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Nic Brown
Octochamp Statistics
Final positionChampion
Seeding1
Points total456
Conundrums solved6
Nic Brown on Countdown.

Nic Brown was an octochamp in and the champion of Series 14, as well as the winner of Championship of Champions IV. He is currently the only contestant to have achieved the grand slam of octochamp, series winner and champion of champions, finish as number 1 seed in the heats and never lose any televised game. This makes him one of the most successful contestants in the history of Countdown.

Originally from Nottingham, Brown was a student at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University. He made his debut on 22 October 1987, beating 6-time winner Alan Steel on a crucial conundrum in the 14th heat of Series 14. He quickly rattled off another 7 wins to become an octochamp and number 1 seed for the finals. In his quarter-final match, he defeated Derek Rutter 46 – 35, before defeating Alan Steel for a second time. In the Grand Final, he crushed his opponent, Joel Salkin, by a score of 108 – 36 — only the fourth time a century had been achieved in a 14 round game, and the biggest winning margin achieved under that format.

Brown returned in 1989 for Championship of Champions IV, beating Stephen Deakin and Nita Marr on his way to the final against series 16 champion Tony Vick. Brown was able to hold off Vick's challenge for the duration of the game and won by a score of 78 – 68, becoming only the second person after Harvey Freeman to achieve the 'grand slam' of becoming an octochamp, winning a series and a Championship of Champions. Brown did not return for the Supreme Championship, and therefore maintains his unbeaten record of 14 wins out of 14 to this day.

Preceded by
Hilary Hopper
Series winner
Series 14
Followed by
Dick Green


Preceded by
Harvey Freeman
Champion of Champions
Championship of Champions IV
Followed by
Tim Morrissey

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
658 22/10/1987 P Alan Steel 48 – 58 Nic Brown Ned Sherrin Catherine Clarke 70
659 23/10/1987 P Kevin Glover 20 – 48 Nic Brown Nigel Rees Freda Thornton 81
660 26/10/1987 P John Bellamy 40 – 60 Nic Brown Nigel Rees Freda Thornton 73
661 27/10/1987 P Gus Angus 48 – 59 Nic Brown Nigel Rees Freda Thornton 85
662 28/10/1987 P Roy Dean 29 – 65 Nic Brown Nigel Rees Freda Thornton 75
663 29/10/1987 P Judy Tilley 46 – 61 Nic Brown Nigel Rees Freda Thornton 80
664 30/10/1987 P Felicity Amery 32 – 62 Nic Brown Nigel Rees Freda Thornton 73
665 2/11/1987 P Martin Baker 39 – 43 Nic Brown Nigel Rees Freda Thornton 69
701 18/12/1987 QF Derek Rutter 35 – 46 Nic Brown Carol Thatcher Julia Swannell 86
705 23/12/1987 SF Nic Brown 64 – 48 Alan Steel Gyles Brandreth Julia Swannell 74
707 25/12/1987 GF Nic Brown 108 – 36 Joel Salkin Gyles Brandreth, Carol Thatcher Julia Swannell 131
814 3/01/1989 CQF Stephen Deakin 32 – 46 Nic Brown Tim Rice Catherine Clarke 72
818 9/01/1989 CSF Nita Marr 51 – 58 Nic Brown Tim Rice Catherine Clarke 70
819 10/01/1989 CGF Tony Vick 68 – 78 Nic Brown Tim Rice Catherine Clarke 113


Championship of Champions Winners

I : Mark Nyman | II : Clive Freedman | III : Harvey Freeman | IV : Nic Brown | V : Tim Morrissey | VI : Wayne Summers | VII : Don Reid | VIII : Chris Rogers | IX : Natascha Kearsey | X : Scott Mearns | XI : Graham Nash | XII : Paul Gallen | XIII : Steve Briers | XIV : Dylan Taylor | XV : Zarte Siempre

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