A scholar, author, and the TV presenter of the quiz show University Challenge.
He studied English literature at Magdalene College in Cambridge, and later attended Yale.
He became known for catchphrases on University Challenge such as "Your starter for ten," and "Fingers on the buzzer."
He and his wife, Christina, enjoy boating together.
Comedian Billy Connolly once poked fun at Gascoigne's odd name in his song Talkin' Blues (What's in a Name).