Lawrence Pearse

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Lawrence Pearse

Lawrence Pearse was the Series 17 champion.

A civil servant from Cheltenham, he made his debut on 22 February 1989, near the end of the series, where he beat Jim Saywell 53 – 34. Pearse won a further seven games to become an octochamp and #2 seed for the series behind the hotly-favoured Tim Morrissey. In the final rounds, Pearse beat Jean Tweddell and Vicki McCarthy on the way to the final against Evan Simpson. The final was a back-and-forth affair, with Simpson leading by 19 points after the first conundrum, but Pearse managed to stage a comeback, and with Simpson not scoring due to a series of messed-up numbers games and disallowed words, it was done and dusted by the conundrum — Pearse ran out the 80 – 64 winner and champion of series 17. His son Alex had also appeared in the same series.

Pearse returned for Championship of Champions V, beating Michael Wareham in the first round before losing to Gino Corr in the semi-final, a game that is most remembered for the oft-repeated out-take where both contestants declared the word WANKERS [1].

Pearse returned one final time for the Supreme Championship in 1996, but was beaten by Jackie McLeod 47 – 45 in his first game.

Preceded by
Tony Vick
Series winner
Series 17
Followed by
Rajaretnam Yogasagarar

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
850 22/02/1989 P Jim Saywell 34 – 53 Lawrence Pearse Tim Rice Catherine Clarke 94
851 23/02/1989 P Anne Ives 40 – 51 Lawrence Pearse Tim Rice Catherine Clarke 84
852 24/02/1989 P Cathy Frank 49 – 57 Lawrence Pearse Tim Rice Catherine Clarke 94
853 27/02/1989 P Fuad Shammas 48 – 49 Lawrence Pearse Tim Rice Catherine Clarke 72
854 28/02/1989 P Nadine Roebuck 36 – 48 Lawrence Pearse Ned Sherrin Georgia Hole 73
855 1/03/1989 P David Thompson 40 – 70 Lawrence Pearse Ned Sherrin Georgia Hole 73
856 2/03/1989 P Karen Hoggarth 23 – 58 Lawrence Pearse Ned Sherrin Georgia Hole 71
857 3/03/1989 P David Gledhill 12 – 52 Lawrence Pearse Ned Sherrin Georgia Hole 72
862 10/03/1989 QF Lawrence Pearse 52 – 29 Jean Tweddell Simon Williams Georgia Hole 73
866 16/03/1989 SF Vicki McCarthy 24 – 49 Lawrence Pearse Simon Williams Georgia Hole 71
867 17/03/1989 GF Evan Simpson 64 – 80 Lawrence Pearse Ned Sherrin, Frazer Hines Freda Thornton 140
M35 27/11/89-1/12/89 Masters 1 Lawrence Pearse 75 – 77 John Clarke N/A Freda Thornton 138
1070 2/01/1991 CQF Michael Wareham 38 – 54 Lawrence Pearse Gyles Brandreth Catherine Clarke 71
1073 7/01/1991 CSF Gino Corr 61 – 34 Lawrence Pearse Gyles Brandreth Catherine Clarke 72
M96 Unreleased Masters 2 Alex Pearse 80 – 77 Lawrence Pearse N/A Freda Thornton ??
1876 7/11/1996 dQF Lawrence Pearse 45 – 47 Jackie McLeod Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 81
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