Who's on University Challenge 2021 tonight? Latest from new series on BBC Two

University Challenge

University Challenge is back for a brand new series for 2021/2022 - here's all you need to know.

Jeremy Paxman returns as quizmaster as the competition gets underway.


Having aired since the 1960s, the show sees teams of four from Universities across the country go head to head in a general knowledge knockout tournament.

Who's on University Challenge tonight?

University Challenge is currently airing a Christmas special series nightly at 8:30PM featuring distinguished alumni.

In the latest match of the quiz tonight (28 December), musician YolanDa Brown and radio broadcaster Peter White play on behalf of the University of Kent. They're up against a team from Goldsmiths, London alumni that includes artist Mark Wallinger and campaigner Laura Coryton. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.

Episodes from the main series will return in 2022 on Monday nights.

As well as watching on TV, you'll be able to watch episodes online via BBC iPlayer.

How does University Challenge work?

The quiz competition features teams from universities across the UK and the colleges of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.


Applications took place last year with teams needing to take part in a general trivia quiz in order to be selected.

The competition starts with 28 teams who will each go head-to-head with the winners making the final 16. The top four highest-scoring losing teams in the first round will face-off for the final two places in the last 16.

The top 16 teams will then go head-to-head to determine the remaining eight teams for the quarter finals where teams must win two matches in order to progress.

The top teams from the semi-finals will face off in the grand final for the title.

University Challenge's current title holders are Warwick - who will triumph this year?


University Challenge first aired in 1961, hosted by Bamber Gascoigne on ITV until 1987. The show made a return to the BBC in 1994 with Jeremy Paxman, where it has aired ever since. Roger Tilling has provided the voice over for the show since 2001.

Picture credit: Jeremy Paxman/BBC

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