I love the BBC. It can’t flagellate itself enough. See the Gaza DEC appeal fiasco or Ross/Brand. They take the hit, refer it to the BBC Trust and weeks later they take the hit all over again. And yet, when a gift horse arrives, they look it in the mouth.
Surely, in the face of ‘Google’ Trimble’s Corpus Christi scratch being disqualified for fielding an ineligible player, what we need is a rematch? The publicity last week’s final received shows that the media and the people have a thirst for University Challenge*. I humbly suggest (pending the BBC, Granada and both teams being in agreement) that Manchester take a full team and Corpus Christi take their three eligible players to the crease for a stonking rematch.
Jeremy Paxman’s opening chastisement and a full rack of challenging trivia would surely be ‘event telly’, great for viewing figures and the only honourable option. I’d certainly be watching. Cheering on Manchester. Obviously.
* For the benefit of my many, lovely American readers I’ve included this link to explain what University Challenge actually is.