- Radio Times
- Review by:
- Alison Graham
There’s fighting talk from a Cambridge University Challenge hopeful who tells us about his hard-working day before adding: “If I’d wanted an easy life, I’d have gone to Oxford.” So, let battle commence in this smashing two-part documentary following students across the country as they jostle for a place on the venerable 52-year-old TV quiz.
We accompany the University Challenge production team as they hurtle around Britain’s colleges and universities, auditioning teams for a place on the show. It’s not enough to be clever, team members have to have “strong characters and personality”, according to a UC boss. People like the mighty Gail Trimble, the “human Google” from 2009.
If you’re a University Challenge fan you’ll love every second as we metaphorically hold the hands of students across Britain who desperately want to represent their universities on TV.
About this programme
1/2. For the student teams who appear on University Challenge, their quest begins months before they arrive in the programme's studio to meet formidable host Jeremy Paxman. In this two-part documentary, cameras follow the would-be contestants as they strive to be among the 28 universities and colleges to win a coveted place in the competition, revealing how teams are selected and the preparation they go through for the gruelling audition stage. Richard Osman narrates.
Cast and crew
- Richard Osman
- Series Producer
- Vicky Thomas