A team of distinguished Hull graduates were runners-up in the Christmas University Challenge final.
The team of four, who faced Balliol, Oxford, were: dog trainer, author and TV presenter Graeme Hall; author Katharine Norbury, historian and broadcaster Sarah Peverley, and actor Sian Reese-Williams.
Taking to Twitter after the final, Sian, said: “Beaten by the better team and the loveliest people. We had a lovely pizza together afterwards and there was much love. But so so proud of Team Hull. Thank you for watching – I will never forget it.” Sian, who captained the Hull team, also posted on Twitter after the semi-final and described the challenge as “one of the best experiences of my life”.
After beating the University of the West of England Bristol and the University of York in the semi-final, the team were finally beaten by Balliol. The Balliol team included: Elizabeth Kiss, Warden of Rhodes House, University of Oxford and CEO of the Rhodes Trust; Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of Humanists UK; Martin Edwards, crime writer and president of the Detection Club; Martin O’Neill, Professor at the University of York.
Hull graduate Sarah Peverley, who is a Professor at the University of Liverpool, competed in the final, when James Graham, was not able to take part.
James, who studied drama at Hull in the class of 2003, had competed in the previous rounds and semi-final. James is well-known for his recent crime drama series Sherwood for BBC1 which brought the miners’ strike of 1984 back into focus. His other celebrated work includes Quiz, the play and drama series centred around the true story of Charles Ingram and the coughing scandal that surrounded his 2001 win on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
The other members of the Hull team were: Katharine, author of The Fish Ladder, the deeply moving story of an adoptee's search for personal identity. Katharine studied English and History of Art at the University of Hull.