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Series 84

From Countdown
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 on 23 December 2021. Recordings commenced on 24 May. The edition broadcast 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.

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 by Dr Imafidon on-screen in December, as announced on Riley's Twitter feed. This means that Imafidon will oversee the series finals, as implied by Riley on 23 July. Riley will return in 2022, albeit not for the first episode of Series 85. Riley celebrated her 3,000th edition of the programme on 20 August 2021.

Susie Dent missed ten episodes from 19 July to 30 July 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. Dent will also miss the penultimate week of the series for a similar reason.

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, and 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. Furthermore, the edition due to be broadcast on 3 December was not shown as planned (as was Craig Charles's new game show Moneybags, which followed Countdown in the schedules) because of technical problems involving a new operating process installed after an outage; an episode of Find It, Fix It, Flog It was repeated in its place. It remains to be known when or if it will be broadcast or available to stream on All4.

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. Her cue cards are also larger in size. 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]. Dictionary Corner will also be retaining its precaution of socially-distancing the lexicographer from the guest for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown has since filmed editions with socially-distanced audiences.

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.

An activation of the fire suppression systems at the broadcast centre of Red Bee Media, who transmit all of Channel 4's programmes, meant that editions from Episode 7603 to Episode 7623 lacked subtitles and that EPGs were not updated (they recorded from exactly 2:10pm to 3pm), bits of Episode 7612 and Episode 7614 were replaced by a frozen screen and did not air, the third half of Episode 7622 had a substandard framerate, Episode 7625 aired 13 minutes late, and from Episode 7625 onwards, the HD feed of the episode was 7 seconds behind the SD feed.

Apterites Roger Peak, Juliet Hedge, Florence Cappleman-Lynes, Patrick Welsh, Jason Dias, Matt Gould, Shireen Hibs, Mike Lee, Steven Grady, Matt Watts, Adam Beach, Rachael Montgomery, Jack Millard, Stu Harkness and Olly Walker have taken part in this series. However, it is noted that Gould and Watts became members after their preliminary games were broadcast, with Millard becoming a member after filming.

Current standings

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Ahmed Mohamed 8 927
2 Florence Cappleman-Lynes 8 860
3 Jeremy Slaney 8 741
4 Matt Gould 8 680
5 Stu Harkness* 7+ 786+
6 Jasamrit Rahala 7 727
7 Roddie Bell 5 575
8 Jack Millard 5 483
9 Ryan Sutton 4 502
10 Jason Dias 4 473
*still playing
Contestants listed in bold type are guaranteed to finish in the top eight places.
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 | Arithmetician: Rachel Riley
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 | Arithmetician: Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon
7592 10/09/2021 P Jodine Lawrence 81 - 61 Samuel Williams Marverine Cole Lemn Sissay 122
Presenter: Anne Robinson | Arithmetician: Rachel Riley
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 130
7603 27/09/2021 P Daaniyal Ali 91 - 62 Kirsty Bowen Stanley Johnson Susie Dent 135
7604 28/09/2021 P Daaniyal Ali 121 - 41 Siân Davies Stanley Johnson Susie Dent 145
7605 29/09/2021 P Daaniyal Ali 51 - 111 Ahmed Mohamed Stanley Johnson Susie Dent 126
7606 30/09/2021 P Ahmed Mohamed 121 - 27 Tom Lennon Stanley Johnson Susie Dent 123
7607 1/10/2021 P Ahmed Mohamed 107 - 27 Mags Kelly Stanley Johnson Susie Dent 123
7608 4/10/2021 P Ahmed Mohamed 138 - 52 Colin Wright Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 144
7609 5/10/2021 P Ahmed Mohamed 116 - 33 Francis Maher Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 125
7610 6/10/2021 P Ahmed Mohamed 106 - 87 Richard Williams Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 121
7611 7/10/2021 P Ahmed Mohamed 116 - 47 Hugh Smithson-Wright Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 132
7612 8/10/2021 P Ahmed Mohamed 112 - 66 Kerry Holden Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 123
7613 11/10/2021 P Oliver Bisset 51 - 86 Matt Watts Keith Allen Susie Dent 155
7614 12/10/2021 P Matt Watts 54 - 83 Adam Beach Keith Allen Susie Dent 125
7615 13/10/2021 P Adam Beach 60 - 103 Rachael Montgomery Keith Allen Susie Dent 141
7616 14/10/2021 P Rachael Montgomery 100 - 48 Stephanie Michas Keith Allen Susie Dent 136
7617 15/10/2021 P Rachael Montgomery 82 - 90 Tamsin Macdonald Johnston Keith Allen Susie Dent 145
7618 18/10/2021 P Tamsin Macdonald Johnston 79 - 83 Jasamrit Rahala Lesley Joseph Susie Dent 133
7619 19/10/2021 P Jasamrit Rahala 90 - 81 Andrew Adams Lesley Joseph Susie Dent 124
7620 20/10/2021 P Jasamrit Rahala 115 - 66 Adrian Lutman Lesley Joseph Susie Dent 157
7621 21/10/2021 P Jasamrit Rahala 90 - 39 Chris Jefferies Lesley Joseph Susie Dent 136
7622 22/10/2021 P Jasamrit Rahala 84 - 69 Kitty Wood Lesley Joseph Susie Dent 135
7623 25/10/2021 P Jasamrit Rahala 96 - 57 Shaun Hall Len Goodman Susie Dent 133
7624 26/10/2021 P Jasamrit Rahala 100 - 79 Meha Bhindi Len Goodman Susie Dent 125
7625 27/10/2021 P Jasamrit Rahala 69 - 75 Mick Duthie Len Goodman Susie Dent 144
7626 28/10/2021 P Mick Duthie 66 - 81 Edward Ratcliffe Len Goodman Susie Dent 157
7627 29/10/2021 P Edward Ratcliffe 87 - 59 Thomas Joy Len Goodman Susie Dent 145
7628 1/11/2021 P Edward Ratcliffe 69 - 76 Michael Purefoy Ben Macintyre Susie Dent 140
7629 2/11/2021 P Michael Purefoy 78 - 92 Jamie Brown Ben Macintyre Susie Dent 122
7630 3/11/2021 P Jamie Brown 61 - 111 Roddie Bell Ben Macintyre Susie Dent 136
7631 4/11/2021 P Roddie Bell 118 - 33 Sean Jackson Ben Macintyre Susie Dent 138
7632 5/11/2021 P Roddie Bell 105 - 88 Rajiv Kumar Ben Macintyre Susie Dent 136
7633 8/11/2021 P Roddie Bell 92 - 67 Zoe McEvoy Alastair Campbell Susie Dent 155
7634 9/11/2021 P Roddie Bell 90 - 54 Marigold Katsande Alastair Campbell Susie Dent 136
7635 10/11/2021 P Roddie Bell 59 - 85 Graham Grant Alastair Campbell Susie Dent 127
7636 11/11/2021 P Graham Grant 113 - 26 Mily Knoche Alastair Campbell Susie Dent 135
7637 12/11/2021 P Graham Grant 54 - 106 Mark Lay Alastair Campbell Susie Dent 125
7638 15/11/2021 P Mark Lay 63 - 102 Ali Keys Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 136
7639 16/11/2021 P Ali Keys 66 - 71 Ben Caird Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 136
7640 17/11/2021 P Ben Caird 47 - 81 Jack Millard Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 155
7641 18/11/2021 P Jack Millard 78 - 65 Fiona England Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 147
7642 19/11/2021 P Jack Millard 96 - 48 Rob O'Malley Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 120
7643 22/11/2021 P Jack Millard 88 - 85 Dave Godbear Shirley Ballas Susie Dent 125
7644 23/11/2021 P Jack Millard 82 - 70 Phil Sykes Shirley Ballas Susie Dent 133
7645 24/11/2021 P Jack Millard 53 - 148 Stu Harkness Shirley Ballas Susie Dent 153
7646 25/11/2021 P Stu Harkness 104 - 38 Matty Hurst Shirley Ballas Susie Dent 147
7647 26/11/2021 P Stu Harkness 96 - 46 Chris Bickley Shirley Ballas Susie Dent 133
7648 29/11/2021 P Stu Harkness 107 - 63 Olly Walker Clare Balding Susie Dent 133
7649 30/11/2021 P Stu Harkness 110 - 28 Kate Sewell Clare Balding Susie Dent 153
7650 1/12/2021 P Stu Harkness 105 - 60 Shane Corry Clare Balding Susie Dent 124
7651 2/12/2021 P Stu Harkness 116 - 45 David Danskin Clare Balding Susie Dent 136
7652 3/12/2021 P Stu Harkness - tba Clare Balding Susie Dent
7653 6/12/2021 P tba - tba Craig Charles Susie Dent
7654 7/12/2021 P tba - tba Craig Charles Susie Dent
7655 8/12/2021 P tba - tba Craig Charles Susie Dent
7656 9/12/2021 P tba - tba Craig Charles Susie Dent
7657 10/12/2021 P tba - tba Craig Charles Susie Dent
Arithmetician: Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon
7658 13/12/2021 P tba - tba Adrian Chiles none
7659 14/12/2021 P tba - tba Adrian Chiles none
7660 15/12/2021 QF tba - tba Adrian Chiles none
7661 16/12/2021 QF tba - tba Adrian Chiles none
7662 17/12/2021 QF tba - tba Adrian Chiles none
7663 20/12/2021 QF tba - tba Richard Coles Susie Dent
7664 21/12/2021 SF tba - tba Richard Coles Susie Dent
7665 22/12/2021 SF tba - tba Richard Coles Susie Dent
7666 23/12/2021 GF tba - tba Richard Coles Susie Dent
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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