He beat Dave Benham by five points to become champion, but succumbed to Emma Brown on a crucial conundrum on New Year's Eve 1998. At the end of this game, it was revealed that Landman was to be the first ever recipient of the Countdown winners' teapot.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|2425||30/12/1998||P||Dave Benham||44 – 49||Barry Landman||Stephen Fry||Mark Nyman||73|
|2426||31/12/1998||P||Barry Landman||33 – 53||Emma Brown||Stephen Fry||Mark Nyman||84|