Series 58

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David O'Donnell, the series winner with his trophy.

Series 58 ran from January to June 2008. The third of four series hosted by Des O'Connor, it was won by David O'Donnell. The series included four octochamps, most notably David O'Donnell with 880 points, the fourth highest total ever achieved, at the time.

O'Donnell started the quarter-finals as the #1 seed and faced Ben Hanks, a game which O'Donnell won comfortably. #2 seed Michael Macdonald-Cooper couldn't beat #7 seed Peter Davies, and lost the game despite getting the conundrum LANGUIDLY. Tim Reypert lost against Richard Priest, and Jonathan Coles completed the quarter-finals by beating Barry Smith.

In the semi-finals, #4 seed Coles faced #1 seed O'Donnell; O'Donnell was averaging 110 points a game to Coles' 93, but Coles held the higher seed to a crucial conundrum thanks to O'Donnell risking ultimati ☓ when the two plurals of ULTIMATUM are ULTIMATUMS and ULTIMATA. With a three-point lead going into the conundrum, O'Donnell spotted RICEPAPER to advance to the final. Richard Priest and Peter Davies had both beaten octochamps to earn their places in the second semi-final; Priest led 100 – 60 going into the conundrum, but Davies got it and lost 100 – 70.

In the final, the players with the two highest average scores faced off against each other, with Richard Priest having a higher average than three of the octochamps. O'Donnell beat Priest in the first two rounds with STRATA and APOGEES which gave him a commanding lead after five rounds. Priest fought back with MIRADOR, the only 7 in that round, but when O'Donnell got EPIDOTE the game was effectively over, and he became the Series 58 champion by a score of 91 – 61.

Contents

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Score
1 David O'Donnell 8 880
2 Michael Macdonald-Cooper 8 780
3 Tim Reypert 8 773
4 Jonathan Coles 8 746
5 Barry Smith 7 648
6 Richard Priest 6 697
7 Peter Davies 6 642
8 Ben Hanks 6 580

Between Series 39 and Series 63, players are sorted by number of wins then by number of points. Points from both wins and losses count. Points from sudden death conundrums aren't counted, and players with the same number of wins and points are sorted by highest score.


Finals progress

David O'Donnell (1) vs Ben Hanks (8) David O'Donnell (1) vs Jonathan Coles (4) David O'Donnell (1)
vs
Richard Priest (6)
Barry Smith (5) vs Jonathan Coles (4)
Tim Reypert (3) vs Richard Priest (6) Richard Priest (6) vs Peter Davies (7)
Peter Davies (7) vs Michael Macdonald-Cooper (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
4509 2/01/2008 P Jason Cullen 64 – 110 Gayle Smith Roger Cook Alison Heard 139
4510 3/01/2008 P Gayle Smith 108 – 26 Lester Ashton Roger Cook Alison Heard 130
4511 4/01/2008 P Gayle Smith 73 – 94 Grant Watson Roger Cook Alison Heard 131
4512 7/01/2008 P Grant Watson 94 – 64 Philip Thornton Roger Cook Alison Heard 135
4513 8/01/2008 P Grant Watson 70 – 87 Michael Macdonald-Cooper Roger Cook Alison Heard 121
4514 9/01/2008 P Michael Macdonald-Cooper 92 – 65 John Brewster Dr Phil Hammond Alison Heard 118
4515 10/01/2008 P Michael Macdonald-Cooper 84 – 73 Karyn Cooke Dr Phil Hammond Alison Heard 116
4516 11/01/2008 P Michael Macdonald-Cooper 126 – 29 Stewart Scott Dr Phil Hammond Alison Heard 148
4517 14/01/2008 P Michael Macdonald-Cooper 96 – 49 Jason Meek Dr Phil Hammond Alison Heard 130
4518 15/01/2008 P Michael Macdonald-Cooper 103 – 88 William Bailey Dr Phil Hammond Alison Heard 121
4519 16/01/2008 P Michael Macdonald-Cooper 100 – 41 Howard Salinger Alastair Stewart Alison Heard 119
4520 17/01/2008 P Michael Macdonald-Cooper 92 – 85 Garvin Loughrin Alastair Stewart Alison Heard 119
4521 18/01/2008 P Nick Brannan 75 – 94 Rachel Allenby Alastair Stewart Alison Heard 122
4522 21/01/2008 P Rachel Allenby 50 – 82 Marjorie Hillman Alastair Stewart Alison Heard 140
4523 22/01/2008 P Marjorie Hillman 73 – 69 Aidan Wheatley Alastair Stewart Alison Heard 128
4524 23/01/2008 P Marjorie Hillman 100 – 46 David Reed Trudie Goodwin Alison Heard 121
4525 24/01/2008 P Marjorie Hillman 54 – 110 David O'Donnell Trudie Goodwin Alison Heard 120
4526 25/01/2008 P David O'Donnell 97 – 49 Brian Kay Trudie Goodwin Alison Heard 130
4527 28/01/2008 P David O'Donnell 92 – 62 Martin Smith Trudie Goodwin Alison Heard 119
4528 29/01/2008 P David O'Donnell 117 – 45 Bill Barrack Trudie Goodwin Alison Heard 121
4529 30/01/2008 P David O'Donnell 111 – 13 Hazel Wheeler Richard Digance Alison Heard 126
4530 31/01/2008 P David O'Donnell 114 – 44 Rick Ruegg Richard Digance Alison Heard 131
4531 1/02/2008 P David O'Donnell 122 – 62 Ian Browning Richard Digance Alison Heard 128
4532 4/02/2008 P David O'Donnell 117 – 48 Steve Jepp Richard Digance Alison Heard 120
4533 5/02/2008 P Ian Lamb 79* – 69 Sarah Flynn Richard Digance Alison Heard 133
4534 6/02/2008 P Ian Lamb 114 – 49 Beryl Ogley James Whitaker Susie Dent 131
4535 7/02/2008 P Ian Lamb 77 – 80 Nichola Sullings James Whitaker Susie Dent 150
4536 8/02/2008 P Nichola Sullings 60 – 88 Tim Reypert James Whitaker Susie Dent 153
4537 11/02/2008 P Tim Reypert 94 – 64 Michael Quinn James Whitaker Susie Dent 118
4538 12/02/2008 P Tim Reypert 100 – 37 Ian Scott James Whitaker Susie Dent 117
4539 13/02/2008 P Tim Reypert 101 – 36 Sylvana Carey Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 129
4540 14/02/2008 P Tim Reypert 89 – 50 Keith Wilcock Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 133
4541 15/02/2008 P Tim Reypert 96 – 27 John Bryan Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 116
4542 18/02/2008 P Tim Reypert 92 – 69 Ros Rochester Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 119
4543 19/02/2008 P Tim Reypert 113 – 40 Jennie Ferris Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 133
4544 20/02/2008 P Brian Morley 64 – 58 Mike Simons John Inverdale Susie Dent 131
4545 21/02/2008 P Brian Morley 53 – 69 Barbara Fletcher John Inverdale Susie Dent 118
4546 22/02/2008 P Barbara Fletcher 90 – 42 Ronnie Clark John Inverdale Susie Dent 120
4547 25/02/2008 P Barbara Fletcher 61 – 77 Nick Chamberlain John Inverdale Susie Dent 123
4548 26/02/2008 P Nick Chamberlain 61 – 58 Jean Simpson John Inverdale Susie Dent 116
4549 27/02/2008 P Nick Chamberlain 71 – 79 Barry Smith Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 119
4550 28/02/2008 P Barry Smith 80 – 75 Nikki Cooper Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 129
4551 29/02/2008 P Barry Smith 84 – 52 Karen Butcher Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 121
4552 3/03/2008 P Barry Smith 75 – 63 Vic Goodall Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 128
4553 4/03/2008 P Barry Smith 79 – 49 Mary Ridout Rick Wakeman Susie Dent 130
4554 5/03/2008 P Barry Smith 83 – 53 Anne Hellier John Sergeant Susie Dent 123
4555 6/03/2008 P Barry Smith 109 – 55 Helen Saddler John Sergeant Susie Dent 118
4556 7/03/2008 P Barry Smith 59 – 70 Bob O'Keefe John Sergeant Susie Dent 122
4557 10/03/2008 P Bob O'Keefe 80 – 52 Richard Coombs John Sergeant Susie Dent 131
4558 17/03/2008 P Bob O'Keefe 62 – 94 Joe Denniss John Sergeant Susie Dent 120
4559 18/03/2008 P Joe Denniss 54 – 90 Andrew Swale Dennis Taylor Susie Dent 131
4560 19/03/2008 P Andrew Swale 96 – 106* Tony Durrant Dennis Taylor Susie Dent 116
4561 20/03/2008 P Tony Durrant 98 – 73 Keith Brown Dennis Taylor Susie Dent 141
4562 21/03/2008 P Tony Durrant 98 – 70 Colin Beck Dennis Taylor Susie Dent 128
4563 24/03/2008 P Tony Durrant 87 – 110 Richard Priest Ann Widdecombe Susie Dent 131
4564 25/03/2008 P Richard Priest 91 – 75 Gill Ford Ann Widdecombe Susie Dent 130
4565 26/03/2008 P Richard Priest 109 – 59 Angus McGregor Ann Widdecombe Susie Dent 135
4566 27/03/2008 P Richard Priest 105 – 60 Sandra Gray Ann Widdecombe Susie Dent 118
4567 28/03/2008 P Richard Priest 101 – 25 Matt Wate Ann Widdecombe Susie Dent 123
4568 31/03/2008 P Richard Priest 98 – 20 Richard Wilson Lynda Baron Susie Dent 120
4569 1/04/2008 P Richard Priest 83 – 85 Nigel Davies Lynda Baron Susie Dent 120
4570 2/04/2008 P Nigel Davies 90 – 38 Chris Smith Lynda Baron Susie Dent 116
4571 3/04/2008 P Nigel Davies 93 – 65 Mary Dickson Lynda Baron Susie Dent 119
4572 4/04/2008 P Nigel Davies 73 – 91 Matthew Coates Lynda Baron Susie Dent 118
4573 7/04/2008 P Matthew Coates 105 – 42 Susan Wilson Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 140
4574 8/04/2008 P Matthew Coates 106 – 37 Richard James Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 143
4575 9/04/2008 P Matthew Coates 87 – 97* David Sandbach Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 116
4576 10/04/2008 P David Sandbach 81 – 94 Julie Gregory Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 119
4577 11/04/2008 P Julie Gregory 82 – 91 Hugh Shand Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 133
4578 14/04/2008 P Hugh Shand 73 – 78 Carole Algie Jo Brand Susie Dent 130
4579 15/04/2008 P Carole Algie 75 – 76 Diana Coull Jo Brand Susie Dent 123
4580 16/04/2008 P Diana Coull 77 – 68 Peter Davey Jo Brand Susie Dent 128
4581 17/04/2008 P Diana Coull 74 – 84 Len Marshall Jo Brand Susie Dent 130
4582 18/04/2008 P Len Marshall 92 – 101 Ben Hanks Jo Brand Susie Dent 128
4583 21/04/2008 P Ben Hanks 81 – 58 John Morrell Paul Zenon Susie Dent 118
4584 22/04/2008 P Ben Hanks 78 – 52 Melinda Ehlert Paul Zenon Susie Dent 138
4585 23/04/2008 P Ben Hanks 79 – 78 David Collingham Paul Zenon Susie Dent 132
4586 24/04/2008 P Ben Hanks 96 – 70 Mervyn Ward Paul Zenon Susie Dent 131
4587 25/04/2008 P Ben Hanks 79 – 40 Harry Barnett Paul Zenon Susie Dent 128
4588 28/04/2008 P Ben Hanks 66 – 71 David Preedy Keith Barron Susie Dent 126
4589 29/04/2008 P David Preedy 65 – 72 Ellen Hill Keith Barron Susie Dent 119
4590 30/04/2008 P Ellen Hill 62 – 90 Allannah Steadman Keith Barron Susie Dent 122
4591 1/05/2008 P Allannah Steadman 71 – 98 Peter Davies Keith Barron Susie Dent 120
4592 2/05/2008 P Peter Davies 103 – 37 Andy Fawcett Keith Barron Susie Dent 132
4593 5/05/2008 P Peter Davies 96 – 49 Mike Nelson Jennie Bond Susie Dent 143
4594 6/05/2008 P Peter Davies 93 – 67 Stephen Rooney Jennie Bond Susie Dent 116
4595 7/05/2008 P Peter Davies 89 – 54 Sue Stevenson Jennie Bond Susie Dent 149
4596 8/05/2008 P Peter Davies 81 – 55 David Dunnington Jennie Bond Susie Dent 120
4597 9/05/2008 P Peter Davies 82 – 89 Don Gill Jennie Bond Susie Dent 116
4598 12/05/2008 P Don Gill 71 – 82 Tony Betts Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 144
4599 13/05/2008 P Tony Betts 44 – 73 Philippa Griffin Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 117
4600 14/05/2008 P Philippa Griffin 92 – 45 Eunice Campbell Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 118
4601 15/05/2008 P Philippa Griffin 67 – 78 Ross Watt Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 120
4602 16/05/2008 P Ross Watt 81 – 60 Ben Simmons Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 123
4603 19/05/2008 P Ross Watt 61 – 85 Carl Dundas Richard Digance Susie Dent 119
4604 20/05/2008 P Carl Dundas 76 – 65 Nick Horton Richard Digance Susie Dent 153
4605 21/05/2008 P Carl Dundas 94 – 31 Neil Meynell Richard Digance Susie Dent 131
4606 22/05/2008 P Carl Dundas 80 – 82 Barbara Cleggett Richard Digance Susie Dent 141
4607 23/05/2008 P Barbara Cleggett 52 – 61 Lee Bailey Richard Digance Susie Dent 151
4608 26/05/2008 P Lee Bailey 66 – 58 Terry Godden Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 122
4609 27/05/2008 P Lee Bailey 39 – 124 Jonathan Coles Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 143
4610 28/05/2008 P Jonathan Coles 79 – 36 Connie Hird Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 132
4611 29/05/2008 P Jonathan Coles 87 – 59 Kath Hollis Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 124
4612 30/05/2008 P Jonathan Coles 89 – 72 Simon Jackson Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 112
4613 2/06/2008 P Jonathan Coles 96 – 32 Kathy Craig Ricky Tomlinson Susie Dent 128
4614 3/06/2008 P Jonathan Coles 75 – 57 Connie Watson Ricky Tomlinson Susie Dent 119
4615 4/06/2008 P Jonathan Coles 97 – 76 Alan Carling Ricky Tomlinson Susie Dent 129
4616 5/06/2008 P Jonathan Coles 99 – 41 Charlie Picken Ricky Tomlinson Susie Dent 128
4617 6/06/2008 P Neil Sneddon 67 – 45 Tim Marsh Ricky Tomlinson Susie Dent 129
4618 9/06/2008 P Neil Sneddon 83 – 57 David Beale Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 132
4619 10/06/2008 P Neil Sneddon 89 – 56 John Nuttall Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 117
4620 11/06/2008 P Neil Sneddon 65 – 86 Tony Gilgun Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 131
4621 12/06/2008 QF David O'Donnell 92 – 46 Ben Hanks Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 118
4622 13/06/2008 QF Peter Davies 83 – 77 Michael Macdonald-Cooper Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 123
4623 16/06/2008 QF Tim Reypert 53 – 90 Richard Priest Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 116
4624 17/06/2008 QF Jonathan Coles 101 – 75 Barry Smith Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 129
4625 18/06/2008 SF David O'Donnell 95 – 82 Jonathan Coles Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 119
4626 19/06/2008 SF Richard Priest 100 – 70 Peter Davies Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 124
4627 20/06/2008 GF David O'Donnell 91 – 61 Richard Priest Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 118
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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