Series 40

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Series 40 ran from December 1998 to June 1999. The fortieth of 53 series presented by Richard Whiteley, it was won by Terence English. This was also the first series in which the Countdown teapot was added into the champion's goody bag.

The quarter-final line-up for this series was notable for several reasons.

Firstly, two Contestants from the previous series qualified for the quarter finals of this series:

Glynn Leaney had qualified for the Series 39 quarter finals as #8 by winning the last six games of the series, but had opted instead to return and start the new series as Champion. In winning the first two games, he became an Octochamp and qualified for the quarter finals of this series as #2 seed.

Vicky Smith, meanwhile, had qualified as #6 seed for this series without actually appearing outright in a single episode of series 40. She had won 6 wins from 7 games during Series 39 to qualify for the quarter finals as #7 seed, but was unable to make the studio dates due to illness, so her score was carried forward into this series.

Secondly, the #8 for this series, Stan Arnott, qualified rather controversially courtesy of a record of 5 wins out of 6 with a points total of 308 - but only because of a mistake in his second appearance going unnoticed. During this episode, Stan offered an illegal solution to the second Numbers Game in Round 8 which should have been disallowed, as he used one of the numbers twice - his calculation of (75 - 2) x (5 - 2) to reach the target of 219 with the numbers 75, 7, 5, 2, 10 and 10 saw him use the '2' twice over when there was, in fact, only one '2' in the selection. Therefore, whilst this error did not affect the outcome of the episode, the final score should have been 51 - 48 rather than 61 - 41.

Had this error been spotted at the time, then the 10 lost points would have meant that Stan would not have qualified for the quarter finals of this series, as he would have only have accumulated 298 points, and therefore would have lost out to #9 seed John Morrison, whose aggregate points total of 305 points from an identical record of 5 wins from 6 games would have usurped Stan's total by 7 points (in fact, Stan would have dropped to 10th place in the seedings, as the actual #10 seed, Daniel Holloway, would also have moved ahead of him by 2 points, on a total of 300 points from 5 wins from 6 games).


Contents

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Score
1 Peter Hutchings 8 422
2 Glynn Leaney 8 405
3 Pamela Roud 6 409
4 Ricky Cohen 6 390
5 Terence English 6 371
6 Vicky Smith * 6 346
7 Nancy Roberts 6 308
8 Stan Arnott 5 308
* Vicky Smith appeared in Series 39 but was unable to make the final recordings and so was invited back to the finals of Series 40.

Between Series 39 and Series 63, players are sorted by number of wins then by number of points. Points from both wins and losses count. Points from sudden death conundrums aren't counted, and players with the same number of wins and points are sorted by highest score.


Finals progress

Peter Hutchings (1) vs Stan Arnott (8) Peter Hutchings (1) vs Terence English (5) Terence English (5)
vs
Glynn Leaney (2)
Terence English (5) vs Ricky Cohen (4)
Pamela Roud (3) vs Vicky Smith (6) Pamela Roud (3) vs Glynn Leaney (2)
Nancy Roberts (7) vs Glynn Leaney (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
2423 28/12/1998 P Glynn Leaney 62 – 61 Luke Living Stephen Fry Mark Nyman 84
2424 29/12/1998 P Glynn Leaney 55 – 34 Liz Alsford Stephen Fry Mark Nyman 70
2425 30/12/1998 P Dave Benham 44 – 49 Barry Landman Stephen Fry Mark Nyman 73
2426 31/12/1998 P Barry Landman 33 – 53 Emma Brown Stephen Fry Mark Nyman 84
2427 1/01/1999 P Emma Brown 55 – 65 Ted Smith Stephen Fry Mark Nyman 83
2428 4/01/1999 P Ted Smith 59 – 36 Richard Benham Stephen Fry Mark Nyman 73
2429 5/01/1999 P Ted Smith 47 – 42 Bridget Holroyd Christopher Timothy Damian Eadie 82
2430 6/01/1999 P Ted Smith 41 – 51 Tom Rock Christopher Timothy Damian Eadie 74
2431 7/01/1999 P Tom Rock 51 – 22 Janet Payne Christopher Timothy Damian Eadie 68
2432 8/01/1999 P Tom Rock 31 – 40 Andrew Thompson Christopher Timothy Damian Eadie 69
2433 11/01/1999 P Andrew Thompson 52 – 59 Michael Gildersleve Christopher Timothy Damian Eadie 74
2434 12/01/1999 P Michael Gildersleve 54 – 40 Sheila Davis Christopher Timothy Damian Eadie 83
2435 13/01/1999 P Michael Gildersleve 48 – 33 Jacqui Marshall Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 72
2436 14/01/1999 P Michael Gildersleve 35 – 54 Geoff Wilson Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 72
2437 15/01/1999 P Geoff Wilson 29 – 61 John Holton Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 74
2438 18/01/1999 P John Holton 48 – 40 Theresa Clark Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 70
2439 19/01/1999 P John Holton 54 – 34 Chris Hutchinson Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 74
2440 20/01/1999 P John Holton 35 – 30 Sue Mills Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 82
2441 21/01/1999 P John Holton 34 – 70 Terence English Denis Norden Susie Dent 85
2442 22/01/1999 P Terence English 54 – 19 Charles Downs Denis Norden Susie Dent 80
2443 25/01/1999 P Terence English 45 – 33 Tess Jones Denis Norden Susie Dent 74
2444 26/01/1999 P Terence English 52 – 51 Nigel Fox Denis Norden Susie Dent 84
2445 27/01/1999 P Terence English 51 – 13 David De Saxe Denis Norden Susie Dent 73
2446 28/01/1999 P Terence English 53 – 27 Jean Lunn Denis Norden Susie Dent 73
2447 29/01/1999 P Terence English 46 – 73 Barry Lyons John Dunn Damian Eadie 85
2448 1/02/1999 P Barry Lyons 61 – 24 Kathryn Wilkie John Dunn Damian Eadie 82
2449 2/02/1999 P Barry Lyons 49 – 57 Keith Kan John Dunn Damian Eadie 87
2450 3/02/1999 P Keith Kan 35 – 49 Gill Russell Smith John Dunn Damian Eadie 73
2451 4/02/1999 P Gill Russell Smith 56 – 43 James Illingworth John Dunn Damian Eadie 73
2452 5/02/1999 P Gill Russell Smith 21 – 61 Pauline Latham John Dunn Damian Eadie 72
2453 8/02/1999 P Pauline Latham 55 – 26 Pete Church Arthur Smith Mark Nyman 82
2454 9/02/1999 P Pauline Latham 42 – 45 Lester Mak Arthur Smith Mark Nyman 83
2455 10/02/1999 P Lester Mak 15 – 43 Jayne Parslow Arthur Smith Mark Nyman 72
2456 11/02/1999 P Jayne Parslow 32 – 45 Alan Williams Arthur Smith Mark Nyman 71
2457 12/02/1999 P Alan Williams 48 – 20 Lillias Thompson Arthur Smith Mark Nyman 74
2458 15/02/1999 P Alan Williams 38 – 44 David Andrew Arthur Smith Mark Nyman 82
2459 16/02/1999 P David Andrew 45 – 23 Harry Hulme Gwen Taylor Damian Eadie 73
2460 17/02/1999 P David Andrew 51 – 47 Maryse Sargent Gwen Taylor Damian Eadie 72
2461 18/02/1999 P David Andrew 57 – 34 Ian Knox Gwen Taylor Damian Eadie 70
2462 19/02/1999 P David Andrew 51 – 56 Ricky Cohen Gwen Taylor Damian Eadie 71
2463 22/02/1999 P Ricky Cohen 46 – 26 Sue Rose Gwen Taylor Damian Eadie 72
2464 23/02/1999 P Ricky Cohen 69 – 35 Raymond Devey Gwen Taylor Damian Eadie 73
2465 24/02/1999 P Ricky Cohen 47 – 34 Mary George Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 74
2466 25/02/1999 P Ricky Cohen 60 – 46 Brian Bull Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 92
2467 26/02/1999 P Ricky Cohen 67 – 43 Michael Rollings Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 75
2468 1/03/1999 P Ricky Cohen 45 – 49 Jill Miller Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 73
2469 2/03/1999 P Jill Miller 38 – 55 Christopher Russon Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 73
2470 3/03/1999 P Christopher Russon 43 – 42 Dave Price Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 70
2471 4/03/1999 P Christopher Russon 43 – 21 Steve Day Penny Smith Mark Nyman 75
2472 5/03/1999 P Christopher Russon 55 – 29 Ann Slee Penny Smith Mark Nyman 72
2473 8/03/1999 P Christopher Russon 39 – 52 John Wright Penny Smith Mark Nyman 72
2474 9/03/1999 P John Wright 41 – 58 Stan Arnott Penny Smith Mark Nyman 73
2475 10/03/1999 P Stan Arnott 61 – 41 Phil O'Gorman Penny Smith Mark Nyman 75
2476 11/03/1999 P Stan Arnott 59 – 41 Sue Jackson Penny Smith Mark Nyman 70
2477 12/03/1999 P Stan Arnott 49 – 43 Steve Jacobs Angela Rippon Damian Eadie 72
2478 15/03/1999 P Stan Arnott 53 – 28 Pamela Roberts Angela Rippon Damian Eadie 73
2479 16/03/1999 P Stan Arnott 28 – 40 Ben Furness Angela Rippon Damian Eadie 72
2480 17/03/1999 P Ben Furness 27 – 53 Andrew Booth Angela Rippon Damian Eadie 73
2481 18/03/1999 P Andrew Booth 39 – 32 Aileen Bell Angela Rippon Damian Eadie 71
2482 19/03/1999 P Andrew Booth 25 – 45 Mark Darch Angela Rippon Damian Eadie 71
2483 22/03/1999 P Mark Darch 71 – 33 Jonathan Hancox Marc Freden Susie Dent 83
2484 23/03/1999 P Mark Darch 33 – 47 Nancy Roberts Marc Freden Susie Dent 73
2485 24/03/1999 P Nancy Roberts 39 – 33 George Lane Marc Freden Susie Dent 70
2486 25/03/1999 P Nancy Roberts 47 – 44 Patricia Sly Marc Freden Susie Dent 74
2487 26/03/1999 P Nancy Roberts 50 – 44 Hamish Williamson Marc Freden Susie Dent 73
2488 29/03/1999 P Nancy Roberts 43 – 31 Philip Rees Marc Freden Susie Dent 83
2489 30/03/1999 P Nancy Roberts 55 – 41 Alec Everitt Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 72
2490 31/03/1999 P Nancy Roberts 27 – 50 Daniel Holloway Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 72
2491 1/04/1999 P Daniel Holloway 53 – 43 Sylvia Walton Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 73
2492 2/04/1999 P Daniel Holloway 52 – 28 Sefton Park Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 74
2493 5/04/1999 P Daniel Holloway 53 – 45 Chris Kennedy Geoffrey Durham Mark Nyman 73
2494 6/04/1999 P Daniel Holloway 54 – 42 Anne Langford Geoffrey Durham Mark Nyman 83
2495 7/04/1999 P Daniel Holloway 38 – 50 David McCarron Sarah Kennedy Mark Nyman 72
2496 8/04/1999 P David McCarron 56 – 36 Jane Taylor Sarah Kennedy Mark Nyman 77
2497 9/04/1999 P David McCarron 51 – 33 Brian Hazlett Sarah Kennedy Mark Nyman 70
2498 12/04/1999 P David McCarron 47 – 42 Connie Gittins Sarah Kennedy Mark Nyman 82
2499 13/04/1999 P David McCarron 28 – 47 Robert Sell Sarah Kennedy Mark Nyman 81
2500 14/04/1999 P Robert Sell 38 – 42 Jim Allen Sarah Kennedy Mark Nyman 84
2501 15/04/1999 P Jim Allen 50 – 46 Elaine Grayson Jo Brand Damian Eadie 72
2502 16/04/1999 P Jim Allen 41 – 37 Perry Fung Jo Brand Damian Eadie 74
2503 19/04/1999 P Jim Allen 50 – 57 Dorian Jeffrey Jo Brand Damian Eadie 74
2504 20/04/1999 P Dorian Jeffrey 57 – 55 Tessa Phelan Jo Brand Damian Eadie 85
2505 21/04/1999 P Dorian Jeffrey 24 – 55 Carol Larkins Jo Brand Damian Eadie 72
2506 22/04/1999 P Carol Larkins 38 – 23 Ben Oliver Jo Brand Damian Eadie 74
2507 23/04/1999 P Carol Larkins 34 – 65 Stephen Dodds Tim Rice Susie Dent 74
2508 26/04/1999 P Stephen Dodds 45 – 27 Helen George Tim Rice Susie Dent 72
2509 27/04/1999 P Stephen Dodds 56 – 21 Andrew Wilson Tim Rice Susie Dent 73
2510 28/04/1999 P Stephen Dodds 63 – 33 Jenny Williamson Tim Rice Susie Dent 73
2511 29/04/1999 P Stephen Dodds 52 – 62* Keith Loveys Tim Rice Mark Nyman 74
2512 30/04/1999 P Keith Loveys 66 – 36 Marian Mosby Tim Rice Mark Nyman 82
2513 3/05/1999 P Keith Loveys 56 – 64 Colin Sinnett Nigel Rees Mark Nyman 84
2514 4/05/1999 P Colin Sinnett 32 – 51 John Morrison Nigel Rees Mark Nyman 73
2515 5/05/1999 P John Morrison 52 – 33 Catherine Dobson Nigel Rees Mark Nyman 73
2516 6/05/1999 P John Morrison 52 – 44 Sridhar Narayan Nigel Rees Mark Nyman 83
2517 7/05/1999 P John Morrison 55 – 38 Jackie Humphries Nigel Rees Mark Nyman 80
2518 10/05/1999 P John Morrison 60 – 41 Cameron Johnson Nigel Rees Mark Nyman 82
2519 11/05/1999 P John Morrison 35 – 54 Peter Hutchings David Steel Anna Hall 75
2520 12/05/1999 P Peter Hutchings 45 – 42 May Smith David Steel Anna Hall 72
2521 13/05/1999 P Peter Hutchings 60 – 33 Tom Read David Steel Anna Hall 74
2522 14/05/1999 P Peter Hutchings 59 – 34 Jenny Shorley David Steel Anna Hall 76
2523 17/05/1999 P Peter Hutchings 73 – 38 Humphrey Lewis David Steel Anna Hall 74
2524 18/05/1999 P Peter Hutchings 59 – 35 Edward Bagshaw David Steel Anna Hall 81
2525 19/05/1999 P Peter Hutchings 51 – 43 Dawn Medcalf Magnus Magnusson Hannah Robertson 73
2526 20/05/1999 P Peter Hutchings 21 – 11 Jimmy Neil Magnus Magnusson Hannah Robertson 76
2527 21/05/1999 P Phil Hazell 23 – 69 Susan Shilton Magnus Magnusson Hannah Robertson 74
2528 24/05/1999 P Susan Shilton 70 – 17 Andrew Murphy Magnus Magnusson Hannah Robertson 75
2529 25/05/1999 P Susan Shilton 63 – 41 Joan Trinder Magnus Magnusson Hannah Robertson 73
2530 26/05/1999 P Susan Shilton 51 – 55 Malcolm Seddons Magnus Magnusson Hannah Robertson 81
2531 27/05/1999 P Malcolm Seddons 55 – 46 James Squires Helen Lederer Damian Eadie 71
2532 28/05/1999 P Malcolm Seddons 46 – 44 Gerald Knight Helen Lederer Damian Eadie 73
2533 31/05/1999 P Malcolm Seddons 43 – 58 Pamela Roud Helen Lederer Damian Eadie 74
2534 1/06/1999 P Pamela Roud 50 – 32 Chris Keeley Helen Lederer Damian Eadie 83
2535 2/06/1999 P Pamela Roud 50 – 38 Alison Austin Helen Lederer Damian Eadie 73
2536 3/06/1999 P Pamela Roud 56 – 37 Femi Awowade Helen Lederer Damian Eadie 73
2537 4/06/1999 P Pamela Roud 76 – 56 Tracy Schneider Carol Barnes Mark Nyman 86
2538 7/06/1999 P Pamela Roud 69 – 52 Lex Johnston Carol Barnes Mark Nyman 73
2539 8/06/1999 P Pamela Roud 50 – 51 Paul Kerry Carol Barnes Mark Nyman 95
2540 9/06/1999 P Paul Kerry 45 – 40 Becky Smithson Carol Barnes Mark Nyman 72
2541 10/06/1999 P Paul Kerry 48 – 27 Joan Airey Carol Barnes Mark Nyman 74
2542 11/06/1999 P Paul Kerry 40 – 10 Paul Servé-Wells Carol Barnes Mark Nyman 70
2543 14/06/1999 P Paul Kerry 53 – 43 Peter Hazelwood Richard Digance Susie Dent 75
2544 15/06/1999 P Paul Kerry 44 – 46 Bobby Johnson Richard Digance Susie Dent 70
2545 16/06/1999 P Bobby Johnson 54 – 35 Marie Rocco Richard Digance Susie Dent 83
2546 17/06/1999 QF Peter Hutchings 42 – 39 Stan Arnott Richard Digance Susie Dent 75
2547 18/06/1999 QF Glynn Leaney 60 – 29 Nancy Roberts Richard Digance Susie Dent 104
2548 21/06/1999 QF Ricky Cohen 65 – 75 Terence English Richard Digance Susie Dent 82
2549 22/06/1999 QF Pamela Roud 74 – 54 Vicky Smith Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 84
2550 23/06/1999 SF Peter Hutchings 30 – 67 Terence English Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 73
2551 24/06/1999 SF Glynn Leaney 49 – 40 Pamela Roud Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 73
2552 25/06/1999 GF Glynn Leaney 77 – 81 Terence English Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 118
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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