Terence English was the Series 40 champion.
He first appeared on Countdown on 21 January 1999, beating John Holton 70 – 34 in the 19th heat of Series 40. Terence went on to win a further 5 games before losing at the hands of Barry Lyons. His 6 wins, though, were enough to earn him a spot in the finals as #5 seed. In the quarter-finals, he beat Ricky Cohen 75 – 65 in a tense game, and in the semi-finals, Terence overturned #1 seed Peter Hutchings 67 – 30. The final against Glynn Leaney was a closely-contested match, with Terence leading by just four points going into the crucial conundrum. However, neither contestant was able to unscramble GOPHERITT in the time, meaning Terence won the game 81 – 77 and became the fortieth champion of Countdown.
A few months later, Terence was invited back for Championship of Champions X, where he beat Simon Cooper in the first round before losing to Kate Ogilvie in the semi-final. Despite this loss, Terence's Countdown career was not over, as he was invited back a few years later to film a special episode pitting him against Glynn Leaney in a rematch of their grand final. Once again, Terence would run out the victor, though this time more comfortably, winning 92 – 57.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|2441||21/01/1999||P||John Holton||34 – 70||Terence English||Denis Norden||Susie Dent||85|
|2442||22/01/1999||P||Terence English||54 – 19||Charles Downs||Denis Norden||Susie Dent||80|
|2443||25/01/1999||P||Terence English||45 – 33||Tess Jones||Denis Norden||Susie Dent||74|
|2444||26/01/1999||P||Terence English||52 – 51||Nigel Fox||Denis Norden||Susie Dent||84|
|2445||27/01/1999||P||Terence English||51 – 13||David De Saxe||Denis Norden||Susie Dent||73|
|2446||28/01/1999||P||Terence English||53 – 27||Jean Lunn||Denis Norden||Susie Dent||73|
|2447||29/01/1999||P||Terence English||46 – 73||Barry Lyons||John Dunn||Damian Eadie||85|
|2548||21/06/1999||QF||Ricky Cohen||65 – 75||Terence English||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||82|
|2550||23/06/1999||SF||Peter Hutchings||30 – 67||Terence English||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||73|
|2552||25/06/1999||GF||Glynn Leaney||77 – 81||Terence English||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||118|
|2674||27/12/1999||CQF||Simon Cooper||39 – 58||Terence English||Nigel Rees||Mark Nyman||83|
|2676||29/12/1999||CSF||Kate Ogilvie||57 – 30||Terence English||Nigel Rees||Mark Nyman||85|
|S2||25/07/2003||S||Terence English||92 – 57||Glynn Leaney||Ann Widdecombe||Susie Dent||118|