Arthur Bamber Gascoigne FRSL (born 24 January 1935) is a British television presenter and author, best known for being the original quiz master on University Challenge.
University Challenge – Pro-Celebrity Edition 1992 with graduate on it Stephen Fry from Cambridge University.
Bamber Gascoigne came to national fame as the original presenter (from 1962) of the popular television quiz show University Challenge, based on the US series College Bowl. He held the position for 25 years, until the end of the initial run in 1987. Although he has written several books, mostly works of history, and presented other television programs, his name is permanently connected with University Challenge for many viewers. His questioning manner was firm yet polite. Phrases he often used which became catchphrases include: “Your starter for ten”, “fingers on the buzzers”, and “I’ll have to hurry you”.
When we watched the TV as a family and were able to answer just one question it was fun as most of the questions went over our heads. Universities throughout the country were chosen and each week the University that won moved on to the next show.
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