University Challenge 2009–10

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Series 39 of University Challenge began on 6 July 2009[1] and aired on BBC Two. Below is a list of the matches played with their scores and outcomes.

Schedule[edit]

The series comprised 37 matches[1] over five rounds, airing between July 2009 and April 2010.

Round Dates Matches Teams Change
First Round 6 July 2009 – 26 October 2009 14 + 2 28 28→16
Second Round 2 November 2009 – 21 December 2009 8 16 16→8
Quarter-Finals 4 January 2010 – 15 March 2010 8 + 2 8 8→4
Semi-Finals 22 March 2010 – 29 March 2010 2 4 4→2
Final 5 April 2010 1 2 2→1

Format[edit]

The format of the show changed for the first time in many years. The quarter-finals were not a straight knock-out competition but involved a variant on the Swiss pairs format. Each of the eight teams that reached the quarter-final stage played two matches. Any team who won both of these matches progressed immediately to the semi-final; any team losing both were eliminated from the competition. The four remaining teams engaged in an additional play-off round for the other two semi-final places.

Results[edit]

  • Winning teams are highlighted in bold.
  • Teams with green scores (winners) returned in the next round, while those with red scores (losers) were eliminated.
  • Orange scores indicate a further match must be played and won (highest scoring first round losers, teams that won their first quarter final match, teams that won their second quarter final match having lost their first, or teams that won their first quarter final match and lost their second).
  • Yellow scores indicate that two further matches must be played and won (teams that lost their first quarter final match).
  • A score in italics indicates a match decided on a tie-breaker question.

First Round[edit]

Team 1 Score Team 2 Broadcast Date
Christ's College, Cambridge 170 200 University of Warwick 6 July 2009
Royal Veterinary College 60 235 University of Manchester 13 July 2009
Loughborough University 205 175 University College London 20 July 2009
Clare College, Cambridge 165 215 Jesus College, Oxford 27 July 2009
University of Nottingham 145 180 Girton College, Cambridge 3 August 2009
University of Edinburgh 170 155 University of Central Lancashire 10 August 2009
King's College London 155 140 Cardiff University 24 August 2009
Newnham College, Cambridge 260 120 University of Sussex 31 August 2009
Imperial College London 175 135 University of Southampton 7 September 2009
St John's College, Oxford 270 90 Durham University 14 September 2009
Magdalene College, Cambridge 135 145 St Hugh's College, Oxford 21 September 2009
University of York 55 200 St George's, University of London 28 September 2009
University of St Andrews 255 150 Somerville College, Oxford 5 October 2009
Emmanuel College, Cambridge 165 205 Regent's Park College, Oxford 12 October 2009

Highest Scoring Losers Play-offs[edit]

Team 1 Score Team 2 Broadcast Date
University College London 220 145 Clare College, Cambridge 19 October 2009
Christ's College, Cambridge 105 280 Emmanuel College, Cambridge 26 October 2009

Second Round[edit]

Team 1 Score Team 2 Broadcast Date
Girton College, Cambridge 170 160 St George's, University of London 2 November 2009
Newnham College, Cambridge 110 185 University of St Andrews 9 November 2009
St John's College, Oxford 220 190 Loughborough University 16 November 2009
University College London 185 260 Emmanuel College, Cambridge 23 November 2009
Imperial College London 280 80 St Hugh's College, Oxford 30 November 2009
Jesus College, Oxford 200 170 University of Warwick 7 December 2009
University of Edinburgh 170 150 Regent's Park College, Oxford 14 December 2009
University of Manchester 210 90 King's College London 21 December 2009

Quarter-Finals[edit]

Team 1 Score Team 2 Broadcast Date
St John's College, Oxford 280 55 Girton College, Cambridge 4 January 2010
University of St Andrews 50 195 University of Manchester 11 January 2010
Imperial College London 240 110 University of Edinburgh 18 January 2010
Jesus College, Oxford 125 280 Emmanuel College, Cambridge 25 January 2010
St John's College, Oxford 150 140 University of Manchester 1 February 2010
Girton College, Cambridge 140 115 University of St Andrews 8 February 2010
Imperial College London 160 275 Emmanuel College, Cambridge 15 February 2010
University of Edinburgh 195 185 Jesus College, Oxford 22 February 2010
University of Manchester 170 165 University of Edinburgh 1 March 2010
Girton College, Cambridge 100 200 Imperial College London 15 March 2010

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Score Team 2 Broadcast Date
St John's College, Oxford 260 170 Imperial College London 22 March 2010
Emmanuel College, Cambridge 315 120 University of Manchester 29 March 2010

Final[edit]

Team 1 Score Team 2 Broadcast Date
St John's College, Oxford 100 315 Emmanuel College, Cambridge 5 April 2010
  • The trophy and title were awarded to the Emmanuel team comprising Alexander Guttenplan, Andy Hastings, Jenny Harris and Josh Scott.
  • The trophy was presented by Carol Ann Duffy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BBC University Challenge, 2009/2010, Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 

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