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The first ever shot with Anne Robinson as the host. She first appeared on Countdown in Dictionary Corner back in 1987.

Series 84 is the current series of Countdown and the first series presented by Anne Robinson, following Nick Hewer's retirement. It began on 28 June 2021 and will conclude in December. Recordings commenced on 24 May. One edition on 10 September will be part of Channel 4's "Black To Front" and will feature an all-black on-screen cast consisting of host Sir Trevor McDonald, lexicographer Lemn Sissay and arithmetician Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon; this will be part of the regular series.

Due to Channel 4's live coverage of Friday Practice and Qualifying sessions of the 2021 British Grand Prix, no edition of Countdown was shown on 16 July. When the programme returns on 19 July, Susie Dent will miss ten episodes due to COVID-19 protocols; the guests will adjudicate words in her place. This will mark her first absence from the show since 2008.

Rachel Riley announced her second pregnancy on 14 April 2021. It remains to be seen what effect this will have on the show; her first simply saw recordings of Series 82 accelerate and then pause for three and a half months. However, given that this meant that the show was only a month and a bit ahead of broadcast at the time of the first COVID-19 lockdown, combined with the fact that they will film at least one episode without her (Episode 7592, with Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon), means they may opt to film with someone else while she is on maternity leave; indeed, she implied during Episode 7557 that she wouldn't be there for the finals.

The series is set to see many celebrities making their debuts as guest in Dictionary Corner. From this series onwards, the long-outdated prize of twenty volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary has been abolished, but the series winner will still have their name engraved on the Richard Whiteley Memorial Trophy. Another feature of the show that has been removed is the clock starter button: to accommodate for Anne's height, the clock is now started in the gallery.

The 7,549th episode, broadcast on 12 July, marked the first-ever all-female episode of the regular weekday version of Countdown, after more than 38 and a half years on the air. The first-ever all-female episode of any version was on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, first shown on 13 July 2018.

Regardless of COVID-19 restrictions, studio audiences will not be returning for any future editions of the programme in any form; this is understood to be a cost-cutting exercise. [1] Meanwhile, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown has since filmed editions with socially-distanced audiences.

Apterites Roger Peak, Juliet Hedge and Florence Cappleman-Lynes have participated so far, with Apterites due to take part in this series including Thomas Lock, Patrick Welsh, Jason Dias, Shireen Hibs, Steven Grady and Mike Lee.

Current standings

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Florence Cappleman-Lynes 8 860
2 Steve Francom 4 399
3 Daniel Crews 3 278
4 Laura Savvas 2 193
5 Tracy Roberts 1 160
6 Carlos Da Silva 1 152
7 Juliet Hedge 1 147
*still playing
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 individual score.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
Presenter: Anne Robinson
7539 28/06/2021 P Steve Francom 81 – 32 Shelley Barnes Rory Bremner Susie Dent 130
7540 29/06/2021 P Steve Francom 85 – 81 Louise Roberts Rory Bremner Susie Dent 123
7541 30/06/2021 P Steve Francom 80 – 37 Jo Nice Rory Bremner Susie Dent 121
7542 1/07/2021 P Steve Francom 77 – 79 Daniel Crews Rory Bremner Susie Dent 126
7543 2/07/2021 P Daniel Crews 65 – 64 Roger Peak Grace Dent Susie Dent 147
7544 5/07/2021 P Daniel Crews 81 – 77 Matthew Gilbert Grace Dent Susie Dent 123
7545 6/07/2021 P Daniel Crews 53 – 71 Tracy Roberts Grace Dent Susie Dent 124
7546 7/07/2021 P Tracy Roberts 89 – 94 Carlos Da Silva Grace Dent Susie Dent 144
7547 8/07/2021 P Carlos Da Silva 58 – 65 Laura Savvas Grace Dent Susie Dent 123
7548 9/07/2021 P Laura Savvas 79 – 38 Chris Anderson Philippa Perry Susie Dent 125
7549 12/07/2021 P Laura Savvas 49 – 69 Juliet Hedge Philippa Perry Susie Dent 138
7550 13/07/2021 P Juliet Hedge 78 – 105 Florence Cappleman-Lynes Philippa Perry Susie Dent 121
7551 14/07/2021 P Florence Cappleman-Lynes 98 – 46 Charlie Higgins Philippa Perry Susie Dent 125
7552 15/07/2021 P Florence Cappleman-Lynes 93 – 64 Asad Riaz Philippa Perry Susie Dent 136
7553 19/07/2021 P Florence Cappleman-Lynes 117 – 56 Sue Sursham Rachel Parris none 135
7554 20/07/2021 P Florence Cappleman-Lynes 116 – 57 Sarah Hobhouse Rachel Parris none 124
7555 21/07/2021 P Florence Cappleman-Lynes 102 – 88 Jonathan Walne Rachel Parris none 134
7556 22/07/2021 P Florence Cappleman-Lynes 105 – 54 Richard Waudby Rachel Parris none 121
7557 23/07/2021 P Florence Cappleman-Lynes 124 – 73 Matt Horn Rachel Parris none 136
7558 26/07/2021 P tba tba Richard Coles none
7559 27/07/2021 P tba tba Richard Coles none
7560 28/07/2021 P tba tba Richard Coles none
7561 29/07/2021 P tba tba Richard Coles none
7562 30/07/2021 P tba tba Richard Coles none
7563 2/08/2021 P tba tba Julian Clary Susie Dent
7564 3/08/2021 P tba tba Julian Clary Susie Dent
7565 4/08/2021 P tba tba Julian Clary Susie Dent
7566 5/08/2021 P tba tba Julian Clary Susie Dent
7567 6/08/2021 P tba tba Julian Clary Susie Dent
7568 9/08/2021 P tba tba Myleene Klass Susie Dent
7569 10/08/2021 P tba tba Myleene Klass Susie Dent
7570 11/08/2021 P tba tba Myleene Klass Susie Dent
7571 12/08/2021 P tba tba Myleene Klass Susie Dent
7572 13/08/2021 P tba tba Myleene Klass Susie Dent
7573 16/08/2021 P tba tba Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent
7574 17/08/2021 P tba tba Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent
7575 18/08/2021 P tba tba Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent
7576 19/08/2021 P tba tba Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent
7577 20/08/2021 P tba tba Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent
7578 23/08/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7579 24/08/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7580 25/08/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7581 26/08/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7582 27/08/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7583 30/08/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7584 31/08/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7585 1/09/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7586 2/09/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7587 3/09/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7588 6/09/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7589 7/09/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7590 8/09/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7591 9/09/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
Presenter: Trevor McDonald
7592 10/09/2021 P tba tba Marverine Cole Lemn Sissay
Presenter: Anne Robinson
7593 13/09/2021 P tba tba Pam Ayres Susie Dent
7594 14/09/2021 P tba tba Pam Ayres Susie Dent
7595 15/09/2021 P tba tba Pam Ayres Susie Dent
7596 16/09/2021 P tba tba Pam Ayres Susie Dent
7597 17/09/2021 P tba tba Pam Ayres Susie Dent

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