Hardie is the 200th octochamp in the history of Countdown, treating viscounts as honorary octochamps. He started his run against former Premier League footballer Matt Le Tissier, followed by a convincing win against Ben Dempster during which he saw the 9 OUTSPREAD. Two more centuries followed before he faced Apterite James Rowan spotting the crucial Conundrum NEWSPAPER in under a second. He won three more centuries, spotting the word APTEROUS in his game against Fiona Currie. He won his final games, scoring a century in all but one of them. In the finals, he lost to Matthew Tassier equalling Tassier in all but two rounds, and saw the conundrum PEREGRINE in under a second but still lost 107 – 122.
Hardie is also a competitive Scrabble player, and qualified for the National Scrabble Championship Finals in 2017.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|3881||1/03/2005||P||John Hardie||65 – 108||Chris Hunt||Philip Franks||Susie Dent||128|
|6221||5/10/2015||P||Matt Le Tissier||51 – 102||John Hardie||Graeme Le Saux||Susie Dent||133|
|6222||6/10/2015||P||John Hardie||109 – 48||Ben Dempster||Graeme Le Saux||Susie Dent||134|
|6223||7/10/2015||P||John Hardie||104 – 32||Kris Jack||Charlie Stayt||Susie Dent||120|
|6224||8/10/2015||P||John Hardie||104 – 97||James Rowan||Charlie Stayt||Susie Dent||145|
|6225||12/10/2015||P||John Hardie||109 – 51||Fiona Currie||Charlie Stayt||Susie Dent||122|
|6226||13/10/2015||P||John Hardie||108 – 76||Philip Leonard||Charlie Stayt||Susie Dent||122|
|6227||14/10/2015||P||John Hardie||99 – 76||Chris Barstow||Charlie Stayt||Susie Dent||119|
|6228||15/10/2015||P||John Hardie||110 – 24||David Cumming||Martin Lewis||Susie Dent||153|
|6274||18/12/2015||QF||John Hardie||107 – 122||Matthew Tassier||Tim Rice||Susie Dent||146|