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.
|Champion of Champions
Championship of Champions V
|#||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,|
|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|