University Challenge results, 1967-1968
These are the results of the very fifth series of University Challenge which ran weekly on ITV, starting on 27 September 1967 and ending on 24 July 1968 after 44 shows. In Anglia the shows were broadcast on Wednesdays, initially at 21:00 but moved to 19:00 later on in the series.
Once again the first round had a 'winner-stays-on' format, with a team qualifying for the quarter-finals if they won three in a row, and the quarter-finals and semi-finals were single-game knockouts, with the final 'best-of-three'.
The special show shown at Christmas 1967 was a match between the 1967 champions, Sussex, and the losing semi-finalists from the 1966 series St Hilda's College, Oxford. According to the TV Times, the all-female St Hilda's team had "caused a big stir when it last appeared, with a record postbag from admiring viewers".
For the whole of the Bamber era TV schedules differed between the different ITV regions, and the show was often broadcast at different times and on different days in different parts of the country, and sometimes the regions were even a week or two out of sync with each other. Where the date differed, I try to use the date the show was broadcast in the Anglia region in the tables.
There are many gaps that I've been unable to find, so please do contact me if you can assist.
|27/09/1967||St Peter's, Oxford||Sidney Sussex, Cambridge|
|04/10/1967||Sidney Sussex, Cambridge|
|20/03/1968||Kent||St Hilda's, Oxford|
|19/06/1968||St David's, Lampeter||Keele|
|27/12/1967||St Hilda's, Oxford||Sussex|
The champions of Keele University were Paul Brownsey (History & Philosophy), Pamela Maddison (Law & Psychology), Aubrey Lawrence (Latin & History), and Andrew MacMullen (Law & Politics). Their prize was a specially-commissioned decorative 'polyester resin' window designed for the winning college by York artist Reg Williams, and unveiled in Keele by their chancellor, Princess Margaret.
Other teams appearing on this series include Balliol, Oxford (including writer Christopher Hitchens); Bristol; Corpus Christi, Cambridge (including entrepreneur Tony Michell); Durham; Manchester; Pembroke, Cambridge; St Catharine's, Cambridge; St Hugh's, Oxford (including singer June Tabor); Westfield, London.
St David's, Lampeter beat Balliol, Oxford (210-95), St Catharine's, Cambridge (215-140) and Westfield, London (290-25). Pembroke, Cambridge, was captained by broadcaster Clive James. According to James, Pembroke beat St Hilda's, Oxford then lost to Balliol, Oxford on the final question (though Balliol's records only show their game against St David's, so it was probably a different team). Jesus, Cambridge consecutively beat Manchester, Durham and Bristol in their first-round games.
Winning teams advancing to the next round are in bold.