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Episode Cats27

From Countdown

Episode Cats27, billed as Christmas Special 2014 was a special episode broadcast on 29 December 2014, as part of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 5. This was the inaugural Christmas Special the show had produced.

8 Out of 10 Cats regulars Sean Lock and Jon Richardson were the contestants, along with Kathy Burke and David Baddiel who were their teammates, while Jimmy Carr reprised his role as the host.

The match saw Jon Richardson, with the assistance of David Baddiel, winning by 38 – 28 in a 7-rounder and they won his and hers Countdown swimwear.

Rachel Riley was, as ever, the arithmetician, and Joe Wilkinson helped her out from round 5 onwards. The Dictionary Corner guest was Alex Horne & the Horne Section, and the lexicographer was Susie Dent.

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

NOTE 2: This was the first-ever episode to have seven rounds in the history of the show. Since then, it has now become the second and current permanent format of the show since 2015 although occasional episodes were filmed with eight or six rounds. Coupled with that, this was the only Christmas Special to date that did not have any Christmas-themed music to replace the standard clock theme.

Portions of this episode were sampled in the first 2020 Christmas special and the 6 May 2021 edition of Meet the Richardsons.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Kathy & Sean Score Jon & David Others Max.
1 OSGEJSOCN GOOSE
GOOSES
6 – 0 goojness ☓
JOGS
COJONES 7
2 50 4 3 1 8 5 → 779 810
6 – 10 779
759
(50 + 8 ÷ 4) × 5 × 3 − 1


17
TTT DATEDELF He went down on me. DEFLATED
Rnd Selection Kathy Burke Score Jon Richardson Others Max.
3 EAEKDPARO PARKED 12 – 10 pokered ☓ PARKADE* 24
Rnd Selection Sean Lock Score David Baddiel Others Max.
4 50 25 5 2 1 3 → 425 425
(3 + 5) × 50 + 25
22 – 20 425
50 × 2 × (3 + 1) + 25


34
TTT GRANFART Smells lovely. FRAGRANT
Rnd Selection Kathy & Sean Score Jon & David Others Max.
5 ANURETNIL lauriet ☓
RETAIN
28 – 20 unreliant ☓
naturel ☓
INTERNAL, TENURIAL*, UNLEARNT* 42
TTT FUNGIFTS You can put it in your bird. STUFFING
6 EVMPRIEAL VAMPIRE
PREVAIL
28 – 28 PRIMEVAL
primeval ☓9
50
7 IBEDSANTA antibedsan ☓
(12 seconds)
28 – 38 ABSTAINED
(12.5 seconds)
60