Series 42

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Series 42 ran from December 1999 to June 2000, and began with Championship of Champions X. The forty-second of 53 series presented by Richard Whiteley was won by Michael Calder.

Contents

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Score
1 David Ballheimer 8 474
2 Michael Calder 8 462
3 Terence O'Farrell 8 435
4 Rodney Marrison 7 455
5 John Hastings 6 372
6 Olive Morgan 6 354
7 Helen Wrigglesworth 5 275
8 Jim Ainsworth 5 261

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.


Due to exceptional circumstances, Helen Wrigglesworth was given another chance after losing in her fifth game. She lost by just two points after her offering ROADSIDE, which was not given in the newly-introduced 10th Edition Concise Oxford Dictionary, had been disallowed. This omission highlighted that the new dictionary did not include many compound words and was therefore unsuitable for use on Countdown. COD10 continued to be used, but COD9 became a back-up, therefore both dictionaries were used. Wrigglesworth was credited with the win and an extra eight points. She was also invited to continue her run later in the series, although she lost on her "second debut". However the extra 43 points was enough to give her a place in the finals.

Jim Ainsworth reached five wins and was undefeated at the end of the heats. Having scored enough points to make eighth seed, he opted to play in the finals rather than resume in the next series.

Finals progress

David Ballheimer (1) vs Jim Ainsworth (8) David Ballheimer (1) vs John Hastings (5) John Hastings (5)
vs
Michael Calder (2)
John Hastings (5) vs Rodney Marrison (4)
Terence O'Farrell (3) vs Olive Morgan (6) Terence O'Farrell (3) vs Michael Calder (2)
Helen Wrigglesworth (7) vs Michael Calder (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
2679 3/01/2000 P Helen Wrigglesworth 53 – 40 Joanna Newman Richard Digance Mark Nyman 73
2680 4/01/2000 P Helen Wrigglesworth 42 – 20 Colin Sanders Richard Digance Mark Nyman 75
2681 5/01/2000 P Helen Wrigglesworth 49 – 19 Michael Heptinstall Richard Digance Mark Nyman 76
2682 6/01/2000 P Helen Wrigglesworth 38 – 40 Malcolm McInnes Richard Digance Mark Nyman 72
2683 7/01/2000 P Malcolm McInnes 49 – 23 Sandra Perrett Richard Digance Mark Nyman 84
2684 10/01/2000 P Malcolm McInnes 22 – 49 Alan Jenkins Richard Digance Mark Nyman 66
2685 11/01/2000 P Alan Jenkins 50 – 36 Pascal Richard Roy Hudd Susie Dent 74
2686 12/01/2000 P Alan Jenkins 31 – 39 Olive Morgan Roy Hudd Susie Dent 72
2687 13/01/2000 P Olive Morgan 68 – 38 Judy Meekings Roy Hudd Susie Dent 76
2688 14/01/2000 P Olive Morgan 52 – 38 Matthew Eagles Roy Hudd Susie Dent 72
2689 17/01/2000 P Olive Morgan 37 – 34 Brian Murray Roy Hudd Susie Dent 85
2690 18/01/2000 P Olive Morgan 59 – 28 Terence Skuse Roy Hudd Susie Dent 74
2691 19/01/2000 P Olive Morgan 60 – 48 Clare Cowan Joan Bakewell Susie Dent 95
2692 20/01/2000 P Olive Morgan 39 – 48 John Snedden Joan Bakewell Susie Dent 70
2693 21/01/2000 P John Snedden 80 – 38 Amey Deshpande Joan Bakewell Susie Dent 93
2694 24/01/2000 P John Snedden 58 – 26 Peter Taylor Joan Bakewell Susie Dent 73
2695 25/01/2000 P John Snedden 51 – 33 Simon Cluskey Joan Bakewell Susie Dent 84
2696 26/01/2000 P John Snedden 45 – 60 Joel Davey Joan Bakewell Susie Dent 74
2697 27/01/2000 P Joel Davey 41 – 43 Peter Hindes Don Black Susie Dent 71
2698 28/01/2000 P Peter Hindes 56 – 26 Gemma Bannon Don Black Susie Dent 85
2699 31/01/2000 P Peter Hindes 49 – 59* Michael Calder Don Black Susie Dent 70
2700 1/02/2000 P Michael Calder 64 – 40 Carol Hogan Don Black Susie Dent 74
2701 2/02/2000 P Michael Calder 56* – 46 Clarissa Caröe Don Black Susie Dent 72
2702 3/02/2000 P Michael Calder 50 – 46 Gerry Ratzin Tim Rice Susie Dent 84
2703 4/02/2000 P Michael Calder 64 – 37 Sue Meredith Tim Rice Susie Dent 72
2704 7/02/2000 P Michael Calder 54 – 49 Daniel Green Tim Rice Susie Dent 74
2705 8/02/2000 P Michael Calder 58 – 32 Marjorie Clark Tim Rice Susie Dent 72
2706 9/02/2000 P Michael Calder 57 – 47 Andrew Hulme Tim Rice Susie Dent 74
2707 10/02/2000 P Barbara Rogers 58 – 43 Steve Booth Tim Rice Susie Dent 73
2708 11/02/2000 P Barbara Rogers 30 – 65 Daniel Vanniasingham Martin Jarvis Damian Eadie 73
2709 14/02/2000 P Daniel Vanniasingham 53 – 58 David Ballheimer Martin Jarvis Damian Eadie 83
2710 15/02/2000 P David Ballheimer 55 – 15 Janet Nettleship Martin Jarvis Damian Eadie 70
2711 16/02/2000 P David Ballheimer 53 – 43 Ravi Choudhary Martin Jarvis Damian Eadie 84
2712 17/02/2000 P David Ballheimer 72 – 62 Jason Witcher Martin Jarvis Damian Eadie 75
2713 18/02/2000 P David Ballheimer 60 – 22 Maureen Graham Martin Jarvis Damian Eadie 94
2714 21/02/2000 P David Ballheimer 65 – 29 Mark Stubberfield Penny Smith Damian Eadie 72
2715 22/02/2000 P David Ballheimer 40 – 28 Barbara Curr Penny Smith Damian Eadie 75
2716 23/02/2000 P David Ballheimer 71 – 23 Sue Downing Penny Smith Damian Eadie 73
2717 24/02/2000 P Helen Wrigglesworth 43 – 54 Andy Brown Penny Smith Damian Eadie 76
2718 25/02/2000 P Andy Brown 57 – 26 James McIntosh Penny Smith Damian Eadie 71
2719 28/02/2000 P Andy Brown 46 – 33 Tony Kershaw Penny Smith Damian Eadie 76
2720 29/02/2000 P Andy Brown 70 – 60 Barry Scaum Geoffrey Durham Catherine Clarke 72
2721 1/03/2000 P Andy Brown 39 – 56 Russell Gaines Geoffrey Durham Catherine Clarke 72
2722 2/03/2000 P Russell Gaines 60 – 28 Ken Glover Geoffrey Durham Catherine Clarke 65
2723 3/03/2000 P Russell Gaines 59 – 29 Nett Steinson Geoffrey Durham Catherine Clarke 72
2724 6/03/2000 P Russell Gaines 59 – 30 Eric Birtwell Geoffrey Durham Catherine Clarke 84
2725 7/03/2000 P Russell Gaines 30 – 60 Lisa Hermann Geoffrey Durham Catherine Clarke 74
2726 8/03/2000 P Lisa Hermann 57 – 29 Geoffrey Masters Stephen Fry Mark Nyman 75
2727 9/03/2000 P Lisa Hermann 64 – 29 Hilary Shearer Stephen Fry Mark Nyman 90
2728 10/03/2000 P Lisa Hermann 49 – 59* Dot Morris Stephen Fry Mark Nyman 81
2729 13/03/2000 P Dot Morris 31 – 28 Les Gibbons Stephen Fry Mark Nyman 72
2730 14/03/2000 P Dot Morris 37 – 57 Wil Ransome Stephen Fry Mark Nyman 75
2731 15/03/2000 P Wil Ransome 54 – 26 Lynn McNichol Stephen Fry Mark Nyman 74
2732 16/03/2000 P Wil Ransome 42 – 40 Derek Crawford Gabby Yorath Mark Nyman 83
2733 17/03/2000 P Wil Ransome 39 – 48 Terence O'Farrell Gabby Yorath Mark Nyman 84
2734 20/03/2000 P Terence O'Farrell 63 – 43 Melanie Brown Gabby Yorath Mark Nyman 85
2735 21/03/2000 P Terence O'Farrell 48 – 33 Ted Doggett Gabby Yorath Mark Nyman 76
2736 22/03/2000 P Terence O'Farrell 71 – 22 Gaynor Morgan Gabby Yorath Mark Nyman 75
2737 23/03/2000 P Terence O'Farrell 53 – 38 Leon Farley Gabby Yorath Mark Nyman 84
2738 24/03/2000 P Terence O'Farrell 45 – 38 Neil McHale Barry Cryer Catherine Clarke 76
2739 27/03/2000 P Terence O'Farrell 59 – 43 Doris Perley Barry Cryer Catherine Clarke 74
2740 28/03/2000 P Terence O'Farrell 48 – 39 Don Johnston Barry Cryer Catherine Clarke 73
2741 29/03/2000 P Rachel Plumridge 53 – 21 Terry Willcocks Barry Cryer Catherine Clarke 74
2742 30/03/2000 P Rachel Plumridge 55 – 41 John Rogers Barry Cryer Catherine Clarke 74
2743 31/03/2000 P Rachel Plumridge 65 – 32 Jack Kitchen Barry Cryer Catherine Clarke 80
2744 3/04/2000 P Rachel Plumridge 47 – 51 Haydn Thompson Alastair Stewart Catherine Clarke 73
2745 4/04/2000 P Haydn Thompson 27 – 36 Margaret Shuttleworth Alastair Stewart Catherine Clarke 73
2746 5/04/2000 P Margaret Shuttleworth 42 – 34 David Anderson Alastair Stewart Catherine Clarke 72
2747 6/04/2000 P Margaret Shuttleworth 43 – 49 John Hastings Alastair Stewart Catherine Clarke 75
2748 7/04/2000 P John Hastings 50 – 29 Sue Kennedy Alastair Stewart Catherine Clarke 74
2749 10/04/2000 P John Hastings 49 – 42 Les Noble Alastair Stewart Catherine Clarke 73
2750 11/04/2000 P John Hastings 54 – 53 Joan Bullock Jo Brand Damian Eadie 85
2751 12/04/2000 P John Hastings 54 – 51 Vic Fisk Jo Brand Damian Eadie 82
2752 13/04/2000 P John Hastings 59 – 30 Calum Pearson Jo Brand Damian Eadie 73
2753 14/04/2000 P John Hastings 57 – 67 Jane Wheeler Jo Brand Damian Eadie 71
2754 17/04/2000 P Jane Wheeler 37 – 52 Rodney Marrison Jo Brand Damian Eadie 75
2755 18/04/2000 P Rodney Marrison 60 – 50 Colin Northmore Jo Brand Damian Eadie 84
2756 19/04/2000 P Rodney Marrison 48 – 44 Ann Keelan Philip Franks Damian Eadie 75
2757 20/04/2000 P Rodney Marrison 68 – 34 Roger Allison Philip Franks Damian Eadie 72
2758 21/04/2000 P Rodney Marrison 62 – 35 Hugh McIver Philip Franks Damian Eadie 74
2759 24/04/2000 P Rodney Marrison 61 – 34 Bhavna Trivedi Philip Franks Damian Eadie 74
2760 25/04/2000 P Rodney Marrison 59 – 40 Gerry Doyle Philip Franks Damian Eadie 73
2761 26/04/2000 P Rodney Marrison 45 – 58 Denis Allan Philip Franks Damian Eadie 73
2762 27/04/2000 P Denis Allan 69 – 29 Sue Chatten Richard Stilgoe Catherine Clarke 76
2763 28/04/2000 P Denis Allan 63 – 36 Chris Manchester Richard Stilgoe Catherine Clarke 73
2764 1/05/2000 P Denis Allan 49 – 48 Jane Manning Richard Stilgoe Catherine Clarke 72
2765 2/05/2000 P Denis Allan 42 – 60 Graham Persson Richard Stilgoe Catherine Clarke 73
2766 3/05/2000 P Graham Persson 51 – 49 Daphne Barker Richard Stilgoe Catherine Clarke 73
2767 4/05/2000 P Graham Persson 52 – 54 Mick Dimaline Richard Stilgoe Catherine Clarke 74
2768 5/05/2000 P Mick Dimaline 49 – 44 Bill Semple Richard Stilgoe Catherine Clarke 74
2769 8/05/2000 P Mick Dimaline 15 – 31 David Evers Lesley Graham Mark Nyman 92
2770 9/05/2000 P David Evers 34 – 52 Davina Forrester Lesley Graham Mark Nyman 73
2771 10/05/2000 P Davina Forrester 57 – 46 Mark Labbett Lesley Graham Mark Nyman 85
2772 11/05/2000 P Davina Forrester 57 – 29 John Barnes Lesley Graham Mark Nyman 83
2773 12/05/2000 P Davina Forrester 55 – 56 Naomi Thorburn Lesley Graham Mark Nyman 74
2774 15/05/2000 P Naomi Thorburn 47 – 46 Jeremy Rowe Lesley Graham Mark Nyman 74
2775 16/05/2000 P Naomi Thorburn 31 – 56 Peter McGuigan Siân Lloyd Mark Nyman 74
2776 17/05/2000 P Peter McGuigan 65 – 41 Chris Harris Siân Lloyd Mark Nyman 73
2777 23/05/2000 P Peter McGuigan 59 – 21 Sara Lapalme Siân Lloyd Mark Nyman 74
2778 24/05/2000 P Peter McGuigan 69 – 28 Val Astles Siân Lloyd Mark Nyman 92
2779 25/05/2000 P Peter McGuigan 31 – 49 Mei Ling Simons Siân Lloyd Mark Nyman 72
2780 26/05/2000 P Mei Ling Simons 53 – 52 Colin Dunn Siân Lloyd Mark Nyman 73
2781 29/05/2000 P Mei Ling Simons 54 – 57 Jacqueline Carter Nigel Rees Tania Styles 75
2782 30/05/2000 P Jacqueline Carter 62 – 57 Eddy Ignace Nigel Rees Tania Styles 74
2783 31/05/2000 P Jacqueline Carter 42 – 52 Rhonda Bolton Nigel Rees Tania Styles 74
2784 1/06/2000 P Rhonda Bolton 52 – 50 Michael Balfour Nigel Rees Tania Styles 71
2785 2/06/2000 P Rhonda Bolton 39 – 41 Helena Winocour Nigel Rees Tania Styles 86
2786 5/06/2000 P Helena Winocour 54 – 57 Jim Ainsworth Nigel Rees Tania Styles 71
2787 6/06/2000 P Jim Ainsworth 42 – 26 Paul Beesley Ned Sherrin Damian Eadie 83
2788 7/06/2000 P Jim Ainsworth 52 – 31 Hilary Wignell Ned Sherrin Damian Eadie 89
2789 8/06/2000 P Jim Ainsworth 53 – 51 Neil Parrack Ned Sherrin Damian Eadie 75
2790 9/06/2000 P Jim Ainsworth 57 – 28 Chris Smith Ned Sherrin Damian Eadie 87
2791 12/06/2000 QF David Ballheimer 63 – 60 Jim Ainsworth Ned Sherrin Damian Eadie 71
2792 13/06/2000 QF Michael Calder 55 – 29 Helen Wrigglesworth Ned Sherrin Damian Eadie 95
2793 14/06/2000 QF Terence O'Farrell 63 – 42 Olive Morgan Joan Bakewell Damian Eadie 74
2794 20/06/2000 QF Rodney Marrison 56 – 66* John Hastings Joan Bakewell Damian Eadie 84
2795 21/06/2000 SF David Ballheimer 45 – 46 John Hastings Joan Bakewell Damian Eadie 75
2796 22/06/2000 SF Michael Calder 55 – 40 Terence O'Farrell Joan Bakewell Damian Eadie 72
2797 23/06/2000 GF Michael Calder 101 – 72 John Hastings Joan Bakewell Damian Eadie 126
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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