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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.

First round
30/01/1983University, LondonBristol
06/02/1983
13/02/1983
20/02/1983
27/02/1983
06/03/1983
13/03/1983
20/03/1983
27/03/1983
03/04/1983
10/04/1983
17/04/1983
24/04/1983
01/05/1983
08/05/1983
15/05/1983
22/05/1983
29/05/1983
05/06/1983
12/06/1983
19/06/1983
26/06/1983St Edmund's Hall, Oxford
03/07/1983St Edmund's Hall, OxfordBrunel
10/07/1983St Edmund's Hall, OxfordStirling
17/07/1983StrathclydeWarwick
24/07/1983StrathclydeRoyal Holloway, London
31/07/1983Royal Holloway, London
07/08/1983Royal Holloway, LondonExeter
21/08/1983ExeterHughes Hall, Cambridge
Quarter-finals
26/10/1983DundeeLeeds
02/11/1983
09/11/1983
16/11/1983
Semi-finals
23/11/1983
30/11/1983
Final
07/12/1983Dundee115260Durham
14/12/1983Dundee215180Durham
21/12/1983Dundee205190Durham
Specials
13/01/1984Dundee students230125Dundee dons

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.