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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 and Tom Carey operating the technical aspect of production.

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 games are shown live on YouTube on Mondays at 8 pm and Thursdays at 8:05 pm. In addition to the series, special episodes are planned - the first of these was a mini-Hyper tournament between four players shown on Friday 15th May at 8 pm.

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

Contents

Series 1

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Bradley Horrocks 4 448
2 Jonathan Wynn 4 439
3 Hazel Drury 2 318
4 Dinos Sfyris 2 308
5 Paul Nixon 2 307
6 Jamie Rawson 2 216
7 Ashwin Abinashi* 2 188
8 Tom Carey 1 243
9 Martin May 1 212
10 Philip Aston 1 204
* still playing
The show follows seeding rules from the modern era of Countdown. Namely, since Series 64, players are sorted by number of wins, then by number of points. Points from both wins and losses count. Points from sudden death conundrums are not counted, and players with the same number of wins and points are sorted by the number of conundrums correctly guessed, then highest individual score.

Series 1 games

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
ZD1 6/04/2020 P George Armstrong 110 – 63 Fiona Titcombe Tom Carey Callum Todd 123
ZD1 6/04/2020 P Tom Carey 118 – 71 George Armstrong Fiona Titcombe Callum Todd 131
ZD2 13/04/2020 P Tom Carey 125 – 132 Bradley Horrocks James Rowan Callum Todd 143
ZD2 13/04/2020 P Bradley Horrocks 99 – 90 James Rowan Tom Carey Callum Todd 133
ZD3 16/04/2020 P Bradley Horrocks 107 – 86 Dan Byrom James Robinson Callum Todd 123
ZD3 16/04/2020 P Bradley Horrocks 110 – 104 James Robinson Dan Byrom Callum Todd 131
ZD4 20/04/2020 P Elizabeth Beer 86 – 96* Jamie Rawson Mark Mills Callum Todd 129
ZD4 20/04/2020 P Jamie Rawson 82 – 50 Mark Mills Elizabeth Beer Callum Todd 134
ZD5 23/04/2020 P Jamie Rawson 51 – 112 Jacob Coventry-Peters Eoin Jackson Callum Todd 121
ZD5 23/04/2020 P Jacob Coventry-Peters 70 – 72 Eoin Jackson Jamie Rawson Callum Todd 119
ZD6 27/04/2020 P Eoin Jackson 63 – 104 Martin May Fred Whibley Callum Todd 127
ZD6 27/04/2020 P Martin May 108 – 110 Fred Whibley Eoin Jackson Callum Todd 144
ZD7 30/04/2020 P Fred Whibley 94 – 111 Paul Nixon Andy Platt James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
120
ZD7 30/04/2020 P Paul Nixon 94 – 65 Andy Platt Fred Whibley James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
120
ZD8 4/05/2020 P Paul Nixon 102 – 123 Philip Aston Hazel Drury James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
134
ZD8 4/05/2020 P Philip Aston 91 – 122 Hazel Drury Paul Nixon James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
133
ZD9 7/05/2020 P Hazel Drury 115 – 104 Cammy Lovatt Dinos Sfyris James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
133
ZD9 7/05/2020 P Hazel Drury 81 – 108 Dinos Sfyris Cammy Lovatt James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
123
ZD10 11/05/2020 P Dinos Sfyris 101 – 91 Tom Stevenson Jonathan Wynn James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
117
ZD10 11/05/2020 P Dinos Sfyris 99 – 113 Jonathan Wynn Tom Stevenson James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
130
ZD11 14/05/2020 P Jonathan Wynn 102 – 73 Robin McKay Tracey Mills James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
131
ZD11 14/05/2020 P Jonathan Wynn 122 – 111 Tracey Mills Robin McKay James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
135
ZD12 18/05/2020 P Jonathan Wynn 102 – 99 Anthony Endsor Tom Carey James Rowan 131
ZD12 18/05/2020 P Sophie Turner 89 – 80 Nathan Pace Tom Carey James Rowan 133
ZD13 21/05/2020 P Sophie Turner 55 – 76 Dave Robjohns Rhys Benjamin James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
122
ZD13 21/05/2020 P Dave Robjohns 59 – 101 Rhys Benjamin Sophie Turner James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
123
ZD14 25/05/2020 P Rhys Benjamin 66 – 69 Ashwin Abinashi Dave Ashton James Rowan
Tom Carey
129
ZD14 25/05/2020 P Ashwin Abinashi 119 – 70 Dave Ashton Rhys Benjamin James Rowan
Tom Carey
123
ZD15 28/05/2020 P Ashwin Abinashi Suzy Turner Dave Ryan James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
ZD15 28/05/2020 P tba tba tba James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

Specials

The first special was played on Friday 15 May 2020, as a special Hypercountdown tournament.

Progress charts

Hypercountdown special

Callum Todd vs Damian Eadie Callum Todd vs Innis Carson
Stephen Read vs Innis Carson

Special games

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
ZDS1 15/05/2020 HSF Callum Todd 65 – 45 Damian Eadie Stephen Read,
Innis Carson
James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
86
ZDS1 15/05/2020 HSF Stephen Read 60 – 70 Innis Carson Callum Todd,
Damian Eadie
James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
85
ZDS1 15/05/2020 HGF Callum Todd 122 – 98 Innis Carson Stephen Read,
Damian Eadie
James Rowan
Fiona Titcombe
146
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