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Series 7

From Countdown
The prize presentation for the Grand Final of Series 7.

Series 7 ran from October 1985 to December 1985. Episodes were broadcast at 4:30 pm. The seventh of 53 series presented by Richard Whiteley, it was won by Ian Bebbington. The runner-up prize was £100 of book tokens.

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Clive Freedman 8 409
2 Julian Hough 6 329
3 Tim O'Kane 4+1 267
4 Robert Coton 4 214
5 Ian Bebbington 3 177
6 Jean Fish 3 152
7 Tim Davies 2+1 144
8 Gary Franks 2 104
Numbers after "+" signs in the Wins column represent drawn games.

*Marion Johnstone, with 2 wins and 109 points, would have been the #8 seed, but for unknown reasons, she didn't return for the finals, so Gary Franks took her place.


Between Series 3 and Series 20, players were ranked by total number of points, including winning and drawing scores, but not losing ones.

NOTE: Due to a rule that was in place at the time, win and point totals were reset if a player crossed a boundary between series. In addition to becoming an octochamp in Series 7, Clive Freedman had also won one additional game in Series 6.

Finals progress

Clive Freedman (1) vs Gary Franks (8) Clive Freedman (1) vs Ian Bebbington (5) Ian Bebbington (5)
vs
Julian Hough (2)
Ian Bebbington (5) vs Robert Coton (4)
Tim O'Kane (3) vs Jean Fish (6) Jean Fish (6) vs Julian Hough (2)
Tim Davies (7) vs Julian Hough (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
289 14/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 49 - 40 James Baillie Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth ??
290 15/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 52 - 31 Paul Darnley Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth ??
291 16/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 36 - 6 Jill Payne Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth ??
292 17/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 48 - 29 David Braines Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth ??
293 18/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 55 - 37 Steve Drinkwater Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth ??
294 21/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 46 - 40 Michael Rowlands Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth ??
295 22/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 67 - 19 Joan Bebbington Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
296 23/10/1985 P Clive Freedman 56 - 38 Andrew Thomson Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
297 24/10/1985 P Peter Collier 35 - 35 Dennis Allen Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
298 25/10/1985 P Peter Collier 55 - 40 Dennis Allen Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
299 28/10/1985 P Peter Collier 29 - 47 Jean Fish Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
300 29/10/1985 P Phil Wall 43 - 46 Jean Fish Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
301 30/10/1985 P Pauline West 43 - 59 Jean Fish Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Steve Jones ??
302 31/10/1985 P Michael Spencer 54 - 34 Jean Fish Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Steve Jones ??
303 01/11/1985 P Michael Spencer 16 - 66 Ian Bebbington Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Steve Jones ??
304 04/11/1985 P Ken Brown 31 - 52 Ian Bebbington Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Steve Jones ??
305 05/11/1985 P Michael McCormack 18 - 59 Ian Bebbington Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Steve Jones ??
306 06/11/1985 P Marion Johnstone 52 - 41 Ian Bebbington Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Steve Jones ??
307 07/11/1985 P Marion Johnstone 57 - 29 Graham Green Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
308 08/11/1985 P Marion Johnstone 36 - 45 Cliff Loy Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
309 11/11/1985 P Susan Wallace 49 - 30 Cliff Loy Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
310 12/11/1985 P Susan Wallace 36 - 57 Tim O'Kane Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
311 13/11/1985 P Enid Fordham 35 - 35 Tim O'Kane Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
312 14/11/1985 P Tim O'Kane 55 - 38 Enid Fordham Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
313 15/11/1985 P Margaret Reid 29 - 57 Tim O'Kane Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
314 19/11/1985 P Robert Bosher 46 - 63 Tim O'Kane Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
315 20/11/1985 P Tim Davies 50 - 43 Tim O'Kane Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner John Junkin ??
316 21/11/1985 P Tim Davies 50 - 34 Honey Russell Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth ??
317 22/11/1985 P Tim Davies 44 - 44 Arthur Boden Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth ??
318 23/11/1985 P Tim Davies 31 - 44 Arthur Boden Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth ??
319 25/11/1985 P Patricia Da Costa 49 - 15 Arthur Boden Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Gyles Brandreth ??
320 26/11/1985 P Robert Coton 48 - 42 Patricia Da Costa Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy ??
321 27/11/1985 P Robert Coton 70 - 31 Cyril Annis Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy ??
322 28/11/1985 P Robert Coton 45 - 25 Philip Faulkner Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy ??
323 29/11/1985 P Robert Coton 51 - 39 John Hawker Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy ??
324 02/12/1985 P Robert Coton 38 - 49 Gary Franks Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy ??
325 03/12/1985 P June Fawcett 13 - 55 Gary Franks Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy ??
326 04/12/1985 P Julian Hough 60 - 45 Gary Franks Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy ??
327 05/12/1985 P Julian Hough 58 - 36 Philip Godfrey Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy ??
328 06/12/1985 P Julian Hough 45 - 37 Neil Stein Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy ??
329 09/12/1985 P Julian Hough 54 - 27 Leslie Pollitt Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy 73
330 10/12/1985 P Julian Hough 50 - 19 Steve Holdsworth Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy 71
331 11/12/1985 P Julian Hough 62 - 17 Bob Balmer Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Bill Tidy 70
332 12/12/1985 QF Clive Freedman 63 - 19 Gary Franks Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 72
333 13/12/1985 QF Julian Hough 63 - 34 Tim Davies Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 82
334 16/12/1985 QF Tim O'Kane 54 - 57 Jean Fish Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 75
335 17/12/1985 QF Robert Coton 53 - 65 Ian Bebbington Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 73
336 18/12/1985 SF Clive Freedman 46 - 49 Ian Bebbington Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 70
337 19/12/1985 SF Jean Fish 37 - 59 Julian Hough Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 73
338 20/12/1985 GF Ian Bebbington 82 - 77 Julian Hough Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Cathy Hytner Richard Stilgoe,
John Junkin
Della Thompson 127

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