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List of 15-round scores over 125

From Countdown

This list includes all the 15-round scores over 125, not including 125 itself. The first 15-round game was broadcast on 24 September 2001. Since then, 5,206 episodes have been recorded, in which there are known to be 132 15-round scores over 125 (a few 15-round games remain unreleased with an unknown scoreline).

Chris Wills was the first player to score over 125, scoring 129 against April Carlin in January 2002. The first score over 130 was by by Julian Fell in October 2002, scoring 138 against Carl McDermott. He then broke his own record by getting four nine-letter words against Danny Hamilton in December 2002, achieving 146 points.

Kirk Bevins is the first player to make two consecutive scores over 125, achieving these in his third and fourth preliminary games in March 2009. Dan McColm is the first player to make three consecutive scores over 125, achieving these in his fifth and sixth and seventh games in October 2014. Luke Johnson-Davies is the first player to make four consecutive scores over 125, spanning his fifth through eighth games in December 2019/January 2020.

List of scores over 125

Episodes are sorted by score. Tied scores are sorted chronologically.

Old format

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
3387 18/12/2002 SF Danny Hamilton 77 – 146 Julian Fell Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Richard Samson 158
5654 01/03/2013 30BGF Jack Hurst 111 – 146 Conor Travers Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 149
5636 05/02/2013 30B1 Wayne Kelly 89 – 143 Jack Hurst Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Kate Adie Susie Dent 151
4877 03/09/2009 P Chris Davies 139 – 89 Ross Mackenzie Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 143
3349 25/10/2002 P Julian Fell 138 – 29 Carl McDermott Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Ingrid Tarrant Susie Dent 148
3836 13/12/2004 QF John Gray 73 – 138 Mark Tournoff Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Digance Susie Dent 141
3656 02/03/2004 P Stewart Holden 137 – 68 Anna Briggs Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Ken Bruce Susie Dent 139
4228 06/11/2006 P Steven Briers 136 – 41 Dean Rowley Des Lynam Carol Vorderman Tony Christie Susie Dent 142
4806 29/04/2009 P Julie Russell 84 – 134 Hamish Williamson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 152
3869 11/02/2005 P Frank Mulvey 133 – 86 Kevin Warner Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jennie Bond Susie Dent 152
4857 09/07/2009 P Micheal Harris 101 – 133 Andrew Hulme Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Donal MacIntyre Susie Dent 155
5137 21/10/2010 P Jack Hurst 133 – 65 Alex Curran Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 134
S38 28/09/2012 S Peter Lee 132 – 72 Dave Taylor Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 137
3400 20/01/2003 CQF Tom Hargreaves 131 – 98 Ben Wilson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Eric Knowles Susie Dent 144
4771 05/03/2009 P Kirk Bevins 130 – 55 Peter Bennett Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 150
5634 01/02/2013 30B1 John Ashmore 92 – 130 Kirk Bevins Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Mark Foster Susie Dent 130
3169 17/01/2002 P Chris Wills 129 – 77 April Carlin Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Kathryn Apanowicz Susie Dent 131
4097 05/05/2006 P Jon Corby 128 – 61 Chris Bailiffe Des Lynam Carol Vorderman Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 141
4468 26/10/2007 P Craig Beevers 128 – 36 Peter Watts Des O'Connor Carol Vorderman Barry Norman Susie Dent 134
4864 20/07/2009 P Andrew Hulme 128 – 52 Mike Olive Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Anton du Beke Susie Dent 144
3501 13/06/2003 P Patrick Vowles 127 – 58 Connie Piggott Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Peter Baldwin Susie Dent 132
4426 29/08/2007 P Jeffrey Hansford 127 – 70 Alex Burrows Des O'Connor Carol Vorderman Ken Bruce Susie Dent 141
4768 02/03/2009 P Ann Abel 54 – 127 Kirk Bevins Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 130
5104 06/09/2010 P Daniel Pati 127 – 59 Barry Hughes Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Penny Smith Susie Dent 129
5173 10/12/2010 QF Eoin Monaghan 127 – 45 Niall Young Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Amanda Lamb Susie Dent 130
5644 15/02/2013 30B2 Chris Davies 117 – 127* David O'Donnell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Ken Bruce Susie Dent 140
S11 11/09/2003 S Melanie Beaumont 83 – 126 Linda Dawe Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Bernard Ingham Alison Heard 140
4045 25/02/2006 P Matthew Shore 126 – 55 Inderjit Bedi Des Lynam Carol Vorderman Tom O'Connor Susie Dent 139
4516 11/01/2008 P Michael Macdonald-Cooper 126 – 29 Stewart Scott Des O'Connor Carol Vorderman Dr Phil Hammond Alison Heard 148
4691 16/10/2008 P Charlie Reams 126 – 31 Darren Edwards Des O'Connor Carol Vorderman Ann Widdecombe Susie Dent 142
4770 04/03/2009 P Kirk Bevins 126 – 47 Ben Nicholas Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 126
5183 14/01/2011 P Adam Gillard 126 – 70 Ray Li Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Tim Vine Susie Dent 129
5312 21/07/2011 P Mark Deeks 126 – 44 Lesley Lewis Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Mark Durden-Smith Susie Dent 132
* includes 10 points from a tiebreak conundrum

New format

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
7860 29/09/2022 P Tom Stevenson 154 – 28 Lauren Bowley Colin Murray Rachel Riley Eve Muirhead Susie Dent 154
7943 31/01/2023 P Cillian McMulkin 154 – 69 Chris Davies Colin Murray Rachel Riley Justin Moorhouse Susie Dent 155
7077 17/05/2019 P Elliott Mellor 152 – 40 John Hadfield Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 154
6991 17/01/2019 CQF Tom Carey 122 – 150 Zarte Siempre Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 168
8050 29/06/2023 GF Ronan Higginson 150 – 83 Cillian McMulkin Colin Murray Rachel Riley Maggie Aderin-Pocock Susie Dent 155
7645 24/11/2021 P Jack Millard 53 – 148 Stu Harkness Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Shirley Ballas Susie Dent 153
7225 12/12/2019 QF James Haughton 147 – 60 David Law Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 166
7472 25/03/2021 P Luke Boynton 147 – 25 John Lorimer-George Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Konnie Huq Susie Dent 155
7080 22/05/2019 P Elliott Mellor 143 – 10 Kieran Matley Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 145
7232 02/01/2020 P Luke Johnson-Davies 143 – 51 Gagan Singh Gill Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tim Vine Susie Dent 145
7660 15/12/2021 QF Ahmed Mohamed 143 – 59 Janet Noe Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Adrian Chiles 154
7804 13/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 143 – 58 Matt Greer Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jenny Ryan Susie Dent 145
8024 24/05/2023 P Ronan Higginson 143 – 10 Aaron Sutton Colin Murray Rachel Riley Vick Hope Susie Dent 166
8025 25/05/2023 P Ronan Higginson 143 – 57 Andy Sheppard Colin Murray Rachel Riley Vick Hope Susie Dent 151
5712 11/06/2013 P Glen Webb 141 – 49 Martin Wilsdon Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Snow Susie Dent 145
7469 22/03/2021 P Luke Boynton 141 – 77 Alex Davidson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 146
7685 27/01/2022 P Crispin Salfarlie 41 – 140 Dan Byrom Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Ruby Wax Susie Dent 153
7689 02/02/2022 P Dan Byrom 140 – 59 Stuart Fenwick Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Tim Vine Susie Dent 143
7798 04/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 140 – 40 Sarah Booth Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 142
7220 05/12/2019 P Zach Hart 26 – 139 Luke Johnson-Davies Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 146
7747 25/04/2022 P Matt O'Connor 139 – 34 James Campbell Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Justin Webb Susie Dent 144
7468 19/03/2021 P Tom Vincent 57 – 138 Luke Boynton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 144
7608 04/10/2021 P Ahmed Mohamed 138 – 52 Colin Wright Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 144
5742 29/07/2013 P Zarte Siempre 137 – 41 Michelle Furnell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Walker Susie Dent 143
5975 15/08/2014 P Mark Davies 137 – 76 Keith Myers-Sleight Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Angellica Bell Susie Dent 145
6012 15/10/2014 P Dan McColm 137 – 53 Harry Jarrett Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Arnold Susie Dent 139
7020 27/02/2019 P Dinos Sfyris 137 – 75 Jamie Barron Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michael Whitehall Susie Dent 142
7474 29/03/2021 P Luke Boynton 137 – 34 Martin Curtis Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Konnie Huq Susie Dent 146
7176 04/10/2019 P Paul Nixon 136 – 45 Helen Millington Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 167
7407 10/12/2020 QF Luke Johnson-Davies 136 – 89 David Kempshall Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 136
7470 23/03/2021 P Luke Boynton 136 – 10 Matthew Hallas Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 147
6109 24/03/2015 P Tom Cappleman 135 – 23 Jack Roberts Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nicky Campbell Susie Dent 144
8023 23/05/2023 P Ronan Higginson 135 – 27 Martin Peirce Colin Murray Rachel Riley Vick Hope Susie Dent 135
6276 22/12/2015 SF Jonathan Wynn 134 – 100 Stephen Briggs Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tim Rice Susie Dent 157
6734 20/12/2017 SF Tom Chafer-Cook 134 – 83 Noel McIlvenny Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rufus Hound Susie Dent 157
7122 22/07/2019 P James Haughton 134 – 30 Iain Sime Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rory Bremner Susie Dent 150
6278 04/01/2016 CP Tom Cappleman 133 – 115 Glen Webb Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 147
7078 20/05/2019 P Elliott Mellor 133 – 38 Dave Trotter Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 136
7083 27/05/2019 P Elliott Mellor 133 – 42 Sam Hendry Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 134
7120 18/07/2019 P James Haughton 133 – 31 Sonia Elston Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rory Bremner Susie Dent 156
6279 05/01/2016 CP Heather Styles 73 – 132 Giles Hutchings Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 135
6592 30/05/2017 P Moose Rosser 132 – 30 Gareth Davies Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Walker Susie Dent 136
7392 19/11/2020 P Martyn Simpson 132 – 63 Gaz Lang Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tim Rice Susie Dent 156
7932 16/01/2023 CQF Ahmed Mohamed 132 – 100 Luke Johnson-Davies Colin Murray Rachel Riley Rick Edwards Susie Dent 145
8019 17/05/2023 P Jonathan Seal 98 – 132 Ronan Higginson Colin Murray Rachel Riley Annie Macmanus Susie Dent 143
6199 31/08/2015 P Jonathan Wynn 131 – 55 Paul Curtayne Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 134
6580 11/05/2017 P Stephen Read 131 – 21 Alan Jefferson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Mark Austin Susie Dent 133
7076 16/05/2019 P Arran Cleminson 40 – 131 Elliott Mellor Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 133
7233 03/01/2020 P Luke Johnson-Davies 131 – 23 Nathan Nicholson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tim Vine Susie Dent 135
7393 20/11/2020 P Martyn Simpson 131 – 60 Craig Thomas Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tim Rice Susie Dent 152
5678 12/04/2013 P Giles Hutchings 130 – 82 Alan Flanagan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 144
5762 04/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 130 – 49 Ian Toulson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Connie Fisher Susie Dent 132
6313 22/02/2016 P Paul Erdunast 130 – 73 Ben Dali Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 135
6422 30/08/2016 P Martin Hurst 130 – 36 Tom Law Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 156
6778 07/03/2018 P Zarte Siempre 130 – 62 Patrick Gray Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Liz Bonnin Susie Dent 144
6779 08/03/2018 P Zarte Siempre 130 – 39 Dave Burch Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Liz Bonnin Susie Dent 145
7019 26/02/2019 P Dinos Sfyris 130 – 44 Dennis Miller Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent 133
7742 18/04/2022 P Matt O'Connor 130 – 6 Charlie Edwards Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Sophie Ellis-Bextor Susie Dent 133
8022 22/05/2023 P Ronan Higginson 130 – 50 John Waterhouse Colin Murray Rachel Riley Vick Hope Susie Dent 135
8081 11/08/2023 P Harry Savage 130 – 21 Sandra Ring Colin Murray Rachel Riley Edith Bowman Susie Dent 134
5673 03/04/2013 P Jean Wright 54 – 129 Giles Hutchings Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Julia Bradbury Susie Dent 134
5749 13/08/2013 P Dylan Taylor 129 – 22 Leone Mitchell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 143
5988 08/09/2014 P Paul Bradley 40 – 129 Jamie Ilett-Jones Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 143
6011 14/10/2014 P Dan McColm 129 – 58 Samantha Cooper Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Arnold Susie Dent 131
6201 02/09/2015 P Jonathan Wynn 129 – 33 Hannah Short Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 132
6362 18/05/2016 P Tony Lock 42 – 129 Robin McKay Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 143
6616 04/07/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 129 – 21 Nick Knight Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 134
6985 09/01/2019 CP Tom Chafer-Cook 129 – 89 Martin Hurst Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 142
7863 04/10/2022 P Tom Stevenson 129 – 57 David Clerkin Colin Murray Rachel Riley Pat Nevin Susie Dent 135
7919 21/12/2022 SF Tom Stevenson 129 – 95 Joe Dobinson Colin Murray Rachel Riley Neil Delamere Susie Dent 135
5714 13/06/2013 P Glen Webb 128 – 52 Anne Whitehead Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Snow Susie Dent 133
6349 21/04/2016 P Ann Dibben 128 – 28 Nick Ferguson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dave Myers Susie Dent 145
6626 19/07/2017 P Shabir Alidina 53 – 128 John Cowen Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Chris Packham Susie Dent 136
6777 06/03/2018 P Zarte Siempre 128 – 23 Jonathan Stoneman Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Liz Bonnin Susie Dent 132
6853 22/06/2018 GF Zarte Siempre 128 – 118 Philip Aston Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 136
6986 10/01/2019 CP Bradley Horrocks 128 – 104 Andrew Macleod Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 133
7272 27/02/2020 P Ryan Styles 128 – 76 Paul Varlaam Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 146
8005 27/04/2023 P Ian Laird 128 – 51 Kath Hollis Colin Murray Rachel Riley Gabby Logan Susie Dent 145
8189 18/01/2024 P Mark Finnerty 128 – 45 Alison Fairclough Colin Murray Rachel Riley Prue Leith Susie Dent 155
6120 13/04/2015 P Gerry Tynan 127 – 55 Dean Anderson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 131
6154 10/06/2015 SF Tom Cappleman 127 – 52 Kevin Steede Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jo Brand Susie Dent 132
6181 27/07/2015 P Stephen Briggs 127 – 51 Tom Pitt-Brooke Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michael Buerk Susie Dent 144
6283 11/01/2016 CP Callum Todd 127 – 88 Samir Pilica Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 137
6287 15/01/2016 CQF Andy Platt 125 – 127 Dylan Taylor Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 145
6312 19/02/2016 P Paul Erdunast 127 – 46 Stuart Moore Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Arnold Susie Dent 132
7416 06/01/2021 P James Burley 127 – 55 Edward Carter Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 155
5764 06/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 126 – 36 Helen Betts Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Connie Fisher Susie Dent 131
5765 09/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 126 – 55 Ned French Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Connie Fisher Susie Dent 147
5839 20/12/2013 GF Dylan Taylor 116 – 126 Callum Todd Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 134
6013 16/10/2014 P Dan McColm 126 – 44 Antony Aston Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Arnold Susie Dent 130
6282 08/01/2016 CP George Ford 99 – 126 Jen Steadman Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 137
6607 20/06/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 126 – 52 Bobbi Ramsammy Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzi Perry Susie Dent 134
7081 23/05/2019 P Elliott Mellor 126 – 10 Monica Quadri Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 127
7175 03/10/2019 P Paul Nixon 126 – 45 Martyn Willmore Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 147
7224 11/12/2019 P Luke Johnson-Davies 126 – 59 Stephen Rooney Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 133
7234 06/01/2020 P Luke Johnson-Davies 126 – 36 Carole Bramwell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tim Vine Susie Dent 139
7396 25/11/2020 P Leo Smith 126 – 40 Steve Whatmore Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Samira Ahmed Susie Dent 146
7663 20/12/2021 QF Jeremy Slaney 126 – 94 Matt Gould Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Richard Coles Susie Dent 143
8021 19/05/2023 P Ronan Higginson 126 – 12 Greg Raine Colin Murray Rachel Riley Annie Macmanus Susie Dent 133

Evolution of the highest 15-round score

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New format

Notable exception

Chris Cummins scored 123 with two nine-letter words against Richard Redman in his seventh appearance. During the game, Cummins had NOVATE disallowed. However, it's listed in the NODE under NOVATION and therefore should have been allowed, making his final score 129. This is not included in this list.

See also