David Williams (Series 43)
|David Williams (Series 43)|
- For other people called David Williams, see David Williams.
He first appeared on 23 August 2000, beating Sheila Reid 67 – 41, and won a further seven games to not only become an octochamp and #1 seed for the series, but also the highest-scoring octochamp of all time with an aggregate score of 535, surpassing Harvey Freeman's long-standing record by 12 points. Notably, he solved all 8 conundrums during his octochamp run, and was only the third player to do so after Darryl Francis and Freeman himself. Williams beat James Sheppard in the quarter-final, but came unstuck against Matthew Turner, losing 57 – 40.
Williams returned in 2003 for Championship of Champions XI, and faced Chris Wills in the first round. Williams led by eight points going into the crucial conundrum thanks to an excellent final numbers game, but Wills' superior reflexes enabled him to buzz in almost instantly, meaning he went through whilst Williams had to leave the competition. However, Williams' losing score of 111 added another record to his list, until it was beaten by Matthew Shore at the following championship of champions event.
He returned to Countdown in 2013, just over a decade later, as one of 41 contestants taking part in the 30th Birthday Championship. He received a bye to the first round, but lost his only game convincingly to Series 61 champion Chris Davies by a score of 108 – 58.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|2827||23/08/2000||P||Sheila Reid||41 – 67||David Williams||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||73|
|2828||24/08/2000||P||David Williams||78 – 29||Tony McGill||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||83|
|2829||25/08/2000||P||David Williams||72 – 41||Alistair Littlewood||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||81|
|2830||29/08/2000||P||David Williams||62 – 13||Rose Agnew||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||74|
|2831||30/08/2000||P||David Williams||69 – 42||Marion Alexander||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||71|
|2832||5/09/2000||P||David Williams||63 – 33||Mike Pilkington||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||81|
|2833||6/09/2000||P||David Williams||59 – 36||Paul Coulson||Carol Barnes||Susie Dent||75|
|2834||7/09/2000||P||David Williams||65 – 41||Mark Dermody||Carol Barnes||Susie Dent||73|
|2905||15/12/2000||QF||David Williams||62 – 46||James Sheppard||Anya Sitaram||Richard Samson||73|
|2909||21/12/2000||SF||David Williams||40 – 57||Matthew Turner||Barry Cryer||Susie Dent||73|
|3391||7/01/2003||CP||Chris Wills||113 – 111||David Williams||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||131|
|5628||24/01/2013||30B1||David Williams||58 – 108||Chris Davies||Margaret Mountford||Susie Dent||119|