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 often a week or two out from each other. By this series LWT, the London weekend broadcaster, was particularly erratic with its schedules for the show and became over a month behind other regions, culminating in the decision to stop broadcasting the show altogether. Once again I 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, London200255Bristol
06/02/1983BristolSt Catharine's, Cambridge
13/02/1983St Catharine's, Cambridge280125Liverpool
20/02/1983St Catharine's, Cambridge245155University, Dublin
27/02/1983Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford180185Leeds
06/03/1983LeedsGirton, Cambridge
13/03/1983Leeds41570University, Swansea
20/03/1983Hertford, OxfordBirmingham
27/03/1983BirminghamKing's, London
03/04/1983BirminghamDowning, Cambridge
10/04/1983Nuffield, OxfordEdinburgh
17/04/1983Edinburgh175270Durham
24/04/1983DurhamEmmanuel, Cambridge
01/05/1983DurhamSheffield
08/05/1983Trinity, OxfordTrinity, Cambridge
15/05/1983Trinity, Cambridge180St David's, Lampeter
22/05/1983Trinity, Cambridge200205Kent
29/05/1983KentAberystwyth
05/06/1983Aberystwyth205315St Hugh's, Oxford
12/06/1983St Hugh's, Oxford265150City
19/06/1983St Hugh's, Oxford275140Newnham, Cambridge
26/06/1983Surrey110300St Edmund Hall, Oxford
03/07/1983St Edmund Hall, Oxford245155Brunel
10/07/1983St Edmund Hall, Oxford265125Stirling
17/07/1983StrathclydeWarwick
24/07/1983StrathclydeRoyal Holloway, London
31/07/1983Royal Holloway, London185195Exeter
07/08/1983ExeterHughes Hall, Cambridge
21/08/1983Corpus Christi, CambridgeDundee
Quarter-finals
26/10/1983DundeeLeeds
02/11/1983
09/11/1983
16/11/1983
Semi-finals
23/11/1983DundeeBirmingham
30/11/1983Durham330135St Edmund's Hall, Oxford
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. During that match, the dons were asked to identify the author of Blairgowrie and Rattray in Old Picture Postcards, which they failed to do, having missed the fact that Graham Davidson introduced himself at the start of each show as "reading his own book", even holding up a copy of it on at least one occasion.

The final match of the first round was a play-off between Corpus Christi, Cambridge and Dundee, both of whom had lost narrowly in 1982 with answers later found to be correct. Dundee beat Birmingham in their semi-final.

St Edmund Hall, Oxford played St Catharine's, Cambridge in the quarter-finals, winning 265-190, with Bamber Gascoigne referring to the teams as "Teddy Hall" and "Catz" throughout. St Hugh's, Oxford, lost in the quarter-finals. Exeter beat Hughes Hall and returned in the first game of the 84 series.

Winning teams advancing to the next round are in bold.