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Kenneth Michie was the runner-up of Series 31 and Championship of Champions VIII. He was a headteacher from Hoy in the Orkney Isles of Scotland.
Michie beat David Benson in his first appearance, and won a further 4 games, including a double tie-break conundrum against Sean Carey, before losing to Madeleine Evans. Michie returned for the final stages as No. 3 seed, and beat Peter Burt and Chris Williams in the quarter- and semi-finals respectively. The final against David Acton went right down to a crucial conundrum but, unfortunately for Michie, it was Acton who got there first, meaning Michie had to settle for second-best on the day.
Michie returned in September 1996 for Championship of Champions VIII, and beat Chris Colsmann and Darren Shacklady on his way to the final, where, despite making a late comeback from 25-61 down at one point, Michie was comfortably beaten 49-71 by Chris Rogers.
Michie returned to Countdown in 2003 for a special game, a rematch of his final against David Acton. Michie would emerge victorious on this occasion.
|Champion of Champions runner-up
Championship of Champions VIII
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|1732||19/01/1996||P||David Benson||25 – 56||Kenneth Michie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Stilgoe||Kendall Clarke||87|
|1733||22/01/1996||P||Bruce Lake||31 – 50||Kenneth Michie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Stilgoe||Kendall Clarke||70|
|1734||23/01/1996||P||Sean Carey||55 – 65*||Kenneth Michie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Stilgoe||Kendall Clarke||73|
|1735||24/01/1996||P||Anne Hidden||49 – 63||Kenneth Michie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Stilgoe||Kendall Clarke||70|
|1736||25/01/1996||P||Steve Mintz||41 – 60||Kenneth Michie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Jan Harvey||Kendall Clarke||74|
|1737||26/01/1996||P||Madeleine Evans||54 – 44||Kenneth Michie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Jan Harvey||Kendall Clarke||68|
|1778||25/03/1996||QF||Peter Burt||16 – 44||Kenneth Michie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Rosalind Ayres||Susie Dent||73|
|1781||28/03/1996||SF||Chris Williams||58 – 61||Kenneth Michie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||70|
|1782||29/03/1996||GF||David Acton||83 – 67||Kenneth Michie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Martin Jarvis, Rosalind Ayres||Susie Dent||127|
|1850||2/10/1996||CQF||Chris Colsmann||40 – 59||Kenneth Michie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Jan Harvey||Susie Dent||72|
|1853||7/10/1996||CSF||Kenneth Michie||46 – 40||Darren Shacklady||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Jan Harvey||Susie Dent||66|
|1854||8/10/1996||CGF||Kenneth Michie||49 – 71||Chris Rogers||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Nigel Rees||Susie Dent||111|
|S8||8/09/2003||S||David Acton||70 – 104||Kenneth Michie||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Richard Stilgoe||Damian Eadie||141|
|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