Bamber Gascoigne

English television presenter

Arthur Bamber Gascoigne CBE, FRSL (24 January 1935 – 8 February 2022) was a British television presenter and author. He is best known for being the original quizmaster on University Challenge, which ran from 1962 to 1987.[1] He was born in London.

Bamber Gascoigne

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Gascoigne in 2006
Arthur Bamber Gascoigne

(1935-01-24)24 January 1935
London, England
DiedFebruary 8, 2022(2022-02-08) (aged 87)
EducationSunningdale School
Eton College
Magdalene College, Cambridge
Yale University
OccupationTelevision presenter, historian, author
Known forOriginal quizmaster of University Challenge
Spouse(s)Christina Ditchburn

Gascoigne died on 8 February 2022 in London at the age of 87.[2]


  1. "Bamber Gascoigne: Profile". Curtis Brown (literary agents). Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  2. "Bamber Gascoigne: Original University Challenge presenter dies at 87". BBC News. 8 February 2022. Retrieved 8 February 2022.

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