Clear the decks and ring the bell: Monkman’s back in da house.
Apologies for briefly slipping into yoof speak (of the mid-Nineties), but my point still stands. When Wolfson’s finest is safely tucked away behind his University Challenge lightbox, you know the show's going to be a cracker. He is a man with exceptional comic value, even if it’s completely unintended; I’ve never seen anyone look so consistently manic and perplexed.
See below for my Twitter commentary on tonight’s Monkman-filled episode;even if you didn’t watch it, you should be able to pick up the gist.
|Wolfson - Cambridge Vs. Balliol - Oxford (16.01.179|
8:01pm: Paxman. So weary.8:02pm: .....iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttttt's MONKMAN.8:02pm: Chaudhri's from near Cockermouth. Heh heh.8:03pm: Cancel everything: Monkman's in town.8:03pm: Well...Pope's got a centre-parting.8:04pm: I'm absolutely completely in love with Monkman. This isn't a drill.8:05pm: Cosgrove is doing everything he can to present a suave coolness.8:06pm: I want to do some spin-orbit coupling with Monkman.8:06pm: Is Monkman wearing a false collar?8:08pm: Monkman: the world's most ineffectual superhero.8:09pm: I want Monkman's face as my face.8:11pm: Goldman and Paxman should stage a disdain-off.8:13pm: TILING: "Balliol Potts". POTTS: " Tit". TV gold.8:14pm: Monkman's hair ends where his glasses begin.8:18pm: Every second Monkman isn't on #UniversityChallenge is spent combing his hair forward and forward and forward and forward and forward.8:21pm: Balliol Potts, hair of Lego.8:22pm: Goldman...get an answer right...say it really quickly and disdainfully...DON'T SMILE.8:23pm: Chaudhri is both smug and angry at the same time.8:26pm: Monkman will be releasing a cover of Talking Heads' Once In a Lifetime in the spring.
8:28pm: Goldman and the c-word are synonymous.