Sorry Mr Paxman, there was only one star on last night’s University Challenge and he was sitting on the Liverpool squad.
Twitter fell absolutely head over heels in love with a contestant from Liverpool University by the name of Ed Bretherton and was making no apologies for it.
— Pauly (@gingersmackrat) March 7, 2016
— Declan Cashin (@Tweet_Dec) March 7, 2016
It wasn’t the first time the medical student, originally from Devon, appeared on the programme, though. Last night’s round was a quarter-final, after all.
— Sian Ward (@sianwardc) March 7, 2016
— ayemiy ????️???? (@sawranosaurus) March 7, 2016
The Bretherton babe back on #universitychallenge ?
— Holly Barrett (@HolBarrett) March 7, 2016
Ooh Dr Bretherton, I think I need a check-up! #universitychallenge
— SH????RON (@DoctorWarmflash) March 7, 2016
— Sara Viney (@sazviney) February 8, 2016
It wasn’t long before the jokes started rolling in.
Does Bretherton on #universitychallenge study gravity? …because it's a pretty attractive field ????
— Rosaleen (@olenskae) March 7, 2016
Bretherton thought he'd volunteered to play rugby for the college. #universitychallenge
— Zorro P Freely Total Landscaping (@banalyst) March 7, 2016
Husband has demanded to know why the Liverpool team have even brought Bretherton with them.
BECAUSE HE'S SO PRETTY. #universitychallenge
— Claire (@ClaireWithAn_I) March 7, 2016
Some questioned Bretherton’s commitment to the cause.
Did McLoughlin and Bretherton answer any questions at all? #universitychallenge
— Sarah Cavendish (@SarahCav17) March 7, 2016
Is Bretherton just Wainwright's bodyguard? #universitychallenge
— Rob dog (@robphippscov) March 7, 2016
Bretherton looks like he was the only one the others knew who had a car ???? #universitychallenge
— Gdisc Karaoke (@GDisckaraoke) March 7, 2016
But by the end of the game Liverpool University had 185 points to Imperial College’s 130, meaning one thing and one thing only…
Bretherton through to the semi-finals! Monday just got 100% better #universitychallenge
— Jenn Gannon (@jennpops) March 7, 2016
University Challenge continues on BBC2 on Monday nights at 8pm