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ZoomDown is a version of Countdown streamed live using "Zoom" video conferencing software. It was introduced during the COVID-19 lockdown by Series 81 6-time winner, Paul Anderson, who also acts as the host. It featured Callum Todd in dictionary corner in the first six episodes. Episode ZD7 onward sees James Rowan in the DC role, and Fiona Titcombe operating the technical aspect of production. Tom Carey alternated with Titcombe from Episode ZD12 onwards, with George Armstrong alternating with Rowan from Episode ZD15. Fred Whibley joined the team for Series 2.

The format is similar to a Countdown series, with the winner staying on for up to four games, at which point they become a ZoomDown tetrachamp. The top 8 then compete in a knockout tournament in a bid to become ZoomDown Series Champion. These finalists are not allowed to play again in Series 2, meaning that series will have eight new finalists.

The games are shown live on the FOCAL Talk YouTube channel on Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00 pm (Thursday's show originally started at 8:05pm to accommodate the national "clap for carers" campaign). In addition to the series, special episodes are planned; the first of these was a mini-Hyper tournament between four players shown on Friday the 15th of May at 8pm, and the second was a numberists special shown over two Saturdays, the 13th and 20th of June.

A record of the games and standings can be seen at the below pages. All games can be watched on YouTube here: [1]


Year Series Winner
2020 ZD1 Conor Travers


Year Special type Winner
2020 H1 Callum Todd
N1 Elliott Mellor
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