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Financial Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Preparing herself for the 'almost certain prospect of humiliation', JANCIS ROBINSON MW endures a late-night drive across England to get to the Granada television studios for the filming of University Challenge. 'The surreality only deepened when we eventually got to Manchester and the studios. Yes, Dale Winton is orange. And very tall.' Robinson got a further fright when she saw the opposition: the presenters of Radio Four's Today programme. On the plus side, the MW team took heart from the sight of four stressed newshounds and their 'desperate leafing through the Sunday papers for last-minute tips and Who's the prime minister of Canada again?'