Have you ever heard of
the English television quiz show called 'University Challenge'? It's an
academic based trivia program; where two groups of students compete against
each other, for... err... for something anyway. Something to do with Director:
Tom Vaughan; and Actor: James McAvoy, Dominic Cooper, James Corden with
Catherine Tate. But only in the year 2006, and for 92-minutes.
Starter For Ten : The Film - The Book
Like many other students who started University in
the eighties, Essex based cleaver clogs, Brian Jackson (James
McAvoy), has had a rather strained time settling in to his new surroundings.
has had to kiss his Mother, Julie (Catherine Tate), good-bye. He's said 'so long'
to his old pals, Spencer and Tone (Dominic Cooper and James Corden). And to top it all off, he moves into his new rustic lodgings on campus, befriended a political
activist named Rebecca (Rebecca Hall), and then win's a place on the University quiz
team, who will take part on the popular television show, 'University Challenge'.
OK, I have to admit, Brian did not gain entry into this team straight
away. Oh no! He did have to sit a test first, and then only got his place
because one of the existing members had a fatal accident. Nonetheless, he still got in,
didn't he? Plus he struck up a budding friendship with one of his team-mates as
No. It isn't Patrick (Benedict Cumberbatch). He's a bit of a
prick. Rather, its the cute drama student, Alice Harbinson (Alice Eve). And over a
very emotional dinner together, they both make plans to meet up over the holidays.
Yes. I said 'holidays'. Well, you know what students are
like, huh? Quick to get away before they have to get down and dirty with their
However, I am sure Brian wished that he stayed at school
considering what happens to him during this time. You see, for a start, he
spends Christmas with his Mum and her new boyfriend, Mr Whippy -- which has its
up's and downs. Then he spends some time with his old pals, Spencer and Tone -- which only fairs a little bit better. And when he finally gets to meet up with Alice
in her parent cottage -- oh boy --
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