University Challenge results, 1970-71

These are the results of the eighth series of University Challenge which ran weekly on ITV, starting in the week of 25 October 1970 and ending on 1 August 1971, running for 41 shows. In Anglia the series was shown on Sunday afternoons at 14:30 or 14:15 with a scheduled running time of 30 minutes.

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 Christmas special show pitted the "all-female" Somerville College, Oxford team against the 1970 champions, Churchill College, Cambridge.

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.

First round
25/10/1970SalfordSt Hilda's, Oxford
01/11/1970St Hilda's, OxfordRoyal Holloway, London
08/11/1970St Hilda's, Oxford
15/11/1970Downing, CambridgeUWIST
22/11/1970Downing, CambridgeSt Andrews
29/11/1970St AndrewsTrinity, Oxford
06/12/1970Trinity, OxfordAberdeen
13/12/1970Trinity, OxfordEdinburgh
20/12/1970
27/12/1970
10/01/1971UWIST(Pembroke)
17/01/1971UWISTMagdalen, Oxford
24/01/1971Magdalen, Oxford
31/01/1971Magdalen, Oxford
07/02/1971LeicesterLincoln, Oxford
14/02/1971Lincoln, Oxford(University College)
21/02/1971Lincoln, OxfordQueen Mary, London
28/02/1971NottinghamUniversity, London
14/03/1971NottinghamSt Peter's, Oxford
21/03/1971NottinghamSurrey
28/03/1971
04/04/1971KeeleClare, Cambridge
11/04/1971KeeleSt Catharine's, Cambridge
18/04/1971
25/04/1971
02/05/1971Balliol, Oxford
09/05/1971Balliol, OxfordStirling
16/05/1971Balliol, OxfordSidney Sussex, Cambridge
23/05/1971Sidney Sussex, CambridgeUniversity, Dublin
30/05/1971Sidney Sussex, CambridgeBirkbeck, London
06/06/1971
13/06/1971
20/06/1971
Quarter-finals
27/06/1971
04/07/1971
Semi-finals
11/07/1971
18/07/1971
Finals
25/07/1971Sidney Sussex, CambridgeTrinity, Oxford
01/08/1971Sidney Sussex, CambridgeTrinity, Oxford
Specials
21/12/1970Somerville, OxfordChurchill, Cambridge

The series champions from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge were Chris Allen (History), James Drummond Young (Law), Andrew Sanders (English), and John Stephens (History of Ideas). Their prize was a set of prints by William Hogarth entitled "The Idle and Industrious Apprentice", that were placed in the college bar.

Sidney Sussex's first-round games were against Balliol (who had already won two games); University, Dublin; and Birkbeck, London. With six teams progressing to the quarter-finals, Sidney Sussex got a bye to the semi-finals where they comfortably beat St Hilda's, Oxford. Along the way, Trinity, Oxford beat Aberdeen, Edinburgh, St Andrews, and (in the semi-finals) Lincoln, Oxford.

Winning teams advancing to the next round are in bold.