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Gyles Brandreth

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Guest appearances of Gyles Brandreth
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First appearance 10 May 1983
Last appearance 22 November 2017
Appearances 333
Episodes with Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth is the Dictionary Corner guest with the most appearances on Countdown, totalling over 300.

Making his debut in Series 2, he quickly became an almost constant presence on the set throughout the 1980s before departing in 1992 after becoming MP for the City of Chester in that year's general election. He was unseated in the subsequent general election in 1997, however, and returned to Countdown shortly thereafter. Considered to be very much a member of the "Countdown Family", Brandreth was the guest for the first ever 15-round game (where he was honoured by the first ever Teatime Teaser GYLESLA), and presented One Last Consonant Please, Carol, a special show dedicated to Carol Vorderman prior to her final appearance on the show, which he was also the Dictionary Corner guest for. He also once hosted an unaired pilot edition of Junior Countdown, but nothing ever came of it. His edited diaries, published as Something Sensational to Read in the Train, contain a number of scurrilous anecdotes concerning John Meade.

Brandreth is also a board game enthusiast, being a former European Monopoly champion and the honorary president of the Association of British Scrabble Players. He founded the National Scrabble Championship in 1971.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
495 2/2/1987 X Bill Tidy with Mark Nyman, Brian Hudson, Peter Evans and Darryl Francis 41 – 32 Gyles Brandreth with Clive Freedman, Michael Wylie, Joyce Cansfield and Harvey Freeman Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner none Della Thompson 67
2874 2/11/2000 X Mark Nyman and Gyles Brandreth 50 – 46 Jo Brand and Damian Eadie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman none Susie Dent 74

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