December 2023

University Challenge Christmas Special Series

University Challenge Christmas Special Series

Festive cheer and intellectual prowess unite in the University Challenge Christmas Special Series, The University Challenge Christmas Special Series starts on BBC Two and iPlayer from Monday 18 December.

This holiday season, get ready for a festive treat that blends yuletide joy with intellectual prowess as the University Challenge Christmas Series returns to the BBC on Monday 18 December. With Amol Rajan asking the questions, this special edition of the quiz show promises to be a riveting experience for audiences across the nation.

The Christmas series will feature distinguished alumni from a number of universities who have produced some of the finest minds, and their alumni are set to showcase their intellectual mettle in this holiday edition. From journalists and TV presenters, to politicians and academics, find the full list of well-known faces below.

Amol Rajan says: "The holiday season is the perfect time to celebrate not only the joy of the season but also the brilliance of the minds that have emerged from these esteemed institutions. The University Challenge Christmas Series is a unique blend of festive cheer and intellectual competition, I can't wait for viewers to join us. I'm also thrilled to report that after much excitable feedback on social media, the new black chair in which I sit is proportionately lower. Never let is be said that we fail to respond to our beloved national community of quizzers".

Peter Gwyn, Executive Producer: "We're thrilled that so many fine minds and well known faces have agreed to entertain us over the festive season by taking on the kind of questions we usually throw at our brainiest students. Some very merry ding-dongs lie ahead!"

Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC says: "I'm delighted that viewers get to enjoy another year of University Challenge's festive fun with Amol Rajan. Get ready for a merry collision of wit and wisdom as our teams battle it out."

Don't miss the University Challenge Christmas series, starting on 18 December at 20:30pm on BBC Two and iPlayer. Tune in for a holiday special that promises to be the meeting place of tradition and trivia!

Filmed at dock10 studios, University Challenge Christmas (9 x 30) is produced by Lifted Entertainment, part of ITV Studios, and is produced in association with Richard Reid for the College Bowl Company. It was commissioned for BBC Two and iPlayer by BBC Head of Entertainment Commissioning Kalpna Patel-Knight. The Commissioning Editor for Entertainment is Suzanne McManus. The Executive Producer for Lifted Entertainment is Peter Gwyn, and the Series Producer is Clare Parody. University Challenge has been produced in the North West for over sixty years.