University Challenge first came to New Zealand TV screens in 1976 and was discontinued in 1989… or so we thought. Until this year when the show returned after a 25-year hiatus! The low-budget show takes you on a trip back in time with the same gimmicky intro music and classic game show set. I hope that with this revival the network brings back other shows such as Celebrity Squares, which always seemed to feature Whoopi Goldberg…
For those who aren’t familiar with University Challenge’s concept, it involves two teams from competing New Zealand Universities who sit side by side while they are given general knowledge and other quiz questions. Overall it is a battle to be the brainiest on TV and spill out all the facts you’ve learnt from your encyclopedia collection. Although the incredibly eager students may resemble characters from the Big Bang Theory, I can’t deny that they know their stuff! Unfortunately Class of 2014 really will luck out this year, as unlike previous years where winners were given prizes, this year they will only earn the gift of knowledge…nawh. The contestants are thrown questions such as: “What is the acronym for the quasi-stellar radio source of any of the blue star-like objects that are strong radio emitters?” which they easily answer, as obviously it’s a Quasar!
While University Challenge may cause you to question your own intelligence you can check it out for yourself, and cheer on Canterbury each Saturday at 11.30am on Prime.
Also for a bit of a laugh you can find old episodes of the show here: http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/university-challenge/series