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University Challenge results, 1965-1966

These are the results of the third series of University Challenge which ran weekly on ITV, starting on 25 August 1965 and ending on 8 June 1966 after 42 shows. In most regions the show was broadcast on Wednesdays at 19:00 for the whole series, retaining its prestigious slot immediately before Coronation Street.

The first round had a 'winner-stays-on' format, with a team qualifying for the quarter-finals if they won three in a row. As in the previous series the quarter-finals and semi-finals were single-game knockouts, but the final was again 'best-of-three'.

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
25/08/1965
01/09/1965
08/09/1965
15/09/1965
22/09/1965
29/09/1965
06/10/1965
13/10/1965
20/10/1965
27/10/1965
03/11/1965
10/11/1965
17/11/1965
24/11/1965
01/12/1965
08/12/1965
15/12/1965
22/12/1965
05/01/1966
12/01/1966
19/01/1966
26/01/1966
02/02/1966
09/02/1966
16/02/1966
23/02/1966
02/03/1966
09/03/1966
16/03/1966
23/03/1966
30/03/1966
06/04/1966
Quarter-finals
13/04/1966St David's, LampeterMagdalen, Oxford
20/04/1966Jesus, OxfordOriel, Oxford
27/04/1966St Hilda's, OxfordKing's, Cambridge
04/05/1966Wadham, OxfordBirmingham
Semi-finals
11/05/1966Oriel, OxfordSt David's, Lampeter
18/05/1966St Hilda's, OxfordBirmingham
Final
25/05/1966Oriel, OxfordBirmingham
01/06/1966Oriel, OxfordBirmingham
08/06/1966Oriel, OxfordBirmingham
Specials
29/12/1965New College Students25050New College Dons

The winning team from Oriel College, Oxford comprised Neil Murray (English), Jonathan Reeve (Medicine), Peter Fulford-Jones (Classics) and Roger Tomlin (Classics). Their prize was a painting by Salford artist Harold Riley.

Oriel's first two games were actually the final two games of the 1963-5 series, and they were allowed to carry those wins over to the following series so that they qualified for the quarter finals by scoring only one further victory.

Other teams appearing on this series include Manchester, Newnham, Cambridge and Sidney Sussex, Cambridge.

Winning teams advancing to the next round are in bold.