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University Challenge results, 1962-1963

These are the results of the very first series of University Challenge which ran weekly on ITV. The series began on Friday 21 September 1962 and ran for 61 episodes, ending with the deciding game of the three-leg final in the week of 26 November 1963. According to the TV listings, the show ran for 20 minutes. In the Anglia region the show was broadcast on Friday at 22:45 for the first 7 weeks, then on Tuesday at 19:00 for 8 weeks, then Monday at 22:10 for over 8 months, before settling on Tuesday at 19:00 for its final 11 weeks.

The first round had a 'winner-stays-on' format, with a team qualifying for the quarter-finals if they won three in a row. From the quarter-finals onwards, the games were 'best-of-three' though only two were broadcast if the same team won the first two. The quarter-finals were unusual in that Birkbeck played Leicester four times, with the fourth being labelled a "replay". Presumably this was due to a tie or an error in a question that affected the result.

For the whole of the Bamber era TV schedules differed between the different ITV regions, and the show was often broadcast at different times and on different days in different parts of the country, and sometimes the regions were even a week or two out of sync with each other. Where the date differed, I try to use the date the show was broadcast in the Anglia region in the tables.

There are many gaps that I've been unable to find, so please do contact me if you can assist.

First round
21/09/1962LeedsReading
28/09/1962LeedsExeter
05/10/1962LeedsManchester
12/10/1962LSE
19/10/1962Birmingham
26/10/1962University, Cardiff
02/11/1962St John's, Cambridge
06/11/1962Keele
13/11/1962Keele
20/11/1962KeeleLiverpool
27/11/1962King's, CambridgeLeicester
04/12/1962LeicesterBedford, London
11/12/1962Leicester
18/12/1962Leicester
01/01/1963
07/01/1963
14/01/1963Balliol, Oxford310115Newcastle
21/01/1963
28/01/1963
04/02/1963
11/02/1963
18/02/1963
25/02/1963
04/03/1963
11/03/1963
18/03/1963
25/03/1963
08/04/1963
15/04/1963
22/04/1963
29/04/1963
06/05/1963
13/05/1963Westfield, LondonQueens', Cambridge
20/05/1963Queens', CambridgeKeble, Oxford
27/05/1963Keble, OxfordSussex
03/06/1963Keble, OxfordSt Catharine's, Cambridge
10/06/1963Queens, DundeeQueen Mary, London
17/06/1963Queens, DundeeQueens, Belfast
24/06/1963Queens, DundeePembroke, Cambridge
01/07/1963Pembroke, CambridgeCanadian Universities
08/07/1963Pembroke, CambridgeSOAS
15/07/1963SOASSt Anne's, Oxford
Quarter-finals
22/07/1963King's, LondonKeble, Oxford
29/07/1963King's, LondonKeble, Oxford
05/08/1963King's, LondonKeble, Oxford
12/08/1963Birkbeck, London195165Leicester
19/08/1963Birkbeck, LondonLeicester
26/08/1963Birkbeck, LondonLeicester
02/09/1963Birkbeck, London100205Leicester
09/09/1963Balliol, Oxford20090Keele
17/09/1963Balliol, OxfordKeele
24/09/1963Leeds120185Nottingham
01/10/1963LeedsNottingham
Semi-finals
08/10/1963King's, LondonLeicester
15/10/1963King's, LondonLeicester
22/10/1963Balliol, OxfordNottingham
29/10/1963Balliol, OxfordNottingham
05/11/1963Balliol, OxfordNottingham
Final
12/11/1963LeicesterBalliol, Oxford
19/11/1963LeicesterBalliol, Oxford
26/11/1963LeicesterBalliol, Oxford

The first ever series champions were Oliver Andrew (studying for a PGCE), Madalane Hall (English), Geoffrey Ford (Geology) and John Hewitt (History). The prize for the university was a first-edition copy of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary.

Other teams appearing on this series include Newnham, Cambridge (including actress Miriam Margolyes) and York.

Winning teams advancing to the next round are in bold.