Bristol’s on University Challenge – meet the team!
Bristol’s made it to the TV stage of University Challenge. Meet the team who’ll lead us to glory!
Bristol’s made it through to the televised finals of University Challenge. Our team of five sailed into the top 26 universities, beating off competition from about 130 other university teams.
They were auditioned and tested by BBC producers at Badock Hall, who said they gave “the funniest interview they’d ever seen.”
The final five teammates were chosen from over 250 Bristol students who were tested by UBU in November last year.
They don’t yet know which uni they’ll be up against, but they’ll be in the quarter finals if they win. But the pressure’s on – last year year Bristol suffered an embarrassing defeat against Imperial, scoring only 115 to their 245 points.
Meet the people who hold Bristol’s reputation in their hands:
Anastasia Reynolds (Team Captain)
Fourth Year Czech & Russian student Anastasia Reynolds is Team Captain. In her “chequered past” she was once a receptionist to the drummer from The Clash – Terry Chimes (aka Tory Crimes), who’s now a chiropractor in Essex.
Lewis Rendell is a third year Mathematician. When looking for charity donations, he once very awkwardly asked a solicitor from Bristol she’d been “soliciting” since she left uni. Apparently that’s really charming because she still made a donation!
South African Miles Coleman is in his fourth year studying Spanish and Portuguese. He’s definitely the troublemaker of the group: he’s been chucked out of six different clubs in Bristol, he does Jeremy Paxman impressions when he’s DJing and he’s vowing to do a few shots before he goes on TV.
Ben’s a third-year Geologist. Only five years ago, he fell into the lake when his mum scared him by pretending to be the Loch Ness Monster. Hopefully he won’t find Paxo as scary, otherwise the team is screwed!
Robert Beavis (Reserve)
Robert’s in his second year studying Archaeology. When he’s not killing it on University Challenge quizzes, he’s winning bell-ringing competitions for Bristol. And he was once bitten on the balls by an ant. Ouch.