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Series 78

From Countdown
The Prize Presentation in the Grand Final of Series 78.
Zarte Siempre holding the Richard Whiteley Memorial Trophy after winning Series 78.

Series 78 was the thirteenth series presented by Nick Hewer and it ran from 2 January 2018 to 22 June 2018. It was won by previous Series 69 contestant Zarte Siempre, who during his run achieved the then-highest cumulative score in a single series: 1,331. He started his second stint by beating Philip Aston and won the final by beating Aston again in an epic Grand Final.

The seed table finished up unusually, in that Aston qualified for the finals as number 7 seed despite equalling or bettering four other contestants' cumulative scores. Had the finalists been ranked by cumulative scores alone, regardless of wins (as was implied from Series 3 to 37), he would have been positioned four places higher, at number 3 seed, one above Chris Thorn only by a higher individual score. Additionally, Dougie Mackay finished 6th with the fourth-highest cumulative score of this series.

The series was off-air during the second week of January due to Channel 4's coverage of the BDO World Darts Championship. It was also interrupted by two live Formula 1 practice sessions.

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Zarte Siempre 8 967
2 Toby McDonald 8 882
3 Chris Thorn 8 760
4 Phil Davies 8 757
5 Paul Harper 8 739
6 Dougie Mackay 7 759
7 Philip Aston 6 760
8 Jan Pask 5 473
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

Zarte Siempre (1) vs Jan Pask (8) Zarte Siempre (1) vs Phil Davies (4) Zarte Siempre (1)
vs
Philip Aston (7)
Paul Harper (5) vs Phil Davies (4)
Chris Thorn (3) vs Dougie Mackay (6) Dougie Mackay (6) vs Philip Aston (7)
Philip Aston (7) vs Toby McDonald (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
6737 2/01/2018 P Roger Springthorpe 33 - 91 Jacob Coventry-Peters Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Arnold Susie Dent 133
6738 3/01/2018 P Jacob Coventry-Peters 84 - 74 Shelagh Addis Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Arnold Susie Dent 123
6739 4/01/2018 P Jacob Coventry-Peters 70 - 29 Anthony McLaughlin Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Arnold Susie Dent 118
6740 5/01/2018 P Jacob Coventry-Peters 98 - 26 Wendy Almond Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Arnold Susie Dent 135
6741 15/01/2018 P Jacob Coventry-Peters 81 - 87 Mary Bainbridge Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Arnold Susie Dent 123
6742 16/01/2018 P Mary Bainbridge 87 - 77 Glen Burke Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Raj Bisram Susie Dent 123
6743 17/01/2018 P Mary Bainbridge 91 - 53 Graeme Dryburgh-Cook Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Raj Bisram Susie Dent 125
6744 18/01/2018 P Mary Bainbridge 83 - 49 Amit Amin Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Raj Bisram Susie Dent 135
6745 19/01/2018 P Mary Bainbridge 71 - 90 Chris Thorn Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Raj Bisram Susie Dent 175
6746 22/01/2018 P Chris Thorn 108 - 47 Terry Kelly Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Raj Bisram Susie Dent 135
6747 23/01/2018 P Chris Thorn 88 - 60 Todd Goodman Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 119
6748 24/01/2018 P Chris Thorn 83 - 58 Ann Duckworth Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 129
6749 25/01/2018 P Chris Thorn 92 - 72 Robin McConnell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 122
6750 26/01/2018 P Chris Thorn 93 - 77 Sam Prouse Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 128
6751 29/01/2018 P Chris Thorn 87 - 65 Paul McGhee Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 126
6752 30/01/2018 P Chris Thorn 119 - 59 Ryan Peteranna Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 134
6753 31/01/2018 P Mandy Wilson 61 - 80 Louise Regan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 133
6754 1/02/2018 P Louise Regan 64 - 78 David Shipley Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 133
6755 2/02/2018 P David Shipley 79 - 48 Lena Hamre Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 123
6756 5/02/2018 P David Shipley 47 - 78 Phil Davies Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 123
6757 6/02/2018 P Phil Davies 96 - 28 Simon Block Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alexis Conran Susie Dent 122
6758 7/02/2018 P Phil Davies 75 - 61 Lisa Miller Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alexis Conran Susie Dent 133
6759 8/02/2018 P Phil Davies 98 - 86 Alyn McFetridge Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alexis Conran Susie Dent 124
6760 9/02/2018 P Phil Davies 100 - 77 John Owens Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alexis Conran Susie Dent 133
6761 12/02/2018 P Phil Davies 104 - 77 Ben Jenkins Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alexis Conran Susie Dent 126
6762 13/02/2018 P Phil Davies 114 - 37 Mike O'Connell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 147
6763 14/02/2018 P Phil Davies 92 - 43 Heather Blackley Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 122
6764 15/02/2018 P Simon Baker 72 - 48 Tony Smith Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 126
6765 16/02/2018 P Simon Baker 35 - 86 Becky Taberner Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 124
6766 19/02/2018 P Becky Taberner 80 - 64 Robert Zara Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alistair McGowan Susie Dent 131
6767 20/02/2018 P Becky Taberner 99 - 103 Jill Thwaites Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 120
6768 21/02/2018 P Jill Thwaites 27 - 107 Philip Aston Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 151
6769 22/02/2018 P Philip Aston 123 - 40 Sylvia O'Brien Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 154
6770 23/02/2018 P Philip Aston 110 - 41 John Eadie Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 115
6771 26/02/2018 P Philip Aston 94 - 75 Mick Armstrong Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Alastair Stewart Susie Dent 135
6772 27/02/2018 P Philip Aston 116 - 49 Derek Matthews Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Myleene Klass Susie Dent 137
6773 28/02/2018 P Philip Aston 113 - 30 Jenny Coote Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Myleene Klass Susie Dent 126
6774 1/03/2018 P Philip Aston 97 - 121 Zarte Siempre Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Myleene Klass Susie Dent 135
6775 2/03/2018 P Zarte Siempre 111 - 64 Keith Howkins Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Myleene Klass Susie Dent 124
6776 5/03/2018 P Zarte Siempre 118 - 70 Donal Casey Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Myleene Klass Susie Dent 124
6777 6/03/2018 P Zarte Siempre 128 - 23 Jonathan Stoneman Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Liz Bonnin Susie Dent 132
6778 7/03/2018 P Zarte Siempre 130 - 62 Patrick Gray Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Liz Bonnin Susie Dent 144
6779 8/03/2018 P Zarte Siempre 130 - 39 Dave Burch Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Liz Bonnin Susie Dent 145
6780 9/03/2018 P Zarte Siempre 118 - 29 Steve Shingleton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Liz Bonnin Susie Dent 123
6781 12/03/2018 P Zarte Siempre 111 - 65 Anthony Jenkin Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Liz Bonnin Susie Dent 125
6782 13/03/2018 P Patrick Murphy 62 - 46 Richard Anning Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzi Perry Susie Dent 131
6783 14/03/2018 P Patrick Murphy 58 - 67 Ted Anscomb Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzi Perry Susie Dent 124
6784 15/03/2018 P Ted Anscomb 76 - 78 Maria Frizelle Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzi Perry Susie Dent 134
6785 16/03/2018 P Maria Frizelle 65 - 64 John Dickinson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzi Perry Susie Dent 144
6786 19/03/2018 P Maria Frizelle 92 - 48 James Barber Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzi Perry Susie Dent 126
6787 20/03/2018 P Maria Frizelle 62 - 89 Mohsin Shabir Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 139
6788 21/03/2018 P Mohsin Shabir 89 - 37 Nicola Sibbick Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 123
6789 22/03/2018 P Mohsin Shabir 71 - 82 Ed Morrison Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 127
6790 23/03/2018 P Ed Morrison 58 - 61 Glen Jones Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 123
6791 26/03/2018 P Glen Jones 67 - 38 Kathy Smith Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 134
6792 27/03/2018 P Glen Jones 55 - 80 John Cole Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jay Rayner Susie Dent 132
6793 28/03/2018 P John Cole 89 - 78 Marjory Humphreys Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jay Rayner Susie Dent 124
6794 29/03/2018 P John Cole 87 - 58 Riley Halson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jay Rayner Susie Dent 122
6795 30/03/2018 P John Cole 69 - 75 George Armstrong Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jay Rayner Susie Dent 135
6796 2/04/2018 P George Armstrong 78* - 68 Noel Jongwe Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jay Rayner Susie Dent 146
6797 3/04/2018 P George Armstrong 104 - 89 Michael Stephenson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Colin Murray Susie Dent 142
6798 4/04/2018 P George Armstrong 95 - 69 Danny Sarkissian Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Colin Murray Susie Dent 119
6799 5/04/2018 P George Armstrong 87 - 90 Luke O'Neill Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Colin Murray Susie Dent 148
6800 6/04/2018 P Luke O'Neill 73 - 109 Dougie Mackay Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Colin Murray Susie Dent 131
6801 9/04/2018 P Dougie Mackay 78 - 70 Darren Newton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Colin Murray Susie Dent 131
6802 10/04/2018 P Dougie Mackay 105 - 36 Colin Broome Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jimmy Osmond Susie Dent 122
6803 11/04/2018 P Dougie Mackay 102 - 59 Sarah Farley Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jimmy Osmond Susie Dent 130
6804 12/04/2018 P Dougie Mackay 78 - 58 Simon Clayton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jimmy Osmond Susie Dent 123
6805 13/04/2018 P Dougie Mackay 95 - 84 Andy Christley Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jimmy Osmond Susie Dent 133
6806 16/04/2018 P Dougie Mackay 101 - 53 Gary Tanner Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jimmy Osmond Susie Dent 124
6807 17/04/2018 P Dougie Mackay 91 - 93 Mac Walker Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pasha Kovalev Susie Dent 123
6808 18/04/2018 P Mac Walker 87 - 80 Masha Bell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pasha Kovalev Susie Dent 122
6809 19/04/2018 P Mac Walker 109 - 69 Amy Halloran Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pasha Kovalev Susie Dent 123
6810 20/04/2018 P Mac Walker 89 - 38 Dan Wragg Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pasha Kovalev Susie Dent 133
6811 23/04/2018 P Mac Walker 69 - 90 Jason Palmer Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pasha Kovalev Susie Dent 132
6812 24/04/2018 P Jason Palmer 84 - 61 Gavin O'Leary Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Chris Packham Susie Dent 156
6813 25/04/2018 P Jason Palmer 95 - 24 Maria Ryan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Chris Packham Susie Dent 119
6814 26/04/2018 P Jason Palmer 104 - 115 Toby McDonald Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Chris Packham Susie Dent 135
6815 30/04/2018 P Toby McDonald 108 - 68 Maxim Hall Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Chris Packham Susie Dent 123
6816 1/05/2018 P Toby McDonald 121 - 32 Colin Beckwith Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Chris Packham Susie Dent 126
6817 2/05/2018 P Toby McDonald 110 - 38 Terry Monaghan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 134
6818 3/05/2018 P Toby McDonald 111 - 10 Alyssa Critchley Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 125
6819 4/05/2018 P Toby McDonald 109 - 53 Nilesh Pandya Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 124
6820 7/05/2018 P Toby McDonald 104 - 71 Simon Cluskey Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 146
6821 8/05/2018 P Toby McDonald 104 - 46 Lee Padovani Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 128
6822 9/05/2018 P Paul Harper 97 - 28 James Forrest Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 123
6823 10/05/2018 P Paul Harper 81 - 56 Martyn Wingfield Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 125
6824 11/05/2018 P Paul Harper 92 - 59 Faye Battye Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 143
6825 14/05/2018 P Paul Harper 77 - 75 Curtis Thompson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 133
6826 15/05/2018 P Paul Harper 104 - 16 Dickie Bird Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 124
6827 16/05/2018 P Paul Harper 91 - 80 Vincent Clark Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 122
6828 17/05/2018 P Paul Harper 90 - 69 Matthew Silk Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 132
6829 18/05/2018 P Paul Harper 107 - 41 Gerry Walsh Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 136
6830 21/05/2018 P Steve Middle 90 - 69 Funmi Adewale Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 121
6831 22/05/2018 P Steve Middle 82 - 73 Rosie Dale Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 122
6832 23/05/2018 P Steve Middle 95 - 58 Terry Hyde Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Barry McGuigan Susie Dent 122
6833 25/05/2018 P Steve Middle 77 - 85 Amy Benfield Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Barry McGuigan Susie Dent 133
6834 28/05/2018 P Amy Benfield 60 - 34 Anthony O'Sullivan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Barry McGuigan Susie Dent 135
6835 29/05/2018 P Amy Benfield 66 - 75 Jan Pask Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Barry McGuigan Susie Dent 137
6836 30/05/2018 P Jan Pask 91 - 49 Greg Hollis Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Barry McGuigan Susie Dent 165
6837 31/05/2018 P Jan Pask 94 - 56 Claire Gratton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 135
6838 1/06/2018 P Jan Pask 69 - 51 David Sarin Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 123
6839 4/06/2018 P Jan Pask 66 - 58 Joy Main Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 123
6840 5/06/2018 P Jan Pask 78 - 80 Mick Purdie Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 121
6841 6/06/2018 P Mick Purdie 91 - 80 Katrina Corbett Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 142
6842 7/06/2018 P Mick Purdie 81 - 75 Chris Porter Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nina Hossain Susie Dent 121
6843 8/06/2018 P Mick Purdie 40 - 86 Darren Findlay Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nina Hossain Susie Dent 146
6844 11/06/2018 P Darren Findlay 85 - 27 Claire Conway Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nina Hossain Susie Dent 134
6845 12/06/2018 P Darren Findlay 80 - 57 Steve Harris Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nina Hossain Susie Dent 132
6846 13/06/2018 P Darren Findlay 56 - 58 Diane Cordery Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nina Hossain Susie Dent 128
6847 14/06/2018 QF Zarte Siempre 124 - 19 Jan Pask Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 133
6848 15/06/2018 QF Toby McDonald 97 - 104 Philip Aston Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 123
6849 18/06/2018 QF Chris Thorn 68 - 97 Dougie Mackay Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 128
6850 19/06/2018 QF Phil Davies 81 - 69 Paul Harper Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 143
6851 20/06/2018 SF Zarte Siempre 112 - 88 Phil Davies Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 123
6852 21/06/2018 SF Philip Aston 98 - 76 Dougie Mackay Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 132
6853 22/06/2018 GF Zarte Siempre 128 - 118 Philip Aston Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Zenon Susie Dent 136
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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