University Challenge 2009–10

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Series 39 of University Challenge began on 6 July 2009 [1] and aired on BBC Two. Below is a list of the matches played with their scores and outcomes.

<i>University Challenge</i> television series

University Challenge is a British quiz programme which first aired in 1962. University Challenge aired for 913 episodes on ITV from 21 September 1962 to 31 December 1987, presented by quizmaster Bamber Gascoigne. The BBC revived the programme on 21 September 1994 with Jeremy Paxman as the quizmaster.

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Contents

Schedule

The series comprised 37 matches [1] over five rounds, airing between July 2009 and April 2010.

RoundDatesMatchesTeamsChange
First Round6 July 2009 – 26 October 200914 + 22828→16
Second Round2 November 2009 – 21 December 200981616→8
Quarter-finals4 January 2010 – 15 March 20108 + 288→4
Semi-finals22 March 2010 – 29 March 2010244→2

Format

The format of the show changed for the first time in many years. The quarter-finals were not a straight knock-out competition but involved a variant on the Swiss pairs format. Each of the eight teams that reached the quarter-final stage played two matches. Any team who won both of these matches progressed immediately to the semi-final; any team losing both were eliminated from the competition. The four remaining teams engaged in an additional play-off round for the other two semi-final places.

Results

First round

Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast Date
Christ's College, Cambridge 170200 University of Warwick 3706 July 2009
Royal Veterinary College 60235 University of Manchester 29513 July 2009
Loughborough University 205175 University College London 38020 July 2009
Clare College, Cambridge 165215 Jesus College, Oxford 38027 July 2009
University of Nottingham 145180 Girton College, Cambridge 3253 August 2009
University of Edinburgh 170155 University of Central Lancashire 32510 August 2009
King's College London 155140 Cardiff University 29524 August 2009
Newnham College, Cambridge 260120 University of Sussex 38031 August 2009
Imperial College London 175135 University of Southampton 3107 September 2009
St John's College, Oxford 27090 Durham University 36014 September 2009
Magdalene College, Cambridge 135145 St Hugh's College, Oxford 27021 September 2009
University of York 55200 St George's, University of London 25528 September 2009
University of St Andrews 255150 Somerville College, Oxford 4055 October 2009
Emmanuel College, Cambridge 165205 Regent's Park College, Oxford 37012 October 2009

Highest Scoring Losers Play-offs

Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast Date
University College London 220145 Clare College, Cambridge 36519 October 2009
Christ's College, Cambridge 105280 Emmanuel College, Cambridge 38526 October 2009

Second round

Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast Date
Girton College, Cambridge 170160 St George's, University of London 3302 November 2009
Newnham College, Cambridge 110185 University of St Andrews 2959 November 2009
St John's College, Oxford 220190 Loughborough University 41016 November 2009
University College London 185260 Emmanuel College, Cambridge 44523 November 2009
Imperial College London 28080 St Hugh's College, Oxford 36030 November 2009
Jesus College, Oxford 200170 University of Warwick 3707 December 2009
University of Edinburgh 170150 Regent's Park College, Oxford 32014 December 2009
University of Manchester 21090 King's College London 30021 December 2009

Quarter-finals

Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast Date
St John's College, Oxford 28055 Girton College, Cambridge 3354 January 2010
University of St Andrews 50195 University of Manchester 24511 January 2010
Imperial College London 240110 University of Edinburgh 35018 January 2010
Jesus College, Oxford 125280 Emmanuel College, Cambridge 40525 January 2010
St John's College, Oxford 150140 University of Manchester 2901 February 2010
Girton College, Cambridge 140115 University of St Andrews 2558 February 2010
Imperial College London 160275 Emmanuel College, Cambridge 43515 February 2010
University of Edinburgh 195185 Jesus College, Oxford 38022 February 2010
University of Manchester 170165 University of Edinburgh 3351 March 2010
Girton College, Cambridge 100200 Imperial College London 30015 March 2010

Semi-finals

Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast Date
St John's College, Oxford 260170 Imperial College London 43022 March 2010
Emmanuel College, Cambridge 315120 University of Manchester 43529 March 2010

Final

Team 1ScoreTeam 2TotalBroadcast Date
St John's College, Oxford 100315 Emmanuel College, Cambridge 4155 April 2010

Alexander Guttenplan is a student primarily known as the captain of the team from Emmanuel College, Cambridge that won University Challenge in 2010, scoring 315 points to 100 against St John's College, Oxford, in the final. His performance in this has been compared with that of Gail Trimble. He also "got the better" of presenter Jeremy Paxman, in an exchange which became an Internet sensation. He has hundreds of fans who call themselves Guttenfans: "Guys want to be him, girls want to be with him!". He also took part in a special edition of Only Connect, leading a team from University Challenge against the champions of the first series of Only Connect, the Crossworders. In September 2017, Guttenplan appeared as part of "Team Emma" on Eggheads.

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References

  1. 1 2 "BBC University Challenge, 2009/2010, Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 21 December 2009.