What time is University Challenge on BBC Two tonight, who’s the host and how does it work?

University Challenge is back on TONIGHT as two teams pit their wits against each other in one of the brainiest quiz shows ever.

As always, Jeremy Paxman will be on question master duty putting them through their paces. Here is what you need to know on the BBC Two show.

Jeremy Paxman leads the questioning in tonights University Challenge
Jeremy Paxman leads the questioning in tonight’s Christmas University Challenge

When can I watch tonight’s University Challenge?

The next University Challenge airs tonight at 8pm on BBC Two.

However, if you can’t be in front of your televisions at that time, catch up on the action using the BBC’s iPlayer.

Provided you have a TV licence, it will remain on the site for 28 days.

University Challenge originally aired on ITV from 1962 until 1987.

The show was then rebooted by the BBC in 1994 with Paxman at the helm.

Balliol College, Oxford, are the current title holders after winning the last series back in April.

Balliol College, Oxford are the current title holders
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Balliol College, Oxford are the current title holders[/caption]

How does University Challenge work?

The academic quiz works by a direct knockout system with 28 teams with the 14 first-round winners progressing directly to the last 16.

The four highest scoring losing teams from the first round then battle it out for the last two places in the final 16.

Teams in the quarterfinals must win two matches in the round to make it through to the semi-finals.

The quarter-final matches continue TONIGHT as two more teams of four students compete to make it to the next stage of the competition.

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Eric Monkman was the standout star of the last series[/caption]

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