Huw Morgan was the champion of Series 34.
He first appeared on Countdown on 14 February 1997, where he beat Stuart Jones 46 – 44. He won 2 more games before losing to Steve Coberman, but his three wins were enough to earn him an invitation back for the final rounds as #6 seed. he 'gained his revenge' on Steve Coberman in the quarter-finals, beating him 54 – 28, before beating Paul Peters 61 – 45 in the semi-finals. In the final, Morgan started very much as the underdog, as he was awaited by the #5 seed Harshan Lamabadusuriya, who had recorded the highest score of the series after a brilliant performance his quarter-final, and then convincingly defeated the unbeaten #1 seed James Martin in his semi-final; however, in a commanding performance, it was Morgan who romped home the winner to become the 34th champion of Countdown, surviving a late comeback by Lamabadusuriya to win by 79 – 65. Notably, it was Morgan narrowly beating Lamabadusuriya to the buzzer on the first Conundrum that really did the damage in this game, as this put Morgan 24 points ahead, by 47 – 23, at half time; had Morgan not got to the buzzer first, the final result would in fact have eventually gone in Lamabadusuriya's favour by 75 – 69.
Outside of Countdown, he was a dedicated Scrabble player.
Morgan died on January 13, 2011, aged 54, after complications whilst being treated for swine flu.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|1942||14/02/1997||P||Stuart Jones||44 – 46||Huw Morgan||Jan Harvey||Susie Dent||83|
|1943||17/02/1997||P||David Nixon||45 – 59||Huw Morgan||Jan Harvey||Susie Dent||74|
|1944||18/02/1997||P||Christine McAdam||47 – 50||Huw Morgan||Tim Rice||Susie Dent||73|
|1945||19/02/1997||P||Steve Coberman||56 – 52||Huw Morgan||Tim Rice||Susie Dent||75|
|1968||24/03/1997||QF||Huw Morgan||54 – 28||Steve Coberman||Richard Digance||Rob Scriven||70|
|1971||27/03/1997||SF||Huw Morgan||61 – 45||Paul Peters||Richard Digance||Rob Scriven||75|
|1972||28/03/1997||GF||Harshan Lamabadusuriya||65 – 79||Huw Morgan||Richard Digance||Rob Scriven||116|
|2165||31/12/1997||CP||Huw Morgan||49 – 67||Simon Pryde||Denis Norden||Mark Nyman||75|