Noel McIlvenny was an octochamp in Series 77, the fourth to be crowned in that series in fewer than two months. He is also an Apterite. He will almost certainly return in December for the series finals.
He debuted on 15th August 2017, outrunning Sarah Capperauld 83 – 30. He achieved a further seven clear victories with an octototal of 793 points and a high score of 120, showing exceptional skill on the numbers rounds, where, when solving his preferred four-large selections, he frequently ascended into intermediate totals in the thousands or tens of thousands before dividing down again. During his heat run he thrashed previous Series 26 semi-finalist Chris Feetenby, winning 96 – 21.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|6645||15/08/2017||P||Sarah Capperauld||30 – 83||Noel McIlvenny||Barry McGuigan||Susie Dent||134|
|6646||16/08/2017||P||Noel McIlvenny||100 – 53||Andrew Smithies||Barry McGuigan||Susie Dent||155|
|6647||17/08/2017||P||Noel McIlvenny||96 – 21||Chris Feetenby||Barry McGuigan||Susie Dent||134|
|6648||18/08/2017||P||Noel McIlvenny||109 – 54||Paul Collins||Barry McGuigan||Susie Dent||132|
|6649||21/08/2017||P||Noel McIlvenny||100 – 61||Mike Browning||Barry McGuigan||Susie Dent||144|
|6650||22/08/2017||P||Noel McIlvenny||93 – 16||Ben Parker||Martin Lewis||Susie Dent||140|
|6651||23/08/2017||P||Noel McIlvenny||120 – 36||Neil Harvey||Martin Lewis||Susie Dent||146|
|6652||24/08/2017||P||Noel McIlvenny||92 – 44||Gary Shacklady||Martin Lewis||Susie Dent||127|