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Series 77

From Countdown
The overlay of the new set.
The Prize Presentation in the Grand Final of Series 77.
Tom Chafer-Cook holding the Richard Whiteley Memorial Trophy after winning Series 77.

Series 77 ran from 3 July 2017 to 22 December 2017. The twelfth of 18 series presented by Nick Hewer, it was won by Tom Chafer-Cook.

Series 77 was the first to feature the "new" blue set. A photo revealing this set's design (later revealed to be a screencap from the closing credits of Episode 6619, broadcast on 7 July 2017) was tweeted on Rachel Riley's Twitter feed in April 2017; it introduced new brown podiums, which turn pink before the start of a crucial conundrum, and changes to the colour of the floor-mounted platform while preserving the same blue background used from Series 60 through 76. [1] Coupled with that, Episode Cats83 featured the new studio in June 2017.

This series also saw Rachel Riley's 2,000th episode (excluding appearances on Catsdown), a milestone that was celebrated in the episode broadcast on 23 November 2017 with Nick Hewer's presentation of a bouquet and cake to Riley. [2]

From the beginning of the series to the Grand Final, the show was broadcast on every weekday as a result of less televised coverage of sport, with the exception of three Fridays on which Channel 4 instead broadcast live Formula 1. Specifically, the programme was off the air on 14 July, 25 August and on 24 November due to the channel's coverage of the British, Belgian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix respectively. When Channel 4 transmitted the second practice session of the Singapore Grand Prix on 15 September, Countdown was shown at a record-early 12:40pm.

Series 77 broke several records on Countdown. Not only was it the third series after Series 47 and Series 76 to have all eight finalists as octochamps, it was also the first time in 15 years since Series 47 to have all eight octochamps appear in the same series. (Annie Humphries was an octochamp in Series 75, but was unable to make the finals, and was allowed to compete in the Series 76 finals instead.) This also meant that 2017 was the first year that all sixteen finalists were octochamps.

The finals of this series went completely true to the seedings (i.e. the higher seed always beat the lower seed, with no upsets).

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Tom Chafer-Cook 8 896
2 Bradley Horrocks 8 864
3 John Cowen 8 799
4 Noel McIlvenny 8 793
5 Eoin Jackson 8 778
6 Michael Pfeffer 8 770
7 James Kennedy 8 736
8 Graeme Staples 8 678
NOTE: Due to the wrongful disallowals of their offerings of DEFAMOUS and SHAMER respectively, Eoin Jackson's and Michael Pfeffer's respective totals should have been 786 and 776 points respectively; however, the seeding order was not affected by either of these errors.
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

Tom Chafer-Cook (1) vs Graeme Staples (8) Tom Chafer-Cook (1) vs Noel McIlvenny (4) Tom Chafer-Cook (1)
vs
Bradley Horrocks (2)
Eoin Jackson (5) vs Noel McIlvenny (4)
John Cowen (3) vs Michael Pfeffer (6) John Cowen (3) vs Bradley Horrocks (2)
James Kennedy (7) vs Bradley Horrocks (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
6615 03/07/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 118 - 37 Carmel O'Brien Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 134
6616 04/07/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 129 - 21 Nick Knight Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 134
6617 05/07/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 110 - 55 Rob Spereall Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 132
6618 06/07/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 107 - 51 Al Harris Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 132
6619 07/07/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 91 - 73 Martin Smith Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Greg Rusedski Susie Dent 123
6620 10/07/2017 P Tom Chafer-Cook 98 - 17 Barry Taylor Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 130
6621 11/07/2017 P Luke Parker 34 - 75 Laura Marsh Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 135
6622 12/07/2017 P Laura Marsh 59 - 88 Shabir Alidina Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 135
6623 13/07/2017 P Shabir Alidina 67 - 58 Adam Pope Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 143
6624 17/07/2017 P Shabir Alidina 79 - 42 Roberta Johnstone Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 136
6625 18/07/2017 P Shabir Alidina 77 - 55 Martin Davidson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Chris Packham Susie Dent 126
6626 19/07/2017 P Shabir Alidina 53 - 128 John Cowen Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Chris Packham Susie Dent 136
6627 20/07/2017 P John Cowen 106 - 24 Tom Blessington Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Chris Packham Susie Dent 129
6628 21/07/2017 P John Cowen 79 - 38 Raf Seneviratne Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Chris Packham Susie Dent 136
6629 24/07/2017 P John Cowen 97 - 74 Andrew Alden Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Chris Packham Susie Dent 125
6630 25/07/2017 P John Cowen 103 - 77 David Marsh Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 141
6631 26/07/2017 P John Cowen 104 - 35 Pete Hall Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 121
6632 27/07/2017 P John Cowen 88 - 64 Sue Wishart Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 133
6633 28/07/2017 P John Cowen 94 - 46 Vivek Mathews Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 121
6634 31/07/2017 P Michael Pfeffer 93 - 81 Paul Ellis Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 132
6635 01/08/2017 P Michael Pfeffer 95 - 67 Gordon Burgess Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 122
6636 02/08/2017 P Michael Pfeffer 105 - 71 Jonny Currie Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 125
6637 03/08/2017 P Michael Pfeffer 119 - 81 Jack Anscomb Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 141
6638 04/08/2017 P Michael Pfeffer 99 - 65 Emma Higginbotham Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 142
6639 07/08/2017 P Michael Pfeffer 92 - 51 Tyron King Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 156
6640 08/08/2017 P Michael Pfeffer 102 - 48 Brian Kitson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 137
6641 09/08/2017 P Michael Pfeffer 65 - 50 David Whitby Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 141
6642 10/08/2017 P Patrick Hopkins 82 - 46 Jonathon Bizzell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 132
6643 11/08/2017 P Patrick Hopkins 70 - 100 Sarah Capperauld Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 134
6644 14/08/2017 P Sarah Capperauld 78 - 45 Randy D'Cruz Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 141
6645 15/08/2017 P Sarah Capperauld 30 - 83 Noel McIlvenny Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Barry McGuigan Susie Dent 134
6646 16/08/2017 P Noel McIlvenny 100 - 53 Andrew Smithies Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Barry McGuigan Susie Dent 155
6647 17/08/2017 P Noel McIlvenny 96 - 21 Chris Feetenby Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Barry McGuigan Susie Dent 134
6648 18/08/2017 P Noel McIlvenny 109 - 54 Paul Collins Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Barry McGuigan Susie Dent 132
6649 21/08/2017 P Noel McIlvenny 100 - 61 Mike Browning Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Barry McGuigan Susie Dent 144
6650 22/08/2017 P Noel McIlvenny 93 - 16 Ben Parker Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Martin Lewis Susie Dent 140
6651 23/08/2017 P Noel McIlvenny 120 - 36 Neil Harvey Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Martin Lewis Susie Dent 146
6652 24/08/2017 P Noel McIlvenny 92 - 44 Gary Shacklady Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Martin Lewis Susie Dent 127
6653 28/08/2017 P Laurence Jeffrey 73 - 100 David McGaw Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Martin Lewis Susie Dent 135
6654 29/08/2017 P David McGaw 86 - 66 Ravi Shinhmar Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Martin Lewis Susie Dent 133
6655 30/08/2017 P David McGaw 101 - 67 Gabriel Odia Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 120
6656 31/08/2017 P David McGaw 70 - 76 Nikki Saarsteiner Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 130
6657 01/09/2017 P Nikki Saarsteiner 73 - 48 Andrew Booth Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 123
6658 04/09/2017 P Nikki Saarsteiner 86 - 44 Terry Whittaker Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 122
6659 05/09/2017 P Nikki Saarsteiner 82 - 70 Mike Barnett Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Mark Pougatch Susie Dent 124
6660 06/09/2017 P Nikki Saarsteiner 75 - 78 Steve Anderson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 121
6661 07/09/2017 P Steve Anderson 54 - 94 Sarah Holey Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 135
6662 08/09/2017 P Sarah Holey 119 - 45 Mandy Walker Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 147
6663 11/09/2017 P Sarah Holey 95 - 79 Tony Enright Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 125
6664 12/09/2017 P Sarah Holey 72 - 105 Ben Leyburn Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 145
6665 13/09/2017 P Ben Leyburn 114 - 69 Danielle Beswick Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 146
6666 14/09/2017 P Ben Leyburn 76 - 68 Ray Waddington Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 132
6667 15/09/2017 P Ben Leyburn 88 - 85 Paul Conchie Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 135
6668 18/09/2017 P Ben Leyburn 87 - 36 Martin Osborne Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 125
6669 19/09/2017 P Ben Leyburn 88 - 103 Phil Peel Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 138
6670 20/09/2017 P Phil Peel 96 - 56 Joe Ellis Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Steve Backshall Susie Dent 146
6671 21/09/2017 P Phil Peel 83 - 47 Jordan Hale Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Steve Backshall Susie Dent 125
6672 22/09/2017 P Phil Peel 67 - 61 Norman Woodcock Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Steve Backshall Susie Dent 144
6673 25/09/2017 P Phil Peel 97 - 26 Nick Bryant-Nichols Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Steve Backshall Susie Dent 155
6674 26/09/2017 P Phil Peel 107 - 58 Ben Humphrey Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Steve Backshall Susie Dent 134
6675 27/09/2017 P Phil Peel 56 - 118 Eoin Jackson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 122
6676 28/09/2017 P Eoin Jackson 74 - 59 Simon Pryor Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 123
6677 29/09/2017 P Eoin Jackson 92 - 82 Martin Hunter Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 144
6678 02/10/2017 P Eoin Jackson 86 - 14 Jacob Gardner Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 122
6679 03/10/2017 P Eoin Jackson 79 - 52 Jaysal Patel Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 133
6680 04/10/2017 P Eoin Jackson 94 - 64 Dan Batten Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 121
6681 05/10/2017 P Eoin Jackson 112 - 88 Debbie Scott Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 125
6682 06/10/2017 P Eoin Jackson 123 - 78 Stuart Abbott Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 147
6683 09/10/2017 P James Perry 47 - 84 Owen Taaffe Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 137
6684 10/10/2017 P Owen Taaffe 70 - 82 Lawrie Western Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 130
6685 11/10/2017 P Lawrie Western 59 - 51 Bryony Gettins Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michael Whitehall Susie Dent 142
6686 12/10/2017 P Lawrie Western 42 - 55 Alex Smith Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michael Whitehall Susie Dent 121
6687 13/10/2017 P Alex Smith 80 - 74 Margaret Johnson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michael Whitehall Susie Dent 143
6688 16/10/2017 P Alex Smith 96 - 71 Jo Counsell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michael Whitehall Susie Dent 143
6689 17/10/2017 P Alex Smith 96 - 79 Martin Long Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michael Whitehall Susie Dent 132
6690 18/10/2017 P Alex Smith 73 - 80 James Kennedy Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 132
6691 19/10/2017 P James Kennedy 105 - 39 Krishna Shukla Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 136
6692 20/10/2017 P James Kennedy 88 - 41 Dylan Henderson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 137
6693 23/10/2017 P James Kennedy 83 - 82 Rania Abdul-Wahab Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 135
6694 24/10/2017 P James Kennedy 99 - 46 Ian Currie Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 132
6695 25/10/2017 P James Kennedy 95 - 80 John Oxley Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Challis Susie Dent 146
6696 26/10/2017 P James Kennedy 94 - 61 Mary Anderson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Challis Susie Dent 125
6697 27/10/2017 P James Kennedy 92 - 52 Charlie Turner Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Challis Susie Dent 113
6698 30/10/2017 P Tom Brodie 37 - 94 Rob McCrudden Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Challis Susie Dent 127
6699 31/10/2017 P Rob McCrudden 76 - 55 Jas Bindarh Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Challis Susie Dent 118
6700 01/11/2017 P Rob McCrudden 80 - 96 Dan Cartwright Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Challis Susie Dent 124
6701 02/11/2017 P Dan Cartwright 71 - 72 James Riddell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alison Steadman Susie Dent 132
6702 03/11/2017 P James Riddell 93 - 80 Tim Allen Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alison Steadman Susie Dent 132
6703 06/11/2017 P James Riddell 76 - 59 Hilary Hills Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alison Steadman Susie Dent 120
6704 07/11/2017 P James Riddell 72 - 39 David Lee Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alison Steadman Susie Dent 122
6705 08/11/2017 P James Riddell 93 - 62 Jason Webb Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alison Steadman Susie Dent 120
6706 09/11/2017 P James Riddell 94 - 43 William Thomson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Margaret Mountford Susie Dent 124
6707 10/11/2017 P James Riddell 58 - 102 Graeme Staples Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Margaret Mountford Susie Dent 133
6708 13/11/2017 P Graeme Staples 85 - 60 Mike Brain Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Margaret Mountford Susie Dent 124
6709 14/11/2017 P Graeme Staples 95 - 64 Elaine Horton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Margaret Mountford Susie Dent 122
6710 15/11/2017 P Graeme Staples 83 - 54 Ben Smith Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Margaret Mountford Susie Dent 145
6711 16/11/2017 P Graeme Staples 77 - 54 Colm Kelly Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 121
6712 17/11/2017 P Graeme Staples 64 - 51 Lucy Cooper Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 135
6713 20/11/2017 P Graeme Staples 90 - 85 Beth Walker Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 155
6714 21/11/2017 P Graeme Staples 82 - 76 Mike Smith Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 137
6715 22/11/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 109 - 40 Liam Dwek Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gyles Brandreth Susie Dent 124
6716 23/11/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 113 - 57 Peter Buckley Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 122
6717 27/11/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 116 - 49 Alenka Butkovicova Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 124
6718 28/11/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 82 - 70 Laurie Dyer Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 124
6719 29/11/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 102 - 68 Steve Harris Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 133
6720 30/11/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 122 - 42 Leah Holroyd Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 164
6721 01/12/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 111 - 37 Jason Hill Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 144
6722 04/12/2017 P Bradley Horrocks 109 - 40 Luke O'Reilly Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 147
6723 05/12/2017 P Claire Molyneux 58 - 90 Phil Abbott Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 126
6724 06/12/2017 P Phil Abbott 112 - 16 Emma Saunders Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 123
6725 07/12/2017 P Phil Abbott 62 - 93 Chris Weldon Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Madeley Susie Dent 125
6726 08/12/2017 P Chris Weldon 89 - 67 John Pinkney Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 120
6727 11/12/2017 P Chris Weldon 93 - 59 Michelle Riley Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 131
6728 12/12/2017 P Chris Weldon 109 - 59 Steven Charleston Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 143
6729 13/12/2017 P Chris Weldon 71 - 77 Roger Springthorpe Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 126
6730 14/12/2017 QF Tom Chafer-Cook 105 - 60 Graeme Staples Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 121
6731 15/12/2017 QF Bradley Horrocks 86 - 80 James Kennedy Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 121
6732 18/12/2017 QF John Cowen 105 - 49 Michael Pfeffer Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rufus Hound Susie Dent 123
6733 19/12/2017 QF Noel McIlvenny 111 - 109 Eoin Jackson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rufus Hound Susie Dent 142
6734 20/12/2017 SF Tom Chafer-Cook 134 - 83 Noel McIlvenny Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rufus Hound Susie Dent 135
6735 21/12/2017 SF Bradley Horrocks 95 - 83 John Cowen Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rufus Hound Susie Dent 134
6736 22/12/2017 GF Tom Chafer-Cook 100 - 91 Bradley Horrocks Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rufus Hound Susie Dent 122

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