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Damian Eadie

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Lexicographer
First appearance 5 January 1999
Last appearance 8 September 2003
Appearances 230
Episodes with Damian Eadie
Guest appearances of Damian Eadie
First appearance 19 April 2001
Last appearance 23 April 2001
Appearances 3
Episodes with Damian Eadie

Damian Eadie (born 15 August 1969, Blackpool, Lancashire), one of the most important people in the Countdown world, was the champion of Series 28, the runner-up of Championship of Champions VII and a participant in the Supreme Championship. Eadie spent so much time in the Yorkshire Television studios that he was offered the chance to be a researcher on the programme. From there he rose through the ranks, from one of the lexicographers to the current series producer.

Appearances on the programme

Heat games

Eadie's debut on 12 July 1994 saw him defeat Emanuele 'Spud' Grillo, with a further five victories following. His run would end at the hands of a determined Suzanne Miles in his seventh game. Nonetheless, this was enough to ensure he returned for the series finals.

Series finals

Returning as No. 3 seed, Eadie met Chris Hawkins in the quarter-finals, and in a close encounter, Eadie was able to compile a one-point win, 44 – 43. This set up a match with Gregg Magee for a place in the grand final. Eadie had an easier time of it this game, putting together a 59 – 37 victory. The grand final against Wayne Kelly was a close affair, with both players getting a nine in DISRUPTED, both players taking small leads at various points, but neither being able to pull away. With Eadie leading by one point, the second football-themed conundrum of the afternoon (LETISSIER) was unscrambled to STERILISE by Eadie after 15.5 seconds and with it came the title of champion of Series 28.

Championship of Champions VII

After a three-month break for Fifteen to One, Eadie returned to Countdown to play the first match of Championship of Champions VII. Andy Bodle was the opponent, which saw yet another close game. This time Eadie pulled out the win by just two points. He was given a chance to get revenge on Suzanne Miles in the semi-finals, a chance he duly took, winning 59 – 35. The grand final saw Eadie up against Don Reid. A phenomenally even-matched game saw just the first conundrum separate the two players after the first 11 rounds, leaving Eadie 10 points in arrears. In Round 12, Eadie made the first real mistake of the game, offering the invalid moilers ☓, handing seven more points to Reid. An impossible numbers game settled the match, with Reid mopping up the last conundrum to win 100 – 73 in a game much closer than the scoreline suggests.

Supreme Championship

Eadie next appeared in the Supreme Championship, where he was drawn into Group F. An opening game against Janet McRae proved no problem, the result being 62 – 38. Julian Hough was next, with a tighter scoreline of 52 – 46 again going Eadie's way. Hilary Hopper stood between Eadie and the overall quarter-finals, but this time he lost, going down on the crucial conundrum BEACHDUDE by 59 points to 40.

Other

He next made an on-screen contribution on 5 January 1999, taking the role of lexicographer. Between Series 40 and Series 48, as well as special episodes, he made 230 appearances in this capacity. In Series 44, Eadie also filled in as the celebrity guest when the booked celebrity failed to appear. By his own admission, he hated this appearance, so after three shows, Richard Whiteley's partner, Kathryn Apanowicz, was brought in as a proper celebrity.

Eadie has since co-authored several Countdown puzzle books and a behind the scenes guide called Countdown: Spreading The Word, and can regularly be seen on the c4countdown message group whenever Chris Wills makes an overly-suggestive comment.

He can be seen on the boxes of the 1994 edition of the Countdown board game alongside Don Reid, and the PC game alongside Richard Hendron.

Preceded by
David Elias
Series winner
Series 28
Followed by
Darren Shacklady


Preceded by
Chris Waddington
Champion of Champions runner-up
Championship of Champions VII
Followed by
Kenneth Michie

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
1530 13/07/1994 P Emanuele 'Spud' Grillo 31 – 59 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Denis Norden Susie Dent 70
1531 14/07/1994 P Richard Hendron 46 – 63 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Denis Norden Susie Dent 73
1532 15/07/1994 P Jennifer Cook 38 – 57 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Denis Norden Susie Dent 71
1533 18/07/1994 P Jenny Brannock Jones 37 – 65 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Susie Dent 72
1534 19/07/1994 P Raymond Bernard 47 – 51 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Susie Dent 71
1535 20/07/1994 P Eric Matthews 44 – 52 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Susie Dent 72
1536 21/07/1994 P Suzanne Miles 59 – 26 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Susie Dent 72
1582 23/09/1994 QF Chris Hawkins 43 – 44 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Michael Parkinson Richard Samson 71
1586 29/09/1994 SF Gregg Magee 37 – 59 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Michael Parkinson Richard Samson 89
1587 30/09/1994 GF Wayne Kelly 83 – 94 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Shirley Anne Field,
Michael Parkinson
Richard Samson 124
1588 02/01/1995 CQF Damian Eadie 47 – 45 Andy Bodle Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Denis Norden Richard Samson 72
1592 06/01/1995 CSF Suzanne Miles 35 – 59 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Denis Norden Richard Samson 71
1594 10/01/1995 CGF Don Reid 100 – 73 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Denis Norden Richard Samson 111
1889 26/11/1996 fQF Janet McRae 38 – 62 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tom O'Connor Catherine Stokes 72
1892 29/11/1996 fSF Julian Hough 46 – 52 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Digance David Swarbrick 80
1893 02/12/1996 fF Hilary Hopper 59 – 40 Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Digance David Swarbrick 73
2874 02/11/2000 X Mark Nyman and
Gyles Brandreth
50 – 46 Jo Brand and
Damian Eadie
Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman none Susie Dent 74

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Championship of Champions Runners-Up

I : Joyce Cansfield | II : Peter Evans | III : David Trace | IV : Tony Vick | V : Gino Corr | VI : Chris Waddington | VII : Damian Eadie | VIII : Kenneth Michie | IX : Pete Cashmore | X : Kate Ogilvie | XI : Chris Wills | XII : Mark Tournoff | XIII : Charlie Reams | XIV : Dan McColm | XV : Bradley Horrocks