Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Starter for 10

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Starter for 10

Article excerpt

Quiz show University Challenge, first broadcast in 1962, gained a cult following in its heyday, elevating host Bamber Gascoigne to iconic status.

The beloved battle of young minds inspired David Nicholls' comic novel Starter For Ten which he has now adapted for the screen.

It's 1985. Shy Essex lad Brian Jackson (James McAvoy) has nurtured a love of trivia since he was a child.

"Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to be clever," he confides in voiceover.

So it seems natural that he should want to escape his working class roots and head for Bristol University, leaving behind his tearful mother (Catherine Tate) and best friends Spencer and Tone .

He settles in quickly and auditions for the campus' new University Challenge team.

There he is instantly smitten with blonde teammate Alice Harbinson (Alice Eve), who plans to use the television exposure to launch herself as an actress.

The two enjoy a brief fling but something seems to be missing. …

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