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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm..., 17 Nov. 2002
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This review is from: "University Challenge": The First 40 Years (Paperback)
As a former contestant of the show I was bound to buy the book, however, you could say it was just a direct transcript of the documentary they screened earlier this year and should be interesting for anyone who's watched the show avidly. All the questions in the back are taken from the last three years so it saves people from taping old episodes and transcribing them - an occurence common amongst quizzers. Yet they say these are the questions that would be asked in the semi-final. Like hell they are, there are two or three that were asked in the quarter finals in the semi final section, I should know, my team was on the receiving end! So a bit sloppy. It's also exorbitantly expensive and far more expensive than the last UC book, which was good purely because of the large number of questions. Lots of questions keep people happy. Also the history misses the point, you know it's written from a producer's point of view because he sees it as entertainment. The student quizzers see it as a competition so which may explain the absence of a roll call of the great contestants?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cash In, 17 Oct. 2002
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This review is from: "University Challenge": The First 40 Years (Paperback)
University Challenge is one of the most consistently entertaining and interesting shows on TV, but this book fails to do it justice.
There's too many of the tired anecdotes about UC that everyone has heard many times before ('Trotsky'), too much tired filler about the production team's typical day, and not enough about the true magic of UC - the great players and their often stunning levels of general knowledge.
Moreover, whilst the book purports to be a history of the programme, virtually the whole second half of the book is chock-full of questions previously used on the show. Which is fine if you're after a quiz book, but fairly shoddy when you've forked out thirteen quid for a book which is essentially half the length it seems to be.
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