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Series 31

From Countdown
Richard's face makes his reservations about the new clock music all too clear. He even described it as "sultry".

Series 31 ran from January 1996 to March 1996. The thirty-first of 53 series presented by Richard Whiteley, it was won by David Acton.

This was the series which implemented the 'extra intensity' clock music, which was soon replaced with the original tune. It also introduced the COD9 dictionary.

Glyn Wigley, Dominic Moyes, Maria Thomson, and Anthony Jenkin are the only people to have won a game with the jazzed up clock music.

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Points
1 David Acton 8 486
2 Anthony Jenkin 8 459
3 Kenneth Michie 5 338
4 Glyn Wigley 4 284
5 Anne Bougourd 4 227
6 Peter Burt 3 223
7 Chris Williams 3 217
8 Kevin Fisk 3 190
Between Series 22 and Series 37, players were ranked by total number of points, including winning and losing scores.

Finals progress

David Acton (1) vs Kevin Fisk (8) David Acton (1) vs Anne Bougourd (5) David Acton (1)
vs
Kenneth Michie (3)
Anne Bougourd (5) vs Glyn Wigley (4)
Kenneth Michie (3) vs Peter Burt (6) Kenneth Michie (3) vs Chris Williams (7)
Chris Williams (7) vs Anthony Jenkin (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
1718 01/01/1996 P Janet Wilding 56 - 60 Glyn Wigley Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Mark Nyman 84
1719 02/01/1996 P Dominic Moyes 68 - 38 Glyn Wigley Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Mark Nyman 74
1720 03/01/1996 P Dominic Moyes 43 - 47 Maria Thomson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Mark Nyman 71
1721 04/01/1996 P Anthony Jenkin 40 - 28 Maria Thomson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Catherine Stokes 80
1722 05/01/1996 P Anthony Jenkin 68 - 51 Barbara Taylor Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Catherine Stokes 69
1723 08/01/1996 P Anthony Jenkin 62 - 42 Ben Jeffrey Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Catherine Stokes 73
1724 09/01/1996 P Anthony Jenkin 64 - 48 Shelagh Melville Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Catherine Stokes 69
1725 10/01/1996 P Anthony Jenkin 64 - 27 David Bremner Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Catherine Stokes 84
1726 11/01/1996 P Anthony Jenkin 44 - 29 Diane Simpkins Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Catherine Stokes 70
1727 12/01/1996 P Anthony Jenkin 59 - 31 Nevil Malin Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Catherine Stokes 73
1728 15/01/1996 P Anthony Jenkin 58 - 26 Angela Raker Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Catherine Stokes 72
1729 16/01/1996 P David Benson 50 - 33 Barry Hussey Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Catherine Stokes 73
1730 17/01/1996 P David Benson 56 - 31 Bill Williamson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Stilgoe Kendall Clarke 84
1731 18/01/1996 P David Benson 55 - 52 Carolyn Pearce Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Stilgoe Kendall Clarke 71
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
1738 29/01/1996 P Madeleine Evans 47 - 37 Alan Gillies Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Kendall Clarke 74
1739 30/01/1996 P Madeleine Evans 33 - 47 Ralph Huckin Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Kendall Clarke 73
1740 31/01/1996 P Sue Jones 43 - 36 Ralph Huckin Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Kendall Clarke 74
1741 01/02/1996 P Sue Jones 39 - 44 Chris Lang Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Kendall Clarke 68
1742 02/02/1996 P Richard Hayes 53 - 51 Chris Lang Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Denis Norden Kendall Clarke 72
1743 05/02/1996 P Richard Hayes 43 - 40 Pat Wheeler Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Denis Norden Kendall Clarke 68
1744 06/02/1996 P Richard Hayes 23 - 52 Brian Phillips Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Denis Norden Kendall Clarke 74
1745 07/02/1996 P Seamus McAteer 42 - 27 Brian Phillips Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Denis Norden Kendall Clarke 72
1746 08/02/1996 P Seamus McAteer 54 - 17 Clair Leadbeater Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Denis Norden Kendall Clarke 69
1747 09/02/1996 P Seamus McAteer 42 - 32 Ronnie Lambert Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Denis Norden Kendall Clarke 71
1748 12/02/1996 P Seamus McAteer 41 - 62 Steve Gruzd Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman David Jacobs Kendall Clarke 75
1749 13/02/1996 P Gail Hardman 24 - 49 Steve Gruzd Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman David Jacobs Kendall Clarke 70
1750 14/02/1996 P Bob Lynn 53 - 47 Steve Gruzd Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman David Jacobs Kendall Clarke 83
1751 15/02/1996 P Bob Lynn 47 - 51 Peter Burt Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman David Jacobs Kendall Clarke 82
1752 16/02/1996 P Patsy Watson 54 - 64* Peter Burt Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman David Jacobs Kendall Clarke 74
1753 19/02/1996 P Les Dodd 46 - 74 Peter Burt Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman David Jacobs Kendall Clarke 82
1754 20/02/1996 P Kevin Fisk 51 - 44 Peter Burt Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman David Jacobs Kendall Clarke 74
1755 21/02/1996 P Kevin Fisk 47 - 39 Joy Fieldman Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Catherine Stokes 70
1756 22/02/1996 P Kevin Fisk 48 - 37 John McNally Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Catherine Stokes 75
1757 23/02/1996 P Kevin Fisk 44 - 48 Bryan Darbey Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Catherine Stokes 70
1758 26/02/1996 P Margaret Watson 38 - 50 Bryan Darbey Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Catherine Stokes 72
1759 27/02/1996 P David Acton 67 - 42 Bryan Darbey Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Catherine Stokes 70
1760 28/02/1996 P David Acton 62 - 21 John Shirreffs Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Catherine Stokes 82
1761 29/02/1996 P David Acton 47 - 40 Joan Coker Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Catherine Stokes 70
1762 01/03/1996 P David Acton 81 - 8 Peter Chamberlain Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Catherine Stokes 83
1763 04/03/1996 P David Acton 52 - 44 Ed Barlow Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Catherine Stokes 72
1764 05/03/1996 P David Acton 52 - 31 Liz Groombridge Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Catherine Stokes 72
1765 06/03/1996 P David Acton 70 - 35 Paulinus Barnes Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Catherine Stokes 72
1766 07/03/1996 P David Acton 55 - 44 Paul Parry Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Catherine Stokes 73
1767 08/03/1996 P Philip Treloggan 36 - 52 Anne Bougourd Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tim Rice Susie Dent 71
1768 11/03/1996 P Fred Casely 35 - 40 Anne Bougourd Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tim Rice Susie Dent 73
1769 12/03/1996 P Michael Cartwright 42 - 49 Anne Bougourd Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tim Rice Susie Dent 71
1770 13/03/1996 P Rachael Stuart 26 - 53 Anne Bougourd Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tim Rice Susie Dent 68
1771 14/03/1996 P Chris Williams 50 - 33 Anne Bougourd Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tim Rice Susie Dent 83
1772 15/03/1996 P Chris Williams 60 - 50 George Law Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Rosalind Ayres Susie Dent 71
1773 18/03/1996 P Chris Williams 66 - 32 Allison Roberts Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 71
1774 19/03/1996 P Chris Williams 41 - 42 David Ligat Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Rosalind Ayres Susie Dent 69
1775 20/03/1996 P Ged Coyle 46 - 51 David Ligat Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 70
1776 21/03/1996 QF Kevin Fisk 36 - 63 David Acton Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Rosalind Ayres Susie Dent 93
1777 22/03/1996 QF Anthony Jenkin 26 - 54 Chris Williams Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 72
1778 25/03/1996 QF Peter Burt 16 - 44 Kenneth Michie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Rosalind Ayres Susie Dent 73
1779 26/03/1996 QF Glyn Wigley 42 - 46 Anne Bougourd Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Martin Jarvis Susie Dent 72
1780 27/03/1996 SF David Acton 54 - 48 Anne Bougourd Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Rosalind Ayres Susie Dent 74
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
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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