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Draw

From Countdown

A draw is a game where both players have the same score at the end of the show. In modern 15-round Countdown there is no such thing as a draw; instead, extra conundrums are used until one player wins the game. Up until the end of Series 21, if two players drew they played each other again the next day, which causes numerous problems with the recording schedule, not just for the production team but for contestants who may have to go back home and come back up to the studios for another recording session. Additional conundrums were used to decide winners in the series finals and Championship of Champions events.

Facts and figures

List of draws

There were 31 draws in Countdown history. Below is a list of all of them in chronological order.

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
3 4/11/1982 P Bill Benson ? Michael Goldman Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Beverley Isherwood Cathy Hytner Ted Moult Mary ??
8 15/11/1982 P Helen Grayson ? Joyce Cansfield Richard Whiteley Dr Linda Barrett Beverley Isherwood Cathy Hytner Kenneth Williams Mary ??
25 14/12/1982 P Jane McLeman 41 - 41 Maurice Daniels Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Beverley Isherwood Cathy Hytner Kenneth Williams Mary 70
64 8/06/1983 P David Wright 40 - 40 Philip Nelkon Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Beverley Isherwood Cathy Hytner Kenneth Williams 68
91 5/10/1983 P Allan Simmons 36 - 36 Alan Walker Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Beverley Isherwood Cathy Hytner William Rushton Yvonne Warburton 70
146 24/04/1984 P Sydney Price 36 - 36 Graham Paxton Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Nigel Rees Julia Swannell 74
151 2/05/1984 P Stuart Schofield 51 - 51 Robert Richland Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Julia Swannell 70
157 14/05/1984 P Debbie Maguire 43 - 43 Mike Willis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Julia Swannell 71
196 30/10/1984 P Sarah Hadaway 55 - 55 Colin Pearce Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Nigel Rees Yvonne Warburton 73
297 24/10/1985 P Peter Collier 35 - 35 Dennis Allen Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
311 13/11/1985 P Enid Fordham 35 - 35 Tim O'Kane Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
317 22/11/1985 P Tim Davies 44 - 44 Arthur Boden Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth ??
351 22/01/1986 P Dorothy Bailey 49 - 49 Paul Comaish Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Della Thompson 71
369 17/02/1986 P Andy Keeble 53 - 53 Sandie Simonis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Hilary McGlynn 83
413 21/04/1986 P Peter Conroy 42 - 42 Mick Keeble Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy Catherine Clarke 74
512 25/02/1987 P Diana Beasley 51 - 51 Marianne Croll Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Julia Swannell 73
563 7/05/1987 P Jon Marsh 49 - 49 Phyllis Stevens Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Patrick Mower Freda Thornton 71
602 1/07/1987 P Peter Medhurst 47 - 47 Cath Powell Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth Catherine Clarke 74
607 8/07/1987 P Hilary Hopper 44 - 44 Boz Osberg Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Russell Harty Catherine Clarke 83
679 20/11/1987 P Joel Salkin 52 - 52 Derek Rutter Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Karen Loughlin Bill Tidy Julia Swannell 72
832 27/01/1989 P Tim Morrissey 51 - 51 Mary Hawes Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Lucy Summers Sylvia Syms Freda Thornton 71
846 16/02/1989 P Anna Sims 48 - 48 Len Marshall Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Lucy Summers Eve Pollard Della Thompson 81
888 7/08/1989 P Sue Hall 61 - 61 Jonathan Anstey Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Eve Pollard Simon Mason 86
1049 4/09/1990 P Fiona Willis 50 - 50 Ian McLoughlin Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Brian Johnston Mark Nyman 73
1088 28/01/1991 P Raine Hilson 35 - 35 John Arfon Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Bill Tidy Freda Thornton 73
1108 25/02/1991 P Gillian Tickle 49 - 49 Suzanne Kinnersley Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Stilgoe Alexandra Clayton 68
1117 8/03/1991 P Julie Purdey 42 - 42 Lew Schwarz Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Judy Pearsall 74
1120 13/03/1991 P Nuala Clenaghan 54 - 54 Lew Schwarz Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Judy Pearsall 73
Cats58 10/03/2016 S Sara Pascoe
& Johnny Vegas
25 - 25 Jon Richardson
& Alex Brooker
Jimmy Carr Claudia Winkleman Tom Allen Susie Dent 58
Cats122 23/01/2020 S Richard Ayoade
& Sean Lock
44 - 44 Jon Richardson
& Katherine Ryan
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley David O'Doherty Susie Dent 87
Cats143 29/07/2022 S Richard Ayoade
& Joe Wilkinson
28 - 28 Jon Richardson
& Lucy Beaumont
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley Finlay Christie Susie Dent 75