University Challenge results, 1980
These are the results of the seventeenth series of University Challenge which ran weekly on ITV, starting in the week of 18 February 1980 and ending on 8 December 1980, running for 30 shows. In Anglia the series was shown on Mondays at 17:15, 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.
The series champions from Merton College, Oxford were Robert Gay (Classics & Philosophy), Steven Gunn (History), Peter Truesdale (History), and Jeremy Palmer (Chemistry). The team that they beat in the final included Stephen Fry. Queens' won the first game, and Merton just edged the second game on a tie-break before winning the third.
Winning teams advancing to the next round are in bold.