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Your starter for 10: is University Challenge biased towards Oxbridge? | Letters
Letters: Frank Coffield argues that the BBC quiz show is rigged in favour of the two top universities. Plus letters from Joshua Loo and Elizabeth Swinbank

30, Mar, 2023 @5:05 PM

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BBC accused of ‘hiding’ Oxbridge bias on University Challenge in deepening elitism row
Corporation rejects freedom of information request from campaigner who claims show is ‘rigged’

Matthew Weaver

27, Mar, 2023 @4:17 PM

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BBC rejects charge of elitist Oxbridge bias in University Challenge
Corporation denies breach of impartiality rules by ‘rigging’ show in favour of Oxford and Cambridge

Matthew Weaver

26, Mar, 2023 @9:44 AM

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Paul Stewart Laing obituary
Television producer and director behind such popular 1970s shows as Celebrity Squares and New Faces

Anthony Hayward

10, Feb, 2023 @4:05 PM

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Power Slap: is this the most stomach-churning reality TV show ever?
This series about face-smacking contestants has been described as a ‘horrible idea that needs to be stopped’. But at least no one drinks donkey urine – unlike on other shows …

Stuart Heritage

02, Feb, 2023 @3:34 PM

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Alex Horne on the secret to his cult show Taskmaster: ‘It must be offbeat but not wacky, off-kilter but not bonkers’
How does the comedian and creative genius come up with the show’s endless stream of inventive challenges?

Simon Parkin

24, Dec, 2022 @12:00 PM

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The week in TV: The Patient; Slow Horses; Simon Schama’s History of Now; The Traitors – review
Steve Carell’s beard seems to grow in real time in a ponderous psychological thriller; Gary Oldman and co return for more grubby sleuthing; and Claudia Winkleman channels Anne Robinson

Barbara Ellen

04, Dec, 2022 @9:30 AM

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From a Gestapo interrogation to the Spice Girls: how Mastermind has thrilled quizzers for 50 years
To celebrate half a century of the big black chair, we talk to the show’s stars and presenter Clive Myrie about the strange genius of being grilled on the toughest quiz on TV

Benjie Goodhart

14, Sep, 2022 @8:42 AM

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Appearing on University Challenge was terrifying – now I’m setting the questions | Lillian Crawford
My mixed experiences on quiz programmes taught me that the real joy lies in acquiring knowledge, not showing it off, says writer Lillian Crawford

Lillian Crawford

29, Aug, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Amol Rajan to be new host of University Challenge
Journalist and broadcaster will take over from Jeremy Paxman in autumn 2023, the BBC says

Jim Waterson Media editor

18, Aug, 2022 @9:20 AM

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I was once the target of Jeremy Paxman’s world-weary look of disdain
Paxman spoke to the University Challenge audience with the air of a man annoyed at being kept from his lunch

Jim Waterson Media editor

16, Aug, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Jeremy Paxman to step down as University Challenge host
Presenter was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last year and has hosted the show for 28 years

Jim Waterson Media editor

16, Aug, 2022 @12:43 PM

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