University Challenge – Christmas 2018 E05  Exeter University v Birmingham University

University Challenge – Christmas 2018 E05 Exeter University v Birmingham University


Christmas University Challenge. Asking the questions, Jeremy Paxman. Hello. Time to unwrap another tasteful, well-chosen present in the shape of
30 minutes of entertainment given to us by two teams of alumni
who really ought to know better. There are seven fixtures in this
first round of the contest, but only the four winning teams with
the highest scores will earn the right to play again. If tonight’s winners score over 150, they will definitely return. Now tonight, the University of
Exeter is represented first by a roving reporter frequently
seen in his wellingtons in front of scenes of flooding and storms. He also discovered the latter-day
oracle and internet sensation, Brenda from Bristol. With him, an academic whose doctoral
thesis examined what happens to your blood when you put alcohol
into your body so she will have ample opportunity for some
fieldwork after the match. She has worked with numerous
eminent organisations, including the National Institute
for Health Research. She is a fellow of the Academy of
Medical Sciences and she’s been awarded an OBE for
services to medicine. Their captain’s name is
whispered with awe throughout the television industry. He is the founding chairman of
Comic Relief and, as a producer, his output includes The Two Ronnies,
The Generation Game, Top Of The Pops, Blankety Blank, Red Dwarf
and The Young Ones, a show which treated this programme with
precisely the respect it deserves. LAUGHTER Their fourth player is a playwright
and film director who won an Olivier award for her
play Nell Gwyn. She is a regular writer at the
Globe Theatre and in the West End. She also creates community theatre
in war-torn and developing countries with the international
NGO, Youth Bridge Global. Let’s meet the Exeter team. Hello, I’m Jon Kay, I graduated
from Exeter with a degree in politics in 1992. I am now a news correspondent with the BBC and a presenter on
BBC breakfast. Hello, my name is Deborah Ashby and
I graduated from Exeter in 1980 with a degree in
mathematics. I am now the director of the School
of Public Health at Imperial College London
and I’m going to be the next President of the Royal
Statistical Society. And here’s their captain. I’m Paul Jackson, I read English and
played rugby at Exeter in the 1960s and I am recently retired from a career in television
entertainment. Hello, I’m Jessica Swale. I’m a film writer and director and
I work in the theatre, in television and radio and
anywhere else that will have me. APPLAUSE The team from Birmingham University
includes an academic who in her work with Defra advises ministers and
industry about pests and diseases and in doing so looks after the
nation’s bee population. Her colleague’s career began working
behind the scenes on Blue Peter before a ten-year
stint reporting on Newsround. In his current
position he is often to be found on Hollywood’s red carpet. Their captain was nominated for
a Perrier award for his stand-up and won an Emmy award for
the HBO series Veep. We’ve also seen him in the British
TV series, The Thick of It
and the film In The Loop. Their fourth player is a very
familiar face on television, stage and screen. He has appeared in everything from
Alan Partridge to Victoria. He received a British comedy award
nomination for his appearances in the film Four Lions
and perhaps the one occasion when he wasn’t immediately
recognisable, fortunately, was when he played the title role in
Shrek The Musical. Let’s meet the Birmingham team. Hello, I’m Nicola Spence, I graduated from
Birmingham with a PhD in plant virology in 1993 and I am now Defra’s chief plant health
officer. Hi, I am Lizo Mzimba, I graduated
from Birmingham with a degree in law. I have since then worked for
the BBC and am currently their entertainment correspondent.
This is their captain. Hi, I’m Chris Addison. I graduated from Birmingham
in 1994 with a degree in English and since then, among other things,
I’ve been a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, film and television
director and sandwich shop cashier. Hello, I’m Nigel Lindsay. I graduated from Birmingham in
combined honours in French and English in the ’80s and
I’m an actor. APPLAUSE OK, I guess you all know the rules,
they are the same as for the students so fingers on the buzzers,
here’s your first starter for 10. In the Oxford English Dictionary, a device for catching game and to
remove the seeds from cotton are among definitions of what
three-letter head word? In its most familiar usage, the definition is colourless to
pale straw-coloured alcoholic spirit, flavoured with juniper
berries and a variety… Gin. Gin is correct, yes. So the first set of bonuses are on
words that appear in the Beatles’ song Lucy in the Sky
With Diamonds. In each case give the word
from the description. Firstly, a device invented by the
Scottish physicist David Brewster in the
early 19th century. It operates on the principle of
multiple reflection. THEY CONFER Kaleidoscope. Correct. Secondly, a flexible, transparent,
plastic film developed in the early 20th century. Lucy in the sky…
THEY WHISPER Polythene. No, it’s cellophane – as in
cellophane flowers of yellow and
green. And finally, a variety of small
citrus fruit named after a seaport that was briefly under British rule
in the late 17th century. Tangerine? Yeah. Tangerine. Tangerine trees and marmalade
skies, yes. 10 points for this. Molly, a vain materialistic white
mare is a representative of the bourgeois middle classes in
which political satire… Animal Farm. Correct. Your bonuses, Exeter, are on the
South African jazz pioneer and anti-apartheid activist
Hugh Masekela, who died in January 2018. As a teenager, Masekela was given which brass instrument by
Trevor Huddleston, who become president of the British
anti-apartheid movement? Trumpet. It’s trumpet. Trumpet. Correct. In 1967, Masekela appeared at
which Californian musical festival that also introduced
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Ravi Shankar to wider
American audiences? Monterey, no? It was. Monterey. Correct. In 2012, Masekela joined
Paul Simon on a world tour that marked the 25th anniversary of which
critically-acclaimed album? Graceland? Graceland. Correct. 10 points for this. Since an apparent deliverance from
bubonic plague in 1634, which village in the Bavarian Alps
has been the location for a Passion play… Oberammergau. Correct. Your first bonuses, Birmingham,
are on cinematic adaptations of winners of the Pulitzer
Prize for fiction. In each case give the novel from
the description. Firstly,
a novel of 1920 by Edith Wharton, adapted for the screen by
Martin Scorsese in 1993. Age Of Innocence. OK. The Age Of Innocence. Correct. Secondly, a novel of 1918
by Booth Tarkington adapted for the screen by Orson Welles in 1942. THEY WHISPER The Magnificent Ambersons. Correct. And finally, a novel of
1994 by E Annie Proulx, directed in a 2001 film version by
Lasse Hallstrom. Yeah. The Ice Storm. The Ice Storm. No, it’s The Shipping News. We are going to take a
picture round now. For your picture starter, you are going to see a sovereign
island country shown in isolation. 10 points if you can name
the country. Greenland. No, anyone want to buzz from
Exeter? You can’t confer,
one of you can buzz. Iceland. It is Iceland, yes. APPLAUSE Iceland became the smallest nation
by population to participate in the tournament phase of the men’s FIFA
World Cup when it did so in 2018. Your picture bonuses are maps
showing three more of the smallest countries that have reached
the FIFA World Cup finals measured by population at the time
of qualification. Five points for each you can name. Firstly, I want the country
highlighted here, please. THEY WHISPER Croatia? Croatia? I think Croatia because
Trieste is… Croatia. No, it’s Slovenia,
Croatia is further south. Secondly,
the country magnified here. That’s Jamaica. Trinidad and Tobago. Yes? Trinidad and Tobago. Correct. And finally,
the country circled here. Honduras. No, it’s Jamaica. Honduras is on the mainland. Right,
10 points for this starter question. In the first scene the entire stage
is filled with children, who run about, blow their whistles,
hop and jump, are naughty and interfere
with the oldsters dancing. This was among the many negative
reviews of which ballet on its premiere in… Nutcracker. Nutcracker is right. You get a set of bonuses on toads,
Birmingham. The taxonomic order Anura,
comprising frogs and toads is so called because members of this
order lack what anatomical feature? THEY CONFER THEY WHISPER Nerves. No, they lack a tail. What common name is given to the
toad Alytes obstetrician, a small European toad noted for the
male tendency to carry strings of eggs on its hind legs
until they are ready to hatch? Pass. Natterjack. That’s the midwife toad. And finally, what is the common name
of Bufo calamita, a nocturnal toad characterised by a light yellow stripe running
along the length of its back? Cane toad. No, that was the
natterjack toad. Bad luck. 10 points for this. What term for a celestial body
links the common name of the carambola fruit, a prerogative court abolished by the
Long Parliament in 1641… Star. Star is correct. Yes. Your bonuses, Exeter, are on the
wives of Henry VIII in the words of the historian Alison Weir. In each case, name the person from
Weir’s description of her. Firstly, her portraits show in
nearly every case a dark-haired woman with a thin face, high
cheekbones and a pointed chin. Facial characteristics all
inherited by her daughter. Mary is her daughter… Who’s the one… The portrait… Shall we go for it? Yes. Anne of Cleves. No, it’s Anne Boleyn. Secondly, people were drawn more to
her warm and amiable personality and her intellectual qualities,
she exuded goodwill, she was a good conversationalist and
loved a friendly argument, especially on matters of
religious doctrine. THEY CONFER Anne of Cleves. Anne of Cleves. No, that was Catherine Parr. And finally, her tall stature may
well have made her seem ungainly. Furthermore, she suffered from
excessive body odour according to the King. Yes. This is Anne of Cleves. That is Anne of Cleves, yes. Right. 10 points for this. Which play by Shakespeare
contains the line, “Fie, foh and fum, I smell
the blood of a…” SHE WHISPERS “I smell the blood of a…”
Come on. The Tempest. No, you lose five points for an
incorrect interruption. You may not confer, one of you can buzz when I’ve read
the rest of the question. “I smell the blood of a British
man.” The words are spoken by Edgar
disguised as a madman. King Lear. Of course. Your bonuses are on cheese dishes, in each case name the dish from
the description. Firstly, an Indian dish with the
name describing its main ingredient, leafy green vegetables
such as spinach and soft curd cheese. I need the two-word Hindi name. Sag paneer. Sag paneer is correct. Secondly, a dish said to have
originated in Quebec in the 1950s. It consists of chips topped with
gravy and cheese curds. Poutine. Correct. And finally, a toasted or fried
cheese sandwich sometimes with ham. Its two-word French name includes
a word meaning crunch. Croque Monsieur. Well done. APPLAUSE We’re going to take a music round
now. For your music starter you’ll hear
a piece of popular music. 10 points if you can name
the singer. FEMALE VOICE SINGS THE BLUES Aretha Franklin. It is Aretha Franklin, yes. She died in August 2018 and for your
music bonuses you will hear three of Franklin’s
notable duets, all you need to do is name her
partner in each case. First, here I just need the name
of the second singer. # Sisters are doing it for
themselves… # That’s Annie Lennox. It is Annie Lennox. Secondly… # What y’all came to do?
What y’all came to do? # Put on your dancin’ shoes # Yeah, we’re about to burn it up # About to burn it up… # James Brown. No, that’s John Legend. And finally. # The river was deep, I didn’t… # Yeah, George Michael. George Michael is correct. APPLAUSE 10 points for this. Listen for the statement and
answer the question that follows. In 1938, the BBC broadcast the first
science-fiction television programme, a live adaptation of
Karel Capek’s play R U R. What five-letter word has this play
introduced to the English language? Alien. No. Anyone want to buzz this from
Exeter? You have nothing to lose.
One of you buzz, don’t confer! LAUGHTER What a waste of effort that was.
That was a sitting opportunity. It’s a robot. 10 points for this. How many toes does the common
ostrich have on each foot? The same number appear on the
fore limbs of certain species of sloth. Three.
No, you lose five points. ..and the total number of toes per
ostrich is equal to the number of digits on either hand
of Bart Simpson. LAUGHTER Three-toed sloth and two-toed. There’s only two. Three and two.
You can’t confer! I’m so sorry, I thought we’d gone
through to the other. OK. No, no, just buzz. One of you. Come on. Two. Two is correct. Yes. It was Bart Simpson that gave it
away, wasn’t it? I have held a sloth, that is why I
am trying to remember how many toes
he had. I am impressed. No knowledge is ever wasted. Right, you get a set of bonuses
on flowers in works of art. Thought to represent Elizabeth Delph
and dating to the 1660s, Woman with a Pink is a portrait by
which prominent artist? THEY CONFER Da Vinci? Da Vinci. No, it’s Rembrandt. Secondly, Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s
1888 painting of the Roman Emperor Heliogabalus, depicts him observing his guests being smothered to death by a sudden deluge of the
petals of what flower? Lilies? Lilies? No, they are roses. He had them shipped in everyday from
the south of France, apparently. And finally, depicting two young
girls playing in a garden, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose,
now in the collection of the Tate is the work of which artist,
born in 1856? Think of an artist born then. THEY CONFER Have a guess at an artist. Come on. Manet. No, it’s John Singer Sargent.
10 points for this. Recorded in a work written by his
pupil, who made this statement often translated as, “The unexamined life is not worth
living,” during his speech in his own defence
during his trial in 399 BC? Cicero. No. Anyone like to buzz from Exeter? That’s the end of the question?
Yes, that’s the end of the question! And apparently the end of
the answer too. Have you got it? No. Plato.
It was Socrates. Of course it is. Another starter question now. What double letter appears in
words meaning an extinct South American zebra… L, double L. No. You lose five points. A yearling sheep, an insect larva
for example of the order Diptera and a non-pedigree or otherwise
unremarkable cat? A. No, it’s G. As in moggy.
Right, 10 points for this. Shown in an image in the title
sequences of many of their films, what name did Michael Powell
and Emmerich Pressburger give to their production company? Its output in the 1940s included
Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes. Green Door Films. No. Anyone like to
buzz from Birmingham? Is it Rank? No, it’s The Archers or Archers Film
Production. Ten points for this. In early December, which French city
holds the annual event known as the Fete des Lumieres or
Festival of Lights? This features the illumination of
the Fourviere Basilica, a few miles north of the confluence
of the Rhone and the Saone. Avignon. No. Anjou. No. It’s Lyon, so I am going to give you
another starter question now. The Siberian Husky and Samoyed
and the Alaskan Malamute are among the breeds of dog most commonly used
for which means of transport? Sledding. Sledges is correct, yes. That means you get a set of
bonuses and they are on charades. In which 19th-century novel does
Harriet Smith read a cryptic message described as a charade
representing the word courtship which she is persuaded has
been written for her by Mr Elton? Emma. You don’t need to…
Oh, I don’t need to buzz! I’m sorry.
You’re right though. OK. I’ll accept it, of course. Try and do it through your captain
cos he’s feeling a bit left out. So sorry, sir. Secondly, which novel of 1848
includes a scene in which several of the principal characters take part
in acting charades at Gaunt House, the residence of Lord Steyne? Steyne? Did you say 1848? I did. Still don’t know. Good. We don’t know. You don’t know. It’s Vanity Fair. And finally, which novel by
George Eliot includes a scene in which Gwendolen Harleth appears in a
charade as the statue of Hermione in Shakespeare’s
The Winter’s Tale? Middlemarch? Middlemarch. No, it’s Daniel Deronda. We are going to take a
picture round now. For your picture starter you’ll see
a photograph of a British athlete. 10 points if you can give me
her name, please. Lizzy Yarnold. It is Lizzy Yarnold, yes. APPLAUSE In 2018 she became the UK’s most
successful Winter Olympian when she won a
second gold medal in the skeleton. Your picture bonuses are three of
that still select group of British athletes who have won one
Winter Olympic Gold Medal. Five points for each you
can name. Firstly… THEY CONFER Pass. That’s Amy Williams who won in
the skeleton in 2010. Secondly, who’s this? WHISPERING Sorry, pass. That’s Rhona Martin and finally… Is it Robin Cousins or Curry? Hang on. Robin Cousins. OK. Robin Cousins. It is Robin Cousins, yes.
Right, 10 points for this. “I am undoubtedly a liberal, “which means that I am in almost
total agreement with the “Eisenhower-era Republican
party platform.” Which US political commentator
said that in 2010? The recipient of several
Emmy awards, she has since 2008 been the host
of her own eponymous cable news… Oprah? No. ..cable news show on MSNBC.
You lose five points. Anyone like to buzz from Exeter? You may not confer, one of you
can buzz. No? It’s Rachel Maddow. 10 points for this.
Fingers on the buzzers, please. What work of the 1860s is retold
in Geraldine Brooks’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel March? It’s Little Women by Louisa May
Alcott. 10 points for this. What? Have you got lots of questions? Yeah, we’re going to carry on
until you get one right. LAUGHTER 10 points for this. Simmered in hot water before being
glazed with egg white and baked, what word derived from Yiddish
denotes a dense, ring-shaped… Bagel. Bagel is correct. Yes. You get a set of bonuses,
Birmingham, on a Christmas cantata. First performed in 1954,
Hodie or This Day, is a Christmas cantata by which
English composer? 1954. 1954. To late for… Yeah, yeah. How about Vaughan Williams?
Elgar? Erm… Let’s do it. Tippet. No, it was Vaughan Williams. Secondly, the third movement of
Hodie is a setting of part of an ode entitlement On The Morning Of
Christ’s Nativity, a work by which English poet? Tennyson. Tennyson. No, it’s John Milton. And finally, the ninth movement sets
the poem Christmas by which port and clergyman, born in 1593? The poem is one of a pair on the
theme, published in the posthumous
collection, The Temple. John Donne. John Donne. No, it was George Herbert.
10 points for this. “Nobody saw him, still he was there, “nose-biting, prank-playing,
everywhere.” These words of the poet
Charles Sangster referred to which seasonal figure? Sharing a name with a fictional
creation of RD Wingfield and a pseudonym used by Bob Dylan,
he personifies ice and cold. Jack Frost. Jack Frost is correct, yes. That takes you over the 100, Exeter. Your bonuses are on capital cities
of the Nordic countries. In each case name the city that
corresponds to the following. Firstly, the title of
a 1998 played by Michael Frayn, it concerns a meeting held in 1941
between two prominent physicists. Copenhagen. Correct. Secondly, the venue of the
equestrian events of the 1956 Summer Olympics. Strict quarantine laws made it
unfeasible to move horses to Melbourne, the host city. Helsinki. No, it was Stockholm. And finally, a diplomatic accord
of 1975 signed by most European countries in an effort to reduce
tension during the Cold War. Oslo Accords, Oslo. No, that was Helsinki. They are
called the Helsinki Accords. Right, 10 points for this.
GONG And at the gong,
Birmingham University have 85. Exeter University have 110. Birmingham, you didn’t quite make it
to 100 but you…you were within striking distance, had you
got another question or two right. Exeter, congratulations to you.
Thank you very much for joining us. I doubt you will be returning as one
of the four highest scoring teams, which will doubtless
break your heart. Thank you very much indeed.
You didn’t have to do it. I hope you can join us next time
another first-round match but until then it is goodbye from
Birmingham University… Goodbye. It’s goodbye from Exeter University.
Goodbye. And it’s goodbye from me, goodbye. APPLAUSE

22 thoughts on “University Challenge – Christmas 2018 E05 Exeter University v Birmingham University

  1. I know it's the holiday season and all, but – seriously – these teams were simperingly bad. The fact that neither could correctly identify who said "the unexamined life is not worth living" tells you just about everything you need to know about this lot. Glad that the winning team (barely earning a hundred points) won't be back for the semi-finals.

  2. 19:20 South American zebra? I expect they mean quagga, but I thought they were African. Maggot for the larvae, hogget, for the yearling sheep and moggy for the scruffy cat.

  3. They may be distinguished in their respective careers but these teams were ridiculous. How many times did they have to be told not to confer – it's a basic rule of the competition. Painful to watch but thanks for posting.

  4. How can a team of academics fail to identify Slovenia on a big map of Europe. Perhaps the Brits better have their Brexit – and maybe study European geography before re-joining the EEC !

  5. 19:18 Q: "What double letter . . . ?" A: "A" What a silly answer. How many English words have a double-A? And how many which mean fly larva or cat? JP misread the question as well. The quagga (zebra) lived in Africa.

  6. Oh dear. But I can forgive them for the wrong answer to the first question on Henry VIII's wives because Elizabeth 1 did not inherit all of those characteristics (red-haired, not dark).

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