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They took their gamble and it worked.

He turned down the chance to resume his quizmaster role in when the ITV show was revived by BBC2 and now, in its 42nd series, it is hosted by Jeremy Paxman, It was based on a US student quiz show called College Bowl. University Challenge was dogged by controversy about elitism in when students protested about Oxford and Cambridge being allowed to enter up to five different teams from their various colleges.

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University Challenge 1984 (No. 2) : UWIST, Cardiff v. Leicester

DPReview Digital Photography. One of the episodes of The Young Ones was named after him. His most famous work was the hugely successful musical revue Share My Lettuce which featured rising stars Kenneth Williams and Maggie Smith.

Bamber Gascoigne: I was told I'm too scruffy for University Challenge

In his play Leda Had a Little Swan was officially banned by the Lord Chamberlain, an event which was in a small way a catalyst for the abolition of theatrical censorship the following year. He was also the original host of Granada's film review show Cinema which ran for eleven years - though he only did the first three months.

Among the book's other merits, the preface to his Encyclopedia of Britain is an interesting attempt to define that ubiquitous yet fuzzily-understood quizzing term, "general knowledge". While we're on the subject, the entry for Gazza in the Encyclopedia of Britain notes that one effect of the footballer's tears at the World Cup was that "suddenly everyone in Britain could spell the name Gascoigne". In , Bamber was the witness to the burial of the "golden hare" jewel that was the prize in Kit Williams' national treasure hunt, Masquerade.

As a result Bamber was for a couple of years inundated with pleas for help politely rejected , bribes returned and at least one stranger turning up on his doorstep claiming to be a long lost relative in an attempt to wheedle the hare's whereabouts from him. When University Challenge was revived in , Bamber was invited to host it again.

Although he was tempted, he eventually turned it down, partly because he was undertaking a major writing project at the time and partly because he felt that, after 25 years of painstakingly checking and rewriting questions for every single show, he could not go through it all again.

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