The winning team were Lance Haward (who famously only took the Open
University degree so that he could appear on University Challenge),
David Good, John Burke, and Sue Mitchell, reading Classical Greek,
Computing, Humanities, and Literature respectively. Jeremy Paxman
aired his opinions about their victory (Times article,
BBC article, Telegraph
article) and Mr Haward responds.
University Challenge results, 1999
The 1998-9 series started on the 3rd September and ended with the
final on 27th April. The difference this year is that there are 28 teams in the
first round. The second round consists of the 14 winners plus two
others. The four highest scoring losers play each other in two
games, the winner of each taking the final two places in the second round.
|Harris Manchester, Oxford||185||200||Selwyn, Cambridge|
|King's Coll Med&Dent, London||130||170||Magdalen, Oxford|
|Christ Church, Oxford||150||245||Trinity, Cambridge|
|St Hilda's, Oxford||115||215||Bangor|
|Corpus Christi, Cambridge||145||280||Oriel, Oxford|
|Highest scoring runners-up
|Harris Manchester, Oxford||185||200||Manchester|
|Balliol, Oxford||205||270||Birkbeck, London|
|Leicester, 1963 winners||145||220||Magdalen, Oxford, 1998 winners|
The participants in the special celebrity show were: Jane Moore (The
Sun), Peter Hutchens (The Express), Ann Leslie (Daily Mail) and Tony
Parsons (The Mirror) for the Tabloids, and Decca Atikinhead (The Guardian),
Libby Purves (The Times), Boris Johnson (Daily Telegraph) and Richard
Ingrams (The Observer) for the Broadsheets.
Winners are given in bold, and the four highest scoring first
round losers in italics.