James Martin

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James Martin
James Martin's famous numbers game.

James Martin was a semi-finalist from Series 34.

He won the final eight heat games of the series to become the series's only octochamp and #1 seed for the final stages. He beat Norman Metcalfe in the quarter-finals before losing to Harshan Lamabadusuriya in the semis. Martin played in Championship of Champions IX, beating the tournament's only undefeated player Ray McPhie in the first round, before losing to eventual winner Natascha Kearsey in the quarter-finals by a single point.

Martin is probably best remembered for his fifth heat game against Gerald Foster, and specifically the first numbers round. The starting numbers were 25, 50, 75, 100, 3 and 6, and the target was 952. His method was:

  • 100 + 6 = 106
  • 106 × 3 = 318
  • 318 × 75 = 23,850
  • 23,850 − 50 = 23,800
  • 23,800 ÷ 25 = 952

His brother is Edward Martin, who appeared five years earlier in Series 24.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
1958 10/03/1997 P Paul Morgan 16 – 67 James Martin Denis Norden Susie Dent 73
1959 11/03/1997 P Raymond Tate 55 – 59 James Martin Denis Norden Susie Dent 73
1960 12/03/1997 P Avril Goodall 18 – 52 James Martin Denis Norden Susie Dent 69
1961 13/03/1997 P Jon Barlow 41 – 52 James Martin Denis Norden Susie Dent 71
1962 14/03/1997 P Gerald Foster 20 – 68 James Martin Suzi Quatro Susie Dent 71
1963 17/03/1997 P Andrew Gait 39 – 53 James Martin Suzi Quatro Susie Dent 75
1964 18/03/1997 P Bea Rae 6 – 67 James Martin Suzi Quatro Susie Dent 81
1965 19/03/1997 P Mike Stamps 43 – 44 James Martin Suzi Quatro Susie Dent 75
1966 20/03/1997 QF Norman Metcalfe 16 – 54 James Martin Suzi Quatro Susie Dent 71
1970 26/03/1997 SF Harshan Lamabadusuriya 48 – 31 James Martin Richard Digance Rob Scriven 71
2167 2/01/1998 CP Ray McPhie 42 – 60 James Martin Denis Norden Mark Nyman 73
2173 12/01/1998 CQF James Martin 51 – 52 Natascha Kearsey Gloria Hunniford Mark Nyman 72

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