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Bamber Gascoigne Dies: Much-Loved ‘University Challenge’ Debut Host Was 87

Bamber Gascoigne, the first College Notify host who modified into regarded as a few of the UK’s most loved TV quiz presenters, has died ragged 87, his representatives confirmed to the BBC. Gascoigne died at his dwelling in Richmond, London after a short illness and is survived by his spouse Christina, who he used to be married to for more than 50 years.

Born in London, Gascoigne received scholarships to every Eton and Cambridge the keep he read English literature and wrote a musical, Fragment My Lettuce, that went on to big determine Maggie Smith and Kenneth Williams.

His big break got right here in 1962 when he used to be chosen because the first host for ITV quiz College Notify, which used to be in accordance with U.S. sequence College Bowl and is aloof airing nowadays.

Gascoigne modified into a family determine, presenting the demonstrate for 25 years and making phrases corresponding to “Your starter for ten” and “I’ll must bustle you” segment of the day after day British lexicon. He used to be famously parodied by Griff Rhys-Jones in different BBC Two comedy The Younger Ones in an episode entitled Bambi. 

Upon leaving College Notify, which has been hosted by Jeremy Paxman on the BBC since 1994, Gascoigne wrote various winning books, produced documentaries and established an on-line ancient past encyclopaedia called HistoryWorld. In 2014, he inherited an estate in Surrey that is now damaged-down because the filming region for hit BBC One comedy Ghosts.

He is survived by spouse Christina Ditchburn.

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