Series 3

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Series 3 ran from September 1983 to December 1983, and was broadcast on Mondays to Thursdays. Episodes were erratically scheduled this series at times varying between 4:30, 4:45 and 5 pm. This was also the first series to introduce the modern eight-way knockout tournament for the finals. The third of 53 series presented by Richard Whiteley was won by Andrew Guy.

This series also saw future Scrabble star Mark Nyman, who would rise through the ranks to win Championship of Champions I and become one of the show’s lexicographers, top the seed table.

Contents

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Score
1 Mark Nyman 8 427
2 William Bradford 8 399
3 Allan Simmons 7+1 385
4 Harry Venet 6 303
5 Esther Byers 4 216
6 Andrew Guy 2 118
7 David Brook 2 104
8 Ted Wiles 1 55
Numbers after "+" signs in the Wins column represent drawn games.

NOTE: Matthew Wright, with 2 wins and 100 points, would have been the #8 seed, but for unknown reasons, he didn't return for the finals, so Ted Wiles took his place.

Points totals include winning and drawing scores, but not losing ones. Players ranked by total number of points.

Finals progress

Mark Nyman (1) vs Ted Wiles (8) Mark Nyman (1) vs Esther Byers (5) Mark Nyman (1)
vs
Andrew Guy (6)
Esther Byers (5) vs Harry Venet (4)
Allan Simmons (3) vs Andrew Guy (6) Andrew Guy (6) vs William Bradford (2)
David Brook (7) vs William Bradford (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
81 19/09/1983 P Harry Venet 36 – 26 David Drake-Brockman Ned Sherrin Yvonne Warburton 68
82 20/09/1983 P Harry Venet 56 – 40 Len Daniels Ned Sherrin Yvonne Warburton 81
83 21/09/1983 P Madge Newall 12 – 57 Harry Venet Ned Sherrin Yvonne Warburton 72
84 22/09/1983 P Isabel Bagley 45 – 47 Harry Venet Ned Sherrin Yvonne Warburton 71
85 26/09/1983 P Ron Hendra 40 – 42 Harry Venet Ned Sherrin Yvonne Warburton 68
86 27/09/1983 P Trish Scott 23 – 65 Harry Venet Ned Sherrin Yvonne Warburton 72
87 28/09/1983 P Jackie Nathan 46 – 45 Harry Venet Ned Sherrin Yvonne Warburton 71
88 29/09/1983 P Jackie Nathan 47 – 55 Ted Wiles Ned Sherrin Yvonne Warburton 81
89 3/10/1983 P Allan Simmons 41 – 35 Ted Wiles William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 69
90 4/10/1983 P Allan Simmons 47 – 37 George France William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 70
91 5/10/1983 P Allan Simmons 36 – 36 Alan Walker William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 70
92 6/10/1983 P Allan Simmons 61 – 42 Alan Walker William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 70
93 10/10/1983 P Allan Simmons 61 – 18 Pat Williams William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 73
94 11/10/1983 P Peter Dean 21 – 47 Allan Simmons William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 72
95 12/10/1983 P John Rusted 40 – 47 Allan Simmons William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 70
96 13/10/1983 P Eric Shaw 19 – 45 Allan Simmons William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 73
97 17/10/1983 P Allan Simmons 31 – 38 William Bradford William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 72
98 18/10/1983 P Andrew Long 40 – 47 William Bradford Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 70
99 19/10/1983 P Pat Bowlas 40 – 50 William Bradford Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 68
100 20/10/1983 P David Coss 40 – 50 William Bradford Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 73
101 24/10/1983 P Christine Williams 24 – 42 William Bradford Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 70
102 25/10/1983 P Adrian Yonace 42 – 50 William Bradford Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 70
103 26/10/1983 P Pat Flowers 16 – 53 William Bradford Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 72
104 27/10/1983 P Jane Guestin 34 – 69 William Bradford Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 83
105 31/10/1983 P Andrew Guy 57 – 32 Christopher Tunnah Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 74
106 1/11/1983 P Andrew Guy 61 – 39 Phil Slade Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 70
107 2/11/1983 P Andrew Guy 50 – 51 Syd Spilsbury Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 71
108 3/11/1983 P David Brook 53 – 35 Syd Spilsbury Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 67
109 7/11/1983 P Bernard Oakes 33 – 51 David Brook Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 71
110 8/11/1983 P Matthew Wright 42 – 36 David Brook Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 73
111 9/11/1983 P Matthew Wright 58 – 50 Alan Cross Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 71
112 10/11/1983 P Matthew Wright 32 – 39 David Lawton Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 70
113 14/11/1983 P David Lawton 23 – 59 Mark Nyman Gyles Brandreth Yvonne Warburton 71
114 15/11/1983 P Mark Nyman 54 – 44 Alan Morris William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 71
115 16/11/1983 P Mark Nyman 57 – 4 Fred Jean William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 69
116 17/11/1983 P David Hughes 33 – 57 Mark Nyman William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 68
117 21/11/1983 P Roy Davenport 36 – 43 Mark Nyman William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 73
118 22/11/1983 P Heather Twidle 22 – 62 Mark Nyman Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 66
119 23/11/1983 P Mark Nyman 40 – 35 Myra Mayor Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 70
120 24/11/1983 P Peter Richardson 46 – 55 Mark Nyman Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 69
121 28/11/1983 P Leonard Moore 53 – 42 Susan Boulter Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 67
122 29/11/1983 P Leonard Moore 28 – 57 Esther Byers Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 70
123 30/11/1983 P George McGee 43 – 49 Esther Byers Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 70
124 1/12/1983 P Susan Hands 26 – 56 Esther Byers Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 74
125 5/12/1983 P Pamela Barrie 26 – 54 Esther Byers Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 71
126 6/12/1983 QF Mark Nyman 79 – 18 Ted Wiles Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 83
127 7/12/1983 QF David Brook 37 – 51 William Bradford Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 72
128 8/12/1983 QF Andrew Guy 62 – 35 Allan Simmons Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 70
129 12/12/1983 QF Harry Venet 38 – 50 Esther Byers Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 71
130 13/12/1983 SF Mark Nyman 56 – 51 Esther Byers Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 72
131 14/12/1983 SF William Bradford 42 – 65 Andrew Guy Ned Sherrin Julia Swannell 67
132 15/12/1983 GF Andrew Guy 92 – 85 Mark Nyman Ned Sherrin, Gyles Brandreth Julia Swannell 114

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