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29 October 2014
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University Challenge Reunited - The Final… 40 Years in the Making

After 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.

Both teams have proved their worth, seeing off competition from former series winners (and runners up) reunited for this special 40th anniversary series.

Keele 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).

They 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.

Sidney 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.

After 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.

Host Jeremy Paxman says of their performance: "They seemed to give the answer to some questions after only hearing the words 'what' or 'who'!"

With 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' trophy.

University Challenge Reunited is a Granada Production for BBC TWO.

Notes to Editors

The Teams (*Team Captains):

Keele 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 Database Administrator)
· Andrew MacMullen (then: read Politics and Law; now: lectures in Politics at University of Durham)

Sidney 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).



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