University Challenge results, 1963-1965
These are the results of the second series of University Challenge which ran weekly on ITV, starting in the week of 3 December 1963 and ending on 26 May 1965 after a run of 62 shows. For its first 7 months, the show was broadcast on Tuesdays at 19:00 in the Anglia region, moving to Fridays at around 22:00 for 8 weeks, finishing with 5 months of what was to become its signature slot of Wednesdays at 19:00, a sign of the show's success in that it acted as the warm-up for ITV's top show, Coronation Street, filmed in the same studios at Granada in Manchester.
The series also included the first Christmas Special, starting the tradition of a game between the winners of the previous series and a team of "professors and lecturers" from the same institution.
The first round had a 'winner-stays-on' format, with a team qualifying for the quarter-finals if they won three in a row. Unlike the first series the quarter-finals and semi-finals were single-game knockouts, but the final was again 'best-of-three'.
Early on in the series, Peterhouse, Cambridge lost to Christ Church, Oxford in a closely fought game. After the show, the Peterhouse team pointed out that two of the answers they'd given were in fact correct, and so the producers agreed that they could return later in the series. They then lost that match to Leeds.
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.
The series champions from New College, Oxford, were David Lewis (History), Nicholas Montagu (Classics, Ancient History & Philosophy), Graham Mitchell (Chemistry) and Francis Lambert (Latin American History). They returned to play a team of New College Dons in the next series.
Other teams appearing on this series include Magdalene, Cambridge (including journalist John Simpson).
Winning teams advancing to the next round are in bold.