Nov 20 2012 by Iain Howie, Perthshire Advertiser
A Perthshire student whose brainpower was put to the test by one of TV’s toughest quizmasters is set for more airtime.
Amber Ace (22), who is studying at Cambridge, helped her team shine in BBC2’s ‘University Challenge’. The Crieff woman, who is studying for a masters in Classics, represented 570-year-old King’s College in a make-or-break tie.
The former Morrison’s Academy pupil battled it out as a member of the best runners-up teams on the long-running quiz – which is hosted by no-nonsense presenter Jeremy Paxman – to get to the next round.
Amber was chosen to sit on the team by representatives of the previous year’s side. She went through a rigorous 20 questions exam, securing a place after correctly answering most of them.
So far viewers have seen her tackle the tough questions in two episodes. The filming of the series took place some months ago – but Amber is unable to say how her team did in the next round – although all will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Taking time out from her studies yesterday, Amber told The PA: “I really enjoyed the whole experience of University Challenge and being part of a team.
“Friends have been really supportive since the shows aired.”
She set the ball rolling for the college’s win last week, answering the all-important first question correctly. She added: “It’s great when you think about the question in your head, then you realise you can answer it, although there is a nervous moment when you buzz, your name is called out and the spotlight’s on you.
“It was really memorable having people cheering you on.” Although undecided on a career, Amber says she doesn’t think showbusiness is for her.
She is now recruiting King’s next team. The iconic TV programme, which has been airing since 1962, is hosted by Jeremy Paxman, known for his tough questioning of politicians and public figures.