What time is University Challenge on tonight, which teams are on and how does it work?


THE latest series of BBC quiz show University Challenge continues tonight as students from across the UK face off on the iconic quiz show.

As always Jeremy Paxman will be on question master duty, dishing out the questions and getting grouchy with contestants who take too long to answer. Here’s the latest on the show…

 Jeremy Paxman leads the questioning in tonight's University Challenge

Jeremy Paxman leads the questioning in tonight’s University Challenge

When can I watch tonight’s University Challenge?

The eleventh episode of the 24th series will air tonight, Monday, October 9 at 8pm on BBC Two.

However, if you can’t be in front of your televisions at that time, catch up on the action using the BBC’s iPlayer.

Provided you have a TV licence, it will remain on the site for 28 days.

University Challenge originally aired on ITV from 1962 until 1987.

The show was then rebooted by the BBC in 1994 with Paxman at the helm.

Balliol College, Oxford, are the current title holders after winning the last series back in April.

 Balliol College, Oxford are the current title holders

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Balliol College, Oxford are the current title holders

How does University Challenge work?

The academic quiz works by a direct knockout system with 28 teams with the 14 first-round winners progressing directly to the last 16.

The four highest scoring losing teams from the first round then battle it out for the last two places in the final 16.

Teams in the quarter finals must win two matches in the round to make it through to the semi-finals.

 Eric Monkman was the standout star of the last series

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Eric Monkman was the standout star of the last series

What schools are going head to head on tonight’s show?

Tonight, four students from Emmanuel College, Cambridge will be flexing their quizzing muscles against their adversaries from St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

The competitors will have a lot to live up to as brainy Eric Monkman was the breakout star of the last series.

University Challenge contestant Eric Monkman dominates the show

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