University Challenge (1962– )

TV Series  -   -  Game-Show
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 159 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Add a Plot

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 02 Dec 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 15 Dec 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 29 Apr 2012
 
a list of 89 titles
created 30 Dec 2012
 
list image
a list of 57 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: University Challenge (1962– )

University Challenge (1962– ) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of University Challenge.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



Unknown   44   43   41   24   1  
2015   2014   2013   2012   … See all »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

QI (TV Series 2003)
Comedy | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

A comedy panel game in which being Quite Interesting is more important than being right. Stephen Fry is joined each week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, Bill Bailey
Mock the Week (TV Series 2005)
Comedy | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A comedic look at current events.

Stars: Dara O'Briain, Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons
Have I Got News for You (TV Series 1990)
Comedy | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so, that leaves no party, personality or action unscathed in pursuit ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Angus Deayton
Pointless (TV Series 2009)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A game show where contestants aim to score the fewest points possible by guessing the least popular answers given by people in polls on various subjects.

Stars: Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman, Caroline Ambrose
Mastermind (TV Series 1972)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Stars: John Humphrys, Magnus Magnusson, Michael McPartland
Newsnight (TV Series 1980)
News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Serious news reports, analysis and no-holds-barred interviews with leading politicians and public figures.

Stars: Kirsty Wark, Jeremy Paxman, Gavin Esler
Countdown (TV Series 1982)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The long-running words and numbers game.

Stars: Carol Vorderman, Richard Whiteley, Susie Dent
Only Connect (TV Series 2008)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Victoria Coren hosts the fiendishly difficult quiz in which two teams of three contestants have to find the connection between seemingly unrelated clues.

Stars: Victoria Coren, David Stainer, Ian Bayley
Fifteen to One (1988–2003)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Quickfire elimination general knowledge quiz show.

Stars: William G. Stewart, Anthony Hyde, Tony Bianchi
Dragons' Den II (TV Series 2005)
Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Budding entrepreneurs, inventors and small businessmen (and women) pitch their ideas to the five "dragons" - real-life business leaders and millionaires, with real cash to invest in the ... See full summary »

Stars: Evan Davis, Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones
Panorama (TV Series 1953)
Documentary | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Long-running factual programme reporting on all aspects of life in Britain.

Stars: Fred Emery, David Dimbleby, Richard Lindley
Would I Lie to You? (TV Series 2007)
Comedy | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two teams, lead by their team leader (either Lee Mack or David Mitchell), have to try and make the other team believe their crazy stories.

Stars: David Mitchell, Lee Mack, Rob Brydon
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Jeremy Paxman ...
 Himself - Host / ... (25 episodes, 1994-2015)
Roger Tilling ...
 Announcer / ... (21 episodes, 2006-2014)
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Game-Show

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 September 1962 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You' (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The best TV programme ever?
30 September 2002 | by (Balliol College, Oxford, reading classics, philosophy and Ancien) – See all my reviews

Well, other than The Simpsons. But University Challenge is undoubtedly the best quiz show. No fabulous prizes, celebrity specials (though wouldn't it be cool if the BBC showed the episodes with people like Stephen Fry in?) or tacky formats; just a good, solid series. Yet there is still enough of a 'format' present to endear the show to me - the classic dialogue ("your starter for 10" has actually made it into the Oxford Dictionary of Quotation), the one-team-on-top-of-the-other set (famously parodied in The Young Ones), Roger Tilling's blink-and-you'll-miss-it voiceover that he nevertheless gets credit for, and the fact that every week seems to include Somethingorother College, Oxford playing either the Open University or UMIST.

Most importantly though, where most other quiz shows only seem to point out your ignorance of certain topics and leave you feeling stupid for the questions you can't answer, the ultra-difficult nature of University Challenge means that you don't feel bad about the questions you get wrong, but when you get one (or more!) right it seems as if your whole life spent collecting arcane facts has been validated.

You could also argue that University Challenge is more wholesome than other quiz programmes. The winners don't play for prizes but rather for the honour of their university (and, if I remember rightly, some money and a nice statue too). It was watching this programme that I knew I wanted to go to uni, and someday be able to say to a BBC studio audience "I'm Richard Magrath, and I'm reading English Literature". It was through University Challenge that I learnt that you "read", rather than "study", your course at university, about the Oxbridge collegiate system and that I have a talent at being able to recognise pieces of classical music when played backwards.

Finally, as the icing on the cake, the series is filmed in Manchester. What more could you want?


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Roger Tilling is right Alice2783
Discuss University Challenge (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?