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Episode Cats126, billed as 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 20, Episode 1 was a special episode broadcast on 31 July 2020, as part of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 20.

Regulars Sean Lock and Jon Richardson were the contestants, along with Kerry Godliman and Joe Wilkinson who were their teammates respectively, while Jimmy Carr reprised his role as the host.

The match saw Jon Richardson, with the assistance of Joe Wilkinson, winning by 30 – 24 in a 7-rounder and they won a set of Countdown pan pipes.

Rachel Riley was, as ever, the arithmetician. The Dictionary Corner guest was Nick Mohammed (portraying his alter ego Mr. Swallow), and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

Interesting and notable moments from the episode are listed below:

1) During the Introduction, Jon showed off drawings which were done by his daughter along with a brief audio recording featuring her voice and that of his wife Lucy Beaumont. Later on, Joe showed off his "parrot" (which was fake) which continuously sweared to the point he had enough and had to shut it off by covering its cage with a cloth.

2) In Round 1, the clock music was replaced with You're the Best sung by Joe Esposito and in a reference to the movie The Karate Kid in which this song was performed, Jimmy was "beaten" up by an uncredited karate black belt man before he took him down and "knocked him unconscious".

3) In Round 3, the clock music was replaced with Don't Go Breaking My Heart sung by Elton John and Kiki Dee. Simultaneously, Rachel and Jimmy sang this song albeit with their mics altered on a karaoke stand such that the sound produced was very different from their own voices.

4) In Round 4, Sean assisted Kerry by giving her the solution: (4 + 5) × 75 + 50 − 6 − 7 after she panicked when she did not know how to make the 9 in the first step. As a result, no points were awarded to her team.

NOTE 1: In this version, both players' declarations were allowed, although points were only awarded for the best answer.

NOTE 2: In Round 5, Joe's declaration of CHODE should have been allowed as it is in the ODO. However, this would not have impacted the final outcome as Jon had a longer word to beat his.

NOTE 3: This was the first new episode of any version of Countdown to be aired in three months due to the 2020 COVID-19 hiatus which saw the temporary suspension of all recording sessions on the normal, afternoon programme.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Kerry & Sean Score Jon & Joe Others Max.
1 SUDRELSIT RUSSET
STRUDELS
8 – 0 SLIDERS
studers ☓/TURDS
DILUTERS, STUDIERS*, STUDLIER, SURLIEST 8
2 50 9 6 10 10 6 → 847
850
8 – 7 846
979 ☓
(10 × 9 − 6) × 10 + 6


15
TTT WANGLILO Can I have a go? ALLOWING
Rnd Selection Sean Lock Score Joe Wilkinson Others Max.
3 ERSOUWEON swooner ☓ 8 – 7 swooner ☓ ONEROUS 22
Rnd Selection Kerry Godliman Score Jon Richardson Others Max.
4 50 75 7 6 4 5 → 712 712 ☓ 8 – 17 712
(6 + 4) × 75 − 50 + 7 + 5


32
TTT BITEDUNG There's a first time for everything. DEBUTING
Rnd Selection Kerry & Sean Score Jon & Joe Others Max.
5 ADEHOCJRT HEAD/COAT
DREAD
8 – 24 TORCHED
chode ☓**
CHORDATE 40
TTT ECOFARTS It might get windy. FORECAST
6 VECSANGIB VEINS
BEGINS
14 – 30 VEGANS
SANG
CEASING, VEGANIC* 47
7 DONGSWEAT DOWNSTAGE
(26 seconds)
24 – 30 57
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