York’s University Challenge team firmly secured their place in the second round of the BBC’s University Challenge competition after beating four-time champions University of Manchester 265 – 90.
The episode, which aired on BBC Two on Monday 3rd August, saw York’s team, made up of History student Barto Joly de Lotbiniere, Politics student David Landon Cole and Chemistry students Sam Smith and Joseph McLoughlin, answer questions on a range of topics that included warships, classical music and island nations.
Their opponents, the University of Manchester often beat them to the buzzer, but their difficulties in answering their bonus round questions allowed the contrasting precision and accuracy of York to dominate, which led to a very convincing and promising first-round victory.
In his introductions, Jeremy Paxman was quick to make remarks about York’s campus location and “it’s population of wildfowl”, which was well represented by a large rubber duck mascot that proudly sat at the centre of the team’s table for the duration of the programme.
The team, with an average age of 22, will have their second round match televised later this year.
Their first round match can be viewed on BBC iPlayer here.