Making his second debut against Steve Agace, 34 years after winning one game in Series 8, Hulme won with a score of 99 to Agace's 46. Hulme then put in seven more victories with five more scores in the 90's. In his eighth game, a spot of DELATIONS for nine earned him his first century and he became the fourth octochamp of the series with a total of 789 points.
As a result of his success in the heats, Hulme qualified for the finals as the number 6 seed. In a very tense quarter-final battle against Leo Smith which saw the lead change many times throughout, Hulme was outdone on his 6-small gamble in the penultimate round by Smith and the retiree was ultimately disposed in his second defeat. Hulme amassed a total of 869 points in his Series 82 run. With his series 8 run, his overall record is 946 points.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|354||27/01/1986||P||Philip Hulme||42 – 35||Paul Comaish||Gyles Brandreth||Della Thompson||74|
|355||28/01/1986||P||Philip Hulme||35 – 39||Malcolm Edwards||Gyles Brandreth||Della Thompson||73|
|7282||12/03/2020||P||Steve Agace||46 – 99||Phil Hulme||Jeremy Thompson||Susie Dent||124|
|7283||13/03/2020||P||Phil Hulme||97 – 59||Chris Langfield||Jeremy Thompson||Susie Dent||140|
|7284||16/03/2020||P||Phil Hulme||95 – 49||Sanjiv Rana||Jo Brand||Susie Dent||124|
|7285||17/03/2020||P||Phil Hulme||99 – 87||Liam Donohue||Jo Brand||Susie Dent||122|
|7286||18/03/2020||P||Phil Hulme||85 – 67||Barry French||Jo Brand||Susie Dent||122|
|7287||19/03/2020||P||Phil Hulme||97 – 42||Paul Barber||Jo Brand||Susie Dent||136|
|7288||20/03/2020||P||Phil Hulme||96 – 39||Thomas Fairfield||Jo Brand||Susie Dent||122|
|7289||23/03/2020||P||Phil Hulme||121 – 54||Ewan Sturrock||Mark Pougatch||Susie Dent||146|
|7409||14/12/2020||QF||Leo Smith||91 – 80||Phil Hulme||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||123|