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University Challenge

Specials 2011 - 2018

  • 2011-12-19T20:30:00Z on BBC Two
  • 30 mins
  • 1 day, 16 hours, 0 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Game Show

Academic quiz show where teams of students from UK universities answer questions on all manner of subjects

80 episodes

Special 1 Christmas 2011 - Episode 1

  • 2011-12-19T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

The University of York takes on the University of Manchester in a first round match.

Special 2 Christmas 2011 - Episode 2

  • 2011-12-20T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Durham University and the University of Edinburgh fight it out in a first round match.

Special 3 Christmas 2011 - Episode 3

  • 2011-12-21T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Magdalen College, Oxford do battle with University College London in a first round match.

Special 4 Christmas 2011 - Episode 4

  • 2011-12-22T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

The University of Warwick battle it out with the University of Sheffield.

Special 5 Christmas 2011 - Episode 5

  • 2011-12-24T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Trinity College, Cambridge, battle it out with the University of St Andrews.

Special 6 Christmas 2011 - Episode 6

  • 2011-12-25T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Jeremy Paxman asks the questions in the first of the semi-final matches.

Special 7 Christmas 2011 - Episode 7

  • 2011-12-26T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Jeremy Paxman asks the questions in the last of the semi-final matches.

Special 8 Christmas 2011 - Episode 8

  • 2011-12-27T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Jeremy Paxman asks the questions in the final of Christmas University Challenge.

Jeremy Paxman presents the quiz. A team representing the Faculty of Advocates battles a team of Hospital Consultants

In the last of the first round matches, two teams battle for a place in the semi-final.

Two teams battle it out for a place in the final.

Special 16 Professionals 2008. 8. The Final

  • 2008-04-22T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

The two teams battle to become the 2008 champions.

Special 17 Christmas 2012 - Episode 1

  • 2012-12-17T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

The University of Bristol take on the University of Leeds in a first-round match

Special 18 Christmas 2012 - Episode 2

  • 2012-12-18T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Team members include Peter Gibbs and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Special 19 Christmas 2012 - Episode 3

  • 2012-12-19T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Team members include Kate Mosse and Loyd Grossman.

Special 20 Christmas 2012 - Episode 4

  • 2012-12-20T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Team members include Lawrence McGinty and Bill Turnbull.

Special 21 Christmas 2012 - Episode 5

  • 2012-12-21T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Team members include Diane Abbott and Brian Moore.

Special 22 Christmas 2012 - Episode 6

  • 2012-12-31T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Guests representing University of Exeter take on the alumni of University of Glasgow.

Special 23 Christmas 2012 - Episode 7

  • 2013-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Guests from University of Birmingham and University of East Anglia do battle.

Special 24 Christmas 2012 - Semi-Final 1

  • 2013-01-02T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

The first of the semi-final matches in this Christmas series featuring special guests.

Special 25 Christmas 2012 - Semi-Final 2

  • 2013-01-03T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

It is the last of the semi-final matches in the University Challenge Christmas quiz.

Special 26 Christmas 2012 - Final

  • 2013-01-04T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

It is the grand final of this seasonal competition. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

Special 37 Champion of Champions 2014

  • 2014-04-19T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

In this University Challenge special match, two teams representing Magdalen College, Oxford and Manchester University do battle to become the Champion of Champions. They have each won University Challenge on four occasions - more than any other institution. The sides include a member from each of the four champion Magdalen and Manchester teams. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

Special 38 The Story So Far

  • 2008-12-27T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Documentary looking at the history of the iconic quiz show University Challenge. Featuring famous ex-contestants such as Stephen Fry, John Simpson, Julian Fellowes and Miriam Margoyles plus hosts Bamber Gascoigne and Jeremy Paxman, it traces the origins and development of the programme. From the first show transmitted in 1962 to the present day as it is being immortalised on film in Starter for Ten, a celebration of the triumphs, disasters and quirky characters of an enduring TV institution.

Special 39 Class of 2014 - Episode 1

  • 2014-07-07T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

What does it take to make it on to the toughest quiz on television? For the student teams who appear on University Challenge, their quest begins months before they arrive in the studio to meet the formidable Jeremy Paxman. Now for the very first time in the programme's history, the cameras have followed the students journey every step of the way. With access to some of the most prestigious universities and colleges across the UK, this explores what drives the students to compete in this iconic contest, and watches them negotiate the minefield of selecting their perfect teams, then swot, cram and bond in preparation for the gruelling audition process. Only 28 teams will make the grade but who will have done enough to earn a coveted place in the competition? Narrated by Richard Osman.

Special 40 Class of 2014 - Episode 2

  • 2014-07-08T19:30:00Z — 30 mins

Over a hundred student quiz teams from all over the UK are about to discover whether they have earned a coveted place on the latest series of University Challenge. Having faced the gruelling interview and tackled the toughest test paper, they have done all they can - now it is time to learn their fate. For the successful 28 teams, their journey continues with an intense training period before heading to the studios in Salford's Media City. There they will come face to face with the formidable Jeremy Paxman and begin their quest to become University Challenge Champions 2015. Narrated by Richard Osman.

Special 43 Christmas 2014 - Episode 3

  • 2014-12-24T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Another first round match sees distinguished graduates from two of the UK's top universities battle it out for a place in the semi-finals. King's College, Cambridge with former BBC correspondent Martin Bell and Bishop David Walker, plays Royal Holloway, University of London with journalist Francis Wheen and MP Valerie Vaz. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

Special 51 Christmas 2015 - Episode 1

  • 2015-12-20T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

UCL vs Birmingham Jeremy Paxman asks the questions in the Christmas quiz for university alumni. The UCL team includes Lynne Truss and the Birmingham team features John Hammond.

Special 52 Christmas 2015 - Episode 2

  • 2015-12-21T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Oriel, Oxford vs Trinity, Cambridge Christmas-themed quiz for university alumni. The Oriel College, Oxford team includes Peter Harness and Jon Bentley.

Special 53 Christmas 2015 - Episode 3

  • 2015-12-22T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Manchester vs UEA Christmas-themed quiz for university alumni. The Manchester University team features comedian Lucy Porter and The Thick of It writer Jesse Armstrong.

Special 54 Christmas 2015 - Episode 4

  • 2015-12-23T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Christ's, Cambridge vs Essex Christmas-themed quiz for university alumni. The Christ's College, Cambridge team includes Natalie Haynes and news correspondent James Reynolds.

Special 55 Christmas 2015 - Episode 5

  • 2015-12-24T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Exeter v Magdalen, Oxford University Challenge, Christmas 2015 Episode 5 of 10 Jeremy Paxman asks the questions in the Christmas-themed quiz for distinguished university alumni. In the Exeter University team are wildlife presenter Nick Baker and actor Barnaby Edwards, who plays a Dalek in Doctor Who. They fight it out for a place in the semis against Magdalen College, Oxford, featuring documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux and writer Matt Ridley.

Special 56 Christmas 2015 - Episode 6

  • 2015-12-28T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Aberdeen v Sheffield University Challenge, Christmas 2015 Episode 6 of 10 Jeremy Paxman asks the questions in the Christmas-themed quiz for distinguished university alumni. It is the penultimate first-round match and both teams are doing battle for a place in the semis. They are the University of Aberdeen, with broadcaster Nicky Campbell and Kezia Dugdale, leader of the Scottish Labour Party, and Sheffield University, with science presenter Adam Hart and Nicci Gerrard, the thriller writer better known as Nicci French.

Special 57 Christmas 2015 - Episode 7

  • 2015-12-29T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Durham v LSE University Challenge, Christmas 2015 Episode 7 of 10 Jeremy Paxman asks the questions in the Christmas-themed quiz for distinguished university alumni. It's the last first-round match, as two teams are up against each other for a place in the semis. The University of Durham team includes news presenter Tim Willcox and founder of the Eden Project Sir Tim Smith. Playing them is the LSE team, with financial whiz-kid Martin Lewis and Radio 4's Today presenter Justin Webb.

Special 58 Christmas 2015 - Episode 8

  • 2015-12-30T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Semi-Final 1 University Challenge, Christmas 2015 Episode 8 of 10 It is the first of the semi-finals in the University Challenge Christmas quiz for grown-ups. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

Special 59 Christmas 2015 - Episode 9

  • 2015-12-31T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

Semi-Final 2 University Challenge, Christmas 2015 Episode 9 of 10 Second semi-final in the University Challenge Christmas quiz for grown-ups. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

Special 60 Christmas 2015 - Episode 10

  • 2016-01-01T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

The Grand Final University Challenge, Christmas 2015 Episode 10 of 10 It is the grand final of this seasonal competition for alumni from some of the UK's top universities - which university will be Christmas University Challenge champions? Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

A festive edition of the quiz, featuring distinguished university alumni. In the opening match of the series, a University of Manchester team, featuring poet Simon Armitage and author Sarfraz Manzoor, take on a St Anne's College, Oxford, side that includes Dame Mary Archer and broadcaster Janina Ramirez. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

Special 62 Christmas 2016 - Kent vs Sussex

  • 2016-12-20T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

A festive edition of the quiz, featuring distinguished university alumni. A University of Kent team, with presenter Paul Ross and journalist Shiulie Ghosh, battles a University of Sussex side, featuring news presenter Dermot Murnaghan and comedian Hattie Hayridge, for a place in the semi-finals. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

A festive edition of the quiz, featuring distinguished university alumni. Journalist Samira Ahmed and Chair of Acas Sir Brendan Barber represent City, University of London, as they take on Newcastle University, whose team includes singer, songwriter and actor Wilko Johnson and TV presenter Charlie Webster. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

A festive edition of the quiz, featuring distinguished university alumni. A team representing SOAS, featuring comedian Dom Joly and presenter Gus Casely-Hayford, take on a University of Leeds side that includes BBC economics editor Kamal Ahmed and Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

A festive edition of the quiz, featuring distinguished university alumni. A team representing the University of Edinburgh, featuring actress Rachael Stirling and geneticist Steve Jones, take on a side from St Catharine's College, Cambridge, that includes Matthew Price, chief correspondent of Radio 4's Today programme, and novelist Joanne Harris. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

A festive edition of the quiz, featuring distinguished university alumni. In this penultimate first round match, both teams battle for a place in the semi-finals. Magdalene College, Cambridge, featuring radio and TV presenter Clemency Burton-Hill and Harry Potter film director Mike Newell, take on St Hilda's College, Oxford, with crime writer Val McDermid and historian Daisy Dunn. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

A festive edition of the quiz, featuring distinguished university alumni. In the last first round match, both teams battle for a place in the semi-finals. The University of Bristol includes economist Will Hutton and Channel 4 presenter Kate Quilton. Playing them is the Nottingham University team, with weather presenter Nick Miller and Olympic canoeist David Florence. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

Special 68 Christmas 2016 - Semi-Final 1

  • 2016-12-27T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

It is the first of the semi-finals in the University Challenge quiz for grown-ups. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

Special 69 Christmas 2016 - Semi-Final 2

  • 2016-12-28T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

It is the second of the semi-finals in the University Challenge quiz for grown-ups. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

Special 70 Christmas 2016 - Grand Final

  • 2016-12-29T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

It is the grand final of this festive competition for alumni from some of the UK's top universities. Which university will be Christmas University Challenge champions? Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

It is the opening match of the Christmas quiz for grown-ups, with two teams doing battle for a place in the semi-finals. The Durham team includes musician Rod Clements from the band Lindisfarne and actor Nick Mohammed. The Keble Oxford team includes comedian Katy Brand and children's author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

In the second match, Selwyn College, Cambridge, with screen writer Robin French and comedian Viv Groskop, face St Andrews University, with BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor and writer Alistair Moffat.

In the third match, the University of York, with Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire and Radio 3 presenter Tom Service, fight it out against the University of Southampton, whose team includes Times columnist Clare Foges and Front Row presenter John Wilson.

Special 74 Christmas 2017 - Leicester v UCL

  • 2017-12-28T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

The University of Leicester, with Paralympian gold medallist Danielle Brown and Sky at Night presenter Pete Lawrence, fight it out against the UCL team, with BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen and president of the Royal College of Physicians Jane Dacre.

In the St John's, Cambridge, team are screen writer Frederic Raphael and writer Laura Bates. They are fighting it out against St Edmund's Hall, Oxford, featuring Sky News presenter Anna Botting and screenwriter and comedian Emma Kennedy.

In the penultimate first-round match, the Queen Mary College, London, team, including Iron Maiden legend Bruce Dickinson and broadcaster Adrian Chiles, faces Cardiff University, with BBC World News presenter Laura Trevelyan and former cycling world champion Nicole Cooke.

In the last first-round match, the Brunel University team includes Chelsea footballer Eniola Aluko and former Olympian and broadcaster Iwan Thomas. Playing them is the Reading University team, with Springwatch presenter Martin Hughes-Games and gardening expert Pippa Greenwood.

Special 78 Christmas 2017 - Semi-Final 1

  • 2018-01-03T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

A festive edition of the quiz, featuring distinguished university alumni. It is the first of the semi-finals.

Special 79 Christmas 2017 - Semi-Final 2

  • 2018-01-04T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

A festive edition of the quiz, featuring distinguished university alumni. It is the second of the semi-finals.

Special 80 Christmas 2017 - Grand Final

  • 2018-01-05T20:30:00Z — 30 mins

A festive edition of the quiz, featuring distinguished university alumni. It is the grand final - which university will be Christmas University Challenge champions?

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