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7th Oct '17 12:50:31 PM WolfMattGrey
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* ''Series/InspectorMorse'' and ''Series/{{Lewis}}''- Several episodes involving Oxford colleges, with sarcastic and eccentric dons and establishing shots of the dreaming spires.
* The fictional Bailie College at Oxford made occasional appearances on ''Series/YesMinister'', being Sir Humphrey's alma mater, to which he retains connections. One of the oldest Oxford colleges in RealLife is Balliol. Bernard is noted as another Oxford alumnus, having read Classics (his pedantry regarding grammar and Latin are a running joke). Both tease Hacker for having attended the London School of Economics and take any opportunity to pour (exceedingly polite) abuse and disdain upon Cantabrigian civil servants.
* Cal Lightman of ''Series/LieToMe'' went to Oxford.
* In the first episode of Series 4 of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' Luke and K-9 were [[PutOnABus put in a yellow VW Beetle]] to Oxford after Luke passed his A Levels a year early.
* Series/InspectorLynley is an Oxford alum, as is [[Series/TheXFiles Agent Mulder]].
* In ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', Helen Magnus was the first woman to attend Oxford, where she met [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper John Druitt]], UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, [[TheInvisibleMan Nigel Griffin]], and [[SherlockHolmes James Watson]] (and was canonically lusted after by three out of those last four). "The Five" form a critical aspect of ''Sanctuary'''s backstory.
-->'''Will''': [[UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla The guy who invented radio]] just dissed UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.
* As the page quote shows, ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''. This was also an inside joke; Creator/StephenFry, who played Melchett, was a Cambridge man, while Creator/RowanAtkinson, who played Blackadder, attended Oxford.


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\n[[AC:LiveActionTelevision]]\n* ''Series/InspectorMorse'' and ''Series/{{Lewis}}''- Several episodes involving Oxford colleges, with sarcastic and eccentric dons and establishing shots of the dreaming spires.\n* The fictional Bailie College at Oxford made occasional appearances on ''Series/YesMinister'', being Sir Humphrey's alma mater, to which he retains connections. One of the oldest Oxford colleges in RealLife is Balliol. Bernard is noted as another Oxford alumnus, having read Classics (his pedantry regarding grammar and Latin are a running joke). Both tease Hacker for having attended the London School of Economics and take any opportunity to pour (exceedingly polite) abuse and disdain upon Cantabrigian civil servants.\n* Cal Lightman of ''Series/LieToMe'' went to Oxford.\n* In the first episode of Series 4 of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' Luke and K-9 were [[PutOnABus put in a yellow VW Beetle]] to Oxford after Luke passed his A Levels a year early.\n* Series/InspectorLynley is an Oxford alum, as is [[Series/TheXFiles Agent Mulder]].\n* In ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', Helen Magnus was the first woman to attend Oxford, where she met [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper John Druitt]], UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, [[TheInvisibleMan Nigel Griffin]], and [[SherlockHolmes James Watson]] (and was canonically lusted after by three out of those last four). "The Five" form a critical aspect of ''Sanctuary'''s backstory.\n-->'''Will''': [[UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla The guy who invented radio]] just dissed UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.\n* As the page quote shows, ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''. This was also an inside joke; Creator/StephenFry, who played Melchett, was a Cambridge man, while Creator/RowanAtkinson, who played Blackadder, attended Oxford.\n\n\n[[AC:Literature]][[/folder]]

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* ''Series/InspectorMorse'' and ''Series/{{Lewis}}''- Several episodes involving Oxford colleges, with sarcastic and eccentric dons and establishing shots of the dreaming spires.
* The fictional Bailie College at Oxford made occasional appearances on ''Series/YesMinister'', being Sir Humphrey's alma mater, to which he retains connections. One of the oldest Oxford colleges in RealLife is Balliol. Bernard is noted as another Oxford alumnus, having read Classics (his pedantry regarding grammar and Latin are a running joke). Both tease Hacker for having attended the London School of Economics and take any opportunity to pour (exceedingly polite) abuse and disdain upon Cantabrigian civil servants.
* Cal Lightman of ''Series/LieToMe'' went to Oxford.
* In the first episode of Series 4 of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' Luke and K-9 were [[PutOnABus put in a yellow VW Beetle]] to Oxford after Luke passed his A Levels a year early.
* Series/InspectorLynley is an Oxford alum, as is [[Series/TheXFiles Agent Mulder]].
* In ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', Helen Magnus was the first woman to attend Oxford, where she met [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper John Druitt]], UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, [[TheInvisibleMan Nigel Griffin]], and [[SherlockHolmes James Watson]] (and was canonically lusted after by three out of those last four). "The Five" form a critical aspect of ''Sanctuary'''s backstory.
-->'''Will''': [[UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla The guy who invented radio]] just dissed UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.
* As the page quote shows, ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''. This was also an inside joke; Creator/StephenFry, who played Melchett, was a Cambridge man, while Creator/RowanAtkinson, who played Blackadder, attended Oxford.
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* The titular character of the ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' story "The Tenderfoot" is a British aristocrat come to seek his fortune in America, and often makes references to his education at Oxbridge ("the Oxbridge dormitories were unheated and we slept with the windows open... it made you immune to cold or it filled up the family burial vaults").
* The English translation of ''Recap/AsterixInBritain'' mentions that Anticlimax belongs to the Oxbridgienses tribe[[note]]It was the Cambridges in the original French version[[/note]], "famed for their skill in rowing".
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* In one episode of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' ("Bambi"), Neil, Rick, Mike and Vyvian goes on the Quiz Show ''University Challenge'' against Lord Snot, Lord Monty, Miss Money-Sterling and Kendall Mintcake from "Footlights College, Oxbridge" (Played by old Footlighters Creator/StephenFry, Creator/HughLaurie and Creator/EmmaThompson, no less). As an extra layer of comedy, both Griff Rhys-Jones, who played "Bambi" in the shoe, and whose favoritism towards "Footlights College" drives much of the plot, and Bamber "Bambi" Gascoigne, who was the original host of ''Series/UniversityChallenge'', were also former Footlighters.
* ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys'' centers on eight working-class boys from Sheffield trying to get into Oxford and Cambridge.
* Olly Reader of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' went to either Oxford or Cambridge. It is not known which as the other characters only ever refer to his ''alma mater'' as "Poxbridge".
** ''Film/InTheLoop'' features [[ReplacementFlatCharacter Toby]], aide to hapless Cabinet Minister Simon Foster. After Jamie dismisses Toby with a snide comment about Oxbridge pleasantries, Toby is left wondering what was Oxbridge about saying hello.

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* In one episode of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' ("Bambi"), Neil, Rick, Mike and Vyvian goes on the Quiz Show ''University Challenge'' against Lord Snot, Lord Monty, Miss Money-Sterling and Kendall Mintcake from "Footlights College, Oxbridge" (Played by old Footlighters Creator/StephenFry, Creator/HughLaurie and Creator/EmmaThompson, no less). As an extra layer of comedy, both Griff Rhys-Jones, who played "Bambi" in the shoe, and whose favoritism towards "Footlights College" drives much of the plot, and Bamber "Bambi" Gascoigne, who was the original host of ''Series/UniversityChallenge'', were also former Footlighters.
* ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys'' centers on eight working-class boys from Sheffield trying to get into Oxford and Cambridge.
* Olly Reader of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' went to either Oxford or Cambridge. It is not known which as the other characters only ever refer to his ''alma mater'' as "Poxbridge".
** ''Film/InTheLoop'' features [[ReplacementFlatCharacter Toby]], aide to hapless Cabinet Minister Simon Foster. After Jamie dismisses Toby with a snide comment about Oxbridge pleasantries, Toby is left wondering what was Oxbridge about saying hello.
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* Jeremy Clarkson on ''TopGear'' uses the term "Oxbridge" to refer to any highbrow, high class, big money Ivy League-style university, even ones that aren't in the UK. (Specifically, he once referred to Harvard as "an Oxbridge school".)
* The BBC Light Entertainment Department, responsible for talent-scouting and nurturing new comedy talent, has often been lampooned by snarky comics who went to less prestigious colleges (there are over forty other universities in the UK, and the same number of upgraded polytechnics/tech colleges) as ''BBC Oxbridge Footlights'', or the ''Oxbridge Mutual Back-Scratching College Reunion Club''.
* The titular character of the ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' story "The Tenderfoot" is a British aristocrat come to seek his fortune in America, and often makes references to his education at Oxbridge ("the Oxbridge dormitories were unheated and we slept with the windows open... it made you immune to cold or it filled up the family burial vaults").



* The English translation of ''Recap/AsterixInBritain'' mentions that Anticlimax belongs to the Oxbridgienses tribe[[note]]It was the Cambridges in the original French version[[/note]], "famed for their skill in rowing" .


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* In one episode of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' ("Bambi"), Neil, Rick, Mike and Vyvian goes on the Quiz Show ''University Challenge'' against Lord Snot, Lord Monty, Miss Money-Sterling and Kendall Mintcake from "Footlights College, Oxbridge" (Played by old Footlighters Creator/StephenFry, Creator/HughLaurie and Creator/EmmaThompson, no less). As an extra layer of comedy, both Griff Rhys-Jones, who played "Bambi" in the shoe, and whose favoritism towards "Footlights College" drives much of the plot, and Bamber "Bambi" Gascoigne, who was the original host of ''Series/UniversityChallenge'', were also former Footlighters.
* Olly Reader of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' went to either Oxford or Cambridge. It is not known which as the other characters only ever refer to his ''alma mater'' as "Poxbridge".
** ''Film/InTheLoop'' features [[ReplacementFlatCharacter Toby]], aide to hapless Cabinet Minister Simon Foster. After Jamie dismisses Toby with a snide comment about Oxbridge pleasantries, Toby is left wondering what was Oxbridge about saying hello.
* Jeremy Clarkson on ''TopGear'' uses the term "Oxbridge" to refer to any highbrow, high class, big money Ivy League-style university, even ones that aren't in the UK. (Specifically, he once referred to Harvard as "an Oxbridge school".)
* The BBC Light Entertainment Department, responsible for talent-scouting and nurturing new comedy talent, has often been lampooned by snarky comics who went to less prestigious colleges (there are over forty other universities in the UK, and the same number of upgraded polytechnics/tech colleges) as ''BBC Oxbridge Footlights'', or the ''Oxbridge Mutual Back-Scratching College Reunion Club''.
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25th Sep '17 1:04:16 PM Jeduthun
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* The Creator/LewisCarroll-style eccentric.

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* The Creator/LewisCarroll-style eccentric. Likely an AbsentMindedProfessor.




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* The CelibateEccentricGenius - Historically, until the late 1800s all Oxford and Cambridge dons were required to take a VowOfCelibacy [[note]]largely because they were also expected to serve in the priesthood or holy orders[[/note]]. In the present day it just might be [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation a lack of non-academic social skills]].
9th Sep '17 5:26:13 PM MarkLungo
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->'''General Melchett:''' That's right! Oxford's a complete dump!

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->'''General Melchett:''' That's right! [[BaitAndSwitchComment Oxford's a complete dump!dump!]]
29th Aug '17 7:37:18 PM karstovich2
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* Peter Kingdom (played by--who else?--Stephen Fry) in ''Series/{{Kingdom}}'' read Law at Cambridge, and two episodes (Series 1, Episode 4 and Series 2, Episode 5) involve him going back to Cambridge for one reason or other:

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* [[SimpleCountryLawyer Country solicitor]] Peter Kingdom (played by--who else?--Stephen Fry) in ''Series/{{Kingdom}}'' read Law at Cambridge, and two episodes (Series 1, Episode 4 and Series 2, Episode 5) involve him going back to Cambridge for one reason or other:
29th Aug '17 7:36:10 PM karstovich2
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** For added humour, [[ActorAllusion Emily Mortimer (who plays Mac) is an alumni of Lincoln College, Oxford]].

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** For added humour, [[ActorAllusion Emily Mortimer (who plays Mac) is an alumni alumna of Lincoln College, Oxford]].
* Peter Kingdom (played by--who else?--Stephen Fry) in ''Series/{{Kingdom}}'' read Law at Cambridge, and two episodes (Series 1, Episode 4 and Series 2, Episode 5) involve him going back to Cambridge for one reason or other:
** In the Series 1 episode, Peter is retained by the parents of a girl who was not admitted to Cambridge to sue the university for discrimination. He eventually gets to the bottom of the issue and helps her find a place. She plans to read Law.
** In the Series 2 episode, Peter gets involved in a mystery about the death of a Cambridge biologist.

23rd Aug '17 2:12:45 AM PaulA
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* Several characters in the ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series have attended or are attending Oxford or Cambridge. Eleanor of ''Phoenix and Ashes'' goes to Oxford to study literature at the end of the book, even though degrees aren't being granted to women at the time. A minor character in ''Home from the Sea'' mentions that he is being sponsored to Cambridge, and when one of the main characters asks "What, not Oxford?", he replies that his father was a Cambridge man and the thought of his son attending Oxford made him turn puce.

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* Several characters in the ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series have attended or are attending Oxford or Cambridge. Eleanor of ''Phoenix and Ashes'' ''Literature/PhoenixAndAshes'' goes to Oxford to study literature at the end of the book, even though degrees aren't being granted to women at the time. A minor character in ''Home from the Sea'' ''Literature/HomeFromTheSea'' mentions that he is being sponsored to Cambridge, and when one of the main characters asks "What, not Oxford?", he replies that his father was a Cambridge man and the thought of his son attending Oxford made him turn puce.
14th Jun '17 9:34:40 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheWorstWitch'' followup ''Weirdsister College'' relocates Mildred and company from Wizard School to Wizard Cambridge College.

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* ''TheWorstWitch'' ''Literature/TheWorstWitch'' followup ''Weirdsister College'' relocates Mildred and company from Wizard School to Wizard Cambridge College.
3rd Jun '17 11:52:59 AM nombretomado
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Cambridge is known for the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club (more commonly just "The Footlights" or "The Cambridge Footlights"), which puts on a yearly comedy revue and has featured some of Britain's best-loved comic writers and actors, including Peter Cook, half of Creator/MontyPython, Creator/DouglasAdams, Creator/EmmaThompson (actress, ''Remains of the Day''), Clive Anderson (presenter, ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway''), and John Oliver (''Series/TheDailyShow'', ''[[Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver Last Week Tonight]]''). The Footlights have also given birth to some of Britain's best comedic pairings/groups, including Creator/StephenFry and Creator/HughLaurie (''A Bit of Fry and Laurie'', but better known these days as the guy from ''Series/{{QI}}'' and the guy from ''Series/{{House}}'', respectively--and, incidentally, introduced to each other by Emma Thompson), half of the Creator/MontyPython troupe, Series/TheGoodies, and [[Creator/DavidMitchell Mitchell]] [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook and Webb]] (''Series/PeepShow'').

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Cambridge is known for the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club (more commonly just "The Footlights" or "The Cambridge Footlights"), which puts on a yearly comedy revue and has featured some of Britain's best-loved comic writers and actors, including Peter Cook, half of Creator/MontyPython, Creator/DouglasAdams, Creator/EmmaThompson (actress, ''Remains of the Day''), Clive Anderson (presenter, ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway''), ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''), and John Oliver (''Series/TheDailyShow'', ''[[Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver Last Week Tonight]]''). The Footlights have also given birth to some of Britain's best comedic pairings/groups, including Creator/StephenFry and Creator/HughLaurie (''A Bit of Fry and Laurie'', but better known these days as the guy from ''Series/{{QI}}'' and the guy from ''Series/{{House}}'', respectively--and, incidentally, introduced to each other by Emma Thompson), half of the Creator/MontyPython troupe, Series/TheGoodies, and [[Creator/DavidMitchell Mitchell]] [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook and Webb]] (''Series/PeepShow'').
31st May '17 6:17:18 PM nombretomado
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* In one episode of ''TheYoungOnes'' ("Bambi"), Neil, Rick, Mike and Vyvian goes on the Quiz Show ''University Challenge'' against Lord Snot, Lord Monty, Miss Money-Sterling and Kendall Mintcake from "Footlights College, Oxbridge" (Played by old Footlighters Creator/StephenFry, Creator/HughLaurie and Creator/EmmaThompson, no less). As an extra layer of comedy, both Griff Rhys-Jones, who played "Bambi" in the shoe, and whose favoritism towards "Footlights College" drives much of the plot, and Bamber "Bambi" Gascoigne, who was the original host of ''Series/UniversityChallenge'', were also former Footlighters.

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* In one episode of ''TheYoungOnes'' ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' ("Bambi"), Neil, Rick, Mike and Vyvian goes on the Quiz Show ''University Challenge'' against Lord Snot, Lord Monty, Miss Money-Sterling and Kendall Mintcake from "Footlights College, Oxbridge" (Played by old Footlighters Creator/StephenFry, Creator/HughLaurie and Creator/EmmaThompson, no less). As an extra layer of comedy, both Griff Rhys-Jones, who played "Bambi" in the shoe, and whose favoritism towards "Footlights College" drives much of the plot, and Bamber "Bambi" Gascoigne, who was the original host of ''Series/UniversityChallenge'', were also former Footlighters.
8th Mar '17 11:44:46 AM KNHaw
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Cambridge is known for the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club (more commonly just "The Footlights" or "The Cambridge Footlights"), which puts on a yearly comedy revue and has featured some of Britain's best-loved comic writers and actors, including Peter Cook, half of Creator/MontyPython, Creator/DouglasAdams, Creator/EmmaThompson (actress, ''Remains of the Day''), Clive Anderson (presenter, ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway''), and John Oliver (''Series/TheDailyShow''). The Footlights have also given birth to some of Britain's best comedic pairings/groups, including Creator/StephenFry and Creator/HughLaurie (''A Bit of Fry and Laurie'', but better known these days as the guy from ''Series/{{QI}}'' and the guy from ''Series/{{House}}'', respectively--and, incidentally, introduced to each other by Emma Thompson), half of the Creator/MontyPython troupe, Series/TheGoodies, and [[Creator/DavidMitchell Mitchell]] [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook and Webb]] (''Series/PeepShow'').

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Cambridge is known for the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club (more commonly just "The Footlights" or "The Cambridge Footlights"), which puts on a yearly comedy revue and has featured some of Britain's best-loved comic writers and actors, including Peter Cook, half of Creator/MontyPython, Creator/DouglasAdams, Creator/EmmaThompson (actress, ''Remains of the Day''), Clive Anderson (presenter, ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway''), and John Oliver (''Series/TheDailyShow'').(''Series/TheDailyShow'', ''[[Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver Last Week Tonight]]''). The Footlights have also given birth to some of Britain's best comedic pairings/groups, including Creator/StephenFry and Creator/HughLaurie (''A Bit of Fry and Laurie'', but better known these days as the guy from ''Series/{{QI}}'' and the guy from ''Series/{{House}}'', respectively--and, incidentally, introduced to each other by Emma Thompson), half of the Creator/MontyPython troupe, Series/TheGoodies, and [[Creator/DavidMitchell Mitchell]] [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook and Webb]] (''Series/PeepShow'').
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