James Hurrell was a finalist in Series 57.
Hurrell started his run in Series 56, winning five games before he was stopped by the Series quarter-finals. When he returned as champion at the start of Series 57 he racked up three more wins to become an octochamp, with a total score of 838 points. He returned for the finals as number 2 seed behind Craig Beevers. There he lost to seven-time winner Steve Baines on a crucial conundrum, as Baines unravelled BOULEVARD after nine seconds to amass exactly 100 points.
He returned for the Championship of Champions XIII where he faced the unbeaten David O'Donnell in the first round. Notably, this was the first game overseen by Jeff Stelling and Rachel Riley. In the game itself, both contestants performed well in a nip and tuck game that had to be decided by a crucial conundrum. However, it was O'Donnell who spotted that NICEROOTS became CORTISONE in less than a second, winning the game by 19 points.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4371||7/06/2007||P||John Holland||67 – 121||James Hurrell||Des O'Connor||Carol Vorderman||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||141|
|4372||8/06/2007||P||James Hurrell||100 – 75||Kathleen McAulay||Des O'Connor||Carol Vorderman||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||129|
|4373||11/06/2007||P||James Hurrell||113 – 48||Phil Robertshaw||Des O'Connor||Carol Vorderman||Gyles Brandreth||Susie Dent||120|
|4374||12/06/2007||P||James Hurrell||88 – 34||Eileen Blackburn||Des O'Connor||Carol Vorderman||Gyles Brandreth||Susie Dent||121|
|4375||13/06/2007||P||James Hurrell||101 – 60||Peter Palfrey||Des O'Connor||Carol Vorderman||Gyles Brandreth||Susie Dent||131|
|4383||25/06/2007||P||James Hurrell||107 – 60||Stella McKenzie||Des O'Connor||Carol Vorderman||Dennis Taylor||Susie Dent||139|
|4384||26/06/2007||P||James Hurrell||93 – 54||Philip Makepeace||Des O'Connor||Carol Vorderman||Dennis Taylor||Susie Dent||116|
|4385||27/06/2007||P||James Hurrell||115 – 47||Avis Lockwood||Des O'Connor||Carol Vorderman||Dennis Taylor||Susie Dent||141|
|4503||14/12/2007||QF||Steve Baines||100 – 83||James Hurrell||Des O'Connor||Carol Vorderman||Henry Blofeld||Alison Heard||129|
|4733||12/01/2009||CP||David O'Donnell||101 – 82||James Hurrell||Jeff Stelling||Rachel Riley||Andrew Sachs||Susie Dent||119|