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 Posted:   Aug 20, 2007 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

For those who might not know, this is a long-running highbrow quiz show that pits teams of students from UK universities against each other in a knock out format.

Tonight, one of the "starter for 10" questions was to identify the composer of a piece of music and the film it came from. The clip was a cover version of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. It was correctly identified, and the team (from Warwick, I think, I was only half-listening up to that point) were then asked to identify three more clips of Morricone music:

Cinema Paradiso (answer given: The Piano)
Once Upon a Time in America (answered correctly, bless 'em)
The Mission (answer given: The Last Emperor)

(And later on, one of the questions related to a Shostakovich symphony...icing on the cake for me!)

Someone in the BBC has got very good taste, and perhaps this is further evidence of Morricone's burgeoning influence.... smile After all, the participants are highly intelligent, Thor-like people - a step up even from Mastermind, and no mistake.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2007 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   The_Mark_of_Score-O   (Member)

Why not ask them about something quintessentially English, such as the film scores of William Walton, for instance?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2007 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

Thanks Chris,
We have this recorded for watching tomorrow night ! We never miss UC.
Niall.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2007 - 10:47 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Sorry, Niall

Should have put in a spoiler warning!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2007 - 12:00 AM   
 By:   psaggs   (Member)

One of the question-setters on UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE might be a film music fan. There have been a lot of other examples during recent years. I can't remember them all, but they've certainly covered John Barry, John Williams, Lalo Schifrin, Danny Elfman, and Morricone before. I think they average about one batch each series. I'm sorry I missed this year's lot.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2007 - 6:17 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

Sorry, Niall

Should have put in a spoiler warning!


Chris,
No problem, I only meant thanks for alerting us to the film music questions, I don't mind at all knowing in advance, looking forward to seeing it tonight.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 21, 2007 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Why not ask them about something quintessentially English, such as the film scores of William Walton, for instance?

And your point?

It's a very highbrow quiz show covering a myriad of subjects so why should any questions be "quintessentially" English?

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2007 - 6:24 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

No offence to Niall, but since Paxman put down art-house cinema on 'Newsnight' after the deaths of Antonioni and Bergman, I lost interest in the guy.

Paxman (who presents UC) is a UK BBC 'anchorman' and interviewer who has also written books on 'Englishness' and fly-fishing. He has a good reputation for doggedly and repeatedly asking politicians questions they avoid answering, and he affects a TV persona that is dry and depressive, though what he's really like is another matter.

Now Niall is a top man, and I'm sure this is just a lapse on his part, but UC is a bit odd. It's Stephen Dawkins' favourite show, when he's not making grim documentaries about science versus religion apparently. It's just fun, certainly though. It used to be presented by quizmaster Bamber Gascoigne, an Oxbridge academic, who famously did a very good history 70s TV series called 'The Christians' about ecclesiastical history. When UC came out of mothballs after AGES, they used Paxman instead, I dunno why.

But I'd like to see a political journalist like Paxman (maybe Kirsty Wark?: I'm not sure) who, when attacking politicians, has the 'bigger picture' that somebody who 'gets' Bergman and Antonioni would provide. Politics is almost always polarised, and to see a more poetic, paradoxical presenter rip the guts out of politicians' arguments would REALLY be good TV, but Jeremy thinks he's too 'down-to-earth' for Ingmar etc.. He tries to ask the questions WE would like to hear asked for sure, but in his own way, he's (though balanced) just as reinforcing of either/or extremes as the people he grills.

(You have to remember Niall is ill at the mo, so he's probably not himself ....)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2007 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

But I'd like to see a political journalist like Paxman (maybe Kirsty Wark?: I'm not sure) who, when attacking politicians, has the 'bigger picture' that somebody who 'gets' Bergman and Antonioni would provide. Politics is almost always polarised, and to see a more poetic, paradoxical presenter rip the guts out of politicians' arguments would REALLY be good TV, but Jeremy thinks he's too 'down-to-earth' for Ingmar etc.. He tries to ask the questions WE would like to hear asked for sure, but in his own way, he's (though balanced) just as reinforcing of either/or extremes as the people he grills.


Which doesn't have too much to do with him presenting University Challenge.

Although if you don't like the man, I can see why that would put you off watching UC - I'd think twice if they asked Jamie Oliver, Cilla Black or Alex Ferguscum to do it.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2007 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

My favourite episode was the one with The Young Ones on it! Comedy Classic.
Toxteth O'Grady indeed.

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2007 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

Had they played "Chi Mai", do you think they would have guessed "David Lloyd George" as composer? wink

 
 Posted:   Aug 22, 2007 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   Jon A. Bell   (Member)

My favourite episode was the one with The Young Ones on it! Comedy Classic.
Toxteth O'Grady indeed.


"World's Stupidest Bottom Burp... Vivian, BRRRRitain!"

-- Jon

P.S. Can you believe that's Emma Thompson as the snooty college girl in that episode? And for my money, "Bambi" may be the single funniest "Young Ones" ever made.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2007 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

No offence to Niall, but since Paxman put down art-house cinema on 'Newsnight' after the deaths of Antonioni and Bergman, I lost interest in the guy.

Paxman (who presents UC) is a UK BBC 'anchorman' and interviewer who has also written books on 'Englishness' and fly-fishing. He has a good reputation for doggedly and repeatedly asking politicians questions they avoid answering, and he affects a TV persona that is dry and depressive, though what he's really like is another matter.

Now Niall is a top man, and I'm sure this is just a lapse on his part, but UC is a bit odd. It's Stephen Dawkins' favourite show, when he's not making grim documentaries about science versus religion apparently. It's just fun, certainly though. It used to be presented by quizmaster Bamber Gascoigne, an Oxbridge academic, who famously did a very good history 70s TV series called 'The Christians' about ecclesiastical history. When UC came out of mothballs after AGES, they used Paxman instead, I dunno why.

But I'd like to see a political journalist like Paxman (maybe Kirsty Wark?: I'm not sure) who, when attacking politicians, has the 'bigger picture' that somebody who 'gets' Bergman and Antonioni would provide. Politics is almost always polarised, and to see a more poetic, paradoxical presenter rip the guts out of politicians' arguments would REALLY be good TV, but Jeremy thinks he's too 'down-to-earth' for Ingmar etc.. He tries to ask the questions WE would like to hear asked for sure, but in his own way, he's (though balanced) just as reinforcing of either/or extremes as the people he grills.

(You have to remember Niall is ill at the mo, so he's probably not himself ....)


Paxman is wonderful !

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2007 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

...and tonight, there were questions on Bernard Herrmann. I won't give the answers away in case Niall's going to watch it later!

UC is becoming required watching....

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2007 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

...and tonight, there were questions on Bernard Herrmann. I won't give the answers away in case Niall's going to watch it later!

UC is becoming required watching....



Tall Guy, I believe Niall is away in Spain this week, so unless he's set the timer on his video or DVD recorder, he's missed it. I was intrigued when they played the theme from TWISTED NERVE. The team answered "Kill Bill" or something and got it right (!?)

- JMM

 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2007 - 4:52 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

...and tonight, there were questions on Bernard Herrmann. I won't give the answers away in case Niall's going to watch it later!

UC is becoming required watching....



Tall Guy, I believe Niall is away in Spain this week, so unless he's set the timer on his video or DVD recorder, he's missed it. I was intrigued when they played the theme from TWISTED NERVE. The team answered "Kill Bill" or something and got it right (!?)

- JMM


Look away now if you don't want to know the answers......

I think the question was phrased something like: "This music by Bernard Herrman was heard in a 1968 film, and again in a 2003 film. Give the name of the two films.".....the answer being "Twisted Nerve" and "Kill Bill".
They knew the answer too.

They also knew the first clip, which was "Psycho" (easy!), but were hopeless on the other two.

The second clip played was from "Citizen Kane", which they thought was from "Dumbo" !!!!

The last clip was from "North By Northwest",and they nodded sagely and answered "Ben-Hur" !!!!

Kids eh ?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2007 - 3:12 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

...and tonight, there were questions on Bernard Herrmann. I won't give the answers away in case Niall's going to watch it later!

UC is becoming required watching....



Tall Guy, I believe Niall is away in Spain this week, so unless he's set the timer on his video or DVD recorder, he's missed it. I was intrigued when they played the theme from TWISTED NERVE. The team answered "Kill Bill" or something and got it right (!?)

- JMM


Hi James and Chris, and all my friends on this board, I do miss you all ! Yep, I'm still in Spain, in Castille y Leon actually. We just finished a week on the Transcantabrico, which was a wonderful experience, in a wonderful country !

James, thanks for alerting me re the new FSM release, I just ordered it a few minutes ago. Another great release from Lukas and Co. More later.
Niall.

 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2007 - 3:20 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

May I kindly ask why this thread was posted on this side of the board?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2007 - 3:24 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

May I kindly ask why this thread was posted on this side of the board?

I presume because some of the questions posed in this TV quiz are film music-related?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 9, 2007 - 3:34 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

May I kindly ask why this thread was posted on this side of the board?

Yes, you may. Because, as Thor said, it's film-music related.

Much more so that than remix electronica nonsense to which I've just given my attention...

 
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