Eric Monkman missed out on winning University Challenge – but did get to meet his hero Professor Stephen Hawking

Or should that be Stephen Hawking got to meet Eric Monkman?

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After weeks of #Monkmania, University Challenge fans were hoping to see Eric Monkman and Wolfson, Cambridge soar to victory in the final.

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So there was understandably disappointment when they were beaten by Balliol, Oxford in a tense final. Yet try telling that to Monkman.

In a very special appearance, Professor Stephen Hawking was on hand to offer his congratulations to both teams as he presented team captain Joey Goldman and Balliol College, Oxford with the trophy.

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But Monkman looked just as much a winner as the Baliol team, grinning from ear to ear as he got the chance to meet one of his heroes.

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As the credits rolled they were all enjoying a tipple. We hope he took a glass back for Bobby Seagull.