A team from the University of Oxford was facing accusations of anti-Semitism for its choice of talisman.
While he was in hospital, one of his doctors said he noticed the presenter's face had acquired a ‘Parkinson’s mask’.
"Being asked to host my favourite TV programme is dream-come-true territory."
“I’ve been lucky enough to work with an amazing team and to meet some of the swottier brains in the country."
As the original presenter, he helmed the quiz show for 25 years.
Is the world ready for a Little Mix/University Challenge crossover? Well, someone at the BBC clearly thinks so.
There's an ongoing row about the number of women on the show.
It was only a matter of time.
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Some said the Cambridge brainiac was 'cracking under the pressure'.