Jeremy Paxman gave wrong answer on University Challenge

Jeremy Paxman gave the wrong answer to a question on University Challenge about who made Billy Connolly's big banana boots, the BBC has admitted.

A team of graduates from Kent University was asked to name the Scottish artist who had designed the famous footwear which the comedian wore during his early days as a stand-up.

Broadcaster Paul Ross, who was part of the team, wrongly guessed that the answer was Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon, but host Paxman told them the correct answer was Paisley-born Tutti Frutti writer John Byrne.

However the boots, which are now in display in Glasgow's People's Palace, were in fact designed and made by Glaswegian pop artist Edmund Smith.

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University Challenge host Jeremy Paxman

Paxman gave the wrong answer to a question about Billy Connolly's big banana boots

University Challenge host Jeremy Paxman, left, gave the wrong answer to a question about Billy Connolly's big banana boots

Broadcaster Paul Ross was part of Kent University's team for the special Christmas episode

Broadcaster Paul Ross was part of Kent University's team for the special Christmas episode

The maker of the boots was even mentioned in Connolly's official biography written by his wife Pamela Stephenson

The maker of the boots was even mentioned in Connolly's official biography written by his wife Pamela Stephenson

Mr Smith's daughter sent in a formal complaint to BBC bosses pointing out the error and an investigation was launched.

The corporation's executive complaints unit has now upheld her complaint after admitting the maker of the boots was even mentioned in Connolly's official biography written by his wife Pamela Stephenson.

In a written finding, the BBC complaints unit said: 'The answer to a question about Billy Connolly's banana boots attributed their design to the playwright John Byrne.

'The daughter of Edmund Smith complained that the answer was incorrect, her

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