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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 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, as part of Channel 4's "Black To Front", featured an all-black on-screen cast consisting of host Sir Trevor McDonald, lexicographer Lemn Sissay and arithmetician Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon; the contestants were returnee Jodine Lawrence and new-comer Samuel Williams, and the game determined who would play in the following episode.

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 series resumed on 19 July, Susie Dent missed ten episodes due to COVID-19 close-contact isolation; celebrity guests, Rachel Parris and Richard Coles respectively, adjudicated words in her place. This was Dent's first absence from the show since 2008. She was still credited in her non-appearances due to her narrating the show's contact details before the credits.

Rachel Riley announced her second pregnancy on 14 April 2021. During her first pregnancy, recordings of Series 82 accelerated and then paused for three and a half months. However, on this particular occasion, Riley will be temporarily replaced with a stand-in presenter while she is on maternity leave: indeed, she implied during Episode 7557 that she wouldn't be there for the finals. Her temporary stand-in presenter is yet to be confirmed, and may or may not necessarily be Imafidon.

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 From this series onwards, the long-outdated prize of twenty volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary has been axed, but the series winner will still have their name engraved on the Richard Whiteley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.

Riley celebrated her 3,000th edition of the programme on 20 August 2021.

As a result of Paralympic coverage, the episode on 24 August 2021 aired at 3:15pm rather than 2:10pm, the first time since Episode 3959, and 26 August 2021 aired at 3:10pm, the first time since Episode 6446.

Regardless of COVID-19 restrictions, studio audiences will not be returning for any future editions of the regular programme; 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, Florence Cappleman-Lynes, Patrick Welsh, Jason Dias, Shireen Hibs, Mike Lee, Ryan Sutton and Steven Grady have participated so far, with Apterites due to take part in this series including James Nguyen, Rachael Montgomery, Adam Beach and Oliver Walker, though it is noted that Sutton became a member after the filming of his preliminary games.

Current standings

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Florence Cappleman-Lynes 8 860
2 Jeremy Slaney 8 741
3 Matt Gould 8 680
4 Ryan Sutton 4 502
5 Jason Dias 4 473
6 Steve Francom 4 399
7 Andy McConnell 4 388
8 Adele Hannigan 3 324
9 Daniel Crews 3 278
10 Mike Lee 2 280
Daaniyal Ali* 1 90
*still playing
Contestants listed in bold type are guaranteed to finish in the top eight places, assuming the grand final is to be broadcast on 17 December.
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 Andy McConnell 87* – 77 Dan Lewis Richard Coles none 144
7559 27/07/2021 P Andy McConnell 87 – 81 Tom Roebuck Richard Coles none 122
7560 28/07/2021 P Andy McConnell 74 – 67 Ian Andrews Richard Coles none 124
7561 29/07/2021 P Andy McConnell 93 – 62 Jo Clark Richard Coles none 125
7562 30/07/2021 P Andy McConnell 57 – 82 Patrick Welsh Richard Coles none 136
7563 2/08/2021 P Patrick Welsh 63 – 106 Jason Dias Julian Clary Susie Dent 146
7564 3/08/2021 P Jason Dias 84 – 39 Laura Barclay Julian Clary Susie Dent 134
7565 4/08/2021 P Jason Dias 104 – 40 Brigid Brennan Julian Clary Susie Dent 131
7566 5/08/2021 P Jason Dias 105 – 82 Frank Kyne Julian Clary Susie Dent 122
7567 6/08/2021 P Jason Dias 74 – 81 Matt Gould Julian Clary Susie Dent 126
7568 9/08/2021 P Matt Gould 86 – 55 Phil Palmer Nina Wadia Susie Dent 133
7569 10/08/2021 P Matt Gould 76 – 68 Catherine Williams Nina Wadia Susie Dent 122
7570 11/08/2021 P Matt Gould 70 – 65 Rik Bradley Nina Wadia Susie Dent 158
7571 12/08/2021 P Matt Gould 97 – 46 Jason Bird Nina Wadia Susie Dent 133
7572 13/08/2021 P Matt Gould 101 – 59 Jimmy Downing Nina Wadia Susie Dent 157
7573 16/08/2021 P Matt Gould 80 – 77 Roy Gerrish Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 145
7574 17/08/2021 P Matt Gould 89 – 62 Jean Dullea Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 145
7575 18/08/2021 P Nick Smith 55 – 96 Jeremy Slaney Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 133
7576 19/08/2021 P Jeremy Slaney 91 – 54 Steve Jackson Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 124
7577 20/08/2021 P Jeremy Slaney 95 – 56 Shireen Ahmed Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 135
7578 23/08/2021 P Jeremy Slaney 88 – 73 Ian Rich Myleene Klass Susie Dent 136
7579 24/08/2021 P Jeremy Slaney 110 – 19 Anna Sanders Myleene Klass Susie Dent 149
7580 25/08/2021 P Jeremy Slaney 93 – 46 Andrea Price Myleene Klass Susie Dent 124
7581 26/08/2021 P Jeremy Slaney 73 – 61 David King Myleene Klass Susie Dent 132
7582 27/08/2021 P Jeremy Slaney 95 – 48 Lisa Horan Myleene Klass Susie Dent 135
7583 30/08/2021 P Steve Gamble 90 – 77 Suja Mani Johnny Vaughan Susie Dent 148
7584 31/08/2021 P Steve Gamble 106 – 52 Tony Cross Johnny Vaughan Susie Dent 131
7585 1/09/2021 P Steve Gamble 54 – 72 Kevin Wenn Johnny Vaughan Susie Dent 125
7586 2/09/2021 P Kevin Wenn 79 – 61 Donna Bell Johnny Vaughan Susie Dent 134
7587 3/09/2021 P Kevin Wenn 64 – 81 John Edwards Johnny Vaughan Susie Dent 124
7588 6/09/2021 P John Edwards 91 – 68 Liam Thom Tracy-Ann Oberman Susie Dent 124
7589 7/09/2021 P John Edwards 78 – 90 Adele Hannigan Tracy-Ann Oberman Susie Dent 157
7590 8/09/2021 P Adele Hannigan 78 – 65 Gary Knightley Tracy-Ann Oberman Susie Dent 122
7591 9/09/2021 P Adele Hannigan 93 – 23 Andrew Brown Tracy-Ann Oberman Susie Dent 136
Presenter: Trevor McDonald
7592 10/09/2021 P Jodine Lawrence 81 – 61 Samuel Williams Marverine Cole Lemn Sissay 122
Presenter: Anne Robinson
7593 13/09/2021 P Adele Hannigan 63 – 78 Jodine Lawrence Pam Ayres Susie Dent 136
7594 14/09/2021 P Jodine Lawrence 60 – 102 Mike Lee Pam Ayres Susie Dent 132
7595 15/09/2021 P Mike Lee 107 – 42 Amanda Vince Pam Ayres Susie Dent 145
7596 16/09/2021 P Mike Lee 71 – 95 Ryan Sutton Pam Ayres Susie Dent 155
7597 17/09/2021 P Ryan Sutton 110 – 31 Jo Leverett Pam Ayres Susie Dent 153
7598 20/09/2021 P Ryan Sutton 101 – 55 Chris Roust Kay Burley Susie Dent 126
7599 21/09/2021 P Ryan Sutton 116 – 51 Allan Jackson Kay Burley Susie Dent 156
7600 22/09/2021 P Ryan Sutton 80 – 109 Steven Grady Kay Burley Susie Dent 127
7601 23/09/2021 P Steven Grady 80 – 90 Daaniyal Ali Kay Burley Susie Dent 126
7602 24/09/2021 P Daaniyal Ali 72 – 47 Sam Balmforth Kay Burley Susie Dent
7603 27/09/2021 P tba tba Stanley Johnson Susie Dent
7604 28/09/2021 P tba tba Stanley Johnson Susie Dent
7605 29/09/2021 P tba tba Stanley Johnson Susie Dent
7606 30/09/2021 P tba tba Stanley Johnson Susie Dent
7607 1/10/2021 P tba tba Stanley Johnson Susie Dent
7608 4/10/2021 P tba tba Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent
7609 5/10/2021 P tba tba Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent
7610 6/10/2021 P tba tba Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent
7611 7/10/2021 P tba tba Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent
7612 8/10/2021 P tba tba Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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