Sunday, December 7, 2014


There should be some amusement for BBC people in the Christmas series of University Challenge. Noreena Hertz aka Mrs Danny Cohen looks to be on a hiding to nothing as captain of the King’s College, Cambridge team, with no less than three professorships under her belt.

Ubiquitous travel expert Simon Calder captains Warwick.  Dame Jenni Murray of Woman's Hour leads the Hull team, with support from erstwhile BBC Arts correspondent Rosie Millard. Corrie Corfield, newsreader and announcer on Radio 4 skippers Goldsmiths, and Radio 4 boffin Jim Al-Khalili takes the hot seat for Surrey.  Kate Adie, hostess of From Our Own Correspondent, makes it a trio of Radio 4 captains, leading out Newcastle. Allan Little, BBC News correspondent is on the Edinburgh team.

Other broadcasters are available: James Mates of ITV captains Leeds, with support from BBC commentator Jacqui Oatley. Cathy Newman of Channel 4 News heads the Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford contingent.

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