University Challenge results, 2010
The 39th series began on July 6 2009 running on Mondays on BBC2 at 20:00, following announcements that Granada were tightening eligibility rules, evidently to avoid a repeat of last year's trial by media. The final was on April 5 2010.
For the first time since the show returned in 1994, the format has been changed. The quarter-finals will still involve eight teams, but will consist of ten shows in which the four teams that win two games progress to the semi-finals:
– All eight teams play in the first round of four games.
– The four winners from the first round play each other, with the two winners of those games progressing to the semi-finals.
– The four losers of the first round play each other, with the two losers being eliminated.
– The four remaining teams play a final round of two games, and the two winners progress to the semi-finals.
Or to put it more simply, all teams keep playing until they either win twice (in which case they go through to the semi-finals) or lose twice (in which case they're out).
|13/07/2009||Royal Veterinary College, London||60||235||Manchester|
|27/07/2009||Clare, Cambridge||165||215||Jesus, Oxford|
|14/09/2009||St John's, Oxford||270||90||Durham|
|21/09/2009||Magdalene, Cambridge||135||145||St Hugh's, Oxford|
|28/09/2009||York||55||200||St George's, London|
|05/10/2009||St Andrews||255||150||Somerville, Oxford|
|12/10/2009||Emmanuel, Cambridge||165||205||Regent's Park, Oxford|
|19/10/2009||University, London||220||145||Clare, Cambridge|
|26/10/2009||Christ's, Cambridge||105||280||Emmanuel, Cambridge|
|02/11/2009||Girton, Cambridge||170||160||St George's, London|
|09/11/2009||Newnham, Cambridge||110||185||St Andrews|
|16/11/2009||St John's, Oxford||220||190||Loughborough|
|23/11/2009||University, London||185||260||Emmanuel, Cambridge|
|30/11/2009||Imperial, London||280||80||St Hugh's, Oxford|
|14/12/2009||Edinburgh||170||150||Regent's Park, Oxford|
|04/01/2010||St John's, Oxford||280||55||Girton, Cambridge|
|25/01/2010||Jesus, Oxford||125||280||Emmanuel, Cambridge|
|01/02/2010||St John's, Oxford||150||140||Manchester|
|08/02/2010||Girton, Cambridge||140||115||St Andrews|
|15/02/2010||Imperial, London||160||275||Emmanuel, Cambridge|
|15/03/2010||Girton, Cambridge||100||200||Imperial, London|
|22/03/2010||St John's, Oxford||260||170||Imperial, London|
|05/04/2010||St John's, Oxford||100||315||Emmanuel, Cambridge|
Emmanuel became the first Cambridge team to win for 15 years. They comprised Andy Hastings (Medicine), Jenny Harris (French & Latin), Alex Guttenplan (Natural Sciences) and Josh Scott (Medicine). The trophy was presented to them by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.