He made his debut in the 2nd show of the series, beating rollover champion Liam Herringshaw in an enthralling encounter, featuring words including RECOMBINE and EUCHRING. He won 7 more shows, accumulating 813 points with a high score of 125. At the end of the series, Cole finished just 11 points behind the #1 seed, Mark Deeks.
Cole returned in December for the finals. He didn't face too much competition in his quarter- and semi-finals against #7 seed Nikki Roberts and #3 seed Paul Keane, seeing both off with spots such as DRAGLINES and OCCULTED. But the final offered a different prospect altogether.
He faced the surprise finalist Carl Williams in a game which saw Cole behind for 5 rounds in the middle, before taking the lead in round 11, which he extended to 10 thanks to his 1 away offering in the last, impossible numbers round. As the time for the final, crucial conundrum ran out, Cole was just seconds away from winning, but Williams unscrambled TIMEUPLAD in the 26th second to force the game to a 2nd conundrum. However, Cole quickly fought back to turn VAANGELIS to GALVANISE, and become the new Countdown champion in Jeff Stelling's final show as presenter.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|5280||7/06/2011||P||Liam Herringshaw||93 – 112||Graeme Cole||Shobna Gulati||Susie Dent||132|
|5281||8/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||105 – 49||Steven Hatton||Shobna Gulati||Susie Dent||126|
|5282||9/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||99 – 57||Aidan Turnbull||Shobna Gulati||Susie Dent||119|
|5283||10/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||92 – 57||James Hall||Shobna Gulati||Susie Dent||116|
|5284||13/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||94 – 75||Graham Moonie-Dalton||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||124|
|5285||14/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||125 – 19||Mike Linnell||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||129|
|5286||15/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||91 – 41||Justin Maelzer||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||118|
|5287||16/06/2011||P||Graeme Cole||95 – 59||Gary Hendricks||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||116|
|5393||9/12/2011||QF||Nikki Roberts||61 – 113||Graeme Cole||David Lloyd||Susie Dent||129|
|5397||15/12/2011||SF||Graeme Cole||96 – 71||Paul Keane||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||119|
|5398||16/12/2011||GF||Carl Williams||95 – 105*||Graeme Cole||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||125|
|S35||30/07/2012||S||Graeme Cole||71 – 107||Edward McCullagh||Mark Foster||Susie Dent||119|