12 certificateStarter for 10 is a Film programme that first aired in 2006 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Starter for 10 is a 3 star programme

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Starter for 10 (2006)

Directed by
Tom Vaughan

This period rom-com, set in 1985, stars James McAvoy (pictured, left) as Brian Jackson, a 1980s working-class boy stumbling romantically and academically through his first year at Bristol University.

Amid the chaos, Brian achieves his lifelong ambition to appear on TV quiz show University Challenge, falling for team-mate Alice (Alice Eve), although he may have more in commmon with his counterculturalist chum, Rebecca (Rebecca Hall).

Adapted by David Nicholls from his best-selling novel, the performances are strong, and there's a tremendous period soundtrack. Highly recommended.

BBC Two has built a University Challenge night around the film. Linked programmes include Univeristy Challenge: The Story So Far, Comic Relief Does University Challenge and the classic Bambi episode of The Young Ones.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 105 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2006

3/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: UK/USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for James McAvoyJames McAvoy...Brian Jackson
Image for Alice EveAlice Eve...Alice Harbinson
Image for Rebecca HallRebecca Hall...Rebecca Epstein
Joseph Friend...Young Brian
Image for James GaddasJames Gaddas...Martin Jackson
Image for Catherine TateCatherine Tate...Julie Jackson
Image for Mark GatissMark Gatiss...Bamber Gascoigne
Robert Cawsey...University Challenge Competitor
Image for Rasmus HardikerRasmus Hardiker...University Challenge Competitor
Guy Henry...Dr. Morrison
Image for James CordenJames Corden...Tone
Dominic Cooper...Spencer
Simon Woods...Josh
Sule Rimi...Marcus
Joe Van Moyland...Hippy at the Party
Image for Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch...Patrick Watts
Elaine Tan...Lucy Chang
Ian Bonar...Colin
Reuben-Henry Biggs...Anthony Salmon
Ben Willbond...University Challenge Coordinator