The Young Ones on UC


Being an American, I was curious if the Young Ones episode titled "Bambi" was actually filmed on the set of Univesity Challenge and if that was really the host??

Thanks!

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You're probably drawing your graduate's pension now, but off the top of my head - yes. Probably.

"Bambi" would be a reference to the host in question: Bamber Gascoigne.

"I don't agree with that in the workplace."

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Except it wasn't Bamber Gascoigne. It was Griff Rhys Jones doing an impression of him.

Just a painted face on a trip down suicide row

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I realise this is 12 years after you asked, but no, the Young Ones episode was not filmed on the actual University Challenge set.
The biggest indicator that it's a mock-up set is the fact that the Scumbag College team are sat literally above the Footlights College team (as evidenced by Vyvyan stamping on Ben Elton's head, as well as other moments).
In actuality, the teams on University Challenge sit on the same level, and are composited on top of one another in the TV edit.However, the producers of University Challenge did experiment with an actual two-tier set for just one series, but abandoned it for subsequent series.
What's interesting is the series in question was filmed 1985, and the Young Ones episode was from 1984. Therefore the University Challenge producers may well have been inspired by the Young Ones episode to try out the two-tier approach!

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