Richard Priest was a six-time winner in Series 58, with a points total of 697.
He qualified for the series finals as #6 seed and took on Tim Reypert in the third quarter-final. Priest came out the winner with ease, winning by 37 points. In the semi-final he beat Peter Davies 100 – 70 in a game that was notable because Carol allowed 6 − 3 = 2 in the final numbers game. In the final, Priest had to take on the #1 seed David O'Donnell and went 13 – 0 down after two rounds, and never recovered. He did beat the #1 seed with MIRADOR but it wasn't enough to win the game, as he lost by 30 points.
Priest returned for the Championship of Champions XIII, but lost to Kai Laddiman on a crucial conundrum in the first round. Priest buzzed in with CAFETERIA which was wrong, only to realise a few seconds later that the answer was CAFETIERE. However it was too late, and he lost by 8 points. His own record of his experience on the show can be read on The Countdown Page here.
Priest continues to play Countdown, and compete in unofficial tournaments, including CoNot 2008, CoLei 2008, COLIN 2009, CoNot 2009, CoLei2, COLIN 2010, Co:Lon 2010, CoLei3, COLIN 2011, CoLei4, CoNot 2011, Co:Lon 2011, CoChest, COLIN 2012, CoLei5, COHUD and CoChest2. In 2010, he won the CoLei Summer Special.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4563||24/03/2008||P||Tony Durrant||87 – 110||Richard Priest||Ann Widdecombe||Susie Dent||131|
|4564||25/03/2008||P||Richard Priest||91 – 75||Gill Ford||Ann Widdecombe||Susie Dent||130|
|4565||26/03/2008||P||Richard Priest||109 – 59||Angus McGregor||Ann Widdecombe||Susie Dent||135|
|4566||27/03/2008||P||Richard Priest||105 – 60||Sandra Gray||Ann Widdecombe||Susie Dent||118|
|4567||28/03/2008||P||Richard Priest||101 – 25||Matt Wate||Ann Widdecombe||Susie Dent||123|
|4568||31/03/2008||P||Richard Priest||98 – 20||Richard Wilson||Lynda Baron||Susie Dent||120|
|4569||1/04/2008||P||Richard Priest||83 – 85||Nigel Davies||Lynda Baron||Susie Dent||120|
|4623||16/06/2008||QF||Tim Reypert||53 – 90||Richard Priest||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||116|
|4626||19/06/2008||SF||Richard Priest||100 – 70||Peter Davies||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||124|
|4627||20/06/2008||GF||David O'Donnell||91 – 61||Richard Priest||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||118|
|4736||15/01/2009||CP||Kai Laddiman||93 – 85||Richard Priest||Andrew Sachs||Susie Dent||117|