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Bhavin Manek was a semi-finalist from Series 36.
At the age of just 16, he won the final eight heats of the series to become an octochamp and #1 seed, facing just one crucial conundrum along the way, in his sixth appearance against Gwen Town in Episode 2093. Notably, Manek took the #1 seed spot only by solving the conundrum in the series' last heat game; had he missed it, he would have finished #2 to Maria Boyes, making Series 36 the only one in Countdown's history in which the finals fixtures were not determined until after the heats had fully ended (Jonathan Rawlinson and some others had already won their final games prior to the conundrums).
Manek beat Roger Green in the quarter-finals the day after his heats run ended, but lost to eventual series champion Tony Baylis in the semis. Bhavin returned for Championship of Champions IX, where he beat Dag Griffiths in the first round before losing to Ruth Collier in the quarter-final.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|2088||8/09/1997||P||Bhavin Manek||59 – 36||Malcolm Fairy||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Digance||Alyson McGaw||73|
|2089||9/09/1997||P||Bhavin Manek||59 – 22||David Walters||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Digance||Alyson McGaw||81|
|2090||10/09/1997||P||Bhavin Manek||59 – 17||Ann Mead||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Digance||Alyson McGaw||71|
|2091||11/09/1997||P||Bhavin Manek||51 – 39||Alf Berry||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Digance||Alyson McGaw||72|
|2092||12/09/1997||P||Bhavin Manek||58 – 31||Clive Scott||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Stilgoe||Hannah Robertson||68|
|2093||15/09/1997||P||Bhavin Manek||47 – 31||Gwen Town||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Stilgoe||Hannah Robertson||69|
|2094||16/09/1997||P||Bhavin Manek||55 – 19||Nick Jenkins||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Stilgoe||Hannah Robertson||67|
|2095||17/09/1997||P||Bhavin Manek||60 – 21||Ken Hunt||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Stilgoe||Hannah Robertson||84|
|2096||18/09/1997||QF||Bhavin Manek||37 – 22||Roger Green||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Stilgoe||Hannah Robertson||68|
|2100||24/09/1997||SF||Tony Baylis||53 – 43||Bhavin Manek||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Nicholas Parsons||Hannah Robertson||84|
|2170||7/01/1998||CP||Dag Griffiths||44 – 67||Bhavin Manek||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Gloria Hunniford||Mark Nyman||72|
|2174||13/01/1998||CQF||Ruth Collier||54 – 44||Bhavin Manek||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Gloria Hunniford||Mark Nyman||74|