Why do University Challenge contestants go viral? – BBC News

Image caption Seagull( left) and Monkman ought to have the stars of the Jeremy Paxman-fronted current succession

University Challenge is, very simply, the most fiendishly difficult quiz reveal on TV.

Most of us can just about get a few questions right on Eggheads or The Chase – but few of us would have a chance against Jeremy Paxman.

With many of its onlookers totally flummoxed by the questions – perhaps it’s not surprising that the BBC Two quiz reveal tends to go viral for other reasons.

Namely, the aberrations of its contestants.

Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull have been the breakout stars of the current succession( more on them in a minute ), but they’re far from the first to perceive renown on the reveal.