Sunday 22 April 2018

Eric Monkman still 'people's champion' despite University Challenge defeat

By Julia Hunt

Fans think Monkman should have his own show.

University Challenge fans have insisted that Eric Monkman is still “the people’s champion” even though his team did not win the series.

The Wolfson College, Cambridge student has been a huge hit with viewers of the BBC quiz show thanks to his stellar performance, becoming a trending topic on social media and triggering declarations of love from fans.

His team’s defeat by Joey Goldman’s side from Balliol, Oxford has sparked a flurry of hilarious memes and comments online, with viewers sharing images and video clips of people looking aghast, sobbing – and even rioting – to demonstrate their feelings.

This year the University Challenge trophy was presented by Professor Stephen Hawking, and viewers took comfort in the fact that Monkman was able to meet the scientist.

Many viewers asked that the final not be the end of Monkman on the small screen.

Another impressed viewer tweeted: “Eric Monkman needs his own show though, legend.”

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