Tony Manwani

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Tony Manwani, 19 years after his first appearance in Series 79.

Tony Manwani was a contestant in Series 41 and an octochamp in Series 79. He is a company director from Reading.

He first appeared in Series 41 in 1999 where he won his first game against Billy Davidson. He then won his second game against Julie Smithies before bowing out in a defeat to Rob Watson. Manwani returned to the programme 19 years later in 2018 during Series 79 and won all 8 heat games, becoming the second octochamp of the series, following Adam Rolston completing his run before Manwani.

As a result of his successes, he garnered a place in the series finals in December 2018 as number 6 seed. In his quarter-final match, he was on impressive form, maxing 11 rounds and achieving a personal best of 114 to outrun Dave Ashton. In his next game, he played against number one seed Martin May. Both players played a close run with May eventually running 10 points ahead, and when neither player solved the crucial conundrum, Manwani bowed out in a defeat.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
2610 29/09/1999 P Billy Davidson 47 – 54 Tony Manwani Angela Rippon Damian Eadie 72
2611 30/09/1999 P Tony Manwani 56 – 43 Julie Smithies Angela Rippon Damian Eadie 74
2612 1/10/1999 P Tony Manwani 28 – 44 Rob Watson Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 72
6896 27/08/2018 P Paul Beever 77 – 98 Tony Manwani Raj Bisram Susie Dent 136
6897 28/08/2018 P Tony Manwani 105 – 58 Pamela Threlfal Anne Hegerty Susie Dent 136
6898 29/08/2018 P Tony Manwani 99 – 62 Joe Sinclair Anne Hegerty Susie Dent 122
6899 30/08/2018 P Tony Manwani 90 – 26 Chris Davidson Anne Hegerty Susie Dent 126
6900 31/08/2018 P Tony Manwani 84 – 38 Nick Fisk Anne Hegerty Susie Dent 123
6901 3/09/2018 P Tony Manwani 67 – 43 Tom Kistell Anne Hegerty Susie Dent 132
6902 4/09/2018 P Tony Manwani 90 – 74 Sam Klineberg Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 121
6903 5/09/2018 P Tony Manwani 82 – 73 Duncan Hill Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 120
6976 18/12/2018 QF Dave Ashton 79 – 114 Tony Manwani Phill Jupitus Susie Dent 129
6977 19/12/2018 SF Martin May 93 – 83 Tony Manwani Phill Jupitus Susie Dent 147
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