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Richard Brittain

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Richard Brittain
Octochamp Statistics
Final positionChampion
Points total820
Conundrums solved2
Richard Brittain

Richard Brittain was an octochamp in and the champion of Series 55, as well as a participant in Championship of Champions XIII. He is also an Apterite.

He accumulated 820 points in his octochamp run, but went into the finals as No. 2 seed to Steven Briers (843 points). Briers however then narrowly lost his quarter-final against eighth seed Phil Watson, a match which Brittain, watching from the audience, called 'an enthralling spectacle'. Brittain then comfortably won his quarter-final against Andrew Blades, but only narrowly beat Stu Horsey in the semi-finals before he trounced an off-form Tony Warren in the final, 103 – 60.

He returned for the Championship of Champions XIII and faced one of the favourites Jon Corby, and lost with the lowest score in the competition, including the disallowed words odontal ☓, biopot ☓, ommit ☓, saloneen ☓, and his now famous conundrum offering GANDISEEG ☓.

Brittain also appeared on BrainTeaser on Channel 5 in January 2007, less than a month after winning Countdown. He won the show and pocketed £1,500.

In November 2015, Brittain was arrested for assault after hitting an 18-year old ASDA shelf stacker with a wine bottle. He tracked her down to Fife and attacked her posting a negative review of his book online. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison, serving 13 of them before being released in December 2016.

Preceded by
Conor Travers
Series winner
Series 55
Followed by
Nick Wainwright


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
4188 11/09/2006 P Sarah Duncan 67 – 116 Richard Brittain Pam Ayres Susie Dent 143
4189 12/09/2006 P Richard Brittain 94 – 83 Claudia McQue Pam Ayres Susie Dent 132
4190 13/09/2006 P Richard Brittain 95 – 77 Gil-Ad Schwartz Pam Ayres Susie Dent 122
4191 14/09/2006 P Richard Brittain 105 – 68 Ali Ashman Pam Ayres Susie Dent 142
4192 15/09/2006 P Richard Brittain 100 – 82 Henry Smith Pam Ayres Susie Dent 119
4193 18/09/2006 P Richard Brittain 96 – 62 Jim Foster Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 122
4194 19/09/2006 P Richard Brittain 98 – 31 Anne Devlin Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 117
4195 20/09/2006 P Richard Brittain 116 – 66 Paul Manning Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 140
4257 15/12/2006 QF Andrew Blades 52 – 96 Richard Brittain Ken Bruce Susie Dent 154
4261 21/12/2006 SF Richard Brittain 83 – 75 Stu Horsey Paul Zenon Susie Dent 119
4262 22/12/2006 GF Tony Warren 60 – 103 Richard Brittain Paul Zenon Susie Dent 118
4735 14/01/2009 CP Jon Corby 92 – 52 Richard Brittain Andrew Sachs Susie Dent 112
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