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.
|#||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|