Challenge Reunited - The Final
40 Years in the Making
40 years of contest the ultimate brainbox accolade of University
Challenge Champion of Champions is about to be decided as Keele
University (winners 1968) and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (winners
1979) prepare to battle it out in the final to end all finals -
University Challenge Reunited, BBC TWO, Monday 19 August at 8.00pm.
teams have proved their worth, seeing off competition from former
series winners (and runners up) reunited for this special 40th anniversary
have shown that despite their advancing years their brains are still
as sharp as ever, scoring an impressive 340 in their first round
victory over St Andrews (winners 1983).
then comfortably beat Open University (winners 1985) in the semi-finals
with a strong performance by their Captain Aubrey Lawrence, who
raised a few laughs, and eyebrows, with his vivid description of
the phallic iconography of the God Sheba.
Sussex College, Cambridge, have similarly shown that whilst they
may have aged since taking the series title in 1979, their grey
matter is still as agile as ever.
beating Trinity College Cambridge (runners-up 1972) in the first
round, they demolished current series winners Sommerville College,
Oxford (2002) with a score of 390 to 90; taking their opponents
mantle of highest scoring team of the series in the process.
Jeremy Paxman says of their performance: "They seemed to give
the answer to some questions after only hearing the words 'what'
the final dispelling the myth that the older generation would not
be quick enough on the buzzer a further "old boy" joins
the line-up as Stephen Fry - who made his first television appearance
competing on University Challenge - steps up to present the winners'
Challenge Reunited is a Granada Production for BBC TWO.
Teams (*Team Captains):
University (winners 1968)
· Paul Brownsey (then: read History and Philosophy; now:
lectures in Philosophy at University of Glasgow)
· Pamela Maddison (then: read Law and Psychology; now: Legal
Secretary in Manchester)
· Aubrey Lawrence* (then: read Latin and History; now: Library
· Andrew MacMullen (then: read Politics and Law; now: lectures
in Politics at University of Durham)
Sussex College, Cambridge (winners 1979)
· John Gilmore (then: research student in History; now: lecturer
at Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies at Warwick)
· John Adams (then: read Medicine; now: GP in Cheadle, Cheshire)
· David Lidington*: (then: read History; now: MP for Aylesbury
in Buckinghamshire and Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Fisheries)
· Nicholas Graham: (then read English; now: on sabbatical
from job with British Airways).