A special show, shown on BBC2 as part of a 'Granadaland' evening, was arranged to set the team who won the final Bamber Gascoigne series, Keble College, Oxford (though with the four champions replaced with a new team of undergraduates) against four celebrities ("Graduates") who had appeared on the show as students (Alastair Little, John Simpson, Stephen Fry, Charles Moore). Repeated on 4th August 1993.
In the Christmas break of the 1998 series there was a match between the four finalists of the "final" series of Mastermind (Clare Ockwell, Andrea Weston, Colin Cadby, Anne Ashurst) and the 1997 champions Magdalen College, Oxford (Colin Andress, Gwilym Thear, Jim Adams, Alison Reeves).
Also during the festive hiatus of the 1998 series there was a match between the "four most outstanding contestants from last year's series" from University Challenge and its US equivalent College Bowl. Representing the UK were Martin Heighway (Open), Stephen Pearson (Manchester), Cormac Bakewell (Queen's, Belfast), and Colin Andress (Magdalen, Oxford). College Bowl sent Eric Tentarelli (Cornell), Robert Margolis (Texas at Dallas), John Harris (Virginia), and Mark Staloff (Harvard).
Continuing the Christmas specials, during the 1999 series was a match between the winners of the first ever series, Leicester (Madalene Moore, née Hall, John Hewitt, Geoffrey Ford, Oliver Andrew), and the champions of the 1998 series, Magdalen College, Oxford (Paul O'Donnell, Phil Jones, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Alex de Jongh).
The participants in the 1999 season's now-traditional 'special' were: Jane Moore (The Sun), Peter Hutchens (The Express), Ann Leslie (Daily Mail) and Tony Parsons (The Mirror) for the Tabloids, and Decca Atikinhead (The Guardian), Libby Purves (The Times), Boris Johnson (Daily Telegraph) and Richard Ingrams (The Observer) for the Broadsheets.
On Comic Relief Day 2003, BBC2 held a match between four graduates (David Baddiel, Frank Skinner, Stephen Fry, Clive Anderson) and four non-graduates (Jeremy Beadle, Gina Yashere, Danny Baker, Johnny Vaughan), hosted by Angus Deayton.
Christmas 2004 saw a series of three special shows between celebrity teams representing various aspects of the media. They were:
On Comic Relief Day 2005, the tradition was continued with a BBC2 match between "North" (Colin Murray, John Thomson, Armando Iannucci, Neil Morrissey) and "South" (Sarah Alexander, Hugh Grant, Stephen Fry, Omid Djalili), again hosted by Angus Deayton.
As in 2004, 2005 saw a series of three special shows between celebrity teams. They were:
As of 2014, two institutions have won the series four times, and a special "Champion of Champions" game pitted Magdalen College, Oxford against Manchester, each consisting of one member from each of the winning teams. They were: