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First look at new University Challenge set


The BBC has released images of the brand new University Challenge set, as Amol Rajan takes over as presenter.

The show is now in its 61st year and recording is currently underway at MediaCity’s dock10.

The old set had been in place since 2013 and in addition to the new look, there will be an updated titles sequence, which will be revealed when the show airs later this year.

“I have spent years re-arranging Monday nights around the need to be in front of my television at 20.30. University Challenge really is my favourite programme. And from their feedback and sheer numbers, our treasured audience has made very clear I am far from alone,” said Rajan, who replaces Jeremy Paxman after his 28 years in the hot seat.

“Perhaps that’s no surprise given this is Britain’s longest running TV quiz, in a nation of quiz lovers. While there is a new a set and presenter, everything else remains: the perfect title music; the peerless voice of Roger Tilling; the fiendish questions; and above all the remarkable students, some of whom come this year from universities competing for the first time.

“What we’ve seen so far includes moments of huge tension, flashes of genius, and brilliant starters and bonuses that will have viewers joining in and shouting at their screens.”


The show is made by Lifted Entertainment North (part of ITV Studios) for the BBC. The show was originally recorded at Granada Television, before moving to Dock10.

“The Lifted Entertainment team are genuinely thrilled to be working with Amol Rajan, who will become only the third person to host University Challenge, a programme we’ve been producing here in the North West for over sixty years. We couldn’t be more proud or more excited to be part of a new era for this icon of British television,” added Executive Producer Peter Gwyn.

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