Steve Punt - Host of "The 3rd Degree"

Steve Punt - Host of "The 3rd Degree"

Steve Punt - Host of "The 3rd Degree"

Steve Punt - Host of "The 3rd Degree"

Steve Punt - Host of "The 3rd Degree"

Steve Punt - Host of "The 3rd Degree"

Steve Punt - Host of "The 3rd Degree"

Steve Punt - Host of "The 3rd Degree"

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The 3rd Degree

"The 3rd Degree" is a funny, lively and dynamic quiz show aimed at cultivating the next generation of Radio 4 listeners whilst delighting the current ones. It’s recorded on location at a different University each week, and it pits three Undergraduates against three of their Professors in a genuinely original and fresh take on an academic quiz. Being a Radio 4 programme, it of course meets the most stringent standards of academic rigour – but with lots of facts and jokes thrown in for good measure.

Together with host Steve Punt, the show tours the (sometimes posh, sometimes murky, but always welcoming!) Union buildings, cafés and lecture halls of six universities across the UK.

We were overwhelmed with interest from students at every stage of the process – from the hundreds of phone interviews carried out to decide the contestants, to the enthusiastic reception we received from Student Radio stations and Union magazines eager to talk to “The Now Show” star Steve Punt about what he was doing on campus.

The rounds vary between Specialist Subjects  and General Knowledge, quickfire bell-and-buzzer rounds and the ‘Highbrow & Lowbrow’ round cunningly devised to test not only the students’ knowledge of current affairs, history, languages and science, but also their Professors’ awareness of television, film, and Lady Gaga… In addition, the Head-to-Head rounds, in which students take on their Professors in their own subjects, were particularly lively, and offered plenty of scope for mild embarrassment on both sides...

The resulting show is funny, fresh, and not a little bit surprising, with a truly varied range of scores, friendly rivalry, and moments where students wished they had more than just glanced at that reading list…

The host, Steve Punt, although best known as a satirist on The Now Show is also someone who delights in all facets of knowledge, not just in the Humanities (his educational background) but in the sciences as well. As well as “The Now Show” he has made a number of documentaries for Radio 4, on subjects as varied as “The Poet Unwound - The History Of The Spleen” and “Getting The Gongs” - an investigation into awards ceremonies - as well as a half-hour comedy for Radio 4’s 2008 Big Bang Day set in the Large Hadron Collider, called “The Genuine Particle”. This makes him the perfect host for a show which aims to be an intellectual, fulfilling and informative quiz, but with wit and a genuine delight in exploring the subjects at hand.

The 3rd Degree

Series 1

Show 1

First Tx: 21/02/11 13.30-14.00

Coming this week from the University of Southampton, host Steve Punt quizzes Biology students and Mathematics dons alike on dachshunds, Dante, and Doctor Who. So if you’ve ever wondered whether “The Golgi Apparatus” refers to part of a eukaryotic cell or is merely a little-read Robert Ludlum novel then this is the show for you.

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 2

First Tx: 28/02/11 13.30-14.00

Coming this week from Durham University, host Steve Punt asks Earth Scientists about Philip Larkin, and English Literature professors about Fish from Marillion. So if you’re struggling to remember what happened to Solomon Grundy on Saturday, why the witches in Macbeth speak in trochees not iambs and which footballer was sent off during the 2006 World Cup Final for nutting his opponent – this is the quiz show for you. 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 3

First Tx: 7/03/11 13.30-14.00

Coming this week from the University of Stirling, host Steve Punt puts questions to students and lecturers of Psychology, Marketing, and English Studies. So if you’ve got a notion as to who lived at 7 Eccles Street, what is James Bond’s family motto, or why on earth a marketer might use a ‘semantic cognitive differential tangent’ then listen in... 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 4

First Tx: 14/03/11 13.30-14.00

Coming this week from the University of Reading, host Steve Punt quizzes students and lecturers of Food Science & Technology, International Relations, and English and American Literature. Which is why you’re going to find out the meanings of such obscure and outlandish concepts as “interregnum”, “Tetrapak”, “Spationaute”, “Myanmar”, “Thermidore”, “golem” and “Chris Moyles” 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 5

First Tx: 21/03/11 13.30-14.00

Coming this week from the University of Salford, host Steve Punt puts the questions to lecturers and students alike. So if you’d like to hear a Military Historian humming Beatles songs, a Senior Lecturer in Criminology trying to identify Rihanna, or students trying to list types of fruit that begin with the letter ‘P’, then this is the quiz show for you. Plus the only time in recording history that the word “pebble” has earned a massive cheer.

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 6

First Tx: 28/03/11 13.30-14.00

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from Middlesex University, where host Steve Punt puts the questions to students and dons of Child Nursing, Design & Art, Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Topics for questions include whirling astronauts, Wagner’s operas, and 300 billion copies of the Queen. So if you’ve ever wondered which exponential function’s derivative is equal to the function itself or what are the exact contents of a Jägerbomb cocktail, then this is the quiz show for you.

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Series 2

Show 1

First Tx: 12/03/2012 15.00-15.30

Coming this week from the University of East Anglia, host Steve Punt quizzes Film & TV Studies students and Computer Science dons alike on Di Caprio, Djibouti and decaffeinated coffee. So if you’ve ever wondered what contribution Keira Knightley has made to the academic theory of film or how on earth to pronounce the word “Sfumato” then this is the show for you. 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 2

 First Tx: 19/03/2012 15.00-15.30

Coming this week from Swansea University/Prifysgol Abertawe, host Steve Punt asks law professors about Papua New Guinea and Classicists about the Mr Men books. So if you’re struggling to remember in which book Tintin met Captain Haddock, what law prevents you from stealing electricity and just who was Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – this is the quiz show for you. 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 3

First Tx: 26/03/2012 15.00-15.30

Coming this week from the University of Warwick, host Steve Punt puts questions to students and lecturers of Chemistry, Philosophy and Economics. So if you’ve got a taste for Aristotelian syllogisms, the decolourization of bromine in Carbon Tetrachloride or the invented of Toblerone then listen in...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 4

First Tx: 02/04/2012 15.00-15.30

Coming this week from the University of Sussex, host Steve Punt quizzes students and lecturers of English Literature, 20th Century Drama and Cognition Science. Which is why you’re going to find out how to use a computer to diagnose a paranoid schizophrenic, which dramatic icon was depicted buried up to their waist in earth and which idiotic dog chased some deer across Richmond Park... 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 5

First Tx: 09/04/2012 15.00-15.30

Coming this week from Queen Mary, University of London, host Steve Punt puts the questions to lecturers and students alike. So if you’d like to hear a rather senior historian have a blazing row about Churchill’s relationship with the price of coal or discover the link between Rupert Brooke and Shirley Bassey  then this is the quiz show for you. Plus a surprise appearance by Iggle-Piggle. 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 6

First Tx: 16/04/2012 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Northampton, where host Steve Punt puts the questions to students and dons of Journalism, Popular Music and the History Of Crime. We’ll be looking at some of the most notorious misdeeds of the 20th century, but as well as questions about Sun headlines, we’ll also consider the politics of George Michael and the sex scenes of Ford Madox Ford. So if you’ve ever wondered why the most popular name in rock history is “Keith” then this is the quiz show for you.

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Series 3

Show 1

First Tx: 25/03/2013 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from Anglia Ruskin University, in Cambridge, where host Steve Punt puts the questions to students and dons of Film Studies, Social Work & Graphic Design and the questions range from gherkins & Gummi Bears to David Cronenberg & Delacroix via Morris Dancing  & Beyoncé

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 2

First Tx: 01/04/2013 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Exeter, where host Steve Punt puts the questions to students and dons of Psychology, Philosophy & Biosciences and the questions range from whistling sailors and George Orwell to Pythagoras and guano... 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 3

First Tx: 08/04/2013 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Edinburgh, where host Steve Punt puts the questions to students and dons of Biological Sciences, History of Art and International Relations and the questions range from Lady Chatterley and Aubrey Beardsley through to laughing gas and Carly Rae Jepson... 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 4

First Tx: 15/04/2013 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Leicester, where host Steve Punt puts the questions to students and dons of Medicine, Sociology and, quite literally, Rocket Science (well, Astrophysics and Space Physics) and the questions range from tummy rumbling to black holes via cheese, snooker and T.S. Eliot. And the shadow of King Richard the IIIrd lours upon us all

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 5

First Tx: 22/04/2013 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from Bath Spa University, where host Steve Punt puts the questions to students and dons of are Creative Music Technology, Creative Writing and Physical & Environmental Geography and the questions range from VAT rates & model railways all the way to Meet The Kardashians & the Ku Klux Klan via Mo Farah & Dame Nellie Melba... 

Hosted bySteve Pemberton
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 6

 First Tx: 29/04/2013 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Leeds, where host Steve Punt puts the questions to students and dons of Civil Engineering, Popular Music Studies and Psychology and the questions range from dada & Dylan to  concrete and cogwheels, via penguins and postage stamps...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Series 4

Show 1

First Tx: 07/04/2014 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Bristol. The Specialist Subjects in this episode are Religion & Theology, English Literature to 1700 and Physics, and the questions range from the Book of Job to the books of Raymond Chandler via scalar bosons & Grumpy Cat. 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 2

First Tx: 14/04/2014 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Kent. The Specialist Subjects in this episode are Anthropology, Journalism and Computing, and the questions range from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to Engelbert Humperdinck via database hacking and Babar the Elephant

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 3

First Tx: 21/04/14 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Bedfordshire. The Specialist Subjects in this episode are Psychology, Theatre and Sports Science and the questions involve Konstantin Stanislavski, Geoff Hurst, osmium and cauliflowers. 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 4

First Tx: 28/04/2014 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from Aberystwyth University/Prifysgol Aberystwyth. The Specialist Subjects in this episode are Welsh Literature & Folklore, Information Management and Art History and the questions involve alien visitations, a mechanical lifesize doll, a perfect circle, a shark, some scorpions and Swedish massage.

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 5

First Tx: 05/05/2014 16.00-16.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Nottingham. The Specialist Subjects in this episode are British History, Management Studies and Philosophy and the questions range from the International Monetary Fund., Kierkegaard and Wagner to the Fat Slags and Goofy 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 6

First Tx: 12/04/2014 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Birmingham. The Specialist Subjects in this episode are History of Medicine, Social Policy and American Studies and the questions range from the Russo-Japanese war of 1805 and Tristan & Isolde to Candy Crush Corner and monkey glands...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Series 5

Show 1

First Tx: 27/04/2015 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from Cardiff University/Prifysgol Caerdydd. The specialist subjects are Biology, Journalism and Astrophysics and the questions range from the intricacies of relativistic length contraction to the idiocies of homeopathy via Grexit, webinars and a man called Walter Plinge

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 2

First Tx: 09/05/15 23.00-23.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Manchester. The specialist subjects are Biology, American Studies and Medicine and the questions range from the sound of bats to the films of Eddie Redmayne via The Beggar’s Opera and Morph.

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 3

First Tx: 11/05/15 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Essex. The specialist subjects are Politics, Literature and 20th Century History and the questions range from the nihilistic anarchy of Brothers both Karamazov and Chuckle, to My Little Pony and the Epic Of Gilgamesh.

 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 4

First Tx: 18/05/15 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from De Montfort University. The specialist subjects  are Film, Forensic Science and Contour Fashion, so there are questions on X-rated films, the analysis of blood spatter patterns and the history of lingerie. And also Gogglebox.

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 5

First Tx: 25/05/15 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from Aston University. The Specialist Subjects are Law, Psychology and Computer Science and the questions range from Wile E Coyote and manslaughter to tennis balls, stamp-collecting and the Treaty of Westphalia...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 6

First Tx: 01/06/15 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Surrey. The Specialist Subjects are Politics, Business and Physics and the questions range from Black Friday and the Gang Of Four to Ghandi & George Michael - and the show boasts not one, but two jokes about Quantum Mechanics

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Series 6

Show 1

First Tx: 09/05/2016 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of York. The Specialist Subjects are History of Art, Theatre, TV & Film Studies and Physics and the questions range from Bartok to La Belle Et La Bête via David Bowie and the Chinese Renmimbi...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 2

First Tx: 16/05/16 23.00-23.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Gloucestershire. The Specialist Subjects are Biosciences, Media and Religious Studies and the questions range from Betjeman to BB King via Botham and brass instruments...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 3

First Tx: 23/05/16 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Chester. The Specialist Subjects are Archaeology, English and Computer Science and the questions range from looms to Lemmy via Oscar Wilde and Microsoft Windows...

 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 3

First Tx: 5/06/17 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Derby.The Specialist Subjects are Education Studies, Forensics and Theatre Studies and the questions range from cannibalistic beetles to Rosencrantz & Guildenstern with a passing nod to Olivia Newton-John and orbital mechanics...

 

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 4

First Tx: 30/05/16 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Glasgow. The Specialist Subjects are Earth Science, Medicine and Astrophysics & Cosmology and the questions range from Rudolf Hess to Vaslav Nijinsky via smallpox and syzygys...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 5

First Tx: 06/06/16 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from Birmingham City University. The Specialist Subjects are Visual Communication, English Literature and Sociology and the questions range from Squash & Stretch to Roger McGough via Clement Attlee and The Duckworth-Lewis Method...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 6

First Tx: 13/06/16 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Bath. The Specialist Subjects are Biology, Politics and Maths and the questions range from Sierpinski Gaskets to Scottish Nationalism via Francois Mitterand and Adele...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Series 7

Show 1

First Tx: 22/05/17 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Roehampton. The Specialist Subjects are Anthropology, Law and Linguistics and the questions range from brachiation to morphemes to Xanadu via Kanye West and Sir Philip Sydney...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 2

First Tx: 29/05/17 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from Queen's University Belfast. The Specialist Subjects are History, Medicine and English and the questions range from Emperor Vespasian to Ed Sheeran via handbags and haematoxylin...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 3

First Tx: 5/06/17 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Derby.The Specialist Subjects are Education Studies, Forensics and Theatre Studies and the questions range from cannibalistic beetles to Rosencrantz & Guildenstern with a passing nod to Olivia Newton-John and orbital mechanics...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 4

First Tx: 12/06/17 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from St John's College, Cambridge. The Specialist Subjects are The Specialist Subjects are Human, Social & Politcal Sciences, World History and Physics and the questions range from Christoffel Symbols to Cannibal Rituals via August Strindberg & Jojo Moyes...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 5

First Tx: 19/06/17 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Hull. The Specialist Subjects are American Studies, History and Business & Management and the questions range from Credit Card Fraud to Cthulhu with a fretful porpentine thrown in for good measure...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

Show 6

First Tx: 26/06/17 15.00-15.30

This episode of ‘The 3rd Degree’ is brought to you from the University of Liverpool. The Specialist Subjects are Physiology, Egyptology and Psychology and the questions range from the great god Ammit, the Eater of the Dead to Buzz Aldrin and from gallstones to Gershwin...

Hosted bySteve Punt
Devised & produced byDavid Tyler

The 3rd Degree

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