Christmas University Challenge

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Christmas University Challenge
GenreQuiz show
Presented byJeremy Paxman
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series6
Production
Production location(s)Granada Studios (2011–2012)
MediaCityUK (2013–)
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Granada Television
DistributorITV Studios
Release
Original networkBBC Two
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release2011 –
present
Chronology
Related showsUniversity Challenge

Christmas University Challenge is a British quiz programme which has aired on BBC Two since 2011. It is a spin-off from University Challenge that airs daily over the Christmas period, and features teams of noteworthy alumni from British universities competing in the same format as the parent show.

The current holders are Peterhouse, Cambridge, who won the 2018/19 edition.

Series[edit]

2011[edit]

The 2011 series was won by Trinity College, Cambridge whose team of Robin Bhattacharyya, Daisy Goodwin, John Lloyd, and Edward Stourton beat the University of Warwick's team of Vadim Jean, Daisy Christodoulou, Christian Wolmar and Carla Mendonça.

2012[edit]

The 2012 series was won by New College, Oxford whose team of Rachel Johnson, Patrick Gale, Kate Mosse and Yan Wong beat the University of East Anglia's team of John Boyne, Razia Iqbal, David Grossman and Charlie Higson.

2013[edit]

The 2013 series was won by Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge whose team of Quentin Stafford-Fraser, Helen Castor, Mark Damazer and Lars Tharp beat Emmanuel College, Cambridge and their team of Hugo Rifkind, Mary-Ann Ochota, Simon Singh and Rory McGrath.

2014[edit]

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.
  • Teams with orange scores won their match but did not achieve a high enough score to proceed to the next round.
  • A score in italics indicates a match decided on a tie-breaker question.

First Round

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford 195 45 University of Warwick 240 20 December 2014
University of Hull 205 25 University of Newcastle 230 23 December 2014
King's College, Cambridge 160 150 Royal Holloway, University of London 310 24 December 2014
University of Edinburgh 235 45 University of Leeds 280 25 December 2014
Trinity Hall, Cambridge 195 120 Balliol College, Oxford 315 26 December 2014
University of York 135 110 University of Surrey 245 29 December 2014
Manchester Metropolitan University 145 75 Goldsmiths, University of London 220 30 December 2014

Semi-finals

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford 145 175 University of Hull 320 31 December 2014
University of Edinburgh 135 165 Trinity Hall, Cambridge 300 1 January 2015

Final

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
University of Hull 65 215 Trinity Hall, Cambridge 280 2 January 2015

The 2014 series was won by Trinity Hall, Cambridge whose team of Tom James, Emma Pooley, Adam Mars-Jones and Dan Starkey beat the University of Hull and their team of Rosie Millard, Malcolm Sinclair, Jenni Murray and Stan Cullimore.

2015[edit]

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.
  • Teams with orange scores won their match but did not achieve a high enough score to proceed to the next round.
  • A score in italics indicates a match decided on a tie-breaker question.

First Round

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
University College London 155 80 University of Birmingham 235 20 December 2015
Oriel College, Oxford 135 140 Trinity College, Cambridge 275 21 December 2015
University of Manchester 195 35 University of East Anglia 230 22 December 2015
Christ's College, Cambridge 90 140 University of Essex 230 23 December 2015
University of Exeter 130 220 Magdalen College, Oxford 350 24 December 2015
University of Aberdeen 90 185 University of Sheffield 275 28 December 2015
University of Durham 140 130 London School of Economics 270 29 December 2015

Semi-finals

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
University of Manchester 105 160 University of Sheffield 265 30 December 2015
University College, London 100 195 Magdalen College, Oxford 295 31 December 2015

Final

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
University of Sheffield 60 230 Magdalen College, Oxford 290 1 January 2016

The 2015 series was won by Magdalen College, Oxford whose team of Robin Lane Fox, Heather Berlin, Louis Theroux and Matt Ridley beat the University of Sheffield and their team of Sid Lowe, Nicci Gerrard, Adam Hart and Ruth Reed.

2016[edit]

Teams[edit]

University Team Degree
University of Manchester Sir Philip Craven BA (Hons.) Geography (graduated 1972)
Sarfraz Manzoor Economics (graduated 1992)
Simon Armitage (c) MA Social Policy (graduated 1988)
Erica McAlister Environmental Policy (graduated 1996)
St Anne's College, Oxford Rebecca Morelle Chemistry (graduated 2001)
Dr Janina Ramirez English Language and Literature (graduated 2001)
Mary Archer (c) Chemistry (graduated 1966)
Jacky Rowland Modern Languages (graduated 1986)
University of Kent Jeremy Wade Postgraduate Certificate in Education (graduated 1979)
Shiulie Ghosh Law (graduated 1989)
Paul Ross (c) BA (Hons.) English and American Literature (graduated 1978)
Jamie Angus Electronics (graduated 1977), PhD (1984)
University of Sussex Tim O'Shea Mathematics and Experimental Psychology (graduated 1970)
Hattie Hayridge International Relations (graduated 1983)
Dermot Murnaghan (c) MA History (graduated 1980)
Alex Bailin Law
City, University of London Ramita Navai Postgraduate Diploma, Broadcast Journalism (graduated 2003)
Brendan Barber Social Science (graduated 1973)
Samira Ahmed (c) Postgraduate Diploma, Newspaper Journalism (graduated 1990)
Tiff Needell Civil Engineering (graduated 1974)
Newcastle University Charlie Webster English Language and Linguistics (graduated 2004)
Wilko Johnson English (graduated 1970)
Helen Scales (c) MA Tropical Coastal Management (graduated 2000)
Neil Astley English Language and Literature (graduated 1978)
SOAS, University of London David Warren Japanese (graduated 1977)
Gus Casely-Hayford PhD (graduated 1992)
Dom Joly (c) BA Politics
Minna Salami MA (graduated 2012)
University of Leeds Louise Doughty English Literature (graduated 1984)
Gus Unger-Hamilton English (graduated 2010)
Kamal Ahmed (c) Political Studies (graduated 1990)
Steve Bell Fine Art (graduated 1974)
University of Edinburgh Steve Jones Zoology (graduated 1966)
Hermione Cockburn BSc Geography (graduated 1993), PhD in Geomorphology (1998)
Rachael Stirling (c) MA History of Art (graduated 1999)
Helen Pidd German (graduated 2004)
St Catharine's College, Cambridge Peter Wothers Chemistry (graduated 1991)
Joanne Harris Modern and Medieval Languages (graduated 1985)
Matthew Price (c) Geography (graduated 1994)
Ivana Gavrić Music
Magdalene College, Cambridge Stefan Wolff MPhil Political Thought and Intellectual History
Clemency Burton-Hill English (graduated 2003)
Chris Lintott (c) Natural Sciences
Mike Newell English (graduated 1963)
St Hilda's College, Oxford Dame Fiona Caldicott Medicine (graduated 1966)
Daisy Dunn Classics (graduated 2009)
Val McDermid (c) English (graduated 1975)
Adele Geras Modern Languages (graduated 1966)
University of Bristol Miranda Krestovnikoff Zoology (graduated 1994)
Kate Quilton History (graduated 2006)
Will Hutton (c) Economics and Sociology (graduated 1971)
Julie Myerson English (graduated 1982)
University of Nottingham David Florence Mathematical Physics (graduated 2005)
Nick Miller History and Politics (graduated 1992)
Chris Hawkins (c) American Studies (graduated 1997)
Frances Spalding PhD (graduated 1972)

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.
  • Teams with orange scores won their match but did not achieve a high enough score to proceed to the next round.
  • A score in italics indicates a match decided on a tie-breaker question.

First Round

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
University of Manchester 55 185 St Anne's College, Oxford 240 19 December 2016
University of Kent 245 35 University of Sussex 280 20 December 2016
City, University of London 145 35 Newcastle University 180 21 December 2016
SOAS, University of London 85 175 University of Leeds 260 22 December 2016
University of Edinburgh 115 60 St Catharine's College, Cambridge 175 23 December 2016
Magdalene College, Cambridge 65 225 St Hilda's College, Oxford 290 25 December 2016
University of Bristol 70 75 University of Nottingham 265 26 December 2016

Semi-finals

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
University of Kent 130 140 University of Leeds 270 27 December 2016
St Anne's College, Oxford 75 165 St Hilda's College, Oxford 240 28 December 2016

Final

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
University of Leeds 55 160 St Hilda's College, Oxford 215 29 December 2016

2017[edit]

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.
  • Teams with orange scores won their match but did not achieve a high enough score to proceed to the next round.
  • A score in italics indicates a match decided on a tie-breaker question.

First Round

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
Durham University 35 220 Keble College, Oxford 255 24 December 2017
Selwyn College, Cambridge 145 90 University of St Andrews 235 26 December 2017
York University 70 150 University of Southampton 220 27 December 2017
University of Leicester 45 175 University College London 220 28 December 2017
St John's College, Cambridge 155 40 St Edmund Hall, Oxford 195 29 December 2017
Queen Mary University of London 110 60 Cardiff University 170 1 January 2018
Brunel University London 45 155 University of Reading 200 2 January 2018

Semi-finals

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
Keble College, Oxford 160 105 St John's College, Cambridge 265 3 January 2018
University College London 125 130 University of Reading 255 4 January 2018

Final

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
Keble College, Oxford 240 0 University of Reading 240 5 January 2018

2018[edit]

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.
  • Teams with orange scores won their match but did not achieve a high enough score to proceed to the next round.
  • A score in italics indicates a match decided on a tie-breaker question.

First Round

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
Brasenose College, Oxford 100 150 University of Bristol 250 24 December 2018
Westminster University 130 100 University of East Anglia 230 25 December 2018
Pembroke College, Cambridge 85 150 King's College London 235 26 December 2018
St Catherine's College, Oxford 130 135 Peterhouse, Cambridge 265 27 December 2018
University of Exeter 110 85 University of Birmingham 195 28 December 2018
University of Sheffield 90 115 University of Manchester 205 31 December 2018
University of Edinburgh 120 160 London School of Economics 280 1 January 2019


Semi-finals

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
University of Bristol 205 100 King's College London 305 2 January 2019
Peterhouse, Cambridge 215 60 London School of Economics 275 3 January 2019

Final

Team 1 Score Team 2 Total Broadcast date
University of Bristol 125 190 Peterhouse, Cambridge 315 4 January 2019

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