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Thomas "Tom" Cappleman in Series 72.

Thomas "Tom" Cappleman, also known as T-Cap, was a contestant in Series 59 and the series champion of Series 72, and a quarter-finalist in Championship of Champions XIV.

His mother, Catriona, was a finalist in Series 30.

In 2011, he made his CO-event debut at Co:Lon 2011, where he finished in an impressive 2nd place, losing out to Matt Bayfield in the final.

The following year, he appeared at CO:REA and CobliviLon. That same year, he represented New College, Oxford on University Challenge.

He returned to Countdown for Series 72, starting his run with an impressive 14 maxer against Charlene Rose. Seven more victories, including two by more than 100 points to confirm him as the clear number 1 seed for the finals. In his quarter-final, Cappleman failed to score a century for the first time, but returned for his semi-final with an impressive 12 max against Kevin Steede, to set up a final with Tracey Mills. Despite falling behind early on, Cappleman took the lead after the first numbers game and never looked back, eventually winning 107 – 89.

Cappleman returned to the studios in January 2016 as one of sixteen entrants in Championship of Champions XIV. Playing in the first preliminary match of the tournament, he defeated Series 69 semi-finalist Glen Webb. With both players spotting all three of the game's available nine-letter words, this game proved to yield a joint score of 248 - the highest thus far achieved in the "new" 15-round format. In the quarter-final, Cappleman faced Series 68 champion Giles Hutchings but lost on the crucial conundrum ULTIMOLEG.

In 2016, he won Countdown in Reading 2016, defeating Paul Erdunast in the final on a crucial conundrum.

In July 2016, Cappleman appeared on Series 12 of Only Connect as part of the "Verbivores" team alongside fellow Countdowners and Phyl Styles and Series 65 champion Graeme Cole. They went on to win the series in April 2017.

Cappleman’s next quiz show appearance was Mastermind on 9 November 2018. He scored 23 points, but unfortunately he lost his heat game with 6 passes to the winner’s 1.

Cappleman competed in the 2018 FOCAL Finals as the #8 seed, and finished in 1st place in the heats, winning 6 out of 7 games. This was followed by a grand final match-up between him and Jonathan Wynn, where he was defeated.

Preceded by
Dan McColm
Series winner
Series 72
Followed by
Jonathan Wynn


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
4707 7/11/2008 P Martin Bishop 94 – 67 Thomas Cappleman Paul Zenon Susie Dent 121
6106 19/03/2015 P Charlene Rose 46 – 115 Tom Cappleman Tim Vine Susie Dent 123
6107 20/03/2015 P Tom Cappleman 117 – 51 Sharon Hagger Nicky Campbell Susie Dent 123
6108 23/03/2015 P Tom Cappleman 117 – 13 Connor Moorst Nicky Campbell Susie Dent 124
6109 24/03/2015 P Tom Cappleman 135 – 23 Jack Roberts Nicky Campbell Susie Dent 144
6110 25/03/2015 P Tom Cappleman 120 – 39 Angela Hopson Nicky Campbell Susie Dent 122
6111 26/03/2015 P Tom Cappleman 109 – 53 Mike Pilkington Nicky Campbell Susie Dent 122
6112 27/03/2015 P Tom Cappleman 105 – 16 Paul Young Chris Packham Susie Dent 128
6113 30/03/2015 P Tom Cappleman 109 – 62 Hamish Galloway Chris Packham Susie Dent 125
6150 3/06/2015 QF Tom Cappleman 98 – 40 Gavin Woolnough Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 124
6154 10/06/2015 SF Tom Cappleman 127 – 52 Kevin Steede Jo Brand Susie Dent 132
6156 12/06/2015 GF Tom Cappleman 107 – 89 Tracey Mills Jo Brand Susie Dent 126
6278 4/01/2016 CP Tom Cappleman 133 – 115 Glen Webb Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 147
6286 14/01/2016 CQF Tom Cappleman 97 – 114 Giles Hutchings John Inverdale Susie Dent 134
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