He first appeared in February 2000 at around 11 years of age. Here he faced seven-time winner and eventual Series 42 champion Michael Calder. Hulme kept up with Calder, with the scores level going into the conundrum, but Calder solved BINGONUTT, defeating Hulme and earning the title of octochamp.
Hulme's next appearance was midway through Series 47, when, aged 13, he took part in and won a special three-day Junior Championship, prevailing over future finalist Amey Deshpande and Scrabble champion Perry Fung to emerge the victor.
Seven years after his Junior victory, Hulme returned to Countdown as an adult near the start of Series 61. In his debut episode against Micheal Harris, both contestants spotted two niners, and while Harris made a score of 101, Hulme achieved an incredible 133, the second highest debut score in history. Hulme rattled off seven more wins, and while none of his other opponents achieved centuries, he himself maintained his skill to the end, spotting such words as MINNEOLA and EXTRINSIC and never scoring below 101 en route to becoming an octochamp.
He became only the third contestant to score centuries in all eight heat games, and also the fourth to score over 900 points after Julian Fell, Craig Beevers and Kirk Bevins. Most notably, his octochamp total of 930 points broke the previous record of 925 set by Bevins in Series 60. That record was beaten narrowly, though, by Jack Hurst in Series 63.
In the quarter-finals, #1 seed Hulme took on #8 seed Jacqueline Baker, and despite some very tough rounds (the conundrum's solution was GRIMALKIN), he won 86 – 42. Hulme's score improved to 95 in his semi-final thanks to POLEAXE, SOUNDEST and an excellent final numbers game. This brought him to the final against Chris Davies. He was ultimately outclassed by Davies' spots of TETRODE and DIARISES, though he performed very well on the numbers and made an inspired attempt at a niner (houseload ☓). With 930 points, Hulme has one of the highest octochamp totals of any series runner-up.
He returned to Countdown in 2013, as one of 41 contestants taking part in the 30th Birthday Championship. He won his first match against the reigning Champion of Champions Steven Briers by a score of 113 – 74, before losing to Series 66 runner-up Jonathan Rawlinson on a crucial conundrum.
Outside of Countdown, Hulme is a competitive poker player.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|2706||9/02/2000||P||Michael Calder||57 – 47||Andrew Hulme||Tim Rice||Susie Dent||74|
|3208||13/03/2002||JSF||Andrew Hulme||66 – 44||Amey Deshpande||Andi Peters||Phiona Stanley||82|
|3209||14/03/2002||JF||Andrew Hulme||53 – 41||Perry Fung||Andi Peters||Phiona Stanley||72|
|4857||9/07/2009||P||Micheal Harris||101 – 133||Andrew Hulme||Donal MacIntyre||Susie Dent||155|
|4858||10/07/2009||P||Andrew Hulme||116 – 52||Eileen Broadhead||Donal MacIntyre||Susie Dent||132|
|4859||13/07/2009||P||Andrew Hulme||111 – 21||Gordon Armour||Ian Hyland||Susie Dent||126|
|4860||14/07/2009||P||Andrew Hulme||119 – 48||Steven Davenport||Ian Hyland||Susie Dent||139|
|4861||15/07/2009||P||Andrew Hulme||101 – 50||Jonathan Good||Ian Hyland||Susie Dent||121|
|4862||16/07/2009||P||Andrew Hulme||104 – 19||Barbara Speak||Ian Hyland||Susie Dent||121|
|4863||17/07/2009||P||Andrew Hulme||118 – 64||Vicky Smith||Ian Hyland||Susie Dent||139|
|4864||20/07/2009||P||Andrew Hulme||128 – 52||Mike Olive||Anton du Beke||Susie Dent||144|
|4947||10/12/2009||QF||Andrew Hulme||86 – 42||Jacqueline Baker||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||118|
|4951||16/12/2009||SF||Ryan Taylor||48 – 95||Andrew Hulme||Rory McGrath||Susie Dent||116|
|4953||18/12/2009||GF||Andrew Hulme||86 – 117||Chris Davies||Rory McGrath||Susie Dent||120|
|5622||16/01/2013||30BP||Andrew Hulme||113 – 74||Steven Briers||Martin Lewis||Susie Dent||127|
|5639||8/02/2013||30B1||Andrew Hulme||91 – 98||Jonathan Rawlinson||Kate Adie||Susie Dent||115|