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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True,but could be interesting,perhaps,seeing how both teams tackle it. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obviously some time had gone by between last night's edition of University Challenge and last week's programme.

Jeremy Paxman's hair!!! Shocked Very Happy Doesn't look like he has seen the inside of a barbers this side of March.

Also noticeable were partitions between the teams - Only Connect have had them from the start of this series.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes didn't he look a mess! He was wearing glasses on the last couple of episodes.

They must have done the previous ones before lockdown. When it first came back I thought they must film them much further in advance that I thought but obviously not quite!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2022 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will think of Bamber Gascoigne tonight watching University Challenge .

Sad to hear of his death last week. Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2022 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strangely I did to while watching Becky.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2022 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very disappointed with the choice of Amol Rajan as the new University Challenge presenter. With Paul O'Grady's enforced departure and now this I'm starting to think the BBC actively hate us all.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2022 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firstly, I'm sorry to see Jeremy can't continue anymore. I noticed the signs in the last series. All the very best to him.

I know Samira Ahmed applied for UC and hoped she'd get it. She was pretty confident, too. I dare say it was cut and dried ages ago, with regard to Amol Rajan.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2022 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am too, and it seems BBC 'insiders', whoever they might be, are as well. Apparently he was poached by ITV but didn't go so they now have to find him something to do........

A dreadful choice IMHO. I don't find him easy to understand at times, he talks too fast. In fact I often 'switch off' from anything he reports on but I haven't seen much of him of late........???

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2022 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
In fact I often 'switch off' from anything he reports on but I haven't seen much of him of late........??

He was awful on The One Show and just dreadful all those times he sat in on Radio 2. Definitely a case of BBC bosses willing him to become popular, despite public indifference. He's on Radio 4's Today Programme now, which is why he's (thankfully) not been seen for a while.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2022 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think he is a poor choice, he sounds flippant and sloppy on the Today programme. Some of the phrases he uses makes my o/h cringe!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2022 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:


A dreadful choice IMHO. I don't find him easy to understand at times, he talks too fast. In fact I often 'switch off' from anything he reports on but I haven't seen much of him of late........???

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I haven't heard him, but he'll have to be both quick and clear to communicate and be understood across the studio to the teams. Paxo at his peak, and someone like Sandi Toksvig excel in that.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2022 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The latest series is back tonight followed at 9pm with a 60 year special.

It's repeated Friday night at 11.05pm I think which will help with our recording schedule tonight!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2022 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
Very disappointed with the choice of Amol Rajan as the new University Challenge presenter. With Paul O'Grady's enforced departure and now this I'm starting to think the BBC actively hate us all.



Me too ,Ian - he doesn't (for me) enhance any programme he is on - a real lightweight. Rolling Eyes
George Alagiah would,I think, have been a good replacement but he has had health problems lately.

Great opening contest last night!

Pity there had to be a loser.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2022 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it was a good one last night! Of late I've often thought the first few have been a bit flat, with teams appearing a bit nervous perhaps.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2022 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 60 year special was pretty special, too. Watching Jeremy in his pomp was bitter sweet. There's no chance of Amol Rajan flilling his boots.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2022 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeremy recorded his last University Challenge on the 15th October according to this programme - Paxman: Putting Up With Parkinson's.

Recorded it a while ago and just got round to watching it. He was his well known cantankerous self as he visited different places to find out more about Parkinson's.

He found out he had it in what was an usual way! He was walking his dog one day when he fell over and had to go to hospital. The doctor who attended him said he thought he had Parkinson's and explained that he watched Jeremy on UC and that his face had the 'Parkinson's mask'

He made a visit to Ozzy Osbourne who has Parkinson's - we didn't see him but he talked with Sharon.

He did some ballet dancing (sat down) and went bowling. He has since joined a bowling club.

An astonishing part of the programme was when he visited Manchester University and met a woman who can smell Parkinson's on people.

All in all an interesting and informative programme

https://www.itv.com/hub/paxman-putting-up-with-parkinsons/10a2082a0001
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2023 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With no great fanfare - more than likely at his own request - Jeremy left University Challenge. ☹️☹️
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2023 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
With no great fanfare - more than likely at his own request - Jeremy left University Challenge. ☹️☹️


I probably won't watch it anymore - I can't stand his replacement.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2023 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll probably give it a go but not holding out much hope.

I did wonder how they would do the presentation given Jeremy's health issues.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2023 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with Helen on this - I will probably give it a go but am really not keen on Amol Rajan.

The presentation was a bit of an odd affair this year. Yung Chang came on and delivered a nice little speech, then the winning captain was called up to receive the trophy.

It is usually presented by the guest but he just picked it up himself. 🙂
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2023 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about the odd moment when the winning captain picked up the trophy instead of waiting for it to be presented to him.

I too am not keen on Jeremy's replacement but I'll give it a go I suppose.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2023 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new series of University Challenge kicks off tomorrow BBC 2 at 8.30pm!

It always signals a change in the seasons for me somehow.

I wonder how it will all work out with the new presenter and from what I've read a completely new set. I'm guessing it will take a little while to get used to, but it will be good have a Monday night routine even if I do record it and often start watching about 10 mins late!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2023 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Such a good, first contest last night that the focus on Rajan was somewhat diminished for me.

He rattles along at a faster pace than Jeremy - could have been because he reads the questions off a monitor rather than cards.

The Telegraph said...

University Challenge, review: Amol Rajan reins in the smug to ensure the quiz is the star.

The review that follows in not at all bad so goodness knows what it would have been like if they really didn't like him!

I've watched this programme for so many years that I will probably continue unless Rajan dials up the 'smug'

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/university-challenge-amol-rajan-review/
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2023 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found it a bit hard going to be honest Becky. His voice doesn't project enough for you to understand some of the questions (the long and complicated ones of which there were a fair few last night) and of course he speaks too fast. It's not the volume of his voice just that I don't think it carries well enough. I never liked listening to him on the news either.

I felt it was a good first round though, as in the past few years I felt the teams were a bit flat for the first few weeks and the scores were often quite low.

We'll see how it goes, I doubt they'll make any changes as they will have been recorded a good while ago., OH not impressed so he probably will read the paper or his tablet while it's on. I'll stick with it for now but not the show it was for me.

Glad the screens between the players have at long last gone!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2023 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't put up with Amol Rajan so will give it a miss. Someone like Stuart Maconie would have been better. He takes part in an afternoon radio quiz programme, but I guess he wouldn't fit in with the way the BBC is going.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2023 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I couldn't help thinking that this wasn't the first show in the new series, but a cherry picked one, because of the close game, to get more people to accept the new UC.

Nobody could match Paxo and I do think that Samira Ahmed should have got the gig. As well as deserving the job, it would have been more acceptable to go the whole hog and have a woman picking up the reins.

I struggled to keep up with Amol's yakking, so if I do watch from time to time, I'll put the subbys on.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2023 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could well be right Raver, I'd never thought that this 'first episode' could have been the 5th or 6th. As I said above I always think the series needs a few episodes to get going. We'll see what happens tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2023 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Missing the old photos of the alumni on the Christmas specials!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2023 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd forgotten all about them Becky, but they are missed!

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