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Series 38

From Countdown

Series 38 ran from December 1997 to June 1998, and began with Championship of Champions IX. The thirty-eighth of 53 series presented by Richard Whiteley, it was won by John Ashmore.

Series 38 was the first series to run for 6 months rather than the previously standard 3 months.

Richard Whiteley also revealed in the first episode of this series that, due to the series being extended in length from three to six months, the number of games won would, from this series onwards, take precedence over the number of points scored in terms of the seed table for the quarter finals (previously, the number of points scored would take precedence over the number of games won, so that an unbeaten Octochamp would often finish behind a seven-times winner who had lost their eighth game). The idea was to reward an Octochamp for their unbeaten record by automatically guaranteeing them a high ranking in the seedings table, and therefore a (potentially) easier quarter final-tie. In the event, however, all the seeds in this series were in points order anyway.

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Chris Toyne 7 449
2 Jill Bright 6 417
3 Keith Burton 6 399
4 Gerry Pearce 6 392
5 John Ashmore 4 269
6 Ged Hayes 4 259
7 Steve Fisher 3 228
8 Ruth Atkin 3 225
Between Series 38 and Series 59, players were sorted by number of wins, then by number of points. Points from both wins and losses count. Points from sudden death conundrums were not counted, and players with the same number of wins and points were sorted by highest score.

Finals progress

Chris Toyne (1) vs Ruth Atkin (8) Chris Toyne (1) vs John Ashmore (5) John Ashmore (5)
vs
Steve Fisher (7)
John Ashmore (5) vs Gerry Pearce (4)
Keith Burton (3) vs Ged Hayes (6) Keith Burton (3) vs Steve Fisher (7)
Steve Fisher (7) vs Jill Bright (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
29 December 1997–16 January 1998: Championship of Champions IX
2178 19/01/1998 P Richard Basi 48 - 29 Marie Biggs Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tom O'Connor Mark Nyman 74
2179 20/01/1998 P Richard Basi 63 - 33 Martin Hanna Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tom O'Connor Mark Nyman 73
2180 21/01/1998 P Richard Basi 33 - 64 Sarah Gawor Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Ken Bruce Mark Nyman 73
2181 22/01/1998 P Sarah Gawor 47 - 57 Ronald Allday Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Ken Bruce Mark Nyman 71
2182 23/01/1998 P Ronald Allday 52 - 62* Jamie Jones Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Ken Bruce Mark Nyman 73
2183 26/01/1998 P Jamie Jones 43 - 51 Terry Turner Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Ken Bruce Mark Nyman 70
2184 27/01/1998 P Terry Turner 42 - 36 Margaret McCrirrick Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Ken Bruce Mark Nyman 71
2185 28/01/1998 P Terry Turner 54 - 41 Chris Robson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Ken Bruce Mark Nyman 72
2186 29/01/1998 P Terry Turner 50 - 59 Gerry Pearce Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Angela Rippon Mark Nyman 83
2187 30/01/1998 P Gerry Pearce 47 - 21 Bill Pretsell Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Angela Rippon Mark Nyman 67
2188 2/02/1998 P Gerry Pearce 56 - 33 Paul Thompson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Angela Rippon Mark Nyman 75
2189 3/02/1998 P Gerry Pearce 61 - 14 Ellen Carruthers Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Angela Rippon Mark Nyman 71
2190 4/02/1998 P Gerry Pearce 59 - 41 Peter Ritchie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Angela Rippon Mark Nyman 73
2191 5/02/1998 P Gerry Pearce 75* - 65 Shaun Peters Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Angela Rippon Mark Nyman 85
2192 6/02/1998 P Gerry Pearce 35 - 69 Grace Nardone Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Mark Nyman 79
2193 9/02/1998 P Grace Nardone 51 - 42 Roy Seaman Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Mark Nyman 74
2194 10/02/1998 P Grace Nardone 31 - 51 Gary Davis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Mark Nyman 72
2195 11/02/1998 P Gary Davis 50 - 26 Margaret Hill Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Mark Nyman 81
2196 12/02/1998 P Gary Davis 68 - 31 Dave Bonas Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Mark Nyman 74
2197 13/02/1998 P Gary Davis 30 - 50 Peter Moulding Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nigel Rees Mark Nyman 73
2198 16/02/1998 P Peter Moulding 53 - 46 Sally May Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nanette Newman Mark Nyman 73
2199 17/02/1998 P Peter Moulding 54 - 38 Brian Firth Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nanette Newman Mark Nyman 74
2200 18/02/1998 P Peter Moulding 53 - 56 Ruth Atkin Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nanette Newman Mark Nyman 75
2201 19/02/1998 P Ruth Atkin 57 - 38 Peter Lindeck Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Nanette Newman Mark Nyman 75
2202 20/02/1998 P Ruth Atkin 66 - 49 Mary Kelleher Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tim Rice Susie Dent 71
2203 23/02/1998 P Ruth Atkin 46 - 47 Steve Fisher Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tim Rice Susie Dent 84
2204 24/02/1998 P Steve Fisher 65 - 12 Sam Twivy Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tim Rice Susie Dent 72
2205 25/02/1998 P Steve Fisher 52 - 19 Dorothy Baker Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tim Rice Susie Dent 74
2206 26/02/1998 P Steve Fisher 64 - 66 Keith Burton Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tim Rice Susie Dent 83
2207 27/02/1998 P Keith Burton 57 - 24 Andrew Stevens Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tim Rice Susie Dent 72
2208 2/03/1998 P Keith Burton 51 - 50 Brenda Shaw Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 74
2209 3/03/1998 P Keith Burton 61 - 26 Eric Castle Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 74
2210 4/03/1998 P Keith Burton 68 - 34 Davey Green Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 73
2211 5/03/1998 P Keith Burton 59 - 24 Jane Colbourne Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 69
2212 6/03/1998 P Keith Burton 37 - 46 Colin Campbell Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 72
2213 9/03/1998 P Colin Campbell 43 - 48 Richard Perry Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 72
2214 10/03/1998 P Richard Perry 44 - 54 Stan Hayward Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 72
2215 11/03/1998 P Stan Hayward 50 - 61 Mona Mahoney Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Stilgoe Mark Nyman 83
2216 12/03/1998 P Mona Mahoney 40 - 47 Andrew Ford Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Stilgoe Mark Nyman 71
2217 13/03/1998 P Andrew Ford 61 - 27 Bill Richardson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Stilgoe Mark Nyman 74
2218 16/03/1998 P Andrew Ford 21 - 47 Tracy Clarke Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Stilgoe Mark Nyman 71
2219 17/03/1998 P Tracy Clarke 48 - 50 Trevor Montague Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Stilgoe Mark Nyman 74
2220 18/03/1998 P Trevor Montague 39 - 48 Jim Gibson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Stilgoe Mark Nyman 73
2221 19/03/1998 P Jim Gibson 30 - 60 Jean Gallacher Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Mark Nyman 86
2222 20/03/1998 P Jean Gallacher 50 - 32 Alex Davis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Mark Nyman 72
2223 23/03/1998 P Jean Gallacher 51 - 45 Reg Pecry Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Mark Nyman 73
2224 24/03/1998 P Jean Gallacher 35 - 59 Pat Richards Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Mark Nyman 84
2225 25/03/1998 P Pat Richards 51 - 61* Phil Cooke Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Mark Nyman 75
2226 26/03/1998 P Phil Cooke 55 - 42 Harrison Clegg Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Mark Nyman 71
2227 27/03/1998 P Phil Cooke 41 - 51* Adele Colley Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Digance Mark Nyman 72
2228 30/03/1998 P Adele Colley 49 - 41 Ted Cummings Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Digance Mark Nyman 70
2229 31/03/1998 P Adele Colley 31 - 52 Robert Mill Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Digance Mark Nyman 71
2230 1/04/1998 P Robert Mill 52 - 62* Eric Boland Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Digance Mark Nyman 73
2231 2/04/1998 P Eric Boland 37 - 45 Liz Smith Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Digance Mark Nyman 71
2232 3/04/1998 P Liz Smith 36 - 49 Alan Atkins Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Digance Mark Nyman 73
2233 6/04/1998 P Alan Atkins 55 - 48 Brian Boonham Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Philip Franks Susie Dent 71
2234 7/04/1998 P Alan Atkins 40 - 50 John Ashmore Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Philip Franks Susie Dent 83
2235 8/04/1998 P John Ashmore 60 - 38 Cath Paxton Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Philip Franks Susie Dent 69
2236 9/04/1998 P John Ashmore 59 - 36 Harold Blythe Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Philip Franks Susie Dent 80
2237 10/04/1998 P John Ashmore 56 - 28 John Williams Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Philip Franks Susie Dent 69
2238 13/04/1998 P John Ashmore 44 - 59 Peter Malone Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Philip Franks Susie Dent 74
2239 14/04/1998 P Peter Malone 43 - 51 Jean Patterson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Magnus Magnusson Susie Dent 75
2240 15/04/1998 P Jean Patterson 42 - 44 John Jones Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Magnus Magnusson Susie Dent 83
2241 16/04/1998 P John Jones 40 - 23 Garry Mitchell Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Magnus Magnusson Susie Dent 73
2242 17/04/1998 P John Jones 61 - 22 Karla Parsons Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Magnus Magnusson Susie Dent 72
2243 20/04/1998 P John Jones 20 - 62 Alastair Armstrong Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Magnus Magnusson Susie Dent 72
2244 21/04/1998 P Alastair Armstrong 52 - 40 Chris Kenny Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Magnus Magnusson Susie Dent 82
2245 22/04/1998 P Alastair Armstrong 44 - 43 David Borlase Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Toyah Willcox Mark Nyman 73
2246 23/04/1998 P Alastair Armstrong 29 - 51 Angela Waller Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Toyah Willcox Mark Nyman 73
2247 24/04/1998 P Angela Waller 55 - 46 Alistair Houston Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Toyah Willcox Mark Nyman 76
2248 27/04/1998 P Angela Waller 26 - 65 Ged Hayes Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Toyah Willcox Mark Nyman 70
2249 28/04/1998 P Ged Hayes 48 - 29 Debbie Tomlinson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Toyah Willcox Mark Nyman 75
2250 29/04/1998 P Ged Hayes 48 - 46 Paul James Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Toyah Willcox Mark Nyman 84
2251 30/04/1998 P Ged Hayes 61 - 29 Diane Lopian Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Anne Gregg Mark Nyman 89
2252 1/05/1998 P Ged Hayes 37 - 43 Paul Miller Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Anne Gregg Mark Nyman 73
2253 4/05/1998 P Paul Miller 42 - 57 Alan Reynolds Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Anne Gregg Mark Nyman 83
2254 5/05/1998 P Alan Reynolds 30 - 73 Matthew Taylor Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Gloria Hunniford Mark Nyman 81
2255 6/05/1998 P Matthew Taylor 44 - 40 Alan Viney Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Gloria Hunniford Mark Nyman 73
2256 7/05/1998 P Matthew Taylor 25 - 46 Stuart McQuitty Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Gloria Hunniford Mark Nyman 70
2257 8/05/1998 P Stuart McQuitty 58* - 48 Christine Livingstone Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Gloria Hunniford Mark Nyman 69
2258 11/05/1998 P Stuart McQuitty 49 - 17 Stephen Webber Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Gloria Hunniford Mark Nyman 71
2259 12/05/1998 P Stuart McQuitty 47 - 51 Chris Toyne Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Gloria Hunniford Mark Nyman 74
2260 13/05/1998 P Chris Toyne 60 - 51 Richard Grant Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Barry Cryer Susie Dent 72
2261 14/05/1998 P Chris Toyne 60 - 37 Barbara Deane Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Barry Cryer Susie Dent 83
2262 15/05/1998 P Chris Toyne 58 - 23 Ian Buglass Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Barry Cryer Susie Dent 73
2263 18/05/1998 P Chris Toyne 53 - 45 Arthur Johnstone Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Rick Wakeman Anna Eaton 84
2264 19/05/1998 P Chris Toyne 59 - 29 Kim Steinberg Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Rick Wakeman Anna Eaton 73
2265 20/05/1998 P Chris Toyne 55 - 51 Maureen Chamberlain Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Rick Wakeman Anna Eaton 72
2266 21/05/1998 P Chris Toyne 53 - 55 James O'Rourke Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Rick Wakeman Anna Eaton 74
2267 22/05/1998 P James O'Rourke 30 - 35 Daniel Summers Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Rick Wakeman Anna Eaton 74
2268 25/05/1998 P Daniel Summers 59 - 55 Helen Ross Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Rick Wakeman Anna Eaton 75
2269 26/05/1998 P Daniel Summers 24 - 53 Chris Smith Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Rick Wakeman Anna Eaton 84
2270 27/05/1998 P Chris Smith 45 - 56 Jill Bright Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Merrill Thomas Mark Nyman 80
2271 28/05/1998 P Jill Bright 81 - 38 Wilma Anscombe Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Merrill Thomas Mark Nyman 94
2272 29/05/1998 P Jill Bright 61* - 51 Sam Essen Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Merrill Thomas Mark Nyman 73
2273 1/06/1998 P Jill Bright 54 - 33 Stephen Fyffe Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jo Brand Mark Nyman 74
2274 2/06/1998 P Jill Bright 56 - 53 Kathy Walker Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jo Brand Mark Nyman 74
2275 3/06/1998 P Jill Bright 59 - 49 Alasdair Dowling Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jo Brand Mark Nyman 84
2276 4/06/1998 P Jill Bright 50 - 55 Kelvin Philpott Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jo Brand Mark Nyman 81
2277 5/06/1998 P Kelvin Philpott 40 - 59 Martin Hoskins Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jo Brand Mark Nyman 85
2278 8/06/1998 P Martin Hoskins 46 - 26 Janaki Mahadevan Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jo Brand Mark Nyman 70
2279 9/06/1998 P Martin Hoskins 31 - 39 Alison Barnes Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tom O'Connor Anna Eaton 74
2280 10/06/1998 P Alison Barnes 53 - 46 Bill Gardner Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tom O'Connor Anna Eaton 73
2281 11/06/1998 P Alison Barnes 46 - 32 Graham Buckingham Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Tom O'Connor Anna Eaton 72
2282 12/06/1998 P Alison Barnes 34 - 48 Malcolm Nicholls Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Susie Dent 69
2283 15/06/1998 P Malcolm Nicholls 27 - 59 John Holroyd Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Susie Dent 75
2284 16/06/1998 P John Holroyd 66 - 35 Margaret Read Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Susie Dent 74
2285 17/06/1998 P John Holroyd 46 - 56 Gillian Galek Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Susie Dent 81
2286 18/06/1998 QF Chris Toyne 64 - 37 Ruth Atkin Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Susie Dent 71
2287 19/06/1998 QF Jill Bright 51 - 56 Steve Fisher Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Jan Harvey Susie Dent 73
2288 22/06/1998 QF Keith Burton 49 - 25 Ged Hayes Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 71
2289 23/06/1998 QF Gerry Pearce 61 - 71* John Ashmore Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 82
2290 24/06/1998 SF Chris Toyne 40 - 55 John Ashmore Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 74
2291 25/06/1998 SF Steve Fisher 53 - 36 Keith Burton Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 84
2292 26/06/1998 GF John Ashmore 91 - 79 Steve Fisher Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 113
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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