QE old boy progresses to University Challenge final

Ben Pugh (OE 2002-2009) played a significant role as his team “stormed” to the final of the BBC quiz show, University Challenge. Pembroke College, Cambridge, made an unusually slow start in their semi-final against UCL and trailed in the early stages, before pulling level and finally winning 185 points to 125.

The show’s host, Jeremy Paxman, praised Pembroke as the only semi-final team who had not lost a match in the competition so far, describing their win as “another storming performance”.

Ben’s speed on the buzzer was crucial as he answered a number of starter questions to help his team to victory. His range of knowledge enabled him to answer questions on Shakespeare, chess, classical music, geography and Home Secretaries among other topics.


Ben, who is reading German and Russian at Cambridge, played a full part in School life during his time at QE and achieved top grades in his A-levels.