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8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 23

From Countdown

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 23 was a series of six special episodes of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown that began on 29 July 2022 and ended on 2 September 2022.

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the plexiglass in Dictionary Corner was removed, although the celebrities were still socially distanced as a precaution. The audience has also returned to full capacity with all of them no longer required to wear masks.

Several changes were made to the gameplay as well, one of which was that whoever was in the chair where the late Sean Lock used to sit and/or when Jon Richardson is absent would be called "Guest Team Captain" rather than "Acting Team Captain". Another change was that if the game ended in a Draw, no one would win the prize for that episode, in contrast to both teams sharing the prize in the past should it happen. The outro's music had also now reverted back to the normal version heard during pre-pandemic times as well (Episodes 3 to 5 were aired out of order as they had the opening music in the credits).

Notably, the third episode of this series, which kept plexiglass as it had been filmed in 2021 when restrictions were still in place, featured Bradley Horrocks, the runner-up of Series 77 of Countdown, helping out Jamali Maddix and Joe Wilkinson.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
Cats143 29/07/2022 S Joe Wilkinson
& Richard Ayoade
28 – 28 Jon Richardson
& Lucy Beaumont
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley Finlay Christie Susie Dent 75
Cats144 5/08/2022 S Harriet Kemsley
& Alan Carr
37 – 24* Jonathan Ross
& Maisie Adam
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley Huge Davies Susie Dent 65
Cats145 12/08/2022 S Jamali Maddix, Bradley
& Joe Wilkinson
73* – 56* Jon Richardson
& Jo Brand
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley Rachel Parris Susie Dent 75
Cats146 19/08/2022 S Sara Pascoe
& Richard Ayoade
11 – 35 Jon Richardson
& Chris McCausland
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley Morgana Robinson Susie Dent 60
Cats147 26/08/2022 S Joe Wilkinson
& Roisin Conaty
14 – 43* Jon Richardson
& Nabil Abdulrashid
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley David O'Doherty Susie Dent 64
Cats148 2/09/2022 S Russell Kane
& Jonathan Ross
48 – 28 Alan Carr
& Judi Love
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley Josh Jones Susie Dent 68
* Includes 5 points from a bonus game.