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James Burley

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James Burley
Octochamp Statistics
Final position
Points total819
Conundrums solved7
James Burley in Series 83.

James Burley was an octochamp in Series 83. He is a secondary school teacher from Hemel Hempstead. He is also an Apterite. He will return later in the series to play a quarter-final match.

Burley has partaken in both Scrabble tournaments – including an English-language tournament held in Germany – and Co-events; prior to his television debut, he participated in CoStAl and CO:BO 2018.

Burley began his Countdown journey in the second show of Series 83, where he unseated Paul Gaskell after solving a crucial conundrum in under 2 seconds. Burley then improved on his debut score of 84 the following day with a personal best of 127, before achieving six more wins which comprised of four more centuries and two scores in the 90s. En route to being crowned the first octochamp and 800 club member of 2021, he solved every conundrum but one and garnered a total of 819 points.

Burley is the first octochamp in Countdown history whose run has presided over four dictionary corner guests. He is also the second octochamp after Jack Worsley whose run has presided over a change of presenter, with Nick Hewer hosting his first six heat games and Colin Murray hosting his last two.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
7415 5/01/2021 P Paul Gaskell 70 – 84 James Burley Levi Roots Susie Dent 132
7416 6/01/2021 P James Burley 127 – 55 Edward Carter Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 156
7417 7/01/2021 P James Burley 91 – 60 Peter Franklin Routh Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 132
7418 8/01/2021 P James Burley 112 – 49 Seb James Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 145
7419 11/01/2021 P James Burley 106 – 72 Mark Pettitt Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 133
7420 12/01/2021 P James Burley 100 – 36 Andrew Brookes Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 156
7421 13/01/2021 P James Burley 106 – 66 Roger Clarke Rory Bremner Susie Dent 135
7422 14/01/2021 P James Burley 93 – 48 Russ Evans Richard Arnold Susie Dent 154
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