Simon Pryde was a semi-finalist from Series 36 in 1997.
A 25-year-old newsreader for Metro Radio in his hometown of Newcastle-upon-Tyne at the time, he beat Ann Franklin in his first appearance and won a further five games before losing by a single point to Steve Barry after a crucial conundrum. Pryde returned for the final rounds as #3 seed, and beat Philip Logie in the quarter-finals before losing to Maria Boyes on a crucial conundrum in the semis.
Pryde returned for Championship of Champions IX, and pulled off a minor upset by beating Series 34 champion Huw Morgan in the first round to set up a rematch with Maria Boyes in the quarter-finals. This time, Pryde emerged triumphant and progressed to the semi-finals, where he was beaten 47 – 41 by Pete Cashmore, on a crucial conundrum.
Although he was unable to proceed past the semi-finals of Series 36 or Championship of Champions IX, Pryde was one of the most consistent series finalists in the History of Countdown who never either reached or won a series or Championship of Champions grand final, as he was one of only a very few such contenders not to ever face a non-crucial conundrum where he had already lost the game. In all three of his defeats he lost on a crucial conundrum when behind on the scoreboard after neither player was able to solve the conundrum.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|2076||21/08/1997||P||Simon Pryde||51 – 23||Ann Franklin||Gyles Brandreth||Peter Sweasey||80|
|2077||22/08/1997||P||Simon Pryde||66 – 29||Geneviève Chan||Gyles Brandreth||Peter Sweasey||74|
|2078||25/08/1997||P||Simon Pryde||52 – 49||Bill Rodwell||Gyles Brandreth||Peter Sweasey||71|
|2079||26/08/1997||P||Simon Pryde||64 – 35||Clive Doe||Gyles Brandreth||Peter Sweasey||70|
|2080||27/08/1997||P||Simon Pryde||55 – 39||Margaret Blott||Derek Nimmo||Peter Sweasey||82|
|2081||28/08/1997||P||Simon Pryde||54 – 45||Robin Lawson||Derek Nimmo||Peter Sweasey||72|
|2082||29/08/1997||P||Simon Pryde||42 – 43||Steve Barry||Derek Nimmo||Peter Sweasey||73|
|2098||22/09/1997||QF||Simon Pryde||58 – 39||Philip Logie||Nicholas Parsons||Hannah Robertson||71|
|2101||25/09/1997||SF||Maria Boyes||43 – 40||Simon Pryde||Nicholas Parsons||Hannah Robertson||73|
|2165||31/12/1997||CP||Huw Morgan||49 – 67||Simon Pryde||Denis Norden||Mark Nyman||75|
|2171||8/01/1998||CQF||Simon Pryde||41 – 33||Maria Boyes||Gloria Hunniford||Mark Nyman||76|
|2175||14/01/1998||CSF||Simon Pryde||41 – 47||Pete Cashmore||Tom O'Connor||Mark Nyman||73|