After TOUGHED was disallowed in his game against Andy McGurn, controversy sparked. Jeff Stelling then said publicly that the OUP told the Countdown production team afterwards that TOUGHED should have been allowed. Hall would have had a tie-break conundrum and could have won the game, so the Countdown production team invited him back for the next series.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|5224||21/03/2011||P||Andy McGurn||94 – 87||James Hall||Donal MacIntyre||Susie Dent||119|
|5283||10/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||92 – 57||James Hall||Shobna Gulati||Susie Dent||116|