Julian Hough was the runner-up of Series 7.
An economics student at Manchester University, Hough won the final six heat games of the series to enter the final rounds unbeaten as #2 seed. He beat Tim Davies and Jean Fish in the quarter- and semi-finals respectively to reach the final against Ian Bebbington. Bebbington went 30 points into the lead before Hough made an excellent attempt at a comeback by spotting the nine-letter word CERTAINTY and one away from the 923 target in the last numbers round. The game went to a crucial conundrum with Hough trailing by just five points, but neither contestant was able to unscramble it in the time, meaning Bebbington became the series champion.
Hough also appeared in the Championship of Champions II, but was beaten by Laurie Silver in the first round. Hough would also return for the Supreme Championship. He defeated Ash Haji with a convincing performance, including a nine-letter word, before losing to Damian Eadie by 6 points in the group semi-final. In 1989, Hough played in the first Masters series and was declared the overall champion, having achieved the highest score of the series with 124 points.
Masters Series 1
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|326||4/12/1985||P||Julian Hough||60 – 45||Gary Franks||Bill Tidy||??|
|327||5/12/1985||P||Julian Hough||58 – 36||Philip Godfrey||Bill Tidy||??|
|328||6/12/1985||P||Julian Hough||45 – 37||Neil Stein||Bill Tidy||??|
|329||9/12/1985||P||Julian Hough||54 – 27||Leslie Pollitt||Bill Tidy||73|
|330||10/12/1985||P||Julian Hough||50 – 19||Steve Holdsworth||Bill Tidy||71|
|331||11/12/1985||P||Julian Hough||62 – 17||Bob Balmer||Bill Tidy||70|
|333||13/12/1985||QF||Julian Hough||63 – 34||Tim Davies||Richard Stilgoe||Della Thompson||82|
|337||19/12/1985||SF||Jean Fish||37 – 59||Julian Hough||Richard Stilgoe||Della Thompson||73|
|338||20/12/1985||GF||Ian Bebbington||82 – 77||Julian Hough||Richard Stilgoe,|
|400||2/04/1986||CQF||Julian Hough||54 – 57||Laurie Silver||Gyles Brandreth||Catherine Clarke||81|
|M16||17/7/89-21/7/89||Masters 1||Julian Hough||124 – 61||John Hadfield||N/A||Catherine Clarke||136|
|M89||10/12/90-14/12/90||Masters 2||Clive Spate||110 – 80||Julian Hough||N/A||Freda Thornton||135|
|1890||27/11/1996||fQF||Ash Haji||58 – 65||Julian Hough||Tom O'Connor||Catherine Stokes||94|
|1892||29/11/1996||fSF||Julian Hough||46 – 52||Damian Eadie||Richard Digance||David Swarbrick||80|