Author and television presenter Arthur Bamber Gascoigne has passed away aged 81. He was best known as the original quizmaster of the British game show University Challenge, which ran for 12 years from 1962 to 1987. In addition to his work as a writer, Gascoigne was also a successful businessman. He died on March 25 at the age of 84. A funeral service will take place in London on May 14. The former host of University Challenge has died aged 79. The BBC confirmed that Gascoigne passed away at his home in Richmond, London. His wife Christina survived him. The TV personality was married for 55 years to his wife Christina. He was known for his quirky catchphrases, which became popular with fans of the game show. In his humourous books, Gascoigne also revealed that he was a huge opera fan. He also hosted the documentary series Victorian Values, which explored the history of Christianity. In 1992, he presented another programme based on the history of the Great Moghuls. In his last episode, Jeremy Paxman paid tribute to Gascoigne by writing an anecdode about one of his plays. Gascoigne, who had been the original quizmaster of University Challenge, died on May 24 at the age of 81.
He was the first to host the game show after it was canceled in 1990. The show was revived in 1994 by the BBC, and Gascoigne replaced Jeremy Paxman. The TV personality had a variety of other activities, including writing and fronting documentaries. In 1977, he wrote a 13-hour docuseries on the Christians and presented a historical fact book.
Oh no, not Bamber. He was so kind and warm to us students who sat nervously at those desks. Such an elegant, intelligent man. And he was charming about Griff’s recreation of him as Bambi in The Young One’s too. https://t.co/KSIlzOm2eE — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) February 8, 2022
Sorry to hear the death of Bamber Gasgoine - for my generation an iconic TV figure. I sat next to him at dinner once - we were taught by the same wonderful man, Arthur Sale, at university - and he was charming. — Monty Don (@TheMontyDon) February 8, 2022