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 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 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 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 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 years ago) link

Fuck off you and your 'any chances'!

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

Toxteth O'Grady, USA.

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

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

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

*is very embarassed*

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

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

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

"I've got a Porsche!!"

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

DOES THE PEOPLES COURT COUNT?

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

she didn't do it for me.

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

Well that's fine.

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

Good victory for OUP.

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

Boring bunch of bastards. Foreign Office 4ever.

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

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

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

Jarlr'mai to thread

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

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

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

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

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

It's how Americans say "squirrel"

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

Wow that was a tough music round this week, especially by University Challenge pop music standards. (Though I knew 3/4 of them)

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, 10 January 2022 22:30 (one week ago) link

True, I managed to guess DJ Shadow

Mark G, Monday, 10 January 2022 22:53 (one week ago) link

Mind you, Bob Dylan was one of the rounds on Mastermind, but the contestant got four. And they ranged from quite easy to very tough. The four she got were mostly tough ones...

Mark G, Monday, 10 January 2022 22:55 (one week ago) link

xp I got 3 out of 4 but fluffed Art of Noise. Not sure it's accurate to call Shadow "sampledelia" to be honest.

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 09:58 (one week ago) link

well doubt paxo's an afficianado

Stevolende, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:09 (one week ago) link

didn't get the Hardy questions or the Dickens (at least not before they answered). doubt i could've named anyone from Madding Crowd past Bathsheba. and didn't get the Greenwood Tree question despite reading it only last year.

that was an odd piece of the art of noise, not an obvious bit. and i changed my mind from avalanches to big audio dynamite. 8(

koogs, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:12 (one week ago) link

xp yeah he was making his stupid "this is beneath me" face when reading the questions

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:20 (one week ago) link

I don't know if I've heard teh avalanches. That sounded like it used samples i recognised from elsewhere too.

Did get the Art ofNoise. & was thinking my life In the bush Of Ghosts was talking Heads & Eno. Never got into the lp and thought it sonded better done elsewhere.

Not sure what I would have called DJ Shadow but would have thought if there wasa thing called sampledelia he might fit. Is it because you want a sampler involved not a dj cutting between discs to get to the sampled sections that one would exclude him?
I have taht cd somewhere but haven't heard it in years. Might see if i can find it .

Stevolende, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:22 (one week ago) link

xp yeah he was making his stupid "this is beneath me" face when reading the questions

Jesus, that annoyed me so much. As does his "let's not bother reading out the rules even though I am taking just as long to talk about not reading out the rules as I would to read out the rules" shtick.

In our house we got the Art of Noise before he'd even played it. We did think there'd be Public Enemy, though, and there wasn't. I don't think we got the Byrne/Eno starter question, though, so no shame on Reading there for not getting it. I really enjoy watching the teams trying to place music that's before their time.
I got two of the three Hardy questions. Our answer to the Far From the Madding Crowd question was "Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge" which counts in our heads as half a point.
OC was very entertaining. We did very badly at it (except the wall), but learned some fun facts, which is what you want from a quiz. And the teams were great.

trishyb, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:27 (one week ago) link

The Art of Noise bit seemed a fairly easy bit, the Avalanches took me a bit longer to click on hearing a recogniseable bit. The DJ Shadow one was a pure guess.

So, ymmv and all that.

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:30 (one week ago) link

Does he ever read out the rules? The "five point penalty" rule for instance - sometimes he's clearly finished the question, and sometimes the (e.g.) music is still playing when someone buzzes without pen.

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:33 (one week ago) link

there's no five point penalty in the music round.

two sleeps till brooklyn (ledge), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:43 (one week ago) link

He was reading out some starter question last night and he seemed to deliberately leave a gap for someone to interrupt, only they didn't fall for it. I can't remember what it was now.

trishyb, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:45 (one week ago) link

> "Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge"

so can i get credit for terrence stamp?

koogs, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:51 (one week ago) link

there were also a couple i got immediately that they struggled with. Miro, was one of them. and some maths thing?

koogs, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:52 (one week ago) link

Oh yeah, he didn't like them missing Miro. You'd have to say Peter Finch and Terence Stamp. (I think it was Peter Finch, anyway.)

trishyb, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:55 (one week ago) link

Picasso and Gaudi were both reasonable guesses I thought

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:59 (one week ago) link

Go! (was the other immediate answer, which they did get, the AI beat human player question)

koogs, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 11:10 (one week ago) link

I'm surprised Paxo accepted just 'Strauss' as an answer to a music q.

two sleeps till brooklyn (ledge), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 11:44 (one week ago) link

(a q about music, not the music round)

two sleeps till brooklyn (ledge), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 11:44 (one week ago) link

I thought that art round was really hard too. I'm not an expert on modern art, but I do know a decent bit; and I hadn't even heard of the first two artists in the bonuses.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 13:23 (one week ago) link

I did enjoy Paxman's sneer as he gave the answer of Gaudier-Brzeska as if it were the easiest question in the world.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 14:09 (one week ago) link

Youd hope that mays lad will maybe have someone have a quiet word in his ear or maybe his getting roasted on twitter tonight will serve the same function but if he were a son or brother of mine id have him smacked arse over head tonight for the way he conducted himself on national television

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Monday, 17 January 2022 23:24 (four days ago) link

Tbf his teammate has already been on covering for him so ??

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Monday, 17 January 2022 23:27 (four days ago) link

so nice to be so confident that you can throw away so many 5 points like you just don't care. Is that like a record, start the game getting docked 5 points and thinking it's a great habit. So sticking with it throughout the game.
Meanwhile other team seems to be getting enough points together that they may have had a few to spare. But like if they didn't want them in the first place what can you do. Come back for another couple of chances

Stevolende, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 00:01 (three days ago) link

It's really weird because the other two players he blatantly ignores seem to be much stronger players than the only one he listens to. Zeng is crazy at geography.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 18 January 2022 00:52 (three days ago) link

They have earpieces because of Covid so they can hear what their team mates are saying even if they aren't looking at them.

Why yes I am defending this behaviour because I got it full pelt on social media as well as the person most conferred with. In my case it's because I need answers dragged out of me because I've got zero confidencs.

ailsa, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 04:57 (three days ago) link

Zeng was quite uncanny wasn't he.
I was most impressed.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 07:27 (three days ago) link

He is so good. I think they were a bit lucky that there were so many geography questions (as Paxo said) but they are a very good team.
If the teams don't come across fantastically in their second or third appearance, then it's the fault of the production team and not the team themselves. These are not TV people. All it takes is one floor manager to say "maybe turn your head the other direction now and then" or something. Or say to both team captains "be sure to look at all your team members from time to time, it comes over a lot better on television". He's not the only team captain who has looked bad for this, so it's possible it's a problem with the setup rather than the people.

trishyb, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 09:35 (three days ago) link

That said, some of the memes about it were pretty funny.

trishyb, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 09:37 (three days ago) link

I think I missed Mays faux pas I was talking about the other lot last night. Rachid seemed to have the 5 point reduction several times or was it other team mates.
Hate the going blank bit from long name beginning with an S cos i could very easily see that happening to me, Thinking I had the answer on teh tip of my tongue so buzzing then finding it disappeared. Seen that happen before. but Rachid seemed to be over confident on his guessing what the question was so what the answer would be. Did think that deduction thing happened more than i'd seen it before. Could see the tension of this being a quarter final or whatever and how somebody might respond to adrenalin release etc

Stevolende, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 09:44 (three days ago) link

i missed all this because i wasn't really watching, just listening (parotid, some art questions). there was a weirdly specific music round, oh, TMBG

did hear a classic '-5 for interruption' followed by it being passed over with no more actual question. how is that interrupting?

koogs, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 10:05 (three days ago) link

These are not TV people. All it takes is one floor manager to say "maybe turn your head the other direction now and then" or something. Or say to both team captains "be sure to look at all your team members from time to time, it comes over a lot better on television".

It wasn't UC, but the quiz/team based I was on, we didn't get any 'direction' and I'm assuming if one player was "making good telly" they'd keep on with it.

I only thought about it recently, after the Reading guy kept jumping in early and losing five points - eventually he calmed down and they did win. I did something similar, mainly because one team-mate would absolutely buzz pronto (and be right, the git) so if you didn't buzz within half a second you would not be on the show, effectively. (So, I end up buzzing in the intros round for Mud "Oh Boy" after about .2 seconds..)

Mark G, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 11:16 (three days ago) link

I do find it disconcerting, troubling, whatever, seeing a UC captain only conferring with one colleague. It's happened before, recently, and was bad last night, and I saw the Twitter attacks too.

But I think Trish and Ailsa's comments are probably wise - the situation may not actually be as bad as it looks. Zeng, for instance, DID get every relevant question, so it's not like he was excluded in practice. I think it's possible that the team actually have an arrangement that they're happy with, even though it looks bad to us. They won by about 200 points anyway, didn't they?!

the pinefox, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 12:09 (three days ago) link

The only time I thought he could've reined it in was when he said "there's no three-word psi" or whatever his exact words were. I'd have bashed the perspex into his "I think you'll find" forehead, if it were me. But I bet he was sorry afterwards.

I've only ever been on one thing, and we were directed to within an inch of our lives so as not to waste time, because they were making three shows that day and they could NOT be arsed dealing with mistakes. Stand exactly here. When the host says this, you say this. When this happens, you step to the left. Let me see you do it so I know you're not going to make a mess of it. etc. Mind you, that was a game rather than a quiz, so you didn't have to be bright to get on it.

trishyb, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 12:50 (three days ago) link

wonder if nerves gave Mays blinkers to his right or something. If i wanted to conjecture wildly I could see soemthing like a nervous spasm giving him a stiff neck or just having more of a bond with the guy to his left. THink I have that layout right anyway.
But yeah difficult to say what is actually going on in the guy's head or whatever.
& not seeing outside of the camera frame and so on.
They did leave with marks to spare anyway.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 13:01 (three days ago) link

I guess if you got onto a team because you had a friend involved or started hanging out at practise games cos your mate did it would be something to watch out for in terms of audience gaze.
Not that people are training for best look or anything.
Like no stylists involved etc.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 17:25 (three days ago) link

Love to log on after getting a terrific score only to see that my favourite people are being insulted for *checks notes* conferring on bonuses they know more about #UniversityChallenge https://t.co/7hAXV3jVa6

— Fatima (@reaffirmsfaith) January 18, 2022

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 18 January 2022 18:50 (three days ago) link

They walked away with points to spare anyway. Think that's been noted.
Was just thinking about what contributes to not a good look or whatever its being looked at as.
& a lot of people will have habitual movements that look different on camera because accentuated than they are aware of.
She was pretty dynamic too.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 18:58 (three days ago) link

When I was on Only Connect I got a *lot* of shit about how much Dave was conferring with me rather than his wife on the other side of him from me. Him and Lindsay need a lot less verbal communication to know when to talk, and I need to focus and concentrate (and was fecking terrified!) and both of them know that, but to outsiders me and him were having private wee chats to the exclusion of his wife who would surely rumble our affair when she clocked how obvious it looked on telly. Absolute bollocks, but really hurtful to everyone, based on how things look in a freakily unnatural environment

ailsa, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 19:51 (three days ago) link

Christ, really? I know you mentioned something about it before but thought it was jokes.
Would hate to be on TV.

kinder, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 20:57 (three days ago) link

Sayin it again, so glad no social media back in 1975. Being in school was bad enough, but hey I discovered I didn't care what they thought.

Mark G, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 21:00 (three days ago) link

Yes, was just thinking the same as Mark G: It's bizarre that performance on UC is now not merely a matter of what score you get, but how you're judged by a load of strangers who see you in an artificial environment for half an hour.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 13:15 (two days ago) link

As is any tv that isnt acting, really?

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Wednesday, 19 January 2022 14:00 (two days ago) link

Once Fatima tweeted I accept her take but otherwise there's a lot of reaching the last couple days

Khafre's clown (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 19 January 2022 14:20 (two days ago) link

They (the pile-on hordes) did it last week to the Birmingham captain and I'm sure will do it again to others. And I will roundly tell them all to fuck off. Last week I was blocked for suggesting to someone that replying to the actual opinion of the supposedly-slighted team mate in order to tell her that she was wrong and her captain was ignoring her was exactly what she was accusing the captain of to start with.

ailsa, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 15:49 (two days ago) link

A couple years ago, two UC contestants got to make one of those "go to places in the UK and point at things" type documentaries. But, they had no onscreen presence, really. Or, the subject(s) were somewhat dull.

Mark G, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 16:13 (two days ago) link

HI, I'M ERIC MONKMAN

bobby seagull was on the christmas lectures and is slightly better (does teaching, which i guess means he has some people skills)

koogs, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 17:25 (two days ago) link

That was very much an attempt to create a thing out of assuming Twitter chat about contestants would translate into anyone giving a shit about them outside of University Challenge. That it didn't really work should be no surprise to anyone.

ailsa, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 17:49 (two days ago) link

Though I did really like Answer Trap, which had Bobby as one of the brains, along with Frank Paul who was on a team that won Only Connect back in the day.

ailsa, Wednesday, 19 January 2022 17:50 (two days ago) link


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