Brian Hudson

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Brian Hudson

Brian Hudson was the Series 4 champion.

A textile executive from Stockport, Cheshire, he made his debut on 28 May 1984, defeating Colin Woollard 45 – 31. he racked up three more wins before falling at the hands of Tony Rand. However, his four wins were enough to ensure him a place in the finals as #5 seed, where he defeated Mike Willis in the quarter-finals and Robert Richland in the semis to set up a final against Christine Hunt. After a close start, Hudson romped away at the end, beating Hunt 87 – 55 to become the fourth series champion.

He returned at the start of the next series for Championship of Champions I, but was defeated in the first round by fellow series champion Ash Haji 49 – 35. Hudson also appeared on the special episode to celebrate Countdown's 500th show on 2 February 1987, and competed in the Countdown Masters in 1989 and 1990.

Hudson returned to Leeds in 1996 for the Supreme Championship, beating Mandi Hale in his first game after solving two crucial conundrums to turn a 10-point deficit into a 58 – 48 win. However, he narrowly lost his next match 52 – 51 to Barry Grossman. In this game Grossman beat Hudson with the word STOPGAP. However, Hudson clawed back 6 points with WASTED. The crucial conundrum BITSOFTER was revealed, but Hudson lost by one point after neither player could offer anything within the 30 seconds.

His wife, Barbara, made an appearance as a contestant in Series 22, but didn't come close to matching Brian's high standards.

Preceded by
Andrew Guy
Series winner
Series 4
Followed by
Peter Evans

Episodes


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
165 28/05/1984 P Colin Woollard 31 – 45 Brian Hudson Gyles Brandreth Julia Swannell 73
166 29/05/1984 P Norah Moore 25 – 55 Brian Hudson Mark Nyman Julia Swannell 73
167 30/05/1984 P Gerald Ram 39 – 41 Brian Hudson Mark Nyman Julia Swannell 70
168 31/05/1984 P Brian Hudson 49 – 31 Kirsten Shepard Mark Nyman Julia Swannell 83
169 4/06/1984 P Brian Hudson 44 – 57 Tony Rand Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 73
181 25/06/1984 QF Brian Hudson 40 – 39 Mike Willis Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 70
182 26/06/1984 SF Brian Hudson 52 – 49 Robert Richland Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 71
184 28/06/1984 GF Brian Hudson 87 – 55 Christine Hunt Gyles Brandreth, Ned Sherrin Yvonne Warburton 116
188 18/10/1984 CQF Ash Haji 49 – 35 Brian Hudson Nigel Rees Yvonne Warburton 72
M20 14/8/89-18/8/89 Masters 1 Brian Hudson 86 – 63 Kevin Nelson N/A Freda Thornton 133
M74 27/8/90-31/8/90 Masters 2 Brian Hudson 93 – 69 Neil Collins N/A Mark Nyman 136
1871 31/10/1996 cQF Brian Hudson 58* – 48 Mandi Hale June Whitfield Susie Dent 83
1873 4/11/1996 cSF Barry Grossman 52 – 51 Brian Hudson Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 70
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum
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