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Series 85

From Countdown
Dan Byrom holding the Richard Whiteley Memorial Trophy after winning Series 85.

Series 85 is the most recently completed series of Countdown and the only series to be presented entirely by Anne Robinson. It began on 3 January 2022, and concluded on 17 June 2022, with the No. 1 seed Dan Byrom triumphing in the final over the No. 2 seed Matt O'Connor.

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, who served as stand-in arithmetician for the last 9 episodes of the previous series, carried over her role for the first 51 episodes of Series 85 while Rachel Riley was on maternity leave during the recordings. Riley returned on 15 March, after a 93-day absence on daytime Countdown.

On 2 May 2022, it was announced that Anne Robinson had stood down as presenter of Countdown with immediate effect, after filming 265 episodes. [1] Her last show was transmitted the following series on 13 July, before being succeeded by Colin Murray.

Apterites Adrian Fletcher, Dan Byrom, Gabriel Thallon, Andrew Hamblen, Robbie Pender, Jim Athey, Matt O'Connor and Liam Moss appeared on the series, though Fletcher became a member after recording his preliminary matches, and Moss became a member after his episode aired.

COVID-19 affected the end of this series; Dr Linda Papadopoulos only recorded three episodes due to her filming day being curtailed after so many planned contestants dropped out due to the virus that they ran out, and Susie Dent was absent from the final five preliminaries and the finals due to having it.

The grand final of this series was the fifth series since Series 78 to feature a finalist who had a previous run on the show.

Due to reasons beyond Channel 4's control, the last preliminary match was withdrawn and remains unbroadcast, though it is known that Steven Etherington won this game. The cancelled episode was replaced by a repeat of the final of Championship of Champions XV.

The finals of this series went completely true to the seedings (i.e. the higher seed always beat the lower seed, with no upsets).

The entirety of this series is currently available to stream on All 4.

Seed table

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Dan Byrom 8 967
2 Matt O'Connor 8 949
3 Steve Hyde 8 806
4 Ryan Carlsen 8 778
5 Adrian Fletcher 8 757
6 Ronan Mackrory 8 738
7 Dan Hall 8 711
8 Craig Fawcett 5 581
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.

Progress

Dan Byrom (1) vs Craig Fawcett (8) Dan Byrom (1) vs Ryan Carlsen (4) Dan Byrom (1)
vs
Matt O'Connor (2)
Adrian Fletcher (5) vs Ryan Carlsen (4)
Steve Hyde (3) vs Ronan Mackrory (6) Steve Hyde (3) vs Matt O'Connor (2)
Dan Hall (7) vs Matt O'Connor (2)
The winner of each game is displayed in bold.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
7667 03/01/2022 P Kim Coltman 40 - 81 Niclas Want Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Richard Coles Susie Dent 157
7668 04/01/2022 P Niclas Want 76 - 99 Adrian Fletcher Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Michael Grade Susie Dent 143
7669 05/01/2022 P Adrian Fletcher 109 - 12 Ali Williams Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Michael Grade Susie Dent 125
7670 06/01/2022 P Adrian Fletcher 90 - 46 Jonathan Sandhu Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Michael Grade Susie Dent 132
7671 07/01/2022 P Adrian Fletcher 95 - 72 Ted Coutts Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Michael Grade Susie Dent 118
7672 10/01/2022 P Adrian Fletcher 90 - 66 Ben Isted Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Michael Grade Susie Dent 132
7673 11/01/2022 P Adrian Fletcher 84 - 54 Nasir Minhas Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Prue Leith Susie Dent 135
7674 12/01/2022 P Adrian Fletcher 89 - 80 Patrick Rowson Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Prue Leith Susie Dent 135
7675 13/01/2022 P Adrian Fletcher 111* - 101 David Wevill Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Prue Leith Susie Dent 139
7676 14/01/2022 P Gary Hughes 73 - 75 Dan Hall Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Prue Leith Susie Dent 125
7677 17/01/2022 P Dan Hall 87 - 53 Chris Magill Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Prue Leith Susie Dent 134
7678 18/01/2022 P Dan Hall 93 - 27 Debbie Breese Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Beth Rigby Susie Dent 145
7679 19/01/2022 P Dan Hall 74 - 73 Darren Tomkins Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Beth Rigby Susie Dent 131
7680 20/01/2022 P Dan Hall 108 - 27 David November Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Beth Rigby Susie Dent 147
7681 21/01/2022 P Dan Hall 74 - 71 Zeeshan Kisat Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Beth Rigby Susie Dent 132
7682 24/01/2022 P Dan Hall 103 - 78 Jamie Morgan Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Beth Rigby Susie Dent 137
7683 25/01/2022 P Dan Hall 97 - 34 Ayshmit Sethi Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Ruby Wax Susie Dent 123
7684 26/01/2022 P Paddy Drought 73 - 83 Crispin Salfarlie Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Ruby Wax Susie Dent 152
7685 27/01/2022 P Crispin Salfarlie 41 - 140 Dan Byrom Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Ruby Wax Susie Dent 153
7686 28/01/2022 P Dan Byrom 123 - 74 Dave Root Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Ruby Wax Susie Dent 133
7687 31/01/2022 P Dan Byrom 117 - 54 Joe Slade Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Ruby Wax Susie Dent 150
7688 01/02/2022 P Dan Byrom 121 - 50 Heather Marsh Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Tim Vine Susie Dent 134
7689 02/02/2022 P Dan Byrom 140 - 59 Stuart Fenwick Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Tim Vine Susie Dent 143
7690 03/02/2022 P Dan Byrom 108 - 87 Gabriel Thallon Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Tim Vine Susie Dent 125
7691 04/02/2022 P Dan Byrom 114 - 32 David Moseby Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Tim Vine Susie Dent 129
7692 07/02/2022 P Dan Byrom 104 - 40 Iain Andrews Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Tim Vine Susie Dent 146
7693 08/02/2022 P Jakir Hussain 41 - 93 Catriona Devaney Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Geoff Norcott Susie Dent 120
7694 09/02/2022 P Catriona Devaney 89 - 66 Alex Morton Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Geoff Norcott Susie Dent 142
7695 10/02/2022 P Catriona Devaney 67 - 66 Callum Roberts Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Geoff Norcott Susie Dent 123
7696 11/02/2022 P Catriona Devaney 90 - 61 Mark Curtis Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Geoff Norcott Susie Dent 146
7697 14/02/2022 P Catriona Devaney 103* - 93 Peter Allan Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Geoff Norcott Susie Dent 136
7698 15/02/2022 P Catriona Devaney 71 - 76 Jacob Kearney Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Elaine Paige Susie Dent 125
7699 16/02/2022 P Jacob Kearney 83 - 62 Keith Hennigan Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Elaine Paige Susie Dent 144
7700 17/02/2022 P Jacob Kearney 93 - 84 James Wainwright Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Elaine Paige Susie Dent 143
7701 18/02/2022 P Jacob Kearney 79 - 74 Justin Griffith Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Elaine Paige Susie Dent 133
7702 21/02/2022 P Jacob Kearney 66 - 69 Caelyn O'Reilly Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Elaine Paige Susie Dent 124
7703 22/02/2022 P Caelyn O'Reilly 88 - 90 Robbie Oliver Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Lemn Sissay Susie Dent 129
7704 23/02/2022 P Robbie Oliver 84* - 74 Chris Porter Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Lemn Sissay Susie Dent 131
7705 24/02/2022 P Robbie Oliver 82 - 97 Andrew Hamblen Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Lemn Sissay Susie Dent 125
7706 25/02/2022 P Andrew Hamblen 79 - 59 Judy Lewis Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Lemn Sissay Susie Dent 143
7707 28/02/2022 P Andrew Hamblen 82 - 63 Danny Kelly Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Lemn Sissay Susie Dent 134
7708 01/03/2022 P Andrew Hamblen 44 - 66 Eric McPhail Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Nicky Campbell Susie Dent 123
7709 02/03/2022 P Eric McPhail 88 - 39 Gary Janaway Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Nicky Campbell Susie Dent 137
7710 03/03/2022 P Eric McPhail 58 - 89 Mark Barrow Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Nicky Campbell Susie Dent 134
7711 04/03/2022 P Mark Barrow 54 - 73 Jas Manoor Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Nicky Campbell Susie Dent 123
7712 07/03/2022 P Jas Manoor 88 - 83 Christine Kirkham Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Nicky Campbell Susie Dent 137
7713 08/03/2022 P Jas Manoor 99 - 76 Andrea Bailey Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Janet Ellis Susie Dent 144
7714 09/03/2022 P Jas Manoor 57 - 79 Alan Breckenridge Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Janet Ellis Susie Dent 136
7715 10/03/2022 P Alan Breckenridge 76 - 105 Steve Hyde Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Janet Ellis Susie Dent 133
7716 11/03/2022 P Steve Hyde 100 - 53 Ben Keysell Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Janet Ellis Susie Dent 126
7717 14/03/2022 P Steve Hyde 102 - 69 Robbie Pender Anne Robinson Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon Janet Ellis Susie Dent 134
7718 15/03/2022 P Steve Hyde 89 - 67 Jim Athey Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 132
7719 16/03/2022 P Steve Hyde 111 - 52 Shay Deeny Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 135
7720 17/03/2022 P Steve Hyde 91 - 68 Ben McNally Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 142
7721 18/03/2022 P Steve Hyde 87 - 58 Rohan Gupta Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 144
7722 21/03/2022 P Steve Hyde 121 - 58 Tom Grundy Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jon Culshaw Susie Dent 126
7723 22/03/2022 P Danny Hearn 61 - 65 Joel Pitt Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 137
7724 23/03/2022 P Joel Pitt 56 - 55 Rob O'Halloran Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 139
7725 24/03/2022 P Joel Pitt 53 - 92 Jenny Woodiwiss Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 135
7726 25/03/2022 P Jenny Woodiwiss 41 - 59 Laura Gurden Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Kate Humble Susie Dent 162
7727 28/03/2022 P Laura Gurden 74 - 59 Paul Pemble Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Stephen Fry Susie Dent 136
7728 29/03/2022 P Laura Gurden 71 - 46 David Campbell Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Stephen Fry Susie Dent 134
7729 30/03/2022 P Laura Gurden 64 - 83 Andy Evans Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Stephen Fry Susie Dent 133
7730 31/03/2022 P Andy Evans 99 - 79 Joel Sawyer Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Stephen Fry Susie Dent 145
7731 01/04/2022 P Andy Evans 91 - 43 Sean Coltman Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Stephen Fry Susie Dent 126
7732 04/04/2022 P Andy Evans 81 - 63 Sheena Shah Anne Robinson Rachel Riley John Thomson Susie Dent 126
7733 05/04/2022 P Andy Evans 78 - 70 Matt Lawless Anne Robinson Rachel Riley John Thomson Susie Dent 123
7734 06/04/2022 P Andy Evans 68 - 107 Mike Canning Anne Robinson Rachel Riley John Thomson Susie Dent 136
7735 07/04/2022 P Mike Canning 80 - 47 David Buchanan Anne Robinson Rachel Riley John Thomson Susie Dent 124
7736 08/04/2022 P Mike Canning 74 - 95 Craig Fawcett Anne Robinson Rachel Riley John Thomson Susie Dent 142
7737 11/04/2022 P Craig Fawcett 99 - 42 Ian Moore Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Giles Coren Susie Dent 146
7738 12/04/2022 P Craig Fawcett 106 - 70 Leigh Workman Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Giles Coren Susie Dent 134
7739 13/04/2022 P Craig Fawcett 87 - 51 Mia Pullen Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Giles Coren Susie Dent 125
7740 14/04/2022 P Craig Fawcett 117 - 34 Janet Overton Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Giles Coren Susie Dent 134
7741 15/04/2022 P Craig Fawcett 77 - 113 Matt O'Connor Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Giles Coren Susie Dent 144
7742 18/04/2022 P Matt O'Connor 130 - 6 Charlie Edwards Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Sophie Ellis-Bextor Susie Dent 133
7743 19/04/2022 P Matt O'Connor 118 - 20 Tom Parkin-Coates Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Sophie Ellis-Bextor Susie Dent 136
7744 20/04/2022 P Matt O'Connor 120 - 6 Anna Chandra Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Sophie Ellis-Bextor Susie Dent 125
7745 21/04/2022 P Matt O'Connor 123 - 74 Stewart Cairns Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Sophie Ellis-Bextor Susie Dent 137
7746 22/04/2022 P Matt O'Connor 102 - 53 Paul Merison Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Sophie Ellis-Bextor Susie Dent 142
7747 25/04/2022 P Matt O'Connor 139 - 34 James Campbell Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Justin Webb Susie Dent 144
7748 26/04/2022 P Matt O'Connor 104 - 78 Liam Moss Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Justin Webb Susie Dent 145
7749 27/04/2022 P Andy Davies 35 - 105 Ronan Mackrory Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Justin Webb Susie Dent 126
7750 28/04/2022 P Ronan Mackrory 105 - 54 Mark Wycherley Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Justin Webb Susie Dent 137
7751 29/04/2022 P Ronan Mackrory 81 - 40 Rick Warburton Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Justin Webb Susie Dent 132
7752 02/05/2022 P Ronan Mackrory 78 - 31 Matt Yeoman Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jo Brand Susie Dent 132
7753 03/05/2022 P Ronan Mackrory 72 - 69 Tracey Tragen Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jo Brand Susie Dent 124
7754 04/05/2022 P Ronan Mackrory 89 - 10 Steve Allan Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jo Brand Susie Dent 121
7755 05/05/2022 P Ronan Mackrory 103 - 78 James Symonds Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jo Brand Susie Dent 146
7756 06/05/2022 P Ronan Mackrory 105 - 52 Bridget Hollman Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jo Brand Susie Dent 146
7757 09/05/2022 P Aaron Leigh 84 - 72 Jane Cowdry Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Michael Crick Susie Dent 136
7758 10/05/2022 P Aaron Leigh 98 - 50 Ian Chambers Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Michael Crick Susie Dent 137
7759 11/05/2022 P Aaron Leigh 68 - 88 Ryan Carlsen Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Michael Crick Susie Dent 127
7760 12/05/2022 P Ryan Carlsen 100 - 55 Rob Blamires Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Michael Crick Susie Dent 127
7761 13/05/2022 P Ryan Carlsen 106 - 0 Sarah Herbert Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Michael Crick Susie Dent 147
7762 16/05/2022 P Ryan Carlsen 93 - 49 Tony Follett Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 154
7763 17/05/2022 P Ryan Carlsen 101 - 58 Alex McKenzie Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 136
7764 18/05/2022 P Ryan Carlsen 99 - 46 Ed Freshwater Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 144
7765 19/05/2022 P Ryan Carlsen 101 - 50 Paul Thomson Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 136
7766 20/05/2022 P Ryan Carlsen 90 - 45 William Kennedy Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Nicki Chapman Susie Dent 124
7767 23/05/2022 P Ian Shorthouse 87 - 84 April Cronin Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 126
7768 24/05/2022 P Ian Shorthouse 90 - 32 Mark Sowery Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 136
7769 25/05/2022 P Ian Shorthouse 78 - 57 Andrew Buxton Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 133
7770 26/05/2022 P Ian Shorthouse 100 - 31 Wayne Roberts Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Robert Hardman Susie Dent 135
7771 27/05/2022 P Ian Shorthouse 90 - 24 Joe Galuszka Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Robert Hardman Susie Dent 143
7772 30/05/2022 P Ian Shorthouse 77 - 94 Will Campion Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Robert Hardman Susie Dent 134
7773 31/05/2022 P Will Campion 111 - 76 Adam Stewart Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Robert Hardman Susie Dent 130
7774 01/06/2022 P Will Campion 72 - 92 Steven Etherington Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Robert Hardman Susie Dent 124
7775 02/06/2022 P Steven Etherington 109 - 35 Kieran Walsh Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Tanni Grey-Thompson 146
7776 03/06/2022 P Steven Etherington 102 - 63 Andrew Nuttall Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Tanni Grey-Thompson 133
7777 06/06/2022 P Steven Etherington 85 - 70 Nicholas Cooney Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Tanni Grey-Thompson 143
7778 07/06/2022 P Steven Etherington 95 - 69 Richard Simpson Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Tanni Grey-Thompson 134
7779 Unreleased P Steven Etherington ? - ? Loser of Episode 7779 Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Tanni Grey-Thompson XXX
7780 09/06/2022 QF Dan Byrom 106 - 27 Craig Fawcett Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jay Rayner 124
7781 10/06/2022 QF Matt O'Connor 106 - 58 Dan Hall Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jay Rayner 125
7782 13/06/2022 QF Steve Hyde 106 - 83 Ronan Mackrory Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jay Rayner 146
7783 14/06/2022 QF Ryan Carlsen 92 - 63 Adrian Fletcher Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jay Rayner 123
7784 15/06/2022 SF Dan Byrom 97 - 94 Ryan Carlsen Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jay Rayner 120
7785 16/06/2022 SF Matt O'Connor 117 - 77 Steve Hyde Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Robert Rinder 122
7786 17/06/2022 GF Dan Byrom 81 - 78 Matt O'Connor Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Robert Rinder 136
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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