Series 56

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Nick Wainwright, the series winner with his trophy.

Series 56 ran from January 2007 to June 2007. The first of four series hosted by Des O'Connor, it was won by Nick Wainwright. This Series featured 4 Octochamps but for the first time since Series 49, no Octochamps with over 800 points. #1 seed Aaron Webber snuck through the first quarter-final on an unsolved conundrum (ALONGSIDE). Jean Webby won comfortably and Nick Wainwright saw off the challenge of #6 seed Vivienne Mead. However #4 seed Amey Deshpande couldn't join the top three seeds, losing to 7-time winner Anita Freeland. In the semi-finals Freeland continued her run of upsets by beating #1 seed Aaron Webber on a crucial conundrum, and Nick Wainwright got his highest ever score in beating Jean Webby. This set up a final between #3 seed and #5 seed. No woman had won a 15-round series and no player had ever won a series whilst losing a game in the heats. From Series 46 to Series 55, all the series winners were unbeaten. The game was very close with a few mistakes which lead to a low scoring finish with Freeland leading 85 – 79. The conundrum OYFUSSPOT was revealed and it was Wainwright that solved PUSSYFOOT in 1.5 seconds to become Countdown's 56th champion. Freeland was relegated to the runner's-up spot, only the second woman to reach a 15-round series final after Grace Page, but she returned for the Championship of Champions XIII tournament.

Contents

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Score
1 Aaron Webber 8 773
2 Jean Webby 8 738
3 Nick Wainwright 8 726
4 Amey Deshpande 8 718
5 Anita Freeland 7 742
6 Vivienne Mead 7 682
7 Dundas Keating 7 661
8 Stewart Gordon 5 553

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

Aaron Webber (1) vs Stewart Gordon (8) Aaron Webber (1) vs Anita Freeland (5) Anita Freeland (5)
vs
Nick Wainwright (3)
Anita Freeland (5) vs Amey Deshpande (4)
Nick Wainwright (3) vs Vivienne Mead (6) Nick Wainwright (3) vs Jean Webby (2)
Dundas Keating (7) vs Jean Webby (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
4263 2/01/2007 P Anita Freeland 80 – 56 Gill Glass Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 132
4264 3/01/2007 P Anita Freeland 103 – 45 Pete Liggett Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 122
4265 4/01/2007 P Anita Freeland 101 – 93 Paul Richards Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 131
4266 5/01/2007 P Anita Freeland 83 – 86 Jon Young Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 140
4267 8/01/2007 P Jon Young 59 – 82 Bradley Cates Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 131
4268 9/01/2007 P Bradley Cates 105 – 68 Katie Gibbins Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 120
4269 10/01/2007 P Bradley Cates 83 – 72 Adrian Lutman Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 142
4270 11/01/2007 P Bradley Cates 63 – 78 Ian Volante Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 117
4271 12/01/2007 P Ian Volante 94 – 64 Lee Collingham Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 131
4272 15/01/2007 P Ian Volante 102 – 93 George Rhodes Barry Cryer Susie Dent 144
4273 16/01/2007 P Ian Volante 79 – 91 Amey Deshpande Barry Cryer Susie Dent 118
4274 17/01/2007 P Amey Deshpande 86 – 75 Mandy Bill Barry Cryer Susie Dent 120
4275 18/01/2007 P Amey Deshpande 79 – 71 Joe McCoy Barry Cryer Susie Dent 131
4276 19/01/2007 P Amey Deshpande 80 – 66 Mike Smith Barry Cryer Susie Dent 130
4277 22/01/2007 P Amey Deshpande 98 – 75 Mary Jennings Richard Digance Susie Dent 138
4278 23/01/2007 P Amey Deshpande 87 – 50 Sylvia De Rozario Richard Digance Susie Dent 131
4279 24/01/2007 P Amey Deshpande 102 – 54 Gareth Evans Richard Digance Susie Dent 137
4280 25/01/2007 P Amey Deshpande 95 – 47 Oliver Brennan Richard Digance Susie Dent 131
4281 26/01/2007 P Jonathan Rathbone 33 – 84 Leigh Brook Richard Digance Susie Dent 115
4282 29/01/2007 P Leigh Brook 67 – 86 Martin May Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 129
4283 30/01/2007 P Martin May 95 – 84 Daniel Giddings Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 141
4284 31/01/2007 P Judith Mills 48 – 87 Mick Barnewell Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 113
4285 1/02/2007 P Mick Barnewell 77 – 58 David Watson Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 134
4286 2/02/2007 P Mick Barnewell 78 – 85 Paddy Izod Jeremy Hardy Susie Dent 133
4287 5/02/2007 P Paddy Izod 94 – 63 Eoin O'Connell Jeremy Hardy Susie Dent 118
4288 6/02/2007 P Paddy Izod 71 – 62 Margaret Lee Jeremy Hardy Susie Dent 134
4289 7/02/2007 P Paddy Izod 79 – 82 Vivienne Mead Jeremy Hardy Susie Dent 143
4290 8/02/2007 P Vivienne Mead 95 – 69 Clive McClelland Jeremy Hardy Susie Dent 129
4291 9/02/2007 P Vivienne Mead 82 – 44 Nick Gray Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 132
4292 12/02/2007 P Vivienne Mead 83 – 58 Marie Pegg Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 130
4293 13/02/2007 P Vivienne Mead 76 – 57 Will Howells Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 132
4294 14/02/2007 P Vivienne Mead 106 – 58 Paul Daly Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 132
4295 15/02/2007 P Vivienne Mead 90 – 55 Rosemary Macmullen Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 116
4296 16/02/2007 P Vivienne Mead 68 – 76 Ganesh (Subrahmanyam) Jo Brand Susie Dent 153
4297 19/02/2007 P Ganesh (Subrahmanyam) 88 – 63 Mildred French Jo Brand Susie Dent 121
4298 20/02/2007 P Ganesh (Subrahmanyam) 81 – 85 David Tuddenham Jo Brand Susie Dent 130
4299 21/02/2007 P David Tuddenham 87 – 89 Pauline Woodward Jo Brand Susie Dent 129
4300 22/02/2007 P Pauline Woodward 82 – 76 Mike Swift Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 131
4301 23/02/2007 P Pauline Woodward 94 – 61 Jan Rawlings Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 129
4302 26/02/2007 P Pauline Woodward 81 – 96 Jean Webby Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 130
4303 27/02/2007 P Jean Webby 94 – 60 Dorothy Wardle Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 114
4304 28/02/2007 P Jean Webby 98 – 71 Serena Halpin Richard Digance Susie Dent 120
4305 1/03/2007 P Jean Webby 96 – 66 Bob Mulholland Richard Digance Susie Dent 145
4306 2/03/2007 P Jean Webby 112 – 40 Nicola Crowley Richard Digance Susie Dent 119
4307 5/03/2007 P Jean Webby 79 – 66 Barbara Howe Richard Digance Susie Dent 131
4308 6/03/2007 P Jean Webby 87 – 45 Richard Murrin Richard Digance Susie Dent 129
4309 7/03/2007 P Jean Webby 76 – 55 Beryl Taylor Ann Widdecombe Susie Dent 127
4310 8/03/2007 P Elizabeth Anderson 54 – 75 Raj Kailasam Ann Widdecombe Susie Dent 131
4311 9/03/2007 P Raj Kailasam 63 – 60 Crispin Salfarlie Ann Widdecombe Susie Dent 129
4312 12/03/2007 P Raj Kailasam 85 – 79 Janet Rauch Ann Widdecombe Susie Dent 122
4313 19/03/2007 P Raj Kailasam 66 – 77 Sara Kingdom Keith Barron Susie Dent 132
4314 20/03/2007 P Sara Kingdom 82 – 50 Steve Gallazzi Keith Barron Susie Dent 131
4315 21/03/2007 P Sara Kingdom 73 – 70 Simon Donlan Keith Barron Susie Dent 131
4316 22/03/2007 P Sara Kingdom 69 – 83 Judith Carn Keith Barron Susie Dent 118
4317 23/03/2007 P Judith Carn 94 – 64 Neil Champs Keith Barron Susie Dent 121
4318 26/03/2007 P Judith Carn 81 – 95 Sarah Milsom Johnnie Casson Susie Dent 132
4319 27/03/2007 P Sarah Milsom 77* – 67 Brian Kent Johnnie Casson Susie Dent 117
4320 28/03/2007 P Sarah Milsom 64 – 79 John Verlaque Johnnie Casson Susie Dent 127
4321 29/03/2007 P John Verlaque 79 – 53 Richard Shadbolt Johnnie Casson Susie Dent 118
4322 30/03/2007 P John Verlaque 79 – 85 Sheila Booth Johnnie Casson Susie Dent 143
4323 2/04/2007 P Sheila Booth 61 – 100 Cathy Cooper Dennis Taylor Susie Dent 126
4324 3/04/2007 P Cathy Cooper 79 – 71 Tony King Dennis Taylor Susie Dent 115
4325 4/04/2007 P Cathy Cooper 74 – 62 Ian MacKillop Dennis Taylor Susie Dent 132
4326 5/04/2007 P Cathy Cooper 71 – 84 Kate McNulty Dennis Taylor Susie Dent 122
4327 6/04/2007 P Kate McNulty 56 – 88 Chris Dufton Dennis Taylor Susie Dent 139
4328 9/04/2007 P Chris Dufton 74 – 75 Norma Fisher Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 120
4329 10/04/2007 P Norma Fisher 50 – 89 Robin Scott Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 128
4330 11/04/2007 P Robin Scott 81 – 54 Kim Green Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 105
4331 12/04/2007 P Robin Scott 87 – 63 Wayne Swan Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 124
4332 13/04/2007 P Robin Scott 86 – 63 Wendy Woodward Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 143
4333 16/04/2007 P Robin Scott 76 – 82 Pam Smith Kaye Adams Susie Dent 128
4334 17/04/2007 P Pam Smith 70 – 67 Michael Batty Kaye Adams Susie Dent 154
4335 18/04/2007 P Pam Smith 79 – 61 Jeff Lomax Kaye Adams Susie Dent 128
4336 19/04/2007 P Pam Smith 98 – 74 Tamsin Johnston Kaye Adams Susie Dent 124
4337 20/04/2007 P Pam Smith 82 – 56 Joe Burge Kaye Adams Susie Dent 119
4338 23/04/2007 P Pam Smith 75 – 111 Aaron Webber Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 135
4339 24/04/2007 P Aaron Webber 96 – 47 Christina Dow Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 132
4340 25/04/2007 P Aaron Webber 93 – 40 Richard Wakefield Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 118
4341 26/04/2007 P Aaron Webber 86 – 47 Nina Walters Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 127
4342 27/04/2007 P Aaron Webber 98 – 45 Ken Hudson Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 116
4343 30/04/2007 P Aaron Webber 104 – 51 Dorothy Massey Thelma Barlow Susie Dent 140
4344 1/05/2007 P Aaron Webber 75 – 28 David Butler Thelma Barlow Susie Dent 127
4345 2/05/2007 P Aaron Webber 110 – 39 Bill Blades Thelma Barlow Susie Dent 132
4346 3/05/2007 P Madeleine Hicks 96 – 49 Linda Jackson Thelma Barlow Susie Dent 122
4347 4/05/2007 P Madeleine Hicks 53 – 90 Rob Waters Thelma Barlow Susie Dent 133
4348 7/05/2007 P Rob Waters 94 – 99 Nick Wainwright Richard Digance Susie Dent 124
4349 8/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 90 – 64 Sue Faulkner Richard Digance Susie Dent 131
4350 9/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 91 – 65 Matthew Dixon Richard Digance Michael Wylie 140
4351 10/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 76 – 33 David Senior Richard Digance Michael Wylie 122
4352 11/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 99 – 83 Eileen Organ Richard Digance Michael Wylie 118
4353 14/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 99 – 46 Michala Stabbins Ricky Tomlinson Susie Dent 136
4354 15/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 91 – 88 Michael Lord Ricky Tomlinson Susie Dent 133
4355 16/05/2007 P Nick Wainwright 81 – 58 Helen Miller Ricky Tomlinson Susie Dent 141
4356 17/05/2007 P Stuart Watts 75 – 79 Rob Bennie Ricky Tomlinson Susie Dent 133
4357 18/05/2007 P Rob Bennie 50 – 82 Chris Walledge Ricky Tomlinson Susie Dent 121
4358 21/05/2007 P Chris Walledge 74 – 95 Stewart Gordon Paul Zenon Susie Dent 142
4359 22/05/2007 P Stewart Gordon 106 – 76 Andrew Sweet Paul Zenon Susie Dent 131
4360 23/05/2007 P Stewart Gordon 93 – 67 Matt Watts Paul Zenon Susie Dent 122
4361 24/05/2007 P Stewart Gordon 96 – 47 Julie Gellatly Paul Zenon Susie Dent 146
4362 25/05/2007 P Stewart Gordon 94 – 58 Dave Fay Paul Zenon Susie Dent 120
4363 28/05/2007 P Stewart Gordon 69 – 79 Dundas Keating Ken Bruce Susie Dent 129
4364 29/05/2007 P Dundas Keating 71 – 68 Fliss Carlton Ken Bruce Susie Dent 131
4365 30/05/2007 P Dundas Keating 99 – 83 Darren Gleave Ken Bruce Susie Dent 134
4366 31/05/2007 P Dundas Keating 88 – 54 Pam Linington Ken Bruce Susie Dent 123
4367 1/06/2007 P Dundas Keating 70 – 68 Dave Tilley Ken Bruce Susie Dent 119
4368 4/06/2007 P Dundas Keating 101 – 68 Ian Hartley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 131
4369 5/06/2007 P Dundas Keating 92 – 55 Christine Hunt Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 122
4370 6/06/2007 P Dundas Keating 61 – 92 John Holland Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 132
4371 7/06/2007 P John Holland 67 – 121 James Hurrell Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 141
4372 8/06/2007 P James Hurrell 100 – 75 Kathleen McAulay Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 129
4373 11/06/2007 P James Hurrell 113 – 48 Phil Robertshaw Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 120
4374 12/06/2007 P James Hurrell 88 – 34 Eileen Blackburn Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 121
4375 13/06/2007 P James Hurrell 101 – 60 Peter Palfrey Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 131
4376 14/06/2007 QF Stewart Gordon 81 – 85 Aaron Webber Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 129
4377 15/06/2007 QF Dundas Keating 58 – 84 Jean Webby Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 140
4378 18/06/2007 QF Nick Wainwright 104 – 74 Vivienne Mead Jo Brand Susie Dent 124
4379 19/06/2007 QF Amey Deshpande 71 – 86 Anita Freeland Jo Brand Susie Dent 127
4380 20/06/2007 SF Anita Freeland 97 – 86 Aaron Webber Jo Brand Susie Dent 128
4381 21/06/2007 SF Jean Webby 74 – 107 Nick Wainwright Jo Brand Susie Dent 134
4382 22/06/2007 GF Nick Wainwright 89 – 85 Anita Freeland Jo Brand Susie Dent 116
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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