7.3/10
10
1 user

University Challenge: The Story So Far (2006)

A look at the history of University Challenge (1962), with contributions from famous former contestants. Includes coverage of its origin and development, memorable incidents and the new film Starter for 10 (2006).

Writer:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Narrator (voice)
...
Himself
Ian Hislop ...
Himself
Bamber Gascoigne ...
Himself
Tony Boyd ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Herself
John Simpson ...
Himself
Helen Weinreich-Haste ...
Herself (as Helen Haste)
...
Himself
Sebastian Faulks ...
Himself
...
Himself
Magnus Magnusson ...
Himself
...
Himself
Peter Mullings ...
Himself (as Peter Mullings MBE)
Edit

Storyline

A look at the history of University Challenge (1962), with contributions from famous former contestants. Includes coverage of its origin and development, memorable incidents and the new film Starter for 10 (2006).

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 November 2006 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Mastermind (1972) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Heck of a spectator sport
15 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Quizmasters are often sneered-at for their bogus air of omniscience, just because they've got the answers in front of them. But in the case of Bamber Gascoigne, what you saw was what you got. He was gold-standard Oxbridge at its highest and noblest, hosting a hit-show that reached out to millions who may never have read a book, but who knew a good spectator sport when they saw one.

Yet he arrived just as centuries of university culture were being turned on their head. Suddenly it was mass higher education, inevitably a cheapened experience. And among these masses was a startling new species - the girl student on the pill, ready to play havoc with the young male mind. Soon these social changes were being mirrored on the show. On came the (deliberately) irritating cuddly-toy mascots, a clear sign of dumbing-down. Then Miriam Margolyes obliged with the f-word, just ahead of Kenneth Tynan, as she boasts proudly in her old age. Fatuously, the Manchester team sabotaged their own chances in the contest by answering every question with "Karl Marx", "Trotsky" or "Che Guevara". The unreconstructed David Aaronovitch still uses 60's vocabulary about the new poly-universities, representing "our proletarian brothers and sisters in the struggle" and condemning the 'elitism' of allowing each of the Oxbridge colleges to field its own team. (He can't seem to see that if Oxford and Cambridge were allowed only one team each, they would inevitably sweep the board - a much more 'elitist' result.) No wonder Bamber Gascoigne's successor Jeremy Paxman said he wanted to reassure viewers that the taxpayer's money was not being wasted on higher education!

As always, it's fun to see clips of celebrities before they were famous, as Stephen Fry, John Simpson and Ian Hislop, among other early contestants, give us their considered wisdom, forty years on. A small quibble, but I would have been interested to know if the programme's enduringly catchy theme-tune 'College Boy' was written specially for the show.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page