Series 53

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Series 53 ran from January 2005 to July 2005 and was the last series hosted by Richard Whiteley. It was won by John Mayhew. Six players qualified for the series' finals as Octochamps with very little to choose between the top four players – just 27 points separated them. John Brackstone won a tight but low scoring game against Fred Reynolds, and John Mayhew beat Chris Hunt. Jon O'Neill used all his skill on the numbers to beat Judith Young, and Richard Heald triumphed against Ross Allatt meaning that the top four seeds, 3 of them with 800 points had made it through. Heald held Brackstone to a crucial conundrum thanks to words like RABBITS and DEMERITS, but it was the #1 seed that solved the conundrum in 10 seconds to win the game. #2 seed John Mayhew also triumped against O'Neill, Mayhew lead by 1 point after 13 rounds and controversially O'Neill didn't choose four large numbers, which meant it was a crucial conundrum. Neither player could solve CONCIERGE meaning that Mayhew won the game by a single point.

With just 11 points separating them, the final promised to be a close game. Mayhew beat Brackstone with TASTEFUL and RELENTS but Brackstone struck back with UNSEATED and the second numbers game spot on. The game was poised 76 – 76 going into the conundrum, but neither player managed to solve ARTGENIUS (SIGNATURE). Therefore we needed a second conundrum, and Mayhew solved FALSIFIED in two second, and became Countdown's 53rd champion. Brackstone, Mayhew and O'Neill returned for the Championship of Champions XII.

Contents

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Score
1 John Brackstone 8 822
2 John Mayhew 8 811
3 Jon O'Neill 8 804
4 Richard Heald 8 795
5 Ross Allatt 8 741
6 Judith Young 8 707
7 Chris Hunt 6 715
8 Fred Reynolds 6 599

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

John Brackstone (1) vs Fred Reynolds (8) John Brackstone (1) vs Richard Heald (4) John Brackstone (1)
vs
John Mayhew (2)
Ross Allatt (5) vs Richard Heald (4)
Jon O'Neill (3) vs Judith Young (6) Jon O'Neill (3) vs John Mayhew (2)
Chris Hunt (7) vs John Mayhew (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
3841 4/01/2005 P Fred Reynolds 91 – 55 Dawn Shepherd Jan Ravens Susie Dent 128
3842 5/01/2005 P Fred Reynolds 89 – 38 Peter May Jan Ravens Susie Dent 152
3843 6/01/2005 P Fred Reynolds 95 – 78 Dave Urwin Jan Ravens Susie Dent 128
3844 7/01/2005 P Fred Reynolds 90 – 65 Terry Young Jan Ravens Susie Dent 122
3845 10/01/2005 P Fred Reynolds 62 – 87 Toni Ryan Michael Fish Susie Dent 128
3846 11/01/2005 P Toni Ryan 90 – 72 Alex Menzies Michael Fish Susie Dent 143
3847 12/01/2005 P Toni Ryan 86 – 71 James Iles Michael Fish Susie Dent 130
3848 13/01/2005 P Toni Ryan 92 – 40 Rachel Mason Michael Fish Susie Dent 132
3849 14/01/2005 P Toni Ryan 69 – 81 Brian Roles Michael Fish Susie Dent 119
3850 17/01/2005 P Brian Roles 80 – 68 Stephen Paterson Russell Watson Susie Dent 124
3851 18/01/2005 P Brian Roles 60 – 51 Pat Rawlings Russell Watson Susie Dent 120
3852 19/01/2005 P Brian Roles 72 – 59 George Holmes Russell Watson Susie Dent 122
3853 20/01/2005 P Brian Roles 78 – 52 Robert Stone Russell Watson Susie Dent 160
3854 21/01/2005 P Brian Roles 56 – 82 Judith Young Russell Watson Susie Dent 142
3855 24/01/2005 P Judith Young 80 – 70 Jan Clark Keith Barron Susie Dent 121
3856 25/01/2005 P Judith Young 92 – 53 Ernie Aust Keith Barron Susie Dent 141
3857 26/01/2005 P Judith Young 71 – 55 Eric Hunter Keith Barron Susie Dent 119
3858 27/01/2005 P Judith Young 90 – 49 Vernon Young Keith Barron Susie Dent 129
3859 28/01/2005 P Judith Young 101 – 74 Joy Walters Keith Barron Susie Dent 131
3860 31/01/2005 P Judith Young 95 – 49 Dennis Poore Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 121
3861 1/02/2005 P Judith Young 96 – 66 Enid Holmes Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 151
3862 2/02/2005 P Geoff King 56 – 98 Sonia Cordas Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 140
3863 3/02/2005 P Sonia Cordas 79 – 85 Nicky Lyons Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 130
3864 4/02/2005 P Nicky Lyons 68 – 72 Peter Berridge Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 122
3865 7/02/2005 P Peter Berridge 68 – 96 Frank Mulvey Jennie Bond Susie Dent 133
3866 8/02/2005 P Frank Mulvey 90 – 41 Maggie Insh Jennie Bond Susie Dent 136
3867 9/02/2005 P Frank Mulvey 77 – 63 Lee Burrows Jennie Bond Susie Dent 134
3868 10/02/2005 P Frank Mulvey 72 – 55 Bob Woods Jennie Bond Susie Dent 117
3869 11/02/2005 P Frank Mulvey 133 – 86 Kevin Warner Jennie Bond Susie Dent 152
3870 14/02/2005 P Margaret Roper 64 – 62 Lily Macintosh Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 120
3871 15/02/2005 P Margaret Roper 56 – 68 Rose Benson Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 122
3872 16/02/2005 P Rose Benson 58 – 96 Gary Buxton Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 132
3873 17/02/2005 P Gary Buxton 58 – 106 John Mayhew Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 124
3874 18/02/2005 P John Mayhew 102 – 76 Pete Dance Lesley Garrett Susie Dent 116
3875 21/02/2005 P John Mayhew 91 – 48 Jean MacLachlan Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 135
3876 22/02/2005 P John Mayhew 118 – 42 Cliff Pettifor Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 141
3877 23/02/2005 P John Mayhew 99 – 63 Gus Aaron Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 121
3878 24/02/2005 P John Mayhew 92 – 57 Stuart Wright Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 132
3879 25/02/2005 P John Mayhew 93 – 54 Hedy Beecham Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 130
3880 28/02/2005 P John Mayhew 110 – 59 Joe O'Brien Philip Franks Susie Dent 118
3881 1/03/2005 P John Hardie 65 – 108 Chris Hunt Philip Franks Susie Dent 128
3882 2/03/2005 P Chris Hunt 103 – 59 Margaret Goodlad Philip Franks Susie Dent 126
3883 3/03/2005 P Chris Hunt 113 – 37 Daniel Monaghan Philip Franks Susie Dent 143
3884 4/03/2005 P Chris Hunt 108 – 86 Maire Williams Philip Franks Susie Dent 144
3885 7/03/2005 P Chris Hunt 106 – 91 Jane Hoskyn Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 122
3886 8/03/2005 P Chris Hunt 96 – 54 Gwilym Williams Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 122
3887 9/03/2005 P Chris Hunt 81 – 87 Sue Drinkwater Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 131
3888 10/03/2005 P Sue Drinkwater 80 – 78 Gordon Robson Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 131
3889 11/03/2005 P Sue Drinkwater 62 – 54 Neil Kelly Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 134
3890 14/03/2005 P Sue Drinkwater 85 – 73 Jess Clark Ken Bruce Susie Dent 126
3891 21/03/2005 P Sue Drinkwater 71 – 85 Tanmay Dixit Ken Bruce Susie Dent 119
3892 22/03/2005 P Tanmay Dixit 95 – 59 Isabel Fennemore Ken Bruce Susie Dent 132
3893 23/03/2005 P Tanmay Dixit 82 – 87 Mike Meakin Ken Bruce Susie Dent 120
3894 24/03/2005 P Mike Meakin 87 – 77 Jim Handley Ken Bruce Susie Dent 144
3895 29/03/2005 P Mike Meakin 88 – 84 Eric Harrison Mitch Murray Susie Dent 132
3896 30/03/2005 P Mike Meakin 57 – 75 Jillian Tidman Mitch Murray Susie Dent 121
3897 31/03/2005 P Jillian Tidman 39 – 66 Steve Smith Mitch Murray Susie Dent 127
3898 1/04/2005 P Steve Smith 67 – 87 Jon O'Neill Mitch Murray Susie Dent 143
3899 4/04/2005 P Jon O'Neill 96 – 72 Peter Wallis Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 120
3900 5/04/2005 P Jon O'Neill 106 – 54 William Moore Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 140
3901 6/04/2005 P Jon O'Neill 102 – 46 Ola Odutola Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 124
3902 7/04/2005 P Jon O'Neill 101 – 61 Gill Johns Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 133
3903 8/04/2005 P Jon O'Neill 104 – 66 Phil Squires Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 119
3904 11/04/2005 P Jon O'Neill 114 – 43 Theresa Turrell Julia McKenzie Susie Dent 132
3905 12/04/2005 P Jon O'Neill 94 – 58 Gary McEnaney Julia McKenzie Susie Dent 118
3906 13/04/2005 P Peter Danks 75 – 76 Mansoor Ditta Julia McKenzie Susie Dent 128
3907 14/04/2005 P Mansoor Ditta 70 – 87 Ross Allatt Julia McKenzie Susie Dent 144
3908 15/04/2005 P Ross Allatt 100 – 50 Eunice Stride Julia McKenzie Susie Dent 125
3909 18/04/2005 P Ross Allatt 110 – 74 Mike Brailsford Lionel Blair Susie Dent 150
3910 19/04/2005 P Ross Allatt 83 – 80 David Hutton Lionel Blair Susie Dent 140
3911 20/04/2005 P Ross Allatt 96 – 50 Janet Mattingley Lionel Blair Susie Dent 122
3912 21/04/2005 P Ross Allatt 81 – 54 Wayne Porter Lionel Blair Susie Dent 130
3913 22/04/2005 P Ross Allatt 86 – 60 Thomas Leeming Lionel Blair Susie Dent 119
3914 25/04/2005 P Ross Allatt 98 – 67 John Caddick Kathryn Apanowicz Susie Dent 118
3915 26/04/2005 P Jenny Scudamore 83 – 86 David Ryan Kathryn Apanowicz Susie Dent 116
3916 27/04/2005 P David Ryan 91 – 102 Kieran Coppinger Kathryn Apanowicz Susie Dent 143
3917 28/04/2005 P Kieran Coppinger 101 – 85 Ian Laming Kathryn Apanowicz Susie Dent 122
3918 29/04/2005 P Kieran Coppinger 92 – 75 Gerry Montague Kathryn Apanowicz Susie Dent 122
3919 3/05/2005 P Kieran Coppinger 72 – 82 Sally Bassinder Darren Jordon Susie Dent 127
3920 4/05/2005 P Sally Bassinder 93 – 72 Len Cazaly Darren Jordon Susie Dent 128
3921 5/05/2005 P Sally Bassinder 84 – 90 Bob Beckett Darren Jordon Susie Dent 120
3922 6/05/2005 P Bob Beckett 73 – 84 Michael Edwards Darren Jordon Susie Dent 129
3923 9/05/2005 P Michael Edwards 79 – 71 Jim Anderson Esther Rantzen Susie Dent 115
3924 10/05/2005 P Michael Edwards 84 – 85 Rick Hughes Esther Rantzen Susie Dent 150
3925 11/05/2005 P Rick Hughes 63 – 79 Caroline Ambrose Esther Rantzen Susie Dent 122
3926 12/05/2005 P Caroline Ambrose 73 – 115 John Brackstone Esther Rantzen Susie Dent 132
3927 13/05/2005 P John Brackstone 81 – 48 Richard Ellis Esther Rantzen Susie Dent 113
3928 16/05/2005 P John Brackstone 103 – 68 Mark Leopold Keith Barron Susie Dent 154
3929 17/05/2005 P John Brackstone 101 – 75 Raymond Quirk Keith Barron Susie Dent 140
3930 18/05/2005 P John Brackstone 98 – 72 Christine Skeer Keith Barron Susie Dent 120
3931 19/05/2005 P John Brackstone 110 – 68 Ken Ryder Keith Barron Susie Dent 133
3932 20/05/2005 P John Brackstone 119 – 35 Joanna Allardice Keith Barron Susie Dent 124
3933 23/05/2005 P John Brackstone 95 – 44 Frank Cowsill Michael Aspel Susie Dent 131
3934 24/05/2005 P Anna Hillis 67 – 92 Dominic Marsh Michael Aspel Susie Dent 133
3935 25/05/2005 P Dominic Marsh 73 – 102 Anthony Endsor Michael Aspel Susie Dent 143
3936 31/05/2005 P Anthony Endsor 65 – 66 Amy McMaster Michael Aspel Susie Dent 145
3937 1/06/2005 P Amy McMaster 108 – 66 Daljit Gharial Michael Aspel Susie Dent 123
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
3946 14/06/2005 P Magda Greensmith 90 – 74 William Sutherland Barry Norman Susie Dent 132
3947 15/06/2005 P Magda Greensmith 64 – 80 Rod Barry Barry Norman Susie Dent 132
3948 16/06/2005 P Rod Barry 90 – 52 Joe Penn Bob Bevan Susie Dent 117
3949 17/06/2005 P Rod Barry 64 – 84 John Pitt Bob Bevan Susie Dent 143
3950 20/06/2005 P John Pitt 100 – 44 Harry Smith Bob Bevan Susie Dent 131
3951 21/06/2005 P John Pitt 70 – 88 Helen Mathieson Bob Bevan Susie Dent 121
3952 22/06/2005 P Helen Mathieson 88 – 82 Leslie Ritchings Bob Bevan Susie Dent 130
3953 23/06/2005 QF Fred Reynolds 58 – 75 John Brackstone Philip Franks Susie Dent 126
3954 24/06/2005 QF Chris Hunt 73 – 97 John Mayhew Philip Franks Susie Dent 120
3955 28/06/2005 QF Judith Young 74 – 90 Jon O'Neill Philip Franks Susie Dent 122
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
3958 30/06/2005 SF John Mayhew 89 – 88 Jon O'Neill Philip Franks Susie Dent 117
3959 1/07/2005 GF John Mayhew 86* – 76 John Brackstone Philip Franks Susie Dent 143
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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