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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.

First round
03/12/1963St AndrewsSt Anne's, Oxford
10/12/1963St Anne's, Oxford80410Peterhouse, Cambridge
17/12/1963Peterhouse, CambridgeChrist Church, Oxford
31/12/1963Christ Church, OxfordQueen Elizabeth, London
07/01/1964Christ Church, OxfordYork
14/01/1964Selwyn, CambridgeTrinity, Dublin
21/01/1964Selwyn, CambridgeSt Hugh's, Oxford
28/01/1964Selwyn, CambridgeUEA
04/02/1964Churchill, CambridgeSt Peter's, Oxford
11/02/1964St Peter's, OxfordUniversity, Dublin
18/02/1964St Peter's, OxfordRoyal Holloway, London
25/02/1964KeeleExeter
03/03/1964ExeterReading
10/03/1964ExeterCorpus Christi, Oxford
17/03/1964
24/03/1964Peterhouse, CambridgeLeeds
31/03/1964CardiffHull
07/04/1964CardiffNew Hall, Cambridge
14/04/1964Newcastle
21/04/1964NewcastleMagdalen, Oxford
28/04/1964NewcastleSouthampton
05/05/1964SouthamptonEmmanuel, Cambridge
12/05/1964Emmanuel, CambridgeDurham
19/05/1964DurhamLiverpool
26/05/1964LSE
02/06/1964Lady Margaret Hall, OxfordSheffield
09/06/1964Birkbeck, London
16/06/1964Birkbeck, LondonSussex
23/06/1964Birkbeck, LondonBirmingham
30/06/1964ManchesterEdinburgh
07/07/1964EdinburghBristol
30/10/1964EdinburghUniversity College North Wales, Bangor
06/11/1964King's, LondonNottingham
13/11/1964King's, LondonGlasgow
20/11/1964GlasgowNew, Oxford
27/11/1964New, OxfordImperial, London
04/12/1964New, Oxford
11/12/1964
18/12/1964
30/12/1964
06/01/1965
13/01/1965
20/01/1965
27/01/1965
03/02/1965Queen's, Oxford
10/02/1965
17/02/1965
24/02/1965
03/03/1965
10/03/1965LiverpoolPeterhouse, Cambridge
17/03/1965
24/03/1965Oriel, Oxford
31/03/1965Oriel, Oxford
Quarter-finals
07/04/1965
14/04/1965
21/04/1965
28/04/1965
Semi-finals
05/05/1965
12/05/1965
Final
19/05/1965New, Oxford
26/05/1965New, Oxford
Special
25/12/1963Leicester StudentsLeicester Staff

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.