Clive Freedman (Series 6)
- For other people called Clive Freedman, see Clive Freedman.
From Newcastle, he first appeared in the final heat of Series 6, defeating Neil Wilkins before making way for the finals of that series. He returned at the start of Series 7, and due to an odd rule at the time, played and won a further eight games, becoming an octochamp and the only one to have won nine heats. He returned for the finals as clear #1 seed, beating Gary Franks 63 – 19 in the quarter-finals, but was stopped by eventual series winner Ian Bebbington in the semi-finals, losing 49 – 46.
His performances, however, were enough to earn him an invitation to Championship of Champions II, where he defeated Olivia Lloyd and Laurie Silver on the way to a final showdown against Peter Evans. Freedman was ten points behind going into the crucial conundrum, but after unscrambling APEXJOUST in 5 seconds and ANGLEHOAX in 3 seconds, he ran out the 91 – 81 winner, and only the second ever Champion of Champions.
Freedman also played a special 14-round game against Mark Nyman before the start of Series 10, which was billed as a 'champion of champion of champions' game. Nyman won that game 76 – 67. He 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.
Freedman returned in 1996 for the Supreme Championship, defeating Mick Keeble in the first round and Evan Simpson, by way of a sudden-death conundrum, in the second round, before losing to young Andrew Perry in the group final stage.
|Champion of Champions
Championship of Champions II
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|281||12/03/1985||P||Clive Freedman||64 – 30||Neil Wilkins||Nigel Rees||Julia Swannell||72|
|289||14/10/1985||P||Clive Freedman||49 – 40||James Baillie||Gyles Brandreth||??|
|290||15/10/1985||P||Clive Freedman||52 – 31||Paul Darnley||Gyles Brandreth||??|
|291||16/10/1985||P||Clive Freedman||36 – 6||Jill Payne||Gyles Brandreth||??|
|292||17/10/1985||P||Clive Freedman||48 – 29||David Braines||Gyles Brandreth||??|
|293||18/10/1985||P||Clive Freedman||55 – 37||Steve Drinkwater||Gyles Brandreth||??|
|294||21/10/1985||P||Clive Freedman||46 – 40||Michael Rowlands||Gyles Brandreth||??|
|295||22/10/1985||P||Clive Freedman||67 – 19||Joan Bebbington||John Junkin||??|
|296||23/10/1985||P||Clive Freedman||56 – 38||Andrew Thomson||John Junkin||??|
|332||12/12/1985||QF||Clive Freedman||63 – 19||Gary Franks||Richard Stilgoe||Della Thompson||72|
|336||18/12/1985||SF||Clive Freedman||46 – 49||Ian Bebbington||Richard Stilgoe||Della Thompson||70|
|399||1/04/1986||CQF||Clive Freedman||58 – 25||Olivia Lloyd||Gyles Brandreth||Catherine Clarke||73|
|403||7/04/1986||CSF||Clive Freedman||58 – 51||Laurie Silver||Gyles Brandreth||Catherine Clarke||70|
|404||8/04/1986||CGF||Clive Freedman||91* – 81||Peter Evans||Gyles Brandreth||Catherine Clarke||118|
|445||13/10/1986||CCC||Clive Freedman||67 – 76||Mark Nyman||Gyles Brandreth, Bill Tidy||Catherine Clarke||114|
|M33||13/11/89-17/11/89||Masters 1||Clive Freedman||90 – 73||Darryl Francis||N/A||Freda Thornton||136|
|M97||Unreleased||Masters 2||Andrew Fisher||120 – 77||Clive Freedman||N/A||Freda Thornton||148|
|1862||18/10/1996||bQF||Clive Freedman||67 – 50||Mick Keeble||Philip Franks||Susie Dent||73|
|1866||24/10/1996||bSF||Clive Freedman||68* – 58||Evan Simpson||June Whitfield||Susie Dent||71|
|1868||28/10/1996||bF||Clive Freedman||43 – 71||Andrew Perry||June Whitfield||Susie Dent||74|
|Championship of Champions Winners|
I : Mark Nyman | II : Clive Freedman | III : Harvey Freeman | IV : Nic Brown | V : Tim Morrissey | VI : Wayne Summers | VII : Don Reid | VIII : Chris Rogers | IX : Natascha Kearsey | X : Scott Mearns | XI : Graham Nash | XII : Paul Gallen | XIII : Steve Briers | XIV : Dylan Taylor | XV : Zarte Siempre