one point (Purcell)

Mark G, Monday, 22 January 2018 21:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Ah now I'd have been up on double figures at least under yr system

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 22 January 2018 21:26 (one month ago) Permalink

I knew 100 points' worth of questions.

I liked the name Woodland.

the pinefox, Monday, 22 January 2018 21:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Its a leveller, basically (xpost)

Mark G, Monday, 22 January 2018 21:37 (one month ago) Permalink

I was forced to take a two-term long module on Alice Walker at university, so I finally had some closure on that trauma tonight (although they were all very easy questions).

I liked Woodland, cosplaying as an early 90s indie nerd

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 22 January 2018 22:07 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Chemistry is bullshit and chemistry questions are bullshit

Lol at the Presbyterian getting mad excited at the old testament tho

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Monday, 12 February 2018 21:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Chemistry is bullshit and chemistry questions are bullshit

Here now.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Not like a politics student to have no general knowledge and no leadership skills

Big Ched aka The Cheesedriver (Noodle Vague), Monday, 19 February 2018 20:48 (four days ago) Permalink

Was that Carson?

Because both captains were bad but Carson was a real dick to his team

rum dmc (darraghmac), Monday, 19 February 2018 21:28 (four days ago) Permalink

Mistin i think? the lad from Emmanuel. the other one was probably bad too, i was half asleep.

Big Ched aka The Cheesedriver (Noodle Vague), Monday, 19 February 2018 21:28 (four days ago) Permalink

Both shite

DUMPKINS! (darraghmac), Monday, 19 February 2018 21:29 (four days ago) Permalink

let's just agree they're all bad at this stage

Number None, Monday, 19 February 2018 21:29 (four days ago) Permalink

Guys, Carson is a mate of mine, and he's not a dick. And he was always good at saying to his team mates when they got something right, unlike Emmanuel dude. He's a bit intense, I'll give him that.

Got the feeling Stone from Edinburgh didn't really want to be there, there was a lot of eye-rolling whenever anything vaguely academic came up (so, like, all of it)

ailsa, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 07:25 (three days ago) Permalink

happy to be corrected by better knowledge

Besides which, that was a curiously cagey lowscoring affair. Is there a theory or study as to when or why this happens

DUMPKINS! (darraghmac), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:24 (three days ago) Permalink

I think nerves may play a part, especially after a few wrong interruptions?

ailsa, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:42 (three days ago) Permalink

my wife knows carson as well appararently

glasgow's a small world

NEW CHIMP THREAT (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 16:51 (three days ago) Permalink

don't get calling carson an arsehole at all. seemed really supportive... ? like in a remarkable way?

belcalis almanzar (||||||||), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:31 (three days ago) Permalink


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