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New series

The student series is back on Mondays on BBC2 at 20:30.

Record breaker

The 2018-19 series took Jeremy Paxman past Bamber Gascoigne's total of 970 shows as presenter (or 971 if the 1992 Granadaland special is added). The game between Clare, Cambridge and St Edmund Hall, Oxford on 10 December 2018 was the 971st that he has chaired, consisting of (up to then) 802 regular student shows, 61 Professionals, 81 Christmas, 18 Reunited, and 9 Specials.

Help needed

Can you help track down more fixtures and results from the Bamber Gascoigne series? Click on a row in the table below:

SeriesStartEndWinner
121/09/196226/11/1963Leicester
203/12/196326/05/1965New, Oxford
325/08/196508/06/1966Oriel, Oxford
407/09/196603/06/1967Sussex
527/09/196724/07/1968Keele
602/08/196813/07/1969Sussex
720/07/196930/08/1970Churchill, Cambridge
825/10/197001/08/1971Sidney Sussex, Cambridge
917/10/197123/07/1972University, Oxford
1025/10/197205/09/1973Fitzwilliam, Cambridge
1131/10/197302/10/1974Trinity, Cambridge
1218/11/197431/10/1975Keble, Oxford
1307/11/197510/12/1976?University, Oxford
1417/12/1976?31/10/1977Durham
1507/11/197720/11/1978Sidney Sussex, Cambridge
1627/11/197811/02/1980Bradford
1718/02/198008/12/1980Merton, Oxford
1815/12/198007/12/1981Queen's, Belfast
1914/12/198123/01/1983St Andrews
2030/01/198318/12/1983Dundee
2120/01/198421/12/1984Open
2207/04/198630/05/1986Jesus, Oxford
2313/07/198704/09/1987Keble, Oxford

Do email me (if this fails then try smb1001 at gmail) if you can fill in any of the many gaps, although it is inevitable that many of the fixtures and results are now lost as Granada only has a handful of recordings from the series before 1980.

Retrospectives

I've recently added a page of links to articles by institutions reminiscing on their appearances over the years. If you're compiling one then start by taking a look at the series appearance tables (1962-87, and 1994-).

Leicester, 1963