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.
— George Lorimer (@George_Lorimer) April 10, 2017
— 📚Henrietta 📚 (@veryfastreader) April 10, 2017
— Emma Kathryn Rose (@emmakr) April 10, 2017
— Ned Holmes (@Ned__Holmes) April 10, 2017
— Natasha Poltorak (@nooshabelle) April 10, 2017
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.
Monkman's face when meeting Stephen Hawking will stay with me for a long time. #UniversityChallenge
— Jamie Bowman (@JamieBowman77) April 10, 2017
— Lisa Hall (@Lisam_Hall) April 10, 2017
Wow, he gets to meet a legend of our times. Very jealous of Hawking getting to meet Monkman #UniversityChallenge
— Adrian Worton (@RedOwl14) April 10, 2017
Many viewers asked that the final not be the end of Monkman on the small screen.
— Juliette (@x_Juliette_x) April 10, 2017
#UniversityChallenge Monkman, now University Challenge is finished he should have his own show "Monday night with Monkman" Bring it on !
— Dean Graham (@dinograham) April 10, 2017
Another impressed viewer tweeted: “Eric Monkman needs his own show though, legend.”