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.
The Christmas special during the series saw the winner of series two, New College, Oxford, play a team of dons from their college. The dons' team included the philosopher A. J. Ayer.
There are many gaps that I've been unable to find, so please do contact me if you can assist.
|13/04/1966||St David's, Lampeter||Magdalen, Oxford|
|20/04/1966||Jesus, Oxford||Oriel, Oxford|
|27/04/1966||St Hilda's, Oxford||King's, Cambridge|
|11/05/1966||Oriel, Oxford||St David's, Lampeter|
|18/05/1966||St Hilda's, Oxford||Birmingham|
|29/12/1965||New College Students||250||50||New 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 Christ's, Cambridge; Manchester (who played against Christ's); Merton, Oxford (who lost their first game); Newnham, Cambridge; Nottingham; St Peter's, Oxford; Sidney Sussex, Cambridge; Somerville, Oxford; Trinity, Dublin (including the Irish president Mary Robinson — then Mary Bourke — and Irish senator David Norris).
Trinity, Dublin lost their first game with a "mortifying score" to Somerville, Oxford. St Peter's, Oxford and Nottingham also both lost their first game.
Winning teams advancing to the next round are in bold.