Tony Baylis was the champion of Series 36. He was a Program Manager from Stratford.
He first appeared on Countdown on 4 August 1997, beating Jo Lack 50 – 34 in the 26th heat of Series 36. Tony went on to win five more games before losing at the hands of Roger Green. Tony's 6 wins saw him return for the finals as #4 seed, where he saw off the challenge of Andy Stacey and Bhavin Manek on his way to the final against Maria Boyes. The final was a close-run affair, but a messed-up numbers game at the very end spelled doom for Maria, meaning Tony ran out the 66 – 52 winner, and the 36th champion of Countdown. Tony later returned for Championship of Champions IX, but was beaten in the first round by Ruth Collier on a Crucial Conundrum.
Outside of Countdown, he was also a proficient amateur snooker player between 1987 and 2003, winning numerous amateur titles and had been on the Wildcard for several professional WPBSA circuit tournaments, but never managed to qualify for a professional tournament.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|2063||4/08/1997||P||Tony Baylis||50 – 34||Jo Lack||Philip Franks||Hania Porucznik||70|
|2064||5/08/1997||P||Tony Baylis||45 – 24||Jim Gibson||Philip Franks||Hania Porucznik||73|
|2065||6/08/1997||P||Tony Baylis||53 – 31||Tina Ansell||Philip Franks||Hania Porucznik||74|
|2066||7/08/1997||P||Tony Baylis||56 – 41||Will Paine||Philip Franks||Hania Porucznik||74|
|2067||8/08/1997||P||Tony Baylis||61 – 43||Rodders Grafton||Philip Franks||Hania Porucznik||74|
|2068||11/08/1997||P||Tony Baylis||67 – 47||Jonet Middleton||Tom O'Connor||Hania Porucznik||74|
|2069||12/08/1997||P||Tony Baylis||51 – 55||Roger Green||Tom O'Connor||Hania Porucznik||81|
|2099||23/09/1997||QF||Tony Baylis||55 – 41||Andy Stacey||Nicholas Parsons||Hannah Robertson||70|
|2100||24/09/1997||SF||Tony Baylis||53 – 43||Bhavin Manek||Nicholas Parsons||Hannah Robertson||84|
|2102||26/09/1997||GF||Maria Boyes||52 – 66||Tony Baylis||Nicholas Parsons||Hannah Robertson||115|
|2169||6/01/1998||CP||Tony Baylis||42 – 50||Ruth Collier||Gloria Hunniford||Mark Nyman||72|