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University Challenge results, 1973-74

These are the results of the eleventh series of University Challenge which ran weekly on ITV, starting in the week of 31 October 1973 and ending on 2 or 9 October 1974, running for 39 or 40 shows. In Anglia the series was shown on Wednesdays at 17:20, with a running time of 30 minutes.

Once again the first round had a 'winner-stays-on' format, with a team qualifying for the quarter-finals if they won three in a row, and the quarter-finals and semi-finals were single-game knockouts, with the final '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
31/10/1973KeeleUEA
07/11/1973UEATrinity, Oxford
21/11/1973Trinity, Oxford
28/11/1973Trinity, OxfordBath
05/12/1973
12/12/1973
19/12/1973University, LondonCorpus Christi, Oxford
02/01/1974
09/01/1974
16/01/1974
06/03/1974
13/03/1974
20/03/1974
27/03/1974
03/04/1974
10/04/1974
17/04/1974
24/04/1974
01/05/1974Balliol, Oxford
08/05/1974Balliol, OxfordSt David's, Lampeter
15/05/1974Balliol, OxfordUniversity, Swansea
22/05/1974
29/05/1974
05/06/1974LancasterSt Hilda's, Oxford
12/06/1974EdinburghTrinity, Cambridge
10/07/1974Trinity, CambridgeBirkbeck, London
17/07/1974Trinity, CambridgeLincoln, Oxford
24/07/1974ManchesterTrinity, Dublin
31/07/1974ManchesterPeterhouse, Cambridge
07/08/1974Peterhouse, CambridgeExeter, Oxford
Quarter-finals
14/08/1974Jesus, OxfordTrinity, Cambridge
21/08/1974
28/08/1974
05/09/1974
Semi-finals
11/09/1974Trinity, OxfordTrinity, Cambridge
18/09/1974University, LondonBalliol, Oxford
Final
25/09/1974Trinity, CambridgeBalliol, Oxford
02/10/1974Trinity, CambridgeBalliol, Oxford
Specials

The series champions from Trinity College, Cambridge were Christopher Vane, Frederick 'Wynn' Jolley, Simon Schaffer, and Paul Hopkins. They won a set of three punts for the college which they named Bamber I, Bamber II and Bamber III. The team returned during the following series to play a team of Trinity fellows.

The team from Lancaster University had a contestant whose surname was Lancaster, leading Jim Pope to have to announce "Lancaster Lancaster" when he buzzed for a starter.

Winning teams advancing to the next round are in bold.