The Apterite began attending Co-events in 2018, and after rapid improvement, he won his first FOCAL event, CoNuT in 2019 — all prior to his run on the show in July of the same year, in which he began his run with a strong début score of 118 and a spot of the nine-letter word ROUTINISE. He then continued a strong run, scoring centuries in all his games, spotting impressive nine-letter words and getting 6 conundrums correct. He ultimately wrapped his run with 958 points to become the second octochamp of the series, and will return for the series finals.
Outside of Countdown, Haughton previously appeared on University Challenge where he represented the University of Manchester in 2015. In 2017, he was a semi-finalist on Mastermind. He also partook in the 66th series of Brain of Britain in 2019.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|7118||16/07/2019||P||James Haughton||118 – 41||Patrick Coombes||Michaela Strachan||Susie Dent||158|
|7119||17/07/2019||P||James Haughton||103 – 50||Darren Rampton||Rory Bremner||Susie Dent||120|
|7120||18/07/2019||P||James Haughton||133 – 31||Sonia Elston||Rory Bremner||Susie Dent||156|
|7121||19/07/2019||P||James Haughton||125 – 20||Ryan Williams||Rory Bremner||Susie Dent||144|
|7122||22/07/2019||P||James Haughton||134 – 30||Iain Sime||Rory Bremner||Susie Dent||150|
|7123||23/07/2019||P||James Haughton||114 – 30||Rob Payne||Rory Bremner||Susie Dent||143|
|7124||24/07/2019||P||James Haughton||118 – 51||Katrina Bond||Rory Bremner||Susie Dent||133|
|7125||25/07/2019||P||James Haughton||113 – 16||Frank Coma||Paul Sinha||Susie Dent||130|