Series 79

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Series 79 is the current series of Countdown, and the fourteenth presented by Nick Hewer. It began on 25 June 2018 and will end on 21 December 2018 with, for the last time, interruptions for Formula 1 practice runs (except the British Grand Prix). Apterites who have appeared in this series include Will Ferns, Steve Rush, Stephen Holford, Martin May, Georgia Goulding, Dover Dubosarsky, Tom Nearney, Alan Duval and Sam Reilly.

During the second quarter of the series, for the first time in Countdown history, three octochamps appeared in immediate succession, with Adam Rolston, Tony Manwani and Dave Ashton compiling successive eight-game runs. Two further octochamps, Robin Johnson and Mike Daysley, then each appeared after gaps of just one game. Furthermore, octochamp Martin May appeared after a gap of just two games.

Episode 6959 was broadcast on Saturday 24 November at 2:45 pm, immediately following live coverage of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix qualifying session, due to the practice sessions of the event instead being broadcast the day before. This makes it the first ‘Saturday Countdown’ since 2006, when a handful of episodes in Series 54 were aired on Saturdays due to increased ratings at the time.

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Score
1 Martin May 8 839
2 Mike Daysley 8 786
3 Andrew Jackson 8 764
4 Dave Ashton 8 739
5 Tony Manwani 8 715
6 Alan Duval 8 674
7 Adam Rolston 8 650
8 Bob Lunt 7 726
NOTE: Robin Johnson, with 8 wins and 745 points, has qualified for the finals as #4 seed but will be unable to appear, so Bob Lunt will take his place.

Since Series 64, 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 the number of conundrums correctly guessed, then highest individual score.


Finals progress

Martin May (1) vs Bob Lunt (8)
Tony Manwani (5) vs Dave Ashton (4)
Andrew Jackson (3) vs Alan Duval (6)
Adam Rolston (7) vs Mike Daysley (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
6854 25/06/2018 P Diane Cordery 91 – 46 Toby Young Paul Zenon Susie Dent 123
6855 26/06/2018 P Diane Cordery 53 – 117 Jodine Lawrence Paul Zenon Susie Dent 135
6856 27/06/2018 P Jodine Lawrence 75 – 33 Marty Dunlop Paul Zenon Susie Dent 117
6857 28/06/2018 P Jodine Lawrence 82 – 66 Derek Marner Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 123
6858 2/07/2018 P Jodine Lawrence 60 – 84 Lewis Carson Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 124
6859 3/07/2018 P Lewis Carson 88 – 53 Tom McDonald Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 120
6860 4/07/2018 P Lewis Carson 95 – 68 Khana Kayembe Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 144
6861 5/07/2018 P Lewis Carson 91 – 41 Joe Hawkes Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 134
6862 9/07/2018 P Lewis Carson 66 – 64 Ciaran Thompson Adam Henson Susie Dent 123
6863 10/07/2018 P Lewis Carson 88 – 75 Joe Roscow Adam Henson Susie Dent 131
6864 11/07/2018 P Lewis Carson 92 – 64 James Bell Adam Henson Susie Dent 131
6865 12/07/2018 P Lewis Carson 61 – 66 Sarah Harper Adam Henson Susie Dent 120
6866 13/07/2018 P Sarah Harper 81 – 59 Philip Whitehead Adam Henson Susie Dent 133
6867 16/07/2018 P Sarah Harper 60 – 80 John Mason Anita Rani Susie Dent 123
6868 17/07/2018 P John Mason 75 – 47 Ellie Davidson Anita Rani Susie Dent 127
6869 18/07/2018 P John Mason 93 – 47 Ian Adams Anita Rani Susie Dent 142
6870 19/07/2018 P John Mason 78 – 47 Anne Marrs Anita Rani Susie Dent 133
6871 20/07/2018 P John Mason 72 – 100 Bryan Harrison Anita Rani Susie Dent 132
6872 23/07/2018 P Bryan Harrison 94 – 61 Joe Chan John Inverdale Susie Dent 121
6873 24/07/2018 P Bryan Harrison 69 – 54 Liz Lear John Inverdale Susie Dent 134
6874 25/07/2018 P Bryan Harrison 79 – 82 Bob Lunt John Inverdale Susie Dent 133
6875 26/07/2018 P Bob Lunt 78 – 58 Chris Kilbride John Inverdale Susie Dent 122
6876 27/07/2018 P Bob Lunt 98 – 77 Alex Eyre John Inverdale Susie Dent 125
6877 30/07/2018 P Bob Lunt 101 – 73 Jonathan Greener Tim Rice Susie Dent 121
6878 31/07/2018 P Bob Lunt 91 – 42 Myra Cope Tim Rice Susie Dent 126
6879 1/08/2018 P Bob Lunt 99 – 69 Will Ferns Tim Rice Susie Dent 129
6880 2/08/2018 P Bob Lunt 97 – 76 Emily Woodford Tim Rice Susie Dent 124
6881 3/08/2018 P Bob Lunt 80 – 104 Matthew Bass Tim Rice Susie Dent 135
6882 6/08/2018 P Matthew Bass 64 – 94 Eddie Glass Griff Rhys Jones Susie Dent 123
6883 7/08/2018 P Eddie Glass 74 – 66 Jim Freeman Griff Rhys Jones Susie Dent 144
6884 8/08/2018 P Eddie Glass 72 – 56 Sally King Griff Rhys Jones Susie Dent 125
6885 9/08/2018 P Eddie Glass 73 – 77 Steve Rush Griff Rhys Jones Susie Dent 124
6886 10/08/2018 P Steve Rush 75 – 57 James Billington Griff Rhys Jones Susie Dent 135
6887 13/08/2018 P Steve Rush 93 – 71 Tim Danton Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 147
6888 14/08/2018 P Steve Rush 66 – 75 Adam Rolston Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 153
6889 15/08/2018 P Adam Rolston 76 – 59 Leonora Fleming Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 121
6890 16/08/2018 P Adam Rolston 94 – 60 Jimmy Donnelly Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 144
6891 17/08/2018 P Adam Rolston 73 – 43 Peter Dooley Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 144
6892 20/08/2018 P Adam Rolston 99 – 71 Mike Grundy Raj Bisram Susie Dent 122
6893 21/08/2018 P Adam Rolston 68 – 40 Fiona O'Reilly Raj Bisram Susie Dent 135
6894 22/08/2018 P Adam Rolston 76 – 75 Paul Watkins Raj Bisram Susie Dent 124
6895 23/08/2018 P Adam Rolston 89 – 39 Craig Lumsden Raj Bisram Susie Dent 143
6896 27/08/2018 P Paul Beever 77 – 98 Tony Manwani Raj Bisram Susie Dent 136
6897 28/08/2018 P Tony Manwani 105 – 58 Pamela Threlfal Anne Hegerty Susie Dent 136
6898 29/08/2018 P Tony Manwani 99 – 62 Joe Sinclair Anne Hegerty Susie Dent 122
6899 30/08/2018 P Tony Manwani 90 – 26 Chris Davidson Anne Hegerty Susie Dent 126
6900 31/08/2018 P Tony Manwani 84 – 38 Nick Fisk Anne Hegerty Susie Dent 123
6901 3/09/2018 P Tony Manwani 67 – 43 Tom Kistell Anne Hegerty Susie Dent 132
6902 4/09/2018 P Tony Manwani 90 – 74 Sam Klineberg Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 121
6903 5/09/2018 P Tony Manwani 82 – 73 Duncan Hill Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 120
6904 6/09/2018 P Dave Ashton 95 – 68 Joe Harris Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 134
6905 7/09/2018 P Dave Ashton 105 – 34 Tricia Lea Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 134
6906 10/09/2018 P Dave Ashton 84 – 49 Dan Martin Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 125
6907 11/09/2018 P Dave Ashton 82 – 62 David O'Neill Charlie Stayt Susie Dent 135
6908 12/09/2018 P Dave Ashton 87 – 36 Kim Wilson Charlie Stayt Susie Dent 134
6909 13/09/2018 P Dave Ashton 87 – 47 Laura McDonald Charlie Stayt Susie Dent 121
6910 17/09/2018 P Dave Ashton 100 – 78 Stephen Holford Charlie Stayt Susie Dent 126
6911 18/09/2018 P Dave Ashton 99 – 58 Mark Garfield Charlie Stayt Susie Dent 142
6912 19/09/2018 P Daniel Singleton 63 – 86 Greg Purling Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 146
6913 20/09/2018 P Greg Purling 47 – 57 Robin Johnson Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 132
6914 21/09/2018 P Robin Johnson 86 – 66 Chris Hague Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 125
6915 24/09/2018 P Robin Johnson 96 – 61 Jack Healy Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 126
6916 25/09/2018 P Robin Johnson 99 – 24 Danielle Watson Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 123
6917 26/09/2018 P Robin Johnson 110 – 27 Shannon Pocock Richard Madeley Susie Dent 136
6918 27/09/2018 P Robin Johnson 91 – 50 Molly Huxley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 131
6919 28/09/2018 P Robin Johnson 94 – 82 Colm Griffin Richard Madeley Susie Dent 132
6920 1/10/2018 P Robin Johnson 112 – 67 Matt Rynn Richard Madeley Susie Dent 144
6921 2/10/2018 P Jethro Colmer 65 – 91 Tealin Glenn Richard Madeley Susie Dent 144
6922 3/10/2018 P Tealin Glenn 87 – 110 Mike Daysley Richard Arnold Susie Dent 133
6923 4/10/2018 P Mike Daysley 99 – 78 Susan Stones Richard Arnold Susie Dent 116
6924 5/10/2018 P Mike Daysley 96 – 74 Eamonn Mullen Richard Arnold Susie Dent 126
6925 8/10/2018 P Mike Daysley 108 – 62 Debbie Berwick Richard Arnold Susie Dent 135
6926 9/10/2018 P Mike Daysley 98 – 63 Alex Harrison Richard Arnold Susie Dent 143
6927 10/10/2018 P Mike Daysley 95 – 73 Chris Allen Richard Arnold Susie Dent 123
6928 11/10/2018 P Mike Daysley 79 – 73 Lee Bettinson Clive Anderson Susie Dent 118
6929 12/10/2018 P Mike Daysley 101 – 57 Sarah Merrifield Clive Anderson Susie Dent 122
6930 15/10/2018 P Eddie Andersson 68 – 79 Andy Wedlake Clive Anderson Susie Dent 142
6931 16/10/2018 P Andy Wedlake 75 – 77 Paul Hollidge Clive Anderson Susie Dent 123
6932 17/10/2018 P Paul Hollidge 52 – 96 Martin May Clive Anderson Susie Dent 135
6933 18/10/2018 P Martin May 117 – 52 Chris Stableford Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 124
6934 19/10/2018 P Martin May 103 – 54 Seamus Bradley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 134
6935 22/10/2018 P Martin May 108 – 59 Leanne Heath Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 145
6936 23/10/2018 P Martin May 101 – 15 Vicki Griffiths Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 120
6937 24/10/2018 P Martin May 89 – 42 Maria Michaels Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 129
6938 25/10/2018 P Martin May 108 – 67 Alan Tubbert Paul Zenon Susie Dent 155
6939 26/10/2018 P Martin May 117 – 49 Dover Dubosarsky Paul Zenon Susie Dent 137
6940 29/10/2018 P Georgia Goulding 85 – 24 Heather Chisholm Paul Zenon Susie Dent 134
6941 30/10/2018 P Georgia Goulding 68 – 89 Chris Sturdy Paul Zenon Susie Dent 125
6942 31/10/2018 P Chris Sturdy 84 – 65 Michael Coulthread Paul Zenon Susie Dent 134
6943 1/11/2018 P Chris Sturdy 85 – 49 Alex Brundritt Paul Zenon Susie Dent 122
6944 2/11/2018 P Chris Sturdy 98 – 55 Tom Nearney Colin Murray Susie Dent 124
6945 5/11/2018 P Chris Sturdy 94 – 33 Jane Burns Colin Murray Susie Dent 121
6946 6/11/2018 P Chris Sturdy 80 – 84 Alan Duval Colin Murray Susie Dent 130
6947 7/11/2018 P Alan Duval 68 – 67 Bethan Lycett Colin Murray Susie Dent 122
6948 8/11/2018 P Alan Duval 82 – 63 Rich Murray Colin Murray Susie Dent 119
6949 9/11/2018 P Alan Duval 93 – 40 Peter Wilkes Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 121
6950 12/11/2018 P Alan Duval 89 – 41 Ian Kennedy Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 132
6951 13/11/2018 P Alan Duval 82 – 19 Lisa Skidmore Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 124
6952 14/11/2018 P Alan Duval 87 – 64 Jane Capie Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 135
6953 15/11/2018 P Alan Duval 89 – 62 Lewis Jones Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 133
6954 16/11/2018 P Rod Jermy 39 – 63 Paul Copeland Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 135
6955 19/11/2018 P Paul Copeland 72 – 65 Ellie Sherwood Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 131
6956 20/11/2018 P Paul Copeland 64 – 80 Andrew Jackson Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 135
6957 21/11/2018 P Andrew Jackson 98 – 50 Chris Harlow Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 124
6958 22/11/2018 P Andrew Jackson 82 – 49 Sam Warren Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 131
6959 24/11/2018 P Andrew Jackson 103 – 42 Sue Booton Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 124
6960 26/11/2018 P Andrew Jackson 116 – 10 Lewis Edgeley Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 123
6961 27/11/2018 P Andrew Jackson 97 – 33 Abby Whatley Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 125
6962 28/11/2018 P Andrew Jackson 78 – 65 Steve Rose Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 119
6963 29/11/2018 P Andrew Jackson 110 – 82 Archie Crane Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 141
6964 30/11/2018 P John Broderick 60 – 72 Julie Gray Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 137
6965 3/12/2018 P Julie Gray 80 – 60 Pete Clark Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 155
6966 4/12/2018 P Julie Gray 46 – 88 Mark Jeary Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 130
6967 5/12/2018 P Mark Jeary 77* – 67 Amy Nott Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 125
6968 6/12/2018 P Mark Jeary 85 – 62 Martin Storie Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 125
6969 7/12/2018 P Mark Jeary 85 – 110 Brendan Whitehurst Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 126
6970 10/12/2018 P Brendan Whitehurst 96 – 59 James Fenn Dan Walker Susie Dent 133
6971 11/12/2018 P Brendan Whitehurst 104 – 50 Sam Reilly Dan Walker Susie Dent 117
6972 12/12/2018 P Brendan Whitehurst 92 – 83 David Rutherford Dan Walker Susie Dent 124
6973 13/12/2018 QF Martin May 115 – 86 Bob Lunt Dan Walker Susie Dent 141
6974 14/12/2018 QF Mike Daysley 104 – 58 Adam Rolston Dan Walker Susie Dent 125
6975 17/12/2018 QF Andrew Jackson Alan Duval Phill Jupitus Susie Dent
6976 18/12/2018 QF Dave Ashton Tony Manwani Phill Jupitus Susie Dent
6977 19/12/2018 SF Martin May 6976 Winner Phill Jupitus Susie Dent
6978 20/12/2018 SF Mike Daysley 6975 Winner Phill Jupitus Susie Dent
6979 21/12/2018 GF 6977 Winner 6978 Winner Phill Jupitus Susie Dent
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum
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