Championship of Champions XV
Championship of Champions XV ran from 2 January 2019 to 22 January 2019 just before the start of Series 80, with Zarte Siempre emerging victorious and becoming the first grand slam winner of Countdown since the Richard Whiteley era.
CoC XV was announced in summer 2018, with the draw being announced on c4c on 18th July 2018. Filming of the episodes took place from 1 to 3 October 2018. Similar to other CoC tournaments, it featured sixteen contestants, this time drawn from Series 73 through 78. Similar to Championship of Champions XIV, contestants from the most recent series were not invited, and instead will qualify for a potential CoC XVI.
The last quarter-final saw Siempre make history by setting the highest ever score in the history of Countdown at the time: 150. The match also saw Siempre and Tom Carey break the record for the highest aggregate score in a game of Countdown.
Draw and bracket
The bracket structure and first-round pairings for this Championship of Champions were announced on the C4Countdown on 18 July 2018. The bracket will run as follows:
|Jonathan Wynn (73) vs Phil Davies (78)||Jonathan Wynn vs Philip Aston|| Philip Aston |
| Zarte Siempre |
|Philip Aston (78) vs Noel McIlvenny (77)|
|Tom Carey (73) vs Stephen Read (76)||Tom Carey vs Zarte Siempre|
|Paul Erdunast (74) vs Zarte Siempre (78)|
|Ann Dibben (74) vs John Cowen (77)||John Cowen vs Bradley Horrocks|| Bradley Horrocks |
|Bradley Horrocks (77) vs Andrew Macleod (75)|
|Matthew Tassier (73) vs Dougie Mackay (78)||Matthew Tassier vs Tom Chafer-Cook|
|Tom Chafer-Cook (77) vs Martin Hurst (75)|
The numbers refer to the series in which each contestant originally played in the finals.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|6980||2/01/2019||CP||Jonathan Wynn||103 – 68||Phil Davies||Kate Humble||Susie Dent||116|
|6981||3/01/2019||CP||Ann Dibben||94 – 97||John Cowen||Kate Humble||Susie Dent||129|
|6982||4/01/2019||CP||Matthew Tassier||96 – 78||Dougie Mackay||Kate Humble||Susie Dent||135|
|6983||7/01/2019||CP||Tom Carey||106 – 87||Stephen Read||Kate Humble||Susie Dent||131|
|6984||8/01/2019||CP||Paul Erdunast||105 – 113||Zarte Siempre||Kate Humble||Susie Dent||131|
|6985||9/01/2019||CP||Tom Chafer-Cook||129 – 89||Martin Hurst||Dr Linda Papadopoulos||Susie Dent||142|
|6986||10/01/2019||CP||Bradley Horrocks||128 – 104||Andrew Macleod||Dr Linda Papadopoulos||Susie Dent||133|
|6987||11/01/2019||CP||Philip Aston||103 – 89||Noel McIlvenny||Dr Linda Papadopoulos||Susie Dent||122|
|6988||14/01/2019||CQF||Jonathan Wynn||92 – 110||Philip Aston||Dr Linda Papadopoulos||Susie Dent||132|
|6989||15/01/2019||CQF||John Cowen||96 – 99||Bradley Horrocks||Dr Linda Papadopoulos||Susie Dent||136|
|6990||16/01/2019||CQF||Matthew Tassier||62 – 111||Tom Chafer-Cook||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||128|
|6991||17/01/2019||CQF||Tom Carey||122 – 150||Zarte Siempre||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||168|
|6992||18/01/2019||CSF||Philip Aston||73 – 106||Zarte Siempre||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||129|
|6993||21/01/2019||CSF||Bradley Horrocks||111 – 110||Tom Chafer-Cook||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||128|
|6994||22/01/2019||CGF||Zarte Siempre||116 – 83||Bradley Horrocks||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||123|