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Series 62

From Countdown
Series 62 champion Oliver Garner (fourth left) with his winning dictionaries and trophy.
Oliver Garner holding the Richard Whiteley Memorial Trophy.

Series 62 ran from 11 January to 18 June 2010, and was the third of six series presented by Jeff Stelling. It was the first 15-round series in which only one of the players in the semi-finals was an octochamp. It had two overall octochamps, tied with Series 49 as the lowest number of octochamps in a 15-round series. The series was won by Oliver Garner.

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Oliver Garner 8 802
2 Danny Pledger 8 635
3 Dave Wilkinson 7 618
4 Peter Zyss 7 617
5 Craig Chittenden 6 662
6 Lee Graham 6 627
7 Nicki Sellars 6 556
8 Claudia Tyson 6 545
Since Series 60, players are sorted by number of wins, then by number of points. Points from both wins and losses count. Points from sudden death conundrums are not counted, and players with the same number of wins and points are sorted by the number of conundrums correctly guessed, then highest single-game score.

Finals progress

Oliver Garner (1) vs Claudia Tyson (8) Oliver Garner (1) vs Craig Chittenden (5) Oliver Garner (1)
vs
Nicki Sellars (7)
Craig Chittenden (5) vs Peter Zyss (4)
Dave Wilkinson (3) vs Lee Graham (6) Lee Graham (6) vs Nicki Sellars (7)
Nicki Sellars (7) vs Danny Pledger (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Series finals

For the first time since Series 49, there were no crucial conundrums in the finals.

It was no surprise when Oliver Garner beat Claudia Tyson 123 – 75, but what was surprising was that it turned out that seeds 2, 3, and 4 did not make it past the quarter-finals. Instead, through went seeds 5, 6 and 7, something that had not occurred since Series 34. At this point, Garner's chances shot up, being a member of the 800 club.

In the first semi-final, Garner left maths whizz Chittenden in a less closely fought game than expected. In the second semi-final, there was a rematch between Sellars and Graham, who had met before in the preliminary rounds, in which Graham came out on top 76 – 73. But in the semi, revenge tasted sweet for Sellars, as Graham lost by a whopping 38 points, 89 – 51. A special could be expected between these two...

In the Grand Final, No. 1-ranked Garner beat No. 7-ranked Sellars by 45 points, winning 107 – 62, and becoming Countdown champion of Series 62.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
4954 11/01/2010 P Jan Parker 83 - 70 Robert Kennedy Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Brian Capron Susie Dent 128
4955 12/01/2010 P Jan Parker 72 - 84 Oliver Garner Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Brian Capron Susie Dent 116
4956 13/01/2010 P Oliver Garner 105 - 22 Troy Ramsey-Axelsson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Brian Capron Susie Dent 126
4957 14/01/2010 P Oliver Garner 113 - 67 Andy Hewitt Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Brian Capron Susie Dent 129
4958 15/01/2010 P Oliver Garner 114 - 67 Garry Brough Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Brian Capron Susie Dent 119
4959 18/01/2010 P Oliver Garner 99 - 48 Keith Bush Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Stapleton Susie Dent 129
4960 19/01/2010 P Oliver Garner 115 - 48 Wendy Trigg Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Stapleton Susie Dent 132
4961 20/01/2010 P Oliver Garner 91 - 67 Daphne Lord Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Stapleton Susie Dent 112
4962 21/01/2010 P Oliver Garner 81 - 75 Mark Goodliffe Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Stapleton Susie Dent 115
4963 22/01/2010 P Jagie Rai 41 - 92 Colin Grainger Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Stapleton Susie Dent 126
4964 25/01/2010 P Colin Grainger 69 - 107 James Rawson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 116
4965 26/01/2010 P James Rawson 93 - 68 Glenn Sheasby Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 121
4966 27/01/2010 P James Rawson 110 - 41 Phil South Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 116
4967 28/01/2010 P James Rawson 100 - 90 Toni Balestra Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 129
4968 29/01/2010 P James Rawson 76 - 81 Howard Lovelady Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 141
4969 01/02/2010 P Howard Lovelady 68 - 84 Norman Rudland Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kaye Adams Susie Dent 131
4970 02/02/2010 P Norman Rudland 68 - 82 Mark Abbitt Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kaye Adams Susie Dent 121
4971 03/02/2010 P Mark Abbitt 49 - 101 Jay Lopian Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kaye Adams Susie Dent 127
4972 04/02/2010 P Jay Lopian 85 - 61 Rosina Bellerby Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kaye Adams Susie Dent 123
4973 05/02/2010 P Jay Lopian 81 - 79 Phill Thorne Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kaye Adams Susie Dent 130
4974 08/02/2010 P Jay Lopian 84 - 97 Craig Chittenden Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Mark Foster Susie Dent 120
4975 09/02/2010 P Craig Chittenden 92 - 46 Alan Legg Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Mark Foster Susie Dent 133
4976 10/02/2010 P Craig Chittenden 98 - 26 Keith Chatton Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Mark Foster Susie Dent 130
4977 11/02/2010 P Craig Chittenden 94 - 75 Catherine Jackson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Mark Foster Susie Dent 119
4978 12/02/2010 P Craig Chittenden 107 - 40 Mark Gascoigne Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Mark Foster Susie Dent 130
4979 15/02/2010 P Craig Chittenden 99 - 45 Angus Burns Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Graham Cole Susie Dent 121
4980 16/02/2010 P Craig Chittenden 75 - 81 Christopher Smith Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Graham Cole Susie Dent 116
4981 17/02/2010 P Christopher Smith 72 - 92 Heather Badcock Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Graham Cole Susie Dent 142
4982 18/02/2010 P Heather Badcock 82 - 54 Stevie Wright Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Graham Cole Susie Dent 122
4983 19/02/2010 P Heather Badcock 93 - 77 Irene Wilson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Graham Cole Susie Dent 123
4984 22/02/2010 P Heather Badcock 86 - 89 Barney Maunder-Taylor Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Jenni Falconer Susie Dent 130
4985 23/02/2010 P Barney Maunder-Taylor 70 - 82 Adam Guest Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Jenni Falconer Susie Dent 131
4986 24/02/2010 P Adam Guest 55 - 89 Clarke Carlisle Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Jenni Falconer Susie Dent 115
4987 25/02/2010 P Clarke Carlisle 101 - 78 Alexander Johnston Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Jenni Falconer Susie Dent 120
4988 26/02/2010 P Clarke Carlisle 86 - 89 Raheel Mirza Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Jenni Falconer Susie Dent 151
4989 01/03/2010 P Raheel Mirza 72 - 67 Sarah Wilkinson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 119
4990 02/03/2010 P Raheel Mirza 90 - 36 Phil Peart Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 119
4991 03/03/2010 P Raheel Mirza 85 - 41 Colin Davis Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 133
4992 04/03/2010 P Raheel Mirza 81 - 56 Shakeel Aamer Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 117
4993 05/03/2010 P Raheel Mirza 89 - 94 Jamie Ellwood Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Nicholas Owen Susie Dent 133
4994 08/03/2010 P Jamie Ellwood 68 - 93 Kevin Davis Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 127
4995 09/03/2010 P Kevin Davis 96 - 41 Stevan Ryan Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 132
4996 10/03/2010 P Kevin Davis 87 - 44 Sam Denniss Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 142
4997 11/03/2010 P Kevin Davis 94 - 50 Darryl Hall Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 128
4998 12/03/2010 P Kevin Davis 80 - 73 Stuart Inglis Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 129
4999 22/03/2010 P Kevin Davis 66 - 71 Dave Wilkinson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Gregg Wallace Susie Dent 114
5000 23/03/2010 P Dave Wilkinson 88 - 72 Charles Bockett-Pugh Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Gregg Wallace Susie Dent 130
5001 24/03/2010 P Dave Wilkinson 79 - 48 Paul Archard Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Gregg Wallace Susie Dent 121
5002 25/03/2010 P Dave Wilkinson 83 - 59 Anne Evans Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Gregg Wallace Susie Dent 120
5003 26/03/2010 P Dave Wilkinson 76 - 54 Charlotte Godwyn Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Des Lynam Susie Dent 133
5004 29/03/2010 P Dave Wilkinson 75 - 69 Jamie Bradbury Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kim Woodburn Susie Dent 117
5005 30/03/2010 P Dave Wilkinson 80 - 73 Anna Woodward Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kim Woodburn Susie Dent 118
5006 31/03/2010 P Dave Wilkinson 66 - 79 Barry Watson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kim Woodburn Susie Dent 122
5007 01/04/2010 P Barry Watson 95 - 64 Rodney Carbery Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kim Woodburn Susie Dent 140
5008 02/04/2010 P Barry Watson 79 - 87 Peter Zyss Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kim Woodburn Susie Dent 122
5009 05/04/2010 P Peter Zyss 100* - 90 Steve Tamplin Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Suchet Susie Dent 119
5010 06/04/2010 P Peter Zyss 81 - 47 Hamish Ewan Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Suchet Susie Dent 122
5011 07/04/2010 P Peter Zyss 87 - 79 Daniel Stevanato Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Suchet Susie Dent 117
5012 08/04/2010 P Peter Zyss 65 - 60 Brian Kuhl Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Suchet Susie Dent 132
5013 09/04/2010 P Peter Zyss 55 - 38 Andrew Pullan Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Suchet Susie Dent 115
5014 12/04/2010 P Peter Zyss 83 - 78 Ned Walker Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dave Spikey Susie Dent 116
5015 13/04/2010 P Peter Zyss 69 - 83 Claudia Tyson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dave Spikey Susie Dent 119
5016 14/04/2010 P Claudia Tyson 80 - 66 Andy Bosworth Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dave Spikey Susie Dent 119
5017 15/04/2010 P Claudia Tyson 87 - 78 Cecilia Pipe Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dave Spikey Susie Dent 131
5018 16/04/2010 P Claudia Tyson 69 - 65 Bill Langton Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dave Spikey Susie Dent 115
5019 19/04/2010 P Claudia Tyson 86 - 81 Carol Rudland Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Ken Bruce Susie Dent 119
5020 20/04/2010 P Claudia Tyson 87 - 47 Steve Pothecary Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Ken Bruce Susie Dent 117
5021 21/04/2010 P Claudia Tyson 53 - 60 Chris Jones Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Ken Bruce Susie Dent 112
5022 22/04/2010 P Chris Jones 63 - 81 Nicki Sellars Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Ken Bruce Susie Dent 119
5023 23/04/2010 P Nicki Sellars 90 - 78 Phil Reynolds Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Ken Bruce Susie Dent 118
5024 26/04/2010 P Nicki Sellars 85 - 60 Brian McAulay Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Parrott Susie Dent 122
5025 27/04/2010 P Nicki Sellars 83 - 75 Annette Sutton Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Parrott Susie Dent 119
5026 28/04/2010 P Nicki Sellars 76 - 52 David Tidd Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Parrott Susie Dent 118
5027 29/04/2010 P Nicki Sellars 68 - 64 Alan Hibbert Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Parrott Susie Dent 121
5028 30/04/2010 P Nicki Sellars 73 - 76 Lee Graham Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Parrott Susie Dent 129
5029 03/05/2010 P Lee Graham 86 - 51 Nick Singh Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 121
5030 04/05/2010 P Lee Graham 82 - 52 Chris Bell Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 115
5031 05/05/2010 P Lee Graham 94 - 24 Steve Lock Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 116
5032 06/05/2010 P Lee Graham 94 - 55 Rob Chapman Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 118
5033 07/05/2010 P Lee Graham 109 - 70 John Williams Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 126
5034 10/05/2010 P Lee Graham 86 - 90 Gwen Robinson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dr Hilary Jones Susie Dent 116
5035 11/05/2010 P Gwen Robinson 51 - 85 Paul Stevenson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dr Hilary Jones Susie Dent 120
5036 12/05/2010 P Paul Stevenson 84 - 81 Derrick Awcock Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dr Hilary Jones Susie Dent 118
5037 13/05/2010 P Paul Stevenson 78 - 84 Steve Wilson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dr Hilary Jones Susie Dent 138
5038 14/05/2010 P Steve Wilson 89 - 92 Danny Pledger Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dr Hilary Jones Susie Dent 129
5039 17/05/2010 P Danny Pledger 85 - 55 Steven King Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Colin Jackson Susie Dent 128
5040 18/05/2010 P Danny Pledger 74 - 53 Sam Carpenter Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Colin Jackson Susie Dent 119
5041 19/05/2010 P Danny Pledger 76 - 51 Paul Sweetman Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Colin Jackson Susie Dent 120
5042 20/05/2010 P Danny Pledger 96 - 64 Derek Metson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Colin Jackson Susie Dent 118
5043 21/05/2010 P Danny Pledger 65 - 53 Elaine Baig Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Colin Jackson Susie Dent 130
5044 24/05/2010 P Danny Pledger 77 - 64 Peter Joint Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 118
5045 25/05/2010 P Danny Pledger 70 - 54 Gaynor Edwards Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 119
5046 26/05/2010 P Brendan Chadwick 52 - 67 James Saker Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 121
5047 27/05/2010 P James Saker 59 - 82 Dominic Travers Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 128
5048 28/05/2010 P Dominic Travers 98 - 56 Robert Johnson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 117
5049 31/05/2010 P Dominic Travers 96 - 50 Marjorie Knight Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Jon Gaunt Susie Dent 134
5050 01/06/2010 P Dominic Travers 84 - 72 William Dixon Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Jon Gaunt Susie Dent 119
5051 02/06/2010 P Dominic Travers 84 - 79 Ian Pratt Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Jon Gaunt Susie Dent 121
5052 03/06/2010 P Dominic Travers 71 - 108 Scott Gillies Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Jon Gaunt Susie Dent 120
5053 04/06/2010 P Scott Gillies 91 - 52 John Carr Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Jon Gaunt Susie Dent 139
5054 07/06/2010 P Scott Gillies 99 - 39 Derek Wilson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 120
5055 08/06/2010 P Scott Gillies 95 - 57 Leanne Morgan Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 132
5056 09/06/2010 P Scott Gillies 106 - 47 Fran Speight Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 130
5057 10/06/2010 QF Claudia Tyson 75 - 123 Oliver Garner Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 138
5058 11/06/2010 QF Danny Pledger 60 - 100 Nicki Sellars Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 124
5059 14/06/2010 QF Lee Graham 79 - 67 Dave Wilkinson Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 119
5060 15/06/2010 QF Peter Zyss 76 - 98 Craig Chittenden Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 142
5061 16/06/2010 SF Oliver Garner 105 - 69 Craig Chittenden Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 120
5062 17/06/2010 SF Lee Graham 51 - 89 Nicki Sellars Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 118
5063 18/06/2010 GF Nicki Sellars 62 - 107 Oliver Garner Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 120
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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