Kate Ogilvie was an octochamp in and the champion of Series 39, the runner-up of Championship of Champions X and the winner of the Ladies' Championship. She is currently the only female xicount. She was a teaching assistant at Whitcliffe Mount School from Huddersfield, but originally from near Edinburgh.
Appearances on the show
She first appeared on the show on 11 September 1998, beating Neil Doherty 48 – 42 in a hard-fought game. She won a further seven games to become an octochamp, facing only two crucial conundrums in the heats, and returned for the series finals as number two seed.
After beating Pat Peacock on a crucial conundrum in her quarter-final, and then defeating Andrew Lucas in her semi-final, she took on Richard Saldanha, brother of the famous Allan Saldanha, in the grand final on Christmas Day 1998. The final was a close-run affair, with Ogilvie leading by two points going into the crucial conundrum. However, neither player was able to unscramble YULETIDER in the 30 seconds, meaning that Ogilvie became the 39th champion of Countdown – only the fifth ever female series winner, and to date, the only woman to win a series unbeaten.
As the first octochamp of Series 39, Ogilvie was the first-ever finalist to be seeded above someone who had amassed more points than she had (excluding some erratic cases in Series 2). In the previous series, the production team had changed the seeding system such that win count took precedence over point count – however, Series 38's finalists were all in descending order of point count anyway.
Championship of Champions X
She returned to Countdown in December 1999 for Championship of Champions X, where she was given a bye into the semi-finals on account of her undefeated status. After beating Terence English, she faced Scott Mearns in the grand final, and was outclassed by the young champion, losing 82 – 56.
Special episode and Ladies' Championship
Ogilvie would later be invited back twice to the Countdown studios – the first time to record a special episode, a rematch of her grand final against Richard Saldanha, which she again won, and secondly to film the Ladies' Championship in Series 49, where she beat Verity Joubert and Hilary Hopper to win the three-day mini-series.
Appearance on quiz show
|Champion of Champions runner-up
Championship of Champions X
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|2347||11/09/1998||P||Neil Doherty||42 – 48||Kate Ogilvie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Diane Keen||Mark Nyman||86|
|2348||14/09/1998||P||Kate Ogilvie||50 – 38||Roy Smith||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Diane Keen||Mark Nyman||74|
|2349||15/09/1998||P||Kate Ogilvie||64 – 42||Phyllis Gilmour||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Diane Keen||Mark Nyman||85|
|2350||16/09/1998||P||Kate Ogilvie||44 – 43||John Saunders||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Diane Keen||Mark Nyman||72|
|2351||17/09/1998||P||Kate Ogilvie||54 – 35||Jane Gordon-Cumming||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Diane Keen||Mark Nyman||75|
|2352||18/09/1998||P||Kate Ogilvie||54 – 35||Declan Cahill||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Diane Keen||Mark Nyman||73|
|2353||21/09/1998||P||Kate Ogilvie||53 – 30||Mark Duffield||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||83|
|2354||22/09/1998||P||Kate Ogilvie||50 – 44||Steven Prior||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Digance||Susie Dent||74|
|2417||18/12/1998||QF||Kate Ogilvie||61 – 46||Pat Peacock||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Magnus Magnusson||Mark Nyman||71|
|2421||24/12/1998||SF||Kate Ogilvie||52 – 39||Andrew Lucas||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Gloria Hunniford||Mark Nyman||83|
|2422||25/12/1998||GF||Kate Ogilvie||83 – 81||Richard Saldanha||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Gloria Hunniford||Mark Nyman||118|
|2676||29/12/1999||CSF||Kate Ogilvie||57 – 30||Terence English||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Nigel Rees||Mark Nyman||85|
|2678||31/12/1999||CGF||Scott Mearns||82 – 56||Kate Ogilvie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Nigel Rees||Mark Nyman||128|
|3437||12/03/2003||LSF||Kate Ogilvie||47 – 39||Verity Joubert||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Rick Wakeman||Alison Heard||74|
|3438||13/03/2003||LF||Hilary Hopper||32 – 54||Kate Ogilvie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Rick Wakeman||Alison Heard||83|
|S16||26/07/2004||S||Richard Saldanha||83 – 92||Kate Ogilvie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Geoffrey Durham||Susie Dent||121|
|Championship of Champions Runners-Up|
I : Joyce Cansfield | II : Peter Evans | III : David Trace | IV : Tony Vick | V : Gino Corr | VI : Chris Waddington | VII : Damian Eadie | VIII : Kenneth Michie | IX : Pete Cashmore | X : Kate Ogilvie | XI : Chris Wills | XII : Mark Tournoff | XIII : Charlie Reams | XIV : Dan McColm | XV : Bradley Horrocks | XVI : James Haughton