Stuart Wood

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Stuart Wood was the Series 44 champion.

He was a 36-year old meat factory worker from Buckpool near Buckie, Banffshire in Scotland. He first appeared on Countdown on 20 March 2001, beating Neil Sparham 44 – 35 in the 61st heat of Series 44. He won a further 6 games before losing to John Rainsden.

Stuart's 7 wins were enough to earn him a place in the finals as #3 seed, and in the quarter-final and semi-final he defeated David Roe and Tim Robinson respectively to earn a place in the final against John Rainsden, the same man who had denied him his eighth victory. This time, victory was to be Stuart's, as he unscrambled the crucial conundrum LANCASTER in 8.5 seconds to win 59 – 48 and become the 44th champion of Countdown. Stuart was invited back for Championship of Champions XI, but had to pull out prior to recording due to illness and was replaced by John Rainsden.

Preceded by
Graham Nash
Series winner
Series 44
Followed by
John Rawnsley

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
2972 20/03/2001 P Neil Sparham 35 – 44 Stuart Wood Tom O'Connor Gillian Evans 73
2973 21/03/2001 P Stuart Wood 48 – 44 Debbie Perry Tom O'Connor Gillian Evans 84
2974 22/03/2001 P Stuart Wood 51 – 46 Ellen Bartlett Tom O'Connor Gillian Evans 73
2975 23/03/2001 P Stuart Wood 72 – 39 John Davies Tom O'Connor Gillian Evans 85
2976 26/03/2001 P Stuart Wood 49 – 43 David Thornley Tom O'Connor Gillian Evans 71
2977 27/03/2001 P Stuart Wood 54 – 48 Terence Connolly Tom O'Connor Gillian Evans 74
2978 28/03/2001 P Stuart Wood 45 – 34 Jayanti Bailur Tim Rice Gillian Evans 72
2979 29/03/2001 P Stuart Wood 38 – 52 John Rainsden Tim Rice Gillian Evans 72
3038 25/06/2001 QF Stuart Wood 60 – 36 David Roe Martin Jarvis Damian Eadie 73
3041 28/06/2001 SF Tim Robinson 36 – 49 Stuart Wood Stephen Fry Damian Eadie 82
3042 29/06/2001 GF John Rainsden 48 – 59 Stuart Wood Stephen Fry Damian Eadie 127
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