Watch: University Challenge announcer effortlessly calls out surname with seven syllables
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University Challenge announcer Roger Tiling faced a challenge of his own when the show welcomed a contestant with a very long surname.
Series host Amol Rajan hailed the BBC quiz show's voiceover artist as "the best voice in the business" for calling out the name "flawlessly" and revealing he didn't need any retakes.
And after more praise from viewers on social media the voice of University Challenge revealed it is not even the longest surname he has had to contend with.
What, how, and why?
The latest round of acclaimed student quiz show University Challenge — now in its 53rd series — saw Warwick University take on Wolfson College, Cambridge.
On the Warwick team was student Abby Akarapongpiskadi, originally from Bankok, Thailand, who is studying an MA in Film Studies.
The 16-letter name contains seven syllables, and every time Akarapongpiskadi was first to buzz in on a question, announcer tilling had to call out "Warwick" followed by his name as quickly as possible, to indicate that they had won the chance to answer for their team.
Ahead of the show Tilling posted on social media platform X, formerly Twitter: "This is definitely going to be fun @amolrajan - two wonderful teams and there's a surname placard that's making me nervous just looking at it!!"
And hejoked: "This is a wonderful, beautiful Thai surname. But just bear with me while I go off and have a quick cry…"
— Roger Tilling (@rogertilling) September 25, 2023
Rajan shared: "Tune into @bbctwo/ @bbciplayer NOW... if only to watch the best voice in the business - @rogertilling - bellow "AKARAPONGPISAKDI" flawlessly under high and escalating pressure.
"Spoiler alert. He nails it every time. No retakes with the Mighty Roger."
When one social media user mused whether this was the longest ever surname to feature on University Challenge, Tilling revealed: "Almost. Rubio-Gorrochategui was the longest!"
What else has been happening on University Challenge?
Rajan took over as the host of the BBC quiz show this years after Jeremy Paxman retired aged 73, having been in the quizmaster's seat for 30 years
When the series launched in July 2023 Rajan, 40, made his debut at the host's desk without the familiar question cards Paxman had always used - and famously threw down in frustration when contestants got the answers wrong.
Instead the journalist reads the questions from a large boxed screen on the desk in front of him.
— Ian 🇪🇺 (@ian262) July 17, 2023
The latest series of University Challenge is currently airing on BBC Two and iPLayer at 8.30pm on Mondays.