Clive Freedman (Series 6)

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Clive Freedman

Clive Freedman was an octochamp in Series 7 who made his début in Series 6, and the winner of Championship of Champions II.

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.

Freedman can also be seen on the front of the first edition of the Countdown board game playing against Sandie Simonis - this photograph was staged, as the two have never played on-screen.


Preceded by
Mark Nyman
Champion of Champions
Championship of Champions II
Followed by
Harvey Freeman

Episodes

# 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
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum


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

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