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University Challenge - The Professionals - 2005


The third series began on 20th May 2005 with the final appearing on 12th September. Once again the four highest scoring teams from the first round were selected to progress to the semi-finals.

First round
Radio 4 - Today130115Masters of Wine
Private Eye160135Debrett's
Metropolitan Police Trainers135165The Lady magazine
Wisden145245Romantic Novelists' Association
Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival120240Privy Council Office
Financial Times115175Idler magazine
European Interpreters105210The Economist
V&A150115Chess Players
Barbican170135Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
Biographers Club95230New Scientist
Semi-Finals
Privy Council Office19585New Scientist
Romantic Novelists' Association200180The Economist
Final
Privy Council Office165115Romantic Novelists' Association

The winners of the third series of UC: The Professionals were John Watherston, Meriel McCullagh, Alex Galloway, and Graham Donald of the Privy Council Office, beating out the Romantic Novelists whose team included Mastermind champion Anne Ashurst who also appeared on the Mastermind vs Magdalen, Oxford Christmas special in 1997.

The Privy Council received their individual trophies from actor John Sessions who recounted his experience as a reserve for the team that represented Bangor University in 1974.