University Challenge results, 1983
These are the results of the twentieth series of University Challenge which ran weekly on ITV, starting in the week of 30 January 1983 and ending on 18 December 1983, running for 39 shows. In Anglia the series was shown on Sundays at 13:00, changing to Wednesdays at 17:15 from the quarter-finals on, 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 Dundee were James Smith (Political Science & Economics), Graham Davidson (Law), Donald Kennedy (Medicine), Peter Burt (Zoology). The team had originally appeared on the 1982 series where they lost narrowly to Balliol, Oxford. However, after a scoring error was discovered, Dundee were invited to return for the 1983 series and went on to win. In their end-of-series match against the dons, they beat Rex Last, Chris Davey, Gavin MacDonald and Sue Allen.
Other teams appearing on this series include Birkbeck, London, who lost narrowly in one of the semi-finals.
Winning teams advancing to the next round are in bold.