ZoomDown is a version of Countdown streamed live using "Zoom" video conferencing software. It was introduced during the COVID-19 lockdown by Series 81 6-time winner, Paul Anderson, who also acts as the host. It featured Callum Todd in dictionary corner in the first six episodes. Episode ZD7 onward saw James Rowan in the DC role, and Fiona Titcombe operating the technical aspect of production. Tom Carey alternated with Titcombe from Episode ZD12 onwards, with George Armstrong alternating with Rowan from Episode ZD15. Fred Whibley joined the team for Series 2, with Rowan taking a break from the series midway through Series 2. Bradley Horrocks joined the team towards the end of Series 2.
Two games are played in each episode, with the guesting role in game one taken by the challenger of the second game and the loser of the first game taking the role in game two. They are given their own anecdote, which forms more like a mini-Q&A session, after Round 6, as per the current 15 round format. The format is similar to a Countdown series, with the winner staying on for up to four games (as per the Apterous Simulation of a Series), at which point they become a ZoomDown tetrachamp. The top 8 then compete in a knockout tournament in a bid to become ZoomDown Series Champion. Finalists are not allowed to play again in consecutive series.
The games are shown live on the FOCAL Talk YouTube channel, originally on Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00 pm (Thursday's show originally started at 8:05pm to accommodate the national "clap for carers" campaign). As of Series 4, the first game of the week migrated to Tuesday, to avoid clash with the BBC Two quiz shows. In addition to the main series, specials were also played; the first of these was a mini-Hyper tournament between four players shown on Friday 15 May 2020 at 8pm, and the second was a "Numberists" special shown over two Saturdays (13-20 June).
Specials returned as a prequel to the third series, shown at the usual times and alternating between two formats.
A record of the games and standings can be seen at the pages listed below. All games can be watched on YouTube here.
The popularity of the series resulted in Anderson being awarded the Apterous "Spoon of Awesome", a very rare accolade that is awarded by public vote.
- Presented by: Paul Anderson (2020-present)