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Friday 17 April 2015

Solent's televised quiz show finishes filming.

Southampton Solent University’s televised inter-college quiz recently completed its second season, welcoming teams of college students from all over the south onto the campus to compete for victory in this challenging and exciting event.

Titled High Stakes, the show is a test of general knowledge that encourages quick thinking, strategy and risk-taking from any team hoping to take home the High Stakestrophy.

Season two saw Bitterne Park Sixth Form, Highbury College, Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, St Vincent College, Totton College and Worthing College descend on the campus to take part in the three days of filming, fun and general knowledge.

A team of students from the 2014 competition

In addition to providing competitors and guests with the opportunity to get in front of the camera and participate in an inter-college event, attendees also benefited from a unique insight into how a TV show is produced and the types of activities that Solent broadcasting and media production students take part in.

The first episode of season one can be seen below:

Gabrielle Crisp, a member of staff from Worthing College, said:

“I had an excited email from the team on their journey home – they had a great day. I felt that everything was beautifully organised from Solent’s end; from the initial visit from the schools and partnerships team, to the arrangements for lunch, to the tour of the facilities.

“I will have no hesitation in encouraging my future UCAS students to look at Solent for these types of vocational and specialist degree courses.”

John Lloyd behind the scenes with the production team during season one

It isn’t just the competing colleges that are full of praise for the show – John Lloyd, creator of QI and the broadcasting mind behind shows like Not the Nine O’Clock News,Spitting Image and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, visiting the set during season one, said:

“It was excellent to meet the students involved in the project and to have a look around the state-of-the-art media facilities. Solent offers excellent opportunities for young talent to gain vital experience in a real-world learning environment.”

High Stakes is an annual event open to all year-12 students. If your school or college would like to get involved next year (the show is usually filmed during February and March), please email the partnerships team at to receive further information.

The quarter finals of season two will be available to view at from Friday 1 May, with the semis being released on 8 May and the Grand Final on 15 May.