Bamber Gascoigne was born in London went on to achieve an outstanding academic record. After winning scholarships to both Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he studied English Literature, he spent a year as a Commonwealth Fund Scholar at Yale University. After National Service in the Grenadier Guards he became a theatre critic before his break through into television presenting in the early 1960s.
Bamber came to fame as the original presenter of University
Challenge from its launch in 1962. A prolific writer of all kinds, with works such as Quest for the Golden Hare to his name, Bamber has also presented a
wealth of titles for television including The Christians- a
documentary series investigating the history of Christianity for ITV, Victorian
Values, The Great Moghuls.