Four UEA alumni made it to the final of University Challenge’s Christmas Special broadcast on BBC2 on 3 January.

Graduates John Boyne, Razia Iqbal, David Grossman and Charlie Higson were ultimately beaten by New College Oxford by 205 points to 110 but made a valiant effort nonetheless, being congratulated by host Jeremy Paxman for being “jolly entertaining”.

The university posted a message on its official Facebook page saying “bad luck to Team UEA last night on University Challenge who were defeated by Oxford” but that they were “very proud of them for getting us through to the finals”.

The team correctly answered questions about a variety of different topics including rivers in Africa, the word “omnishambles” and the probability of getting a reindeer shaped chocolate in your advent calendar.