Heald opened his account with a convincing victory over Amy McMaster on 2 June 2005, completing his run with 4 centuries. Despite scoring 795 points in total, this was only good enough to be #4 seed in the series finals. A nailbiter of a quarter-final saw Heald and Ross Allatt level on 90 points apiece going into the conundrum, which Heald unscrambled on 16 seconds to take a hard-earned semi-final place. Here he faced #1 seed John Brackstone in a match that again went to a crucial conundrum. This time Heald lost out after Brackstone took 10 seconds to unscramble RIPEROOTS.
Heald may have been the reserve contestant for Championship of Champions XII as a nameplate with his name on was seen on the monitor next to the tile-shuffling table to the side of the audience, but this is unconfirmed.
Heald was the last octochamp to be crowned with Richard Whiteley as the presenter.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|3938||2/06/2005||P||Amy McMaster||58 – 92||Richard Heald||Peter Baldwin||Susie Dent||125|
|3939||3/06/2005||P||Richard Heald||115 – 36||Michael Chidwick||Peter Baldwin||Susie Dent||136|
|3940||6/06/2005||P||Richard Heald||93 – 58||Anne Hardy||Peter Baldwin||Susie Dent||116|
|3941||7/06/2005||P||Richard Heald||104 – 58||Ross Gibson||Peter Baldwin||Susie Dent||117|
|3942||8/06/2005||P||Richard Heald||89 – 73||Beryl Lawford||Peter Baldwin||Susie Dent||120|
|3943||9/06/2005||P||Richard Heald||104 – 57||Karen Pearson||Barry Norman||Susie Dent||118|
|3944||10/06/2005||P||Richard Heald||102 – 57||Alan Hicks||Barry Norman||Susie Dent||117|
|3945||13/06/2005||P||Richard Heald||96 – 84||Paul Lyne||Barry Norman||Susie Dent||116|
|3956||29/06/2005||QF||Richard Heald||100 – 90||Ross Allatt||Philip Franks||Susie Dent||117|
|3957||30/06/2005||SF||Richard Heald||75 – 89||John Brackstone||Philip Franks||Susie Dent||119|