Michael Bowden was a finalist in Series 54, making his debut on 25 January 2006.
Bowden was a model of consistency throughout his run, only twice scoring outside the 90s. His sole century came at the expense of Benjamin Bell, which completed his run as an octochamp. Bowden shares with Kai Laddiman the distinction of having sat in the champion's chair for all 8 of his heat games, due to the fact that he debuted the day after another octochamp.
The following year, Bowden returned to the Countdown world for the unofficial COLIN 2007 tournament.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4018||25/01/2006||P||Michael Bowden||93 – 85||Gary Watton||Jo Brand||Susie Dent||120|
|4019||26/01/2006||P||Michael Bowden||93 – 84||Sheila Rudge||Lesley Garrett||Susie Dent||137|
|4020||27/01/2006||P||Michael Bowden||91 – 32||Brian Oliver||Lesley Garrett||Susie Dent||123|
|4021||28/01/2006||P||Michael Bowden||73 – 64||Christine Grant||Lesley Garrett||Susie Dent||142|
|4022||30/01/2006||P||Michael Bowden||94 – 71||David Collier||Lesley Garrett||Susie Dent||134|
|4023||31/01/2006||P||Michael Bowden||97 – 63||Linda Morton||Barry Norman||Susie Dent||127|
|4024||1/02/2006||P||Michael Bowden||92 – 56||Joan Soothill||Barry Norman||Susie Dent||132|
|4025||2/02/2006||P||Michael Bowden||106 – 59||Benjamin Bell||Barry Norman||Susie Dent||122|
|4108||22/05/2006||QF||Michael Bowden||69 – 88||Matthew Shore||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||112|