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Series 81

From Countdown
The Prize Presentation in the Grand Final of Series 81.
James Haughton holding the Richard Whiteley Memorial Trophy after winning Series 81.

Series 81 ran from 1 July 2019 to 20 December 2019. The sixteenth of 18 series presented by Nick Hewer. It was won by Apterite and number one seed James Haughton, who defeated fellow Apterite and number two seed Jamie Wing in the Grand Final. This was the first series since Series 78 won by the number one seed.

No episode was shown on 12 July due to live coverage of the 2019 British Grand Prix practice sessions.

Series 81 is the first ever series in which nine contestants became octochamps. With only the top eight players ranked by wins and then cumulative scores progressing to the quarter-finals, Corrina Attwood made dubious Countdown history by becoming the first octochamp to fail to qualify. Three of these octochamps joined the 800 club, but only Haughton accrued over 900 points. The Grand Final of this series was also the first since Series 77 not to feature a contestant who had previous runs on the show.

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 James Haughton 8 958
2 Jamie Wing 8 899
3 Paul Nixon 8 893
4 Morgan Sauer 8 775
5 Andy Evans 8 750
6 John Osmond 8 711
7 Tom Silverlock 8 704
8 David Law 8 700
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

James Haughton (1) vs David Law (8) James Haughton (1) vs Morgan Sauer (4) James Haughton (1)
vs
Jamie Wing (2)
Andy Evans (5) vs Morgan Sauer (4)
Paul Nixon (3) vs John Osmond (6) Paul Nixon (3) vs Jamie Wing (2)
Tom Silverlock (7) vs Jamie Wing (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
7108 01/07/2019 P Imogen Gordon 75 - 82 Colin Beattie Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Richard Arnold Susie Dent 137
7109 02/07/2019 P Colin Beattie 86 - 79 Jamie Frier Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzi Perry Susie Dent 138
7110 03/07/2019 P Colin Beattie 71 - 83 Tom Silverlock Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzi Perry Susie Dent 132
7111 04/07/2019 P Tom Silverlock 75 - 63 Sam Digby Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzi Perry Susie Dent 125
7112 05/07/2019 P Tom Silverlock 78 - 77 Libby Fawcett Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzi Perry Susie Dent 124
7113 08/07/2019 P Tom Silverlock 84 - 64 Marwan Riach Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzi Perry Susie Dent 126
7114 09/07/2019 P Tom Silverlock 80 – 73 Trevor Coates Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michaela Strachan Susie Dent 127
7115 10/07/2019 P Tom Silverlock 96 - 76 Aaron Samuel Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michaela Strachan Susie Dent 126
7116 11/07/2019 P Tom Silverlock 111 - 22 Abby Ward Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michaela Strachan Susie Dent 155
7117 15/07/2019 P Tom Silverlock 97 - 58 Amy McClemont Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michaela Strachan Susie Dent 153
7118 16/07/2019 P James Haughton 118 - 41 Patrick Coombes Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Michaela Strachan Susie Dent 158
7119 17/07/2019 P James Haughton 103 - 50 Darren Rampton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rory Bremner Susie Dent 120
7120 18/07/2019 P James Haughton 133 - 31 Sonia Elston Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rory Bremner Susie Dent 156
7121 19/07/2019 P James Haughton 125 - 20 Ryan Williams Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rory Bremner Susie Dent 144
7122 22/07/2019 P James Haughton 134 - 30 Iain Sime Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rory Bremner Susie Dent 150
7123 23/07/2019 P James Haughton 114 - 30 Rob Payne Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rory Bremner Susie Dent 143
7124 24/07/2019 P James Haughton 118 - 51 Katrina Bond Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Rory Bremner Susie Dent 133
7125 25/07/2019 P James Haughton 113 - 16 Frank Coma Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Sinha Susie Dent 130
7126 26/07/2019 P Gail Farnworth 48 - 73 Philip Catton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Sinha Susie Dent 133
7127 29/07/2019 P Philip Catton 40 - 93 Corrina Attwood Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Sinha Susie Dent 123
7128 30/07/2019 P Corrina Attwood 77 - 66 Norman Grieve Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Sinha Susie Dent 134
7129 31/07/2019 P Corrina Attwood 78 - 62 Patrick Holland Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Paul Sinha Susie Dent 156
7130 01/08/2019 P Corrina Attwood 80 - 70 Caroline Raby Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 121
7131 02/08/2019 P Corrina Attwood 94 - 70 Gary Coney Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 137
7132 05/08/2019 P Corrina Attwood 118 - 32 Malcolm Laurie Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 145
7133 06/08/2019 P Corrina Attwood 73 - 49 Paul Robinson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 131
7134 07/08/2019 P Corrina Attwood 68 - 47 Chris Evans Nick Hewer Rachel Riley John Inverdale Susie Dent 136
7135 08/08/2019 P Tom Ross 63 - 86 Colin Greenwood Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Charlie Higson Susie Dent 127
7136 09/08/2019 P Colin Greenwood 70 - 47 Margaret Dickson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Charlie Higson Susie Dent 138
7137 12/08/2019 P Colin Greenwood 78 - 81 Stephen Mellor Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Charlie Higson Susie Dent 134
7138 13/08/2019 P Stephen Mellor 94 - 24 Julie Didlick Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Charlie Higson Susie Dent 137
7139 14/08/2019 P Stephen Mellor 87 - 78 David Nixon Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Charlie Higson Susie Dent 142
7140 15/08/2019 P Stephen Mellor 103 - 63 Alan Taemur Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 133
7141 16/08/2019 P Stephen Mellor 100 - 54 Martin Loader Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 134
7142 19/08/2019 P Stephen Mellor 80 - 89 David Law Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 123
7143 20/08/2019 P David Law 95 - 77 Nina Gunton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 133
7144 21/08/2019 P David Law 85 - 12 Robin Tomlinson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 124
7145 22/08/2019 P David Law 84 - 79 Martin Garrett Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Raj Bisram Susie Dent 156
7146 23/08/2019 P David Law 96 - 35 Max McCabe Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Raj Bisram Susie Dent 149
7147 26/08/2019 P David Law 97 - 29 Steven Sutton Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Raj Bisram Susie Dent 148
7148 27/08/2019 P David Law 70 - 13 Anne Luxon Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Raj Bisram Susie Dent 134
7149 28/08/2019 P David Law 84 - 59 Roy Anderson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Raj Bisram Susie Dent 125
7150 29/08/2019 P Barbara Topping 55 - 43 Phil Hayman Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Martin Lewis Susie Dent 135
7151 30/08/2019 P Barbara Topping 52 - 98 Fiona King Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Martin Lewis Susie Dent 136
7152 02/09/2019 P Fiona King 53 - 84 Liam Bastick Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Martin Lewis Susie Dent 133
7153 03/09/2019 P Liam Bastick 77 - 72 Peter Tarry Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Martin Lewis Susie Dent 126
7154 04/09/2019 P Liam Bastick 82 - 57 James McLachlan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Martin Lewis Susie Dent 134
7155 05/09/2019 P Liam Bastick 84 - 68 Ken Baines Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Anneka Rice Susie Dent 134
7156 06/09/2019 P Liam Bastick 68 - 78 Sarah Delap Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Anneka Rice Susie Dent 121
7157 09/09/2019 P Sarah Delap 79 - 51 Dave Beresford Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Anneka Rice Susie Dent 138
7158 10/09/2019 P Sarah Delap 63 - 51 Joanna Colley Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Anneka Rice Susie Dent 128
7159 11/09/2019 P Sarah Delap 76 - 56 Hattie Wright Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Anneka Rice Susie Dent 140
7160 12/09/2019 P Sarah Delap 73 - 72 Stuart Kilpatrick Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 137
7161 13/09/2019 P Sarah Delap 74 - 45 Phil Mears Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 135
7162 16/09/2019 P Sarah Delap 74 - 84* Matt Sykes Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 126
7163 17/09/2019 P Matt Sykes 65 - 100 Andy Evans Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 127
7164 18/09/2019 P Andy Evans 83* - 73 Gerry Gray Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Len Goodman Susie Dent 145
7165 19/09/2019 P Andy Evans 94 - 53 Steve Taylor Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nina Hossain Susie Dent 133
7166 20/09/2019 P Andy Evans 114 - 61 Bekki Peckett Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nina Hossain Susie Dent 125
7167 23/09/2019 P Andy Evans 80 - 58 Abbie Arrowsmith Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nina Hossain Susie Dent 118
7168 24/09/2019 P Andy Evans 88 - 68 Daniel Smith Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nina Hossain Susie Dent 126
7169 25/09/2019 P Andy Evans 112 - 50 David Lee Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Nina Hossain Susie Dent 123
7170 26/09/2019 P Andy Evans 89 - 74 Geoff Pinney Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 137
7171 27/09/2019 P Simon Garside 47 - 82 Pauline Creer Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 140
7172 30/09/2019 P Pauline Creer 45 - 107 Paul Nixon Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 154
7173 01/10/2019 P Paul Nixon 93 - 48 Harry Robinson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 122
7174 02/10/2019 P Paul Nixon 107 - 44 Dave Richardson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Pam Ayres Susie Dent 129
7175 03/10/2019 P Paul Nixon 126 - 45 Martyn Willmore Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 147
7176 04/10/2019 P Paul Nixon 136 - 45 Helen Millington Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 167
7177 07/10/2019 P Paul Nixon 109 - 32 Peter Williams Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 154
7178 08/10/2019 P Paul Nixon 112 - 58 Elliot Black Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 135
7179 09/10/2019 P Paul Nixon 103 - 30 Lorraine Davis Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 124
7180 10/10/2019 P Phil Galsworthy 55 - 71 Matt Rosenfeld Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 139
7181 11/10/2019 P Matt Rosenfeld 104 - 87 Rob Phillips Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 146
7182 14/10/2019 P Matt Rosenfeld 67 - 82 Pierse Walsh Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 135
7183 15/10/2019 P Pierse Walsh 75 - 67 Phil O'Reilly Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 156
7184 16/10/2019 P Pierse Walsh 80 - 49 Roqaya Ahmed Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 145
7185 17/10/2019 P Pierse Walsh 78 - 50 Tony Norris Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 130
7186 18/10/2019 P Pierse Walsh 95 - 45 Linda Southgate Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 133
7187 21/10/2019 P Pierse Walsh 77 - 82 John Osmond Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 148
7188 22/10/2019 P John Osmond 68 - 65 Vamsi Pratapa Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 132
7189 23/10/2019 P John Osmond 77 - 53 Colin Mason Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 146
7190 24/10/2019 P John Osmond 109 - 24 Ben Pooley Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Levi Roots Susie Dent 143
7191 25/10/2019 P John Osmond 119 - 22 Ann Wagstaff Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Levi Roots Susie Dent 135
7192 28/10/2019 P John Osmond 78 - 44 Catherine Oliver Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Levi Roots Susie Dent 125
7193 29/10/2019 P John Osmond 95 - 94 Mike Woodberry Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Levi Roots Susie Dent 164
7194 30/10/2019 P John Osmond 83 - 62 Toby Pleming Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Levi Roots Susie Dent 125
7195 31/10/2019 P Sarah Buchanan 57 - 54 Russell Sullivan Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 145
7196 01/11/2019 P Sarah Buchanan 80 - 46 Lawrence Chapman Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 135
7197 04/11/2019 P Sarah Buchanan 30 - 81 Morgan Sauer Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 119
7198 05/11/2019 P Morgan Sauer 86 - 67 Susie Fytche Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 151
7199 06/11/2019 P Morgan Sauer 102 - 67 Kay Goodsell Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Helen Fospero Susie Dent 119
7200 07/11/2019 P Morgan Sauer 115 - 53 Conor Sherry Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 136
7201 08/11/2019 P Morgan Sauer 101 - 86 Alfie Webb Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 142
7202 11/11/2019 P Morgan Sauer 93 - 24 Kurtis Lipman Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 144
7203 12/11/2019 P Morgan Sauer 85 - 44 Jake Spencer Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 134
7204 13/11/2019 P Morgan Sauer 112 - 69 Lynne Scanlon Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 125
7205 14/11/2019 P Ray Albrow 68 - 109 Paul Anderson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Colin Murray Susie Dent 133
7206 15/11/2019 P Paul Anderson 110 - 41 Jane Levingston Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Colin Murray Susie Dent 137
7207 18/11/2019 P Paul Anderson 111 - 93 Ewen Alexander Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Colin Murray Susie Dent 132
7208 19/11/2019 P Paul Anderson 124 - 52 Yvonne Wills Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Colin Murray Susie Dent 155
7209 20/11/2019 P Paul Anderson 95 - 61 Nick Parden Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Colin Murray Susie Dent 132
7210 21/11/2019 P Paul Anderson 98 - 72 Peter Rattle Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent 140
7211 22/11/2019 P Paul Anderson 90 - 100* Jamie Wing Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent 134
7212 25/11/2019 P Jamie Wing 117 - 23 Sharif Dougramaji Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent 126
7213 26/11/2019 P Jamie Wing 114 - 53 Greg Folgate Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent 135
7214 27/11/2019 P Jamie Wing 120 - 62 Peter Jackson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent 147
7215 28/11/2019 P Jamie Wing 118 - 68 Alan Jones Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Hannah Fry Susie Dent 129
7216 29/11/2019 P Jamie Wing 122 - 44 Barbara Wylde Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Hannah Fry Susie Dent 132
7217 02/12/2019 P Jamie Wing 96 - 53 Joseph Bennett Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Hannah Fry Susie Dent 138
7218 03/12/2019 P Jamie Wing 122 - 86 Alex Stuart Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Hannah Fry Susie Dent 148
7219 04/12/2019 P Anthony Scott 69 - 70 Zach Hart Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Hannah Fry Susie Dent 135
7220 05/12/2019 P Zach Hart 26 - 139 Luke Johnson-Davies Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 146
7221 06/12/2019 P Luke Johnson-Davies 122 - 60 Janice Collins Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 144
7222 09/12/2019 P Luke Johnson-Davies 113 - 58 Jim Torpey Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 143
7223 10/12/2019 P Luke Johnson-Davies 124 - 28 John Lawlor Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 144
7224 11/12/2019 P Luke Johnson-Davies 126 - 59 Stephen Rooney Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Suzannah Lipscomb Susie Dent 133
7225 12/12/2019 QF James Haughton 147 - 60 David Law Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 166
7226 13/12/2019 QF Jamie Wing 121 - 78 Tom Silverlock Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 146
7227 16/12/2019 QF Paul Nixon 117 - 102 John Osmond Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 158
7228 17/12/2019 QF Morgan Sauer 78 - 77 Andy Evans Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 123
7229 18/12/2019 SF James Haughton 113 - 79 Morgan Sauer Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 131
7230 19/12/2019 SF Jamie Wing 91 - 77 Paul Nixon Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tim Vine Susie Dent 125
7231 20/12/2019 GF James Haughton 110 - 95 Jamie Wing Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Tim Vine Susie Dent 125
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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