University challenger

RETIRED North London local government solicitor Lance Haward, 62, knows no fear – not even when confronted by Jeremy Paxman. His replies came so fast during last week's episode of University Challenge, that a flabbergasted Paxman tripped over his words, spluttering “Blimey!”

Haward says the thrill of quiz shows is “gladiatorial” and has already notched up appearances on Brain of Britain, The Krypton Factor, Mastermind and Fifteen-to-One. He says one reason he signed up for an Open University degree in Classical Greek was so that he could appear on University Challenge.

The Independent