He died on 17 November 2022, following a cardiac arrest in the April of that year.
Appearances on the programme
Debuting the day after octochamp Heather Styles completed her run, Barnard began his Countdown career with the 9 letter word DELATIONS, running out the winner 94 – 69 against Susan Holden. Seven more wins, including three centuries, followed to see Barnard rack up 771 points.
Barnard returned in the finals as No. 2 seed, defeating Chris Marshall in the quarter-finals to set up a semi-final clash with No. 3 seed Styles. In a tight game which saw both players level after 14 rounds, it was Styles who solved BLUEINDIA to take the place in the final.
Championship of Champions XIV
Barnard returned in 2016 for Championship of Champions XIV. In the first round, he came up against Series 68 runner up Andy Platt. In a nip and tuck game which saw the lead change hands several times, Barnard held a two point advantage going into the conundrum but lost 98 – 90 to Platt. Of the fifteen shows in the championship, this was the only one to not feature a century score.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|5592||20/11/2012||P||Susan Holden||69 – 94||David Barnard||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Gyles Brandreth||Susie Dent||128|
|5593||21/11/2012||P||David Barnard||87 – 54||Snigdha Tiruvuru||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Gyles Brandreth||Susie Dent||129|
|5594||22/11/2012||P||David Barnard||111 – 70||Arthur Sharpe||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Gyles Brandreth||Susie Dent||123|
|5595||23/11/2012||P||David Barnard||100 – 55||Chris Tracey||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Gyles Brandreth||Susie Dent||119|
|5596||26/11/2012||P||David Barnard||107 – 22||Stella Nanziri-Mbuggu||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||128|
|5597||27/11/2012||P||David Barnard||92 – 69||Ian Williams||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||116|
|5598||28/11/2012||P||David Barnard||91 – 39||Michael Henning||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||128|
|5599||29/11/2012||P||David Barnard||89 – 55||Virginia Arena||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||140|
|5609||13/12/2012||QF||Chris Marshall||63 – 108||David Barnard||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Dave Spikey||Susie Dent||132|
|5613||20/12/2012||SF||Heather Styles||91 – 81||David Barnard||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Alistair McGowan||Susie Dent||117|
|6280||6/01/2016||CP||Andy Platt||98 – 90||David Barnard||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Gloria Hunniford||Susie Dent||129|