Bhavin Manek

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Bhavin Manek was a semi-finalist from Series 36.

At the age of just 16, he won the final eight heats of the series to become an octochamp and #1 seed. Notably, Manek took the #1 seed spot only by solving the conundrum in the series' last heat game; had he missed it, he would have finished #2 to Maria Boyes, making Series 36 the only one in Countdown's history in which the finals fixtures were not determined until after the heats had fully ended (Jonathan Rawlinson and some others had already won their final games prior to the conundrums).

Manek beat Roger Green in the quarter-finals the day after his heats run ended, but lost to eventual series champion Tony Baylis in the semis. Bhavin returned for Championship of Champions IX, where he beat Dag Griffiths in the first round before losing to Ruth Collier in the quarter-final.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
2088 8/09/1997 P Bhavin Manek 59 – 36 Malcolm Fairy Richard Digance Alyson McGaw 73
2089 9/09/1997 P Bhavin Manek 59 – 22 David Walters Richard Digance Alyson McGaw 81
2090 10/09/1997 P Bhavin Manek 59 – 17 Ann Mead Richard Digance Alyson McGaw 71
2091 11/09/1997 P Bhavin Manek 51 – 39 Alf Berry Richard Digance Alyson McGaw 72
2092 12/09/1997 P Bhavin Manek 58 – 31 Clive Scott Richard Stilgoe Hannah Robertson 68
2093 15/09/1997 P Bhavin Manek 47 – 31 Gwen Town Richard Stilgoe Hannah Robertson 69
2094 16/09/1997 P Bhavin Manek 55 – 19 Nick Jenkins Richard Stilgoe Hannah Robertson 67
2095 17/09/1997 P Bhavin Manek 60 – 21 Ken Hunt Richard Stilgoe Hannah Robertson 84
2096 18/09/1997 QF Bhavin Manek 37 – 22 Roger Green Richard Stilgoe Hannah Robertson 68
2100 24/09/1997 SF Tony Baylis 53 – 43 Bhavin Manek Nicholas Parsons Hannah Robertson 84
2170 7/01/1998 CP Dag Griffiths 44 – 67 Bhavin Manek Gloria Hunniford Mark Nyman 72
2174 13/01/1998 CQF Ruth Collier 54 – 44 Bhavin Manek Gloria Hunniford Mark Nyman 74
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