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29th Nov 2016

A lot of people think this man is the best ever University Challenge captain

What a name. What a man.

There are two types of people who watch University Challenge.

On one hand you’ve got the folks who can actually answer some of the questions and try to outdo themselves week after week.

And then there are those of us who will be happy to get one or two right answers and not shut up about it for weeks.

But people in both camps can agree that there’s a secondary reason to watching the BBC quiz show: observing the variety of students who put themselves through the ordeal year after year.

It might be a while before we see another man in a leather vest, but this year we’ve had superhero-in-waiting Eric Monkman and everyone’s new hero, Bobby Seagull.

Seagull captained the Emmanuel College, Cambridge to victory over the School of Oriental and African Studies, and he was clearly loving every minute of it.

In a cynical world, we’re delighted to see such genuine and sincere optimism from a man.

And that’s before we get on to the fact that he has one of the best names in television, if not the best.

Bobby Seagull might not be the hero we deserve, but he is the one we all need.