He first appeared in the penultimate heat game of Series 76, winning two games and amassing 243 points — giving him the highest average score of any contestant in the series — before stepping aside for the series finals. He maxed 14 rounds in his second game. He then returned for the opening heat of Series 77 — the first game to be played on the "new" blue set — on 3 July, showing no sign of slowing down as he spotted the nine-letter word MACROLIDE. In the sixth game of the series, Chafer-Cook rounded off his run with a total of 896 points, becoming the first octochamp and 800 club member of Series 77.
As a result of his success in the preliminaries, Chafer-Cook returned for the Series 77 finals in December as #1 seed. In the quarter-final stage, he maintained his edge, delivering a 105 – 60 defeat to fellow unbeaten player Graeme Staples with the help of such spots as POTLINES and TRAINEAU. Chafer-Cook's next match pitted him against #4-ranked Noel McIlvenny; here, he asserted his dominance even further, prevailing early on with the niner UNDERSEAL and racking up 134 points (only one point short of the game's maximum score) to beat his own record for the highest score of the series.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|6606||19/06/2017||P||John Trueman||38 – 117||Tom Chafer-Cook||Suzi Perry||Susie Dent||125|
|6607||20/06/2017||P||Tom Chafer-Cook||126 – 52||Bobbi Ramsammy||Suzi Perry||Susie Dent||134|
|6615||3/07/2017||P||Tom Chafer-Cook||118 – 37||Carmel O'Brien||Greg Rusedski||Susie Dent||134|
|6616||4/07/2017||P||Tom Chafer-Cook||129 – 21||Nick Knight||Greg Rusedski||Susie Dent||134|
|6617||5/07/2017||P||Tom Chafer-Cook||110 – 55||Rob Spereall||Greg Rusedski||Susie Dent||132|
|6618||6/07/2017||P||Tom Chafer-Cook||107 – 51||Al Harris||Greg Rusedski||Susie Dent||132|
|6619||7/07/2017||P||Tom Chafer-Cook||91 – 73||Martin Smith||Greg Rusedski||Susie Dent||123|
|6620||10/07/2017||P||Tom Chafer-Cook||98 – 17||Barry Taylor||Suzannah Lipscomb||Susie Dent||130|
|6730||14/12/2017||QF||Tom Chafer-Cook||105 – 60||Graeme Staples||Paul Zenon||Susie Dent||121|
|6734||20/12/2017||SF||Tom Chafer-Cook||134 – 83||Noel McIlvenny||Rufus Hound||Susie Dent||135|