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Tim Morrissey
The return of Tim Morrissey.

Tim Morrissey was commonly regarded as being the second great 'Countdown prodigy' after Allan Saldanha.

Morrissey, from Dublin, made his debut at the age of 12 on 24 January 1989 in the tenth heat of Series 17, defeating Jean Tweddell 63 – 60. Morrissey went onto become an octochamp, despite drawing a game against Mary Hawes in the middle of his run, and returned for the final rounds as #1 seed. His total score from his eight wins was 482 points- putting him amongst the highest scoring octochamps of all time. In the final rounds, he defeated Jim Saywell 60 – 46 in the quarter-final, but came unstuck against Evan Simpson in the semi-final, losing 56 – 45.

His performances and his memorable character meant that he was the ideal candidate to take on Allan Saldanha in a 14 round game celebrating Countdown's 1000th show. Morrissey narrowly lost 94 – 93 following a crucial conundrum, which, it later transpired, was misspelled!

Six months later, Morrissey would once again return to the Countdown studios, this time for Championship of Champions V, for which Morrissey was a hot favourite. After defeating Liz Barber and Lindsay Denyer, Morrissey took on Gino Corr in the final, and won a tight match 78 – 62 to become the fifth champion of champions.

Morrissey would return to Countdown one final time in 1996, aged 20, to participate in the Supreme Championship. Displaying the same impressive form that saw him win Championship of Champions V, Morrissey beat Nita Marr (spotting the crucial conundrum BOOKSHELF to take the game), Kevin Nelson, Tony Vick and Hilary Hopper to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash with Allan Saldanha. Unfortunately for Morrissey, history would repeat itself once again as Saldanha ran out the 61 – 57 winner.

His elder brother, John, appeared on the show in Series 19, but wouldn't have quite the same success as Tim.


Preceded by
Nic Brown
Champion of Champions
Championship of Champions V
Followed by
Wayne Summers


Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
829 24/01/1989 P Tim Morrissey 63 – 60 Jean Tweddell Lance Percival Georgia Hole 74
830 25/01/1989 P Tim Morrissey 56 – 32 Julie Pharro Sylvia Syms Freda Thornton 70
831 26/01/1989 P Tim Morrissey 57 – 25 Russell Turner Sylvia Syms Freda Thornton 75
832 27/01/1989 P Tim Morrissey 51 – 51 Mary Hawes Sylvia Syms Freda Thornton 71
833 30/01/1989 P Tim Morrissey 46 – 35 Mary Hawes Sylvia Syms Freda Thornton 73
834 31/01/1989 P Tim Morrissey 77 – 56 Dave Chapple Sylvia Syms Freda Thornton 79
835 1/02/1989 P Tim Morrissey 61 – 20 Gail Cattermole Frazer Hines Freda Thornton 74
836 2/02/1989 P Tim Morrissey 70 – 45 Jenny O'Sullivan Frazer Hines Freda Thornton 74
837 3/02/1989 P Tim Morrissey 52 – 40 Elizabeth Dorey Frazer Hines Freda Thornton 72
861 9/03/1989 QF Tim Morrissey 60 – 44 Jim Saywell Simon Williams Georgia Hole 70
865 15/03/1989 SF Evan Simpson 56 – 45 Tim Morrissey Simon Williams Georgia Hole 74
M37 11/12/89-15/12/89 Masters 1 Tim Morrissey 83 – 100 Allan Saldanha N/A Freda Thornton 138
1003 2/07/1990 S Allan Saldanha 94 – 93 Tim Morrissey Gyles Brandreth,
Richard Stilgoe
Catherine Clarke 121
1068 31/12/1990 CQF Tim Morrissey 55 – 54 Liz Barber Gyles Brandreth Catherine Clarke 69
1072 4/01/1991 CSF Lindsay Denyer 33 – 58 Tim Morrissey Gyles Brandreth Catherine Clarke 73
1074 8/01/1991 CGF Gino Corr 62 – 78 Tim Morrissey Dinah Sheridan Catherine Clarke 110
1894 3/12/1996 gQF Tim Morrissey 60 – 51 Nita Marr Richard Digance David Swarbrick 82
1898 9/12/1996 gSF Tim Morrissey 57 – 41 Kevin Nelson Jenny Hanley Susie Dent 69
1900 11/12/1996 gF Tim Morrissey 73 – 41 Tony Vick Jenny Hanley Susie Dent 74
1904 17/12/1996 SQF Hilary Hopper 49 – 56 Tim Morrissey Nigel Rees Catherine Clarke 75
1906 19/12/1996 SSF Allan Saldanha 61 – 57 Tim Morrissey Nigel Rees Catherine Clarke 71
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