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See also: 2020 COVID-19 hiatus

Series 82 is the current series of Countdown and the seventeenth series presented by Nick Hewer. It began on 2 January 2020 and was suspended on 1 May due to the COVID-19 pandemic preventing the recording of any new programmes. In its place, repeats were broadcast from 4 May to 7 August. The series resumed on 10 August after 100 days off air, with social distancing observed in Dictionary Corner and no studio audience for the foreseeable future, and will end on 18 December; as such, this series will therefore be the longest in history by both calendar span and number of episodes. In addition, three special episodes featuring past contestants are planned, and will air from 21 to 23 December. [1]

The episode due to be broadcast on 24 March 2020 – the first full day of lockdown in the UK – was not shown due to an unedited comment made by Hewer in the show which could have been deemed insensitive in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic; it remains unaired and thus its seating arrangements remain unknown, but what is known is that Mike Nevins won 63 – 60 against an unknown contestant. Since the withdrawal, a handful of new episodes and repeats shown in 2020 have had anecdotes, teatime teasers and conundrums having any relation to the pandemic excised in editing so that they can still be broadcast.

Among other amendments made to the show on its return on 10 August to comply with social distancing guidelines include: table-top microphones in front of the contestants instead of wearable clip-on microphones; the practice of contestants showing notes at shoulder height when declaring identical words or numerical solutions instead of handing them across the table; clipboards to hold notes in place; repositioned Dictionary Corner guest monitor and buzzer for the challenger's chair; and most notably, the curved wedge on the audience's left side of the studio table has been removed to facilitate social distancing between Susie Dent and the guest, and whiteboard pens were used in the first few shows.

In addition, digital, CGI-animated conundrum scrambles and solutions replacing the long-lasting mechanical counterparts were introduced to reduce time and people required to make the conundrums and prevent letters from being upside-down or falling off. Unlike the other changes, the new conundrum makeover is expected to be permanent. From its introduction to 27 October, a narrower, thicker typeface was used for the conundrums. Due to its apparent reading difficulty, the typeface reverted back on 28 October to the traditional "Futura" letters with their width and thickness identical to the letters cards.

Apterites who have participated in this series so far are: Luke Johnson-Davies (the rollover contestant from the previous series), Ian Volante, Maria Chandler, Phil Hulme, Sanjiv Rana, Barry French, John Doherty, David Kempshall, Sam Cappleman-Lynes, David O'Donnell and Damien Doughty, though it is noted that Chandler, Hulme, Doherty, Kempshall and Doughty joined after their recordings. Apterite Martyn Simpson is set to make an appearance.

This series saw the regular show's debut of a letters and numbers pattern lit on the floor of the studio in front of the circular platform, although it was first seen in the opening two episodes of the revived Celebrity Countdown on More4 in 2019.

Current Standings

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Luke Johnson-Davies 8 1024
2 Sam Cappleman-Lynes 8 939
3 Ian Volante 8 826
4 Ryan Styles 8 820
5 Phil Hulme 8 789
6 David Kempshall 8 732
7 David O'Donnell 5 602
8 Damien Doughty* 5 469
9 Brendan Russell-Cooper 5 461
10 Jeremy Ankers 4 442
* still playing
Since Series 60, players are sorted by number of wins, then by number of points. Points from both wins and losses count. Points from sudden death conundrums are not counted, and players with the same number of wins and points are sorted by the number of conundrums correctly guessed, then highest individual score.


Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
7232 2/01/2020 P Luke Johnson-Davies 143 – 51 Gagan Singh Gill Tim Vine Susie Dent 145
7233 3/01/2020 P Luke Johnson-Davies 131 – 23 Nathan Nicholson Tim Vine Susie Dent 135
7234 6/01/2020 P Luke Johnson-Davies 126 – 36 Carole Bramwell Tim Vine Susie Dent 139
7235 7/01/2020 P Tom Cole 67 – 31 Harry Naulls Richard Arnold Susie Dent 137
7236 8/01/2020 P Tom Cole 67 – 70 Duncan Cordy Richard Arnold Susie Dent 123
7237 9/01/2020 P Duncan Cordy 54 – 94 Josh Waddell Richard Arnold Susie Dent 124
7238 10/01/2020 P Josh Waddell 91 – 66 Simon Strange Richard Arnold Susie Dent 144
7239 13/01/2020 P Josh Waddell 78 – 6 Tara Abachi Richard Arnold Susie Dent 135
7240 14/01/2020 P Josh Waddell 60 – 92 Shaun Hunt Paul Zenon Susie Dent 128
7241 15/01/2020 P Shaun Hunt 67 – 79 John Lillis Paul Zenon Susie Dent 147
7242 16/01/2020 P John Lillis 46 – 98 Paul Hindess Paul Zenon Susie Dent 145
7243 17/01/2020 P Paul Hindess 97 – 72 Pauline Nicholson Paul Zenon Susie Dent 143
7244 20/01/2020 P Paul Hindess 88 – 97 Dave Chapple Paul Zenon Susie Dent 144
7245 21/01/2020 P Dave Chapple 83 – 54 Liz Mills Dan Walker Susie Dent 145
7246 22/01/2020 P Dave Chapple 71 – 83 Nick MacCarthy-Morrogh Dan Walker Susie Dent 125
7247 23/01/2020 P Nick MacCarthy-Morrogh 87 – 69 Nathan Piper Dan Walker Susie Dent 133
7248 24/01/2020 P Nick MacCarthy-Morrogh 107 – 27 Issa Khalifeh Dan Walker Susie Dent 137
7249 27/01/2020 P Nick MacCarthy-Morrogh 57 – 61 Thomas Leeming Dan Walker Susie Dent 127
7250 28/01/2020 P Thomas Leeming 90 – 66 Ben MacIntyre Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 135
7251 29/01/2020 P Thomas Leeming 64 – 102 Veronica Brown Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 150
7252 30/01/2020 P Veronica Brown 78 – 72 Brian O'Connor Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 126
7253 31/01/2020 P Veronica Brown 64 – 86 John Barlow Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 155
7254 3/02/2020 P John Barlow 86 – 44 Matt Johnson Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 124
7255 4/02/2020 P John Barlow 90 – 56 Craig Macauley Prue Leith Susie Dent 123
7256 5/02/2020 P John Barlow 99 – 55 Alan Byers Prue Leith Susie Dent 123
7257 6/02/2020 P John Barlow 60 – 108 Ian Volante Prue Leith Susie Dent 122
7258 7/02/2020 P Ian Volante 117 – 54 Maria Chandler Prue Leith Susie Dent 134
7259 10/02/2020 P Ian Volante 119 – 66 Josh Parmley Prue Leith Susie Dent 146
7260 11/02/2020 P Ian Volante 101 – 30 Angharad Smith Paul Sinha Susie Dent 123
7261 12/02/2020 P Ian Volante 90 – 28 Jack Austin Paul Sinha Susie Dent 134
7262 13/02/2020 P Ian Volante 96 – 47 Michael Haycock Paul Sinha Susie Dent 131
7263 14/02/2020 P Ian Volante 93 – 38 Robbie Walden Paul Sinha Susie Dent 131
7264 17/02/2020 P Ian Volante 102 – 60 Paul Silcock Paul Sinha Susie Dent 124
7265 18/02/2020 P Tony Lloyd 57 – 81 Steve Collins Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 145
7266 19/02/2020 P Steve Collins 57 – 104 Ryan Styles Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 124
7267 20/02/2020 P Ryan Styles 120 – 57 Barbara Danks Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 139
7268 21/02/2020 P Ryan Styles 98 – 44 Charlie Delaney Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 126
7269 24/02/2020 P Ryan Styles 74 – 42 Julian Hawthorne Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 162
7270 25/02/2020 P Ryan Styles 100 – 36 Andy Hey Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 144
7271 26/02/2020 P Ryan Styles 96 – 77 John Robinson Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 132
7272 27/02/2020 P Ryan Styles 128 – 76 Paul Varlaam Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 146
7273 28/02/2020 P Ryan Styles 100 – 56 Trish Lodge Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 124
7274 2/03/2020 P Evadne Fisher 45 – 86 Tim Scott Rory Bremner Susie Dent 128
7275 3/03/2020 P Tim Scott 67 – 86 Iain Campbell Rory Bremner Susie Dent 126
7276 4/03/2020 P Iain Campbell 85 – 59 Nick Leader Rory Bremner Susie Dent 134
7277 5/03/2020 P Iain Campbell 85 – 70 Emily Reason Rory Bremner Susie Dent 145
7278 6/03/2020 P Iain Campbell 88 – 35 Stuart Williamson Rory Bremner Susie Dent 122
7279 9/03/2020 P Iain Campbell 75 – 78 Steve Agace Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 121
7280 10/03/2020 P Steve Agace 86 – 64 Ann Rose Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 121
7281 11/03/2020 P Steve Agace 77 – 48 Abbie Pritchard Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 123
7282 12/03/2020 P Steve Agace 46 – 99 Phil Hulme Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 124
7283 13/03/2020 P Phil Hulme 97 – 59 Chris Langfield Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 140
7284 16/03/2020 P Phil Hulme 95 – 49 Sanjiv Rana Jo Brand Susie Dent 124
7285 17/03/2020 P Phil Hulme 99 – 87 Liam Donohue Jo Brand Susie Dent 122
7286 18/03/2020 P Phil Hulme 85 – 67 Barry French Jo Brand Susie Dent 122
7287 19/03/2020 P Phil Hulme 97 – 42 Paul Barber Jo Brand Susie Dent 136
7288 20/03/2020 P Phil Hulme 96 – 39 Thomas Fairfield Jo Brand Susie Dent 122
7289 23/03/2020 P Phil Hulme 121 – 54 Ewan Sturrock Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 146
7290 Unreleased P Mike Nevins 63 – 60 (Loser of Episode 7290) Mark Pougatch Susie Dent XXX
7291 25/03/2020 P Mike Nevins 72 – 67 George Beach Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 126
7292 26/03/2020 P Mike Nevins 67 – 83 Faye Montgomery Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 124
7293 27/03/2020 P Faye Montgomery 91 – 62 Simon Archer Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 133
7294 30/03/2020 P Faye Montgomery 109 – 77 Dave Priestley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 145
7295 31/03/2020 P Faye Montgomery 76 – 85 Andy Hinds Richard Madeley Susie Dent 132
7296 1/04/2020 P Andy Hinds 86 – 95 Daniel Krigers Richard Madeley Susie Dent 136
7297 2/04/2020 P Daniel Krigers 79 – 43 John Heckford Richard Madeley Susie Dent 149
7298 3/04/2020 P Daniel Krigers 64 – 95 Sean McCarthy Richard Madeley Susie Dent 143
7299 6/04/2020 P Sean McCarthy 78 – 84 Danny McMackin Al Murray Susie Dent 142
7300 7/04/2020 P Danny McMackin 82 – 61 Matt Smith Al Murray Susie Dent 135
7301 8/04/2020 P Danny McMackin 93 – 50 Sue Wilkes Al Murray Susie Dent 122
7302 9/04/2020 P Danny McMackin 60 – 74 Declan Yeomans-Hill Al Murray Susie Dent 141
7303 10/04/2020 P Declan Yeomans-Hill 100 – 49 Jane Holt Al Murray Susie Dent 145
7304 13/04/2020 P Declan Yeomans-Hill 66 – 96 Gemma Geoghegan Tom Kerridge Susie Dent 134
7305 14/04/2020 P Gemma Geoghegan 84 – 70 Paul Boniface Tom Kerridge Susie Dent 135
7306 15/04/2020 P Gemma Geoghegan 77 – 45 Andrew Shaw Tom Kerridge Susie Dent 136
7307 16/04/2020 P Gemma Geoghegan 67 – 73 Jez Noble Tom Kerridge Susie Dent 135
7308 17/04/2020 P Jez Noble 90 – 75 Giuseppe Grilli Tom Kerridge Susie Dent 124
7309 20/04/2020 P Jez Noble 95 – 70 John Doherty Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 123
7310 21/04/2020 P Jez Noble 71 – 83 Hussain Mulla Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 126
7311 22/04/2020 P Hussain Mulla 83 – 107 David Kempshall Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 123
7312 23/04/2020 P David Kempshall 90 – 71 Linda Vijeh Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 145
7313 24/04/2020 P David Kempshall 75 – 56 Steve Moorhouse Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 165
7314 27/04/2020 P David Kempshall 89 – 76 Andy Hewitt Fern Britton Susie Dent 135
7315 28/04/2020 P David Kempshall 75 – 64 Lee Price Fern Britton Susie Dent 133
7316 29/04/2020 P David Kempshall 115 – 30 'Pax' Paxton Fern Britton Susie Dent 135
7317 30/04/2020 P David Kempshall 64 – 53 James Sealey Fern Britton Susie Dent 133
7318 1/05/2020 P David Kempshall 117 – 54 Dick Jones Fern Britton Susie Dent 158
4 May–7 August 2020: COVID-19 hiatus
7319 10/08/2020 P Liam Gouldson 72 – 90 Brendan Russell-Cooper Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 119
7320 11/08/2020 P Brendan Russell-Cooper 68 – 62 Junaid Saleem Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 129
7321 12/08/2020 P Brendan Russell-Cooper 82 – 59 Tony Hayhurst Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 133
7322 13/08/2020 P Brendan Russell-Cooper 67 – 65 Matt Clawson Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 144
7323 14/08/2020 P Brendan Russell-Cooper 93 – 87 Olivia Askam Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 135
7324 17/08/2020 P Brendan Russell-Cooper 61 – 91 Paul Westwood Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 122
7325 18/08/2020 P Paul Westwood 50 – 74 Ian Kay Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 116
7326 19/08/2020 P Ian Kay 73 – 82 Jonny Eccles Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 124
7327 20/08/2020 P Jonny Eccles 60 – 74 Sian Keys Nina Hossain Susie Dent 133
7328 21/08/2020 P Sian Keys 65 – 95 David Fisher Nina Hossain Susie Dent 122
7329 24/08/2020 P David Fisher 54 – 90 Pete Reynolds Nina Hossain Susie Dent 135
7330 25/08/2020 P Pete Reynolds 115 – 70 John Esam Nina Hossain Susie Dent 122
7331 26/08/2020 P Pete Reynolds 33 – 114 Sam Cappleman-Lynes Nina Hossain Susie Dent 132
7332 27/08/2020 P Sam Cappleman-Lynes 117 – 5 Bernie Kingston Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 131
7333 28/08/2020 P Sam Cappleman-Lynes 124 – 12 Phil Savage Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 133
7334 31/08/2020 P Sam Cappleman-Lynes 121 – 17 Matt Duffy Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 128
7335 1/09/2020 P Sam Cappleman-Lynes 123 – 17 Malcolm Slee Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 134
7336 2/09/2020 P Sam Cappleman-Lynes 110 – 42 Mike Spencer Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 122
7337 3/09/2020 P Sam Cappleman-Lynes 111 – 40 Jay Brown Paul Zenon Susie Dent 125
7338 4/09/2020 P Sam Cappleman-Lynes 119 – 37 Anthony Podmore Paul Zenon Susie Dent 140
7339 7/09/2020 P Matt Harvey 62 – 63 Vicky Gibson Paul Zenon Susie Dent 153
7340 8/09/2020 P Vicky Gibson 34 – 105 Connor Wigley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 140
7341 9/09/2020 P Connor Wigley 36 – 86 Archana Desurkar Paul Zenon Susie Dent 175
7342 10/09/2020 P Archana Desurkar 91 – 89 Mike Sutton Paul Zenon Susie Dent 132
7343 11/09/2020 P Archana Desurkar 67 – 86 Rhyl Jones Paul Zenon Susie Dent 125
7344 14/09/2020 P Rhyl Jones 42 – 71 James Marsters Paul Zenon Susie Dent 123
7345 15/09/2020 P James Marsters 67 – 75 Chris Ryan Paul Zenon Susie Dent 134
7346 16/09/2020 P Chris Ryan 57 – 59 Shaun Finch Steph McGovern Susie Dent 134
7347 17/09/2020 P Shaun Finch 49 – 80 Richard Ellis Steph McGovern Susie Dent 120
7348 18/09/2020 P Richard Ellis 86 – 90 Shane Roberts Steph McGovern Susie Dent 131
7349 21/09/2020 P Shane Roberts 70 – 87 Des Cooper Steph McGovern Susie Dent 132
7350 22/09/2020 P Des Cooper 91 – 60 Faye Matthewman Steph McGovern Susie Dent 121
7351 23/09/2020 P Des Cooper 83 – 54 John Hinson Richard Digance Susie Dent 133
7352 24/09/2020 P Des Cooper 101 – 70 Mark Elliott Richard Digance Susie Dent 133
7353 25/09/2020 P Des Cooper 65 – 93 Chris Johnston Richard Digance Susie Dent 124
7354 28/09/2020 P Chris Johnston 100 – 48 Joe Bond Richard Digance Susie Dent 148
7355 29/09/2020 P Chris Johnston 86 – 87 Jeremy Ankers Richard Digance Susie Dent 146
7356 30/09/2020 P Jeremy Ankers 98 – 74 Ed Jenkins Michelle Ackerley Susie Dent 133
7357 1/10/2020 P Jeremy Ankers 114 – 55 Simon Totten Michelle Ackerley Susie Dent 140
7358 2/10/2020 P Jeremy Ankers 84 – 74 Luke Chapman Michelle Ackerley Susie Dent 131
7359 5/10/2020 P Jeremy Ankers 59 – 84 Ben Moss Michelle Ackerley Susie Dent 124
7360 6/10/2020 P Ben Moss 86 – 59 Jeremy Fry Michelle Ackerley Susie Dent 132
7361 7/10/2020 P Ben Moss 81 – 85 David O'Donnell Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 122
7362 8/10/2020 P David O'Donnell 104 – 77 John Burnett Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 133
7363 9/10/2020 P David O'Donnell 115 – 72 Ian Lowry Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 146
7364 12/10/2020 P David O'Donnell 106 – 72 Conor Jeffery Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 125
7365 13/10/2020 P David O'Donnell 114 – 70 Lazloe Boden Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 145
7366 14/10/2020 P David O'Donnell 78 – 87 Sam Blanning Shappi Khorsandi Susie Dent 125
7367 15/10/2020 P Sam Blanning 91 – 68 Ken Ricketts Shappi Khorsandi Susie Dent 121
7368 16/10/2020 P Sam Blanning 88 – 39 Liz Tilley Shappi Khorsandi Susie Dent 121
7369 19/10/2020 P Sam Blanning 71 – 72 James Town Shappi Khorsandi Susie Dent 124
7370 20/10/2020 P James Town 67 – 95 Scott Vickers Shappi Khorsandi Susie Dent 122
7371 21/10/2020 P Scott Vickers 97 – 69 Paul Hernon Jay Rayner Susie Dent 139
7372 22/10/2020 P Scott Vickers 65 – 62 Liam Coffey Jay Rayner Susie Dent 135
7373 23/10/2020 P Scott Vickers 88 – 70 Kevin Kelly Jay Rayner Susie Dent 144
7374 26/10/2020 P Scott Vickers 75 – 84 Damien Doughty Jay Rayner Susie Dent 123
7375 27/10/2020 P Damien Doughty 87 – 69 Chris Diggons Jay Rayner Susie Dent 146
7376 28/10/2020 P Damien Doughty 111 – 83 Jack McFadyen Colin Murray Susie Dent 137
7377 29/10/2020 P Damien Doughty 97 – 64 Andy Lyon Colin Murray Susie Dent 142
7378 30/10/2020 P Damien Doughty 90 – 45 Jim Filgate Colin Murray Susie Dent 125
7379 2/11/2020 P Damien Doughty tba Colin Murray Susie Dent
7380 3/11/2020 P tba tba Colin Murray Susie Dent
7381 4/11/2020 P tba tba Helen Fospero Susie Dent
7382 5/11/2020 P tba tba Helen Fospero Susie Dent
7383 6/11/2020 P tba tba Helen Fospero Susie Dent
7384 9/11/2020 P tba tba Helen Fospero Susie Dent
7385 10/11/2020 P tba tba Helen Fospero Susie Dent
7386 11/11/2020 P tba tba Rufus Hound Susie Dent
7387 12/11/2020 P tba tba Rufus Hound Susie Dent
7388 13/11/2020 P tba tba Rufus Hound Susie Dent
7389 16/11/2020 P tba tba Rufus Hound Susie Dent
7390 17/11/2020 P tba tba Rufus Hound Susie Dent
7391 18/11/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7392 19/11/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7393 20/11/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7394 23/11/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7395 24/11/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7396 25/11/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7397 26/11/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7398 27/11/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7399 30/11/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7400 1/12/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7401 2/12/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7402 3/12/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7403 4/12/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7404 7/12/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7405 8/12/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7406 9/12/2020 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7407 10/12/2020 QF tba tba John Inverdale Susie Dent
7408 11/12/2020 QF tba tba John Inverdale Susie Dent
7409 14/12/2020 QF tba tba John Inverdale Susie Dent
7410 15/12/2020 QF tba tba John Inverdale Susie Dent
7411 16/12/2020 SF tba tba Levi Roots Susie Dent
7412 17/12/2020 SF tba tba Levi Roots Susie Dent
7413 18/12/2020 GF tba tba Levi Roots Susie Dent

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