Team of famous graduates from University of East Anglia triumph on University Challenge

University of East Anglia graduates John Boyne, Razia Iqbal, David Grossman and Charlie Higson take part in a special Christmas edition of University Challenge, pictured with host Jeremy Paxman. University of East Anglia graduates John Boyne, Razia Iqbal, David Grossman and Charlie Higson take part in a special Christmas edition of University Challenge, pictured with host Jeremy Paxman.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
8:26 PM

Four famous graduates of the University of East Anglia put their Norwich education to good use this evening when they triumphed on a special Christmas episode of University Challenge.

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The popular highbrow quiz has changed its usual format, of pitting teams of current students from universities against each other, to give famous graduates from eight universities a chance.

Representing the UEA were Irish novelist John Boyne, BBC journalists Razia Iqbal and David Grossman and actor, comedian and author Charlie Higson, who is best known as star and writer of The Fast Show.

The UEA is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the quartet got those celebrations off to a good start by beating a team from the University of Birmingham, including MP Anna Soubry, by 195 points to 115.

Grossman graduated from the UEA in 1987 with a degree in politics and is currently a political correspondent for BBC Two’s Newsnight, which is hosted by University Challenge host Jeremy Paxman.

Higson left the UEA in 1980 after studying for a BA in English and American Literature, Iqbal completed an American Studies degree at UEA in 1981 and Boyne, best known for writing the novel behind the film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, graduated with a masters in Creative Writing in 1994.

The team now go on to the semi-finals, where they will compete against either New College Oxford, University of Liverpool or University of Glasgow.

The semi-finals are being screened at 6.30pm tomorrow and Thursday.

13 comments

  • Piranha24. What contrubution do they make to the economy then ???. I suppose you have one of these "degrees" as well ?.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • What have you done "V" that we can judge to see if it's worthwhile?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Such bitter comments, I am sure if you studied for the same degree you would think it worthwhile. For the record, I don't have a degree of any sort, but also I don't feel the need to question someone with one.

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    Horatio

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • "V" started a lively little debate. surely that`s worthwhile?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Considering one of them has a degree in Politics and is a political correspondent and an other in creative writing and is a successful author then YES, they are worthwhile degrees, what a stupid comment.

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    Piranha24

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Main contribution blocked.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Do you talk to yourself much, Piranha? I know from experience how much really hard graft Maths\Science\Engineering students had to put in to gain intellectual enrichment and learn practical skill at the same time. The "Humanities" students spent much of their time drinking coffee and posing. That`s not bitter, that`s fact. Two of my favourites were Germaine Greer and Jack Straw (post grads). They`ve done very well for themselves. Steve Heighway was there studying Economics, I think. Excellent footballer. He came on as sub for me once. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Considering one of them has a degree in Politics and is a political correspondent and an other in creative writing and is a successful author then YES, they are worthwhile degrees, what a stupid comment.

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    Piranha24

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Well said "V"! The essence is in the meaning of "worthwhile". Worthwhile to who? Journalism itself is dodgy, but Political Journalism is surely the lowest? As for "Creative Writing" you don`t need a degree to write creatively. Engineering, Science, Maths, Languages are a different matter. Interesting how journalists promote themselves through their cronies in .... journalism.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Like it or not we need people with humanity degrees just as we need people with other degrees! Although I recently completed a degree at UEA in computer graphics science and lived with some history students for two years. I have never see someone have a such an easy life, although they could have just been a couple bad students!

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    Paul Reed

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Computer science - forward slash - graphics... The filter removed the slash...

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    Paul Reed

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Really worthwhile degrees then ? NOT !.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • And a stupid reply, the authors book sales obviously contributed quite a bit! More than sitting here moaning about someone who is better educated than yourself. I have a Masters in Taunting Wallys And Twits.

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    Piranha24

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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