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Series 86

From Countdown

Series 86 is the current series of Countdown and the first to feature Colin Murray as regular presenter, following Anne Robinson stepping down from the programme after presenting the first eighteen episodes of the series. Les Dennis and Jenny Eclair presented eight and four episodes after Colin came down with COVID-19. It is the first of any kind, including Catsdown, to have more than two presenters.

The nineteenth episode of this series saw the return of the clock starter button and, for fifteen episodes, the return of nine-letter Teatime Teasers (after which they reverted to eight letters). In addition, Murray began selecting who declared first based on who he thought got there first, rather than sticking to traditional order.

COVID-19 affected the first, second, and third episode and the thirty-fourth episode onwards; Susie Dent did not appear in the first three episodes due to contracting the virus, during which Robert Rinder sat in as guest lexicographer, while Colin Murray - who took over from Anne Robinson from 14 July 2022 - tested positive on the Monday of his second recording block, with Les Dennis covering for Monday and Tuesday's eight episodes between 4 and 15 August 2022 (and his Coronation Street co-star Daniel Brocklebank being brought in as an emergency stand-in guest for the first three of these), Jenny Eclair covering for Wednesday's four episodes between 16 and 19 August 2022, and filming remaining three episodes behind for the remainder of the series.

After Monday 19 September 2022 was declared a bank holiday and national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, the episodes in its week were postponed by one day, shifting the week's broadcasts from Monday-Friday to Tuesday-Saturday.

Apterites Graham Harrison, Edward Byrne, Damian McEvoy, John Aziz, Jite Ighorodje, Mark O'Brien, Jack Davies, Joseph Bartram, Niall Waters, Alan Young, Tom Stevenson, and Sean Mowat have appeared so far, with fellow Apterite Christy Cooper due to appear later on.

Current standings

Rank Name Wins Points
1 Edward Byrne 8 969
2 Quinn Bartlett 8 846
3 Alan Young 8 806
4 Daren Barnes 8 719
5 Steven Etherington 7 645+**
6 John Aziz 5 617
7 Sue Telfer 5 535
8 Joseph Bartram 5 479
9 Tom Stevenson* 3 359
10 Daniel Bloom 3 338
* still playing
** unknown due to Episode 7779 not airing
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.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
7787 20/06/2022 P Steven Etherington 84 – 50 Andrew Western Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Robert Rinder 131
7788 21/06/2022 P Steven Etherington 78 – 84 Daren Barnes Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Robert Rinder 125
7789 22/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 85 – 50 Laurence Freeman Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Robert Rinder 135
7790 23/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 94 – 68 Paul Moore Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Phil Spencer Susie Dent 125
7791 24/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 85 – 77 June Knott Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Phil Spencer Susie Dent 134
7792 27/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 99 – 94 Graham Harrison Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Phil Spencer Susie Dent 132
7793 28/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 103 – 57 Martin Colbert Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Phil Spencer Susie Dent 121
7794 29/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 82 – 67 Richard Wagler Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Phil Spencer Susie Dent 121
7795 30/06/2022 P Daren Barnes 87 – 64 Chris Canham Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 137
7796 01/07/2022 P Paul Harcourt 79 – 34 James Corbett Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 143
7797 04/07/2022 P Paul Harcourt 50 – 112 Edward Byrne Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 131
7798 05/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 140 – 40 Sarah Booth Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 142
7799 06/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 117 – 42 Daniel Gittins Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Christopher Biggins Susie Dent 125
7800 07/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 115 – 33 Mark Redmond Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jenny Ryan Susie Dent 124
7801 08/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 115 – 51 Lucy Gross Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jenny Ryan Susie Dent 131
7802 11/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 104 – 56 Anthony Wilson Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jenny Ryan Susie Dent 122
7803 12/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 123 – 14 James Wright Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jenny Ryan Susie Dent 132
7804 13/07/2022 P Edward Byrne 143 – 58 Matt Greer Anne Robinson Rachel Riley Jenny Ryan Susie Dent 145
7805 14/07/2022 P Daemon Pink 54 – 78 Jo Bekircan Colin Murray Rachel Riley Brendan Cole Susie Dent 142
7806 15/07/2022 P Jo Bekircan 66 – 73 Mike Cannon Colin Murray Rachel Riley Brendan Cole Susie Dent 128
7807 18/07/2022 P Mike Cannon 83 – 21 Thomas McGonagle Colin Murray Rachel Riley Brendan Cole Susie Dent 123
7808 19/07/2022 P Mike Cannon 60 – 96 Billy Whitehead Colin Murray Rachel Riley Brendan Cole Susie Dent 145
7809 20/07/2022 P Billy Whitehead 83 – 84 Laura Hadfield Colin Murray Rachel Riley Brendan Cole Susie Dent 145
7810 21/07/2022 P Laura Hadfield 72 – 78 Neil Lindsay Colin Murray Rachel Riley Levi Roots Susie Dent 134
7811 22/07/2022 P Neil Lindsay 54 – 99 Damian McEvoy Colin Murray Rachel Riley Levi Roots Susie Dent 124
7812 25/07/2022 P Damian McEvoy 59 – 75 Sue Telfer Colin Murray Rachel Riley Levi Roots Susie Dent 144
7813 26/07/2022 P Sue Telfer 100 – 50 Luke Richardson Colin Murray Rachel Riley Levi Roots Susie Dent 142
7814 27/07/2022 P Sue Telfer 77 – 65 Phil O'Driscoll Colin Murray Rachel Riley Levi Roots Susie Dent 127
7815 28/07/2022 P Sue Telfer 103 – 51 Steve Walker Colin Murray Rachel Riley Neil Delamere Susie Dent 137
7816 29/07/2022 P Sue Telfer 96 – 58 Shazia Hassim Colin Murray Rachel Riley Neil Delamere Susie Dent 144
7817 01/08/2022 P Sue Telfer 84 – 124 Quinn Bartlett Colin Murray Rachel Riley Neil Delamere Susie Dent 156
7818 02/08/2022 P Quinn Bartlett 106 – 49 Thomas Ellington Colin Murray Rachel Riley Neil Delamere Susie Dent 122
7819 03/08/2022 P Quinn Bartlett 114 – 37 Leome Francis Colin Murray Rachel Riley Neil Delamere Susie Dent 146
7820 04/08/2022 P Quinn Bartlett 102 – 57 Shane Mooney Les Dennis Rachel Riley Daniel Brocklebank Susie Dent 144
7821 05/08/2022 P Quinn Bartlett 93 – 74 Orla Daly Les Dennis Rachel Riley Daniel Brocklebank Susie Dent 153
7822 08/08/2022 P Quinn Bartlett 117 – 98 Marina Curran Les Dennis Rachel Riley Daniel Brocklebank Susie Dent 134
7823 09/08/2022 P Quinn Bartlett 104 – 24 Jacqueline Aviolet Les Dennis Rachel Riley Heather Small Susie Dent 135
7824 10/08/2022 P Quinn Bartlett 86 – 82 Mike Dobson Les Dennis Rachel Riley Heather Small Susie Dent 122
7825 11/08/2022 P Clare Matthews 37 – 54 Simon Atkinson Les Dennis Rachel Riley Heather Small Susie Dent 143
7826 12/08/2022 P Simon Atkinson 72 – 78 Naz Islam Les Dennis Rachel Riley Heather Small Susie Dent 145
7827 15/08/2022 P Naz Islam 87 – 61 Daniel Hill Les Dennis Rachel Riley Heather Small Susie Dent 153
7828 16/08/2022 P Naz Islam 113 – 55 Linda Devo Jenny Eclair Rachel Riley Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 154
7829 17/08/2022 P Naz Islam 58 – 83 Glenn Baird Jenny Eclair Rachel Riley Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 132
7830 18/08/2022 P Glenn Baird 60 – 77 Stephen Turnock Jenny Eclair Rachel Riley Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 135
7831 19/08/2022 P Stephen Turnock 74 – 77 Darrell Wilson Jenny Eclair Rachel Riley Janet Street-Porter Susie Dent 124
7832 22/08/2022 P Darrell Wilson 48 – 69 Riki Murphy Colin Murray Rachel Riley Carl Frampton Susie Dent 146
7833 23/08/2022 P Riki Murphy 36 – 103 John Aziz Colin Murray Rachel Riley Carl Frampton Susie Dent 122
7834 24/08/2022 P John Aziz 98 – 68 Jite Ighorodje Colin Murray Rachel Riley Carl Frampton Susie Dent 122
7835 25/08/2022 P John Aziz 92 – 47 Richard Goodman Colin Murray Rachel Riley Carl Frampton Susie Dent 119
7836 26/08/2022 P John Aziz 104 – 58 Mark O'Brien Colin Murray Rachel Riley Carl Frampton Susie Dent 141
7837 29/08/2022 P John Aziz 110 – 83 Eliza Wajid Colin Murray Rachel Riley Russell Kane Susie Dent 130
7838 30/08/2022 P John Aziz 110 – 111 Shad Chokdar Colin Murray Rachel Riley Russell Kane Susie Dent 137
7839 31/08/2022 P Shad Chokdar 80 – 31 Ian Fraser Colin Murray Rachel Riley Russell Kane Susie Dent 134
7840 01/09/2022 P Shad Chokdar 57 – 109 Jack Davies Colin Murray Rachel Riley Russell Kane Susie Dent 117
7841 02/09/2022 P Jack Davies 54 – 78 Daniel Bloom Colin Murray Rachel Riley Russell Kane Susie Dent 134
7842 05/09/2022 P Daniel Bloom 87 – 63 Kirsty Morris Colin Murray Rachel Riley Nina Wadia Susie Dent 134
7843 06/09/2022 P Daniel Bloom 97 – 32 Jonathan Roebuck Colin Murray Rachel Riley Nina Wadia Susie Dent 122
7844 07/09/2022 P Daniel Bloom 76 – 78 Joseph Bartram Colin Murray Rachel Riley Nina Wadia Susie Dent 123
7845 08/09/2022 P Joseph Bartram 71 – 31 Adam Brown Colin Murray Rachel Riley Nina Wadia Susie Dent 126
7846 09/09/2022 P Joseph Bartram 82 – 47 Rob Chapman Colin Murray Rachel Riley Nina Wadia Susie Dent 155
7847 12/09/2022 P Joseph Bartram 79 – 60 Niall Waters Colin Murray Rachel Riley Rick Edwards Susie Dent 134
7848 13/09/2022 P Joseph Bartram 100 – 60 Paula Carter Colin Murray Rachel Riley Rick Edwards Susie Dent 125
7849 14/09/2022 P Joseph Bartram 69 – 95 Alan Young Colin Murray Rachel Riley Rick Edwards Susie Dent 136
7850 15/09/2022 P Alan Young 114 – 43 Avnee Chouhan Colin Murray Rachel Riley Rick Edwards Susie Dent 133
7851 16/09/2022 P Alan Young 114 – 36 Nigel Deans Colin Murray Rachel Riley Rick Edwards Susie Dent 133
7852 20/09/2022 P Alan Young 84 – 67 Alex Ayling Colin Murray Rachel Riley Noreen Khan Susie Dent 122
7853 21/09/2022 P Alan Young 117 – 82 Dawn MacPhie Colin Murray Rachel Riley Noreen Khan Susie Dent 144
7854 22/09/2022 P Alan Young 108 – 53 Ian Gough Colin Murray Rachel Riley Noreen Khan Susie Dent 146
7855 23/09/2022 P Alan Young 84 – 72 Natalie Curran Colin Murray Rachel Riley Noreen Khan Susie Dent 143
7856 24/09/2022 P Alan Young 90 – 45 Calvin Jones Colin Murray Rachel Riley Noreen Khan Susie Dent 127
7857 26/09/2022 P Mike Oliver 58 – 120 Tom Stevenson Colin Murray Rachel Riley Eve Muirhead Susie Dent 136
7858 27/09/2022 P Tom Stevenson 120 – 61 Sean Mowat Colin Murray Rachel Riley Eve Muirhead Susie Dent 135
7859 28/09/2022 P Tom Stevenson 119 – 10 Sara Woolridge Colin Murray Rachel Riley Eve Muirhead Susie Dent 124
7860 29/09/2022 P Tom Stevenson tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley Eve Muirhead Susie Dent
7861 30/09/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley Eve Muirhead Susie Dent
7862 03/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley Pat Nevin Susie Dent
7863 04/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley Pat Nevin Susie Dent
7864 05/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley Pat Nevin Susie Dent
7865 06/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley Pat Nevin Susie Dent
7866 07/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley Pat Nevin Susie Dent
7867 10/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley Ardal O'Hanlon Susie Dent
7868 11/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley Ardal O'Hanlon Susie Dent
7869 12/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley Ardal O'Hanlon Susie Dent
7870 13/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley Ardal O'Hanlon Susie Dent
7871 14/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley Ardal O'Hanlon Susie Dent
7872 17/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley John Thomson Susie Dent
7873 18/10/2022 P tba Christy Cooper Colin Murray Rachel Riley John Thomson Susie Dent
7874 19/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley John Thomson Susie Dent
7875 20/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley John Thomson Susie Dent
7876 21/10/2022 P tba tba Colin Murray Rachel Riley John Thomson Susie Dent
* includes 10 points from a tiebreak conundrum

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