The former Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Tim Brain was back in front of the cameras last night on BBC2's Christmas University Challenge.
Mr Brain captained a team of former Aberystwyth University graduates to a 140-95 defeat to Keele University.
The series sees prominent former graduates from 14 universities and university colleges compete in seven programmes. The four top scoring teams then go through to the semi-finals.
Programme presenter Jeremy Paxman dismissed both Aberystwyth and Keele's chances of getting through to the next stage with the scores they produced.
Mr Brain, Chief Constable of Gloucestershire from 2001 to 1 January 2010, first captained a University Challenge team in 1976. He read History at the university,, obtaining a first class honours degree in 1975 and later a PhD.
But his return to the programme saw his team always struggling to keep up with Keele and at one point were -5 on the scoreboard.
After one in a series of failed answers, Paxman said: "I did like the way you nodded knowledgeably, chief constable."
But Mr Brain recovered to answers questions like: 1, Bacu, the capital of Azerbaijan, is a port on which body of water? 2, adding which two letters to the French name for the English Channel gives the French word for Sunday?
The answers were: 1, The Caspian Sea and 2, D and I.