Giles Hutchings

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Giles Hutchings

Giles "The Typhoon" Hutchings was the champion of Series 68, and a semi-finalist in Championship of Champions XIV. He is also an Apterite and the most attractive member of c4countdown.

His total of 965 points from his 8 preliminary games was the highest in the history of the show, until Dylan Taylor beat it in Series 69 with his total of 974 points. His début score of 129 is the joint-highest by any contestant in the history of the show (along with Jamie Ilett-Jones in Series 71 and Robin McKay in Series 74).

Nick Hewer has referred to Hutchings as "The Typhoon" or "The Kid" at various times during the introductions or the games, in a similar way to potential series rival Andy Platt sometimes being called "Formidable".

His mother is the Series 51 quarter-finalist, Nicole Hutchings.

He made his CO-event debut at CO:REA 2012 in April 2012, and then returned for CO:REA 2013. He got to the final and was beaten by the Series 65 semi-finalist, Mark Deeks by 97 – 91. At CO:REA 2014 he got to the final and was beaten by the Series 66 winner, Jack Worsley by 108 – 93. He also appeared at CobliviLon.

In 2016, Hutchings was invited back to Countdown as one of sixteen entrants in Championship of Champions XIV. Notably, with all other Xicounts in CoC XIV being returnees, he was the only player to enter the tournament undefeated. Hutchings won his first match against Series 67 runner-up Heather Styles with a score of 132 – 73, offering the new OED words OUTRAKES and RETINULAS and dropping only three points from a perfect game in the process. Hutchings subsequently won his quarter-final draw against Tom Cappleman 114 – 97; despite Cappleman appearing to have gained stability early on with RHOEADIN and a perfect solution to a six-small numbers game with a target of 991, Hutchings caught up with TAWNIEST and a six-small answer of his own, before eking out a seven-point lead with FEMORAL. Though unable to escape a crucial conundrum, he went on to solve ULTIMOLEG in under three seconds, maintaining the ongoing pattern of all CoC XIV matches being won by their highest cumulative scorers. In the semi-finals, Hutchings came up against The Record Holder Dylan Taylor, the only person to have a higher octotal than Hutchings. In the game itself, Hutchings and Taylor were level in the first 14 rounds, a Countdown first, but it was Taylor who solved TEARCLOTH with a quick solve to see Hutchings lose his undefeated record.

Later in 2016, he appeared as captain of the University of Warwick on University Challenge, with his Countdown exploits mentioned by Jeremy Paxman mentioned in his introduction.


Preceded by
Paul James
Series winner
Series 68
Followed by
Callum Todd

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
5673 3/04/2013 P Jean Wright 54 – 129 Giles Hutchings Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 134
5674 8/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 119 – 19 Mike Lee Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 132
5675 9/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 120 – 57 Zulfi Ebrahim Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 121
5676 10/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 115 – 50 Nick Courtnadge Richard Madeley Susie Dent 126
5677 11/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 120 – 65 Mark Witney Richard Madeley Susie Dent 139
5678 12/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 130 – 82 Alan Flanagan Richard Madeley Susie Dent 144
5679 15/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 121 – 62 Rob Tuson Richard Madeley Susie Dent 131
5680 16/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 111 – 58 Nick Holland Richard Madeley Susie Dent 133
5715 14/06/2013 QF Giles Hutchings 109 – 86 Peter Fenton Dan Snow Susie Dent 134
5719 26/06/2013 SF Giles Hutchings 106 – 38 Joe McGonigle Myleene Klass Susie Dent 124
5721 28/06/2013 GF Giles Hutchings 95 – 86 Andy Platt Myleene Klass Susie Dent 115
6279 5/01/2016 CP Heather Styles 73 – 132 Giles Hutchings Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 135
6286 14/01/2016 CQF Tom Cappleman 97 – 114 Giles Hutchings John Inverdale Susie Dent 134
6290 20/01/2016 CSF Giles Hutchings 108 – 118 Dylan Taylor Naga Munchetty Susie Dent 122
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