Who will replace Jeremy Paxman as host of the University Challenge?

Jeremy Paxman has announced that he will step down as host of the College Challenge after 28 years.

The BBC says the show’s new presenter, which shares students in teams of four against rival universities and colleges, will be announced later this week.

Here’s a look at the runners and those who could replace him in the presenter’s chair.

– Sandi Toksvig

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Sandi Toksvig (Ian West / PA)

According to the bookie Ladbrokes, the house Ladbrokes offers her odds of 2/1.

Toksvig has had a lot of experience organizing quiz shows after reaching QI since 2016 and became a favorite when he organized the Great British Bake Off with Noel Fielding.

– Richard Osman

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Richard Osman (Matt Crossick / PA)

In April, Osman announced he would be leaving the BBC One game show Pointless after nearly 13 years to devote more time to writing novels, but his departure also lends himself to Paxman’s success.

In response to news of Paxman’s passing, the 51-year-old tweeted: “Two presenters for 50 years. Both are brilliant. One of my biggest claims to fame is that I introduced Jeremy Paxman to Nando’s. “

Osman could be the third host, after Bamber Gascoigne and Paxman, with Ladbrokes offering him odds of 3/1.

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– Samira Ahmed

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Samira Ahmed (David Parry / PA)

BBC journalist and broadcaster Ahmed has worked on Radio 4’s PM, The World Tonight and Front Row but ahead of University Challenge will be her most famous role.

The 54-year-old revealed on Twitter that she approached the show “several months ago” and was drafted as “host”.

Ahmed added: “I enjoyed working with the fab team who seemed to love me and just covered a UC documentary to be broadcast on BBC2. And I’d also love to help ask some questions for this series.

“But no one from the BBC has spoken to me about the takeover yet. I am always happy to go through a fair and honest process and be judged on my merits. I am fine.”

Author Sir Philip Pullman endorsed her after tweeting: “Great idea. I’m all for it.”

– Warwick Davis

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Warwick Davis (Ian West / PA)

The actor, best known for his roles in the Star Wars and Harry Potter series, is being offered 6/1 by Ladbrokes to take over as host of the College Challenge show.

The 52-year-old has experience in the chair, presenting ITV’s Celebrity Squares and Tenable game shows and appearing as a guest host on Have I Got News For You.

– Richard Ayoade

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Richard Ayoade (Isabel Infantes / PA)

Ladbrokes is offering 8/1 odds to the actor, comedian and host Ayoade.

The 45-year-old has proven to be a popular choice as the host of the Bafta TV Awards since 2020 and is also the host of the revived Crystal Maze series on Channel 4. .

– Gyles Brandreth

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Gyles Brandreth (David Davies / PA)

A broadcaster, writer, and former politician, Brandreth has the breadth of knowledge needed to host a show like the College Challenge.

Ladbrokes put a 74-year-old bet of 8/1 to get the role.

– Fiona Bruce

Bruce is favored by the bookie Betfair to take the role with odds of 2/1.

The 58-year-old journalist joined the BBC as a Panorama researcher in 1989 and over the next 14 years became the first female broadcaster on the BBC’s flagship News At Ten channel.

She is currently presenting Question Time and Antiques Roadshow so it may be difficult to find time in her schedule.

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