Series 7

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Series 7 champion Ian Bebbington (right) with his winning dictionaries.

Series 7 ran from October 1985 to December 1985. Episodes were broadcast at 4:30 pm. The seventh of 53 series presented by Richard Whiteley, it was won by Ian Bebbington. The runner-up prize was £100 of book tokens.

Contents

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Score
1 Clive Freedman 8 409
2 Julian Hough 6 329
3 Tim O'Kane 4+1 267
4 Robert Coton 4 214
5 Ian Bebbington 3 177
6 Jean Fish 3 152
7 Tim Davies 2+1 144
8 Gary Franks 2 104
Numbers after "+" signs in the Wins column represent drawn games.

*Marion Johnstone, with 2 wins and 109 points, would have been the #8 seed, but for unknown reasons, she didn't return for the finals, so Gary Franks took her place.


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

NOTE: Due to a rule that was in place at the time, win and point totals were reset if a player crossed a boundary between series. In addition to becoming an octochamp in Series 7, Clive Freedman had also won one additional game in Series 6.

Finals progress

Clive Freedman (1) vs Gary Franks (8) Clive Freedman (1) vs Ian Bebbington (5) Ian Bebbington (5)
vs
Julian Hough (2)
Ian Bebbington (5) vs Robert Coton (4)
Tim O'Kane (3) vs Jean Fish (6) Jean Fish (6) vs Julian Hough (2)
Tim Davies (7) vs Julian Hough (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
289 14/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 49 – 40 James Baillie Gyles Brandreth ??
290 15/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 52 – 31 Paul Darnley Gyles Brandreth ??
291 16/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 36 – 6 Jill Payne Gyles Brandreth ??
292 17/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 48 – 29 David Braines Gyles Brandreth ??
293 18/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 55 – 37 Steve Drinkwater Gyles Brandreth ??
294 21/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 46 – 40 Michael Rowlands Gyles Brandreth ??
295 22/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 67 – 19 Joan Bebbington John Junkin ??
296 23/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 56 – 38 Andrew Thomson John Junkin ??
297 24/10/1985 P Peter Collier 35 – 35 Dennis Allen John Junkin ??
298 25/10/1985 P Peter Collier 55 – 40 Dennis Allen John Junkin ??
299 28/10/1985 P Peter Collier 29 – 47 Jean Fish John Junkin ??
300 29/10/1985 P Phil Wall 43 – 46 Jean Fish John Junkin ??
301 30/10/1985 P Pauline West 43 – 59 Jean Fish Steve Jones ??
302 31/10/1985 P Michael Spencer 54 – 34 Jean Fish Steve Jones ??
303 1/11/1985 P Michael Spencer 16 – 66 Ian Bebbington Steve Jones ??
304 4/11/1985 P Ken Brown 31 – 52 Ian Bebbington Steve Jones ??
305 5/11/1985 P Michael McCormack 18 – 59 Ian Bebbington Steve Jones ??
306 6/11/1985 P Marion Johnstone 52 – 41 Ian Bebbington Steve Jones ??
307 7/11/1985 P Marion Johnstone 57 – 29 Graham Green John Junkin ??
308 8/11/1985 P Marion Johnstone 36 – 45 Cliff Loy John Junkin ??
309 11/11/1985 P Susan Wallace 49 – 30 Cliff Loy John Junkin ??
310 12/11/1985 P Susan Wallace 36 – 57 Tim O'Kane John Junkin ??
311 13/11/1985 P Enid Fordham 35 – 35 Tim O'Kane John Junkin ??
312 14/11/1985 P Enid Fordham 38 – 55 Tim O'Kane John Junkin ??
313 15/11/1985 P Margaret Reid 29 – 57 Tim O'Kane John Junkin ??
314 19/11/1985 P Robert Bosher 46 – 63 Tim O'Kane John Junkin ??
315 20/11/1985 P Tim Davies 50 – 43 Tim O'Kane John Junkin ??
316 21/11/1985 P Tim Davies 50 – 34 Honey Russell Gyles Brandreth ??
317 22/11/1985 P Tim Davies 44 – 44 Arthur Boden Gyles Brandreth ??
318 23/11/1985 P Tim Davies 31 – 44 Arthur Boden Gyles Brandreth ??
319 25/11/1985 P Patricia Da Costa 49 – 15 Arthur Boden Gyles Brandreth ??
320 26/11/1985 P Robert Coton 48 – 42 Patricia Da Costa Bill Tidy ??
321 27/11/1985 P Robert Coton 70 – 31 Cyril Annis Bill Tidy ??
322 28/11/1985 P Robert Coton 45 – 25 Philip Faulkner Bill Tidy ??
323 29/11/1985 P Robert Coton 51 – 39 John Hawker Bill Tidy ??
324 2/12/1985 P Robert Coton 38 – 49 Gary Franks Bill Tidy ??
325 3/12/1985 P June Fawcett 13 – 55 Gary Franks Bill Tidy ??
326 4/12/1985 P Julian Hough 60 – 45 Gary Franks Bill Tidy ??
327 5/12/1985 P Julian Hough 58 – 36 Philip Godfrey Bill Tidy ??
328 6/12/1985 P Julian Hough 45 – 37 Neil Stein Bill Tidy ??
329 9/12/1985 P Julian Hough 54 – 27 Leslie Pollitt Bill Tidy 73
330 10/12/1985 P Julian Hough 50 – 19 Steve Holdsworth Bill Tidy 71
331 11/12/1985 P Julian Hough 62 – 17 Bob Balmer Bill Tidy 70
332 12/12/1985 QF Clive Freedman 63 – 19 Gary Franks Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 72
333 13/12/1985 QF Julian Hough 63 – 34 Tim Davies Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 82
334 16/12/1985 QF Tim O'Kane 54 – 57 Jean Fish Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 75
335 17/12/1985 QF Robert Coton 53 – 65 Ian Bebbington Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 73
336 18/12/1985 SF Clive Freedman 46 – 49 Ian Bebbington Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 70
337 19/12/1985 SF Jean Fish 37 – 59 Julian Hough Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 73
338 20/12/1985 GF Ian Bebbington 82 – 77 Julian Hough Richard Stilgoe,
John Junkin
Della Thompson 127

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