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Series 83

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Series 83 is the current series of Countdown and the eighteenth series presented by Nick Hewer, with some episodes presented by Colin Murray. It was preceded by three special episodes after the finals of Series 82, and began on 4 January 2021.

Filming began in October 2020. Social distancing guidelines introduced in the second half of the previous series, including a ban on studio audiences, remained in place; it remains unknown when or how these will be lifted, but are likely to be followed throughout the entirety of this series.

Editions broadcast between 13 January and 9 February were presented by Colin Murray: these editions were recorded in November 2020 during England's second lockdown and Nick Hewer was shielding at the time. This is therefore the first regular series to have more than one host, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 16 notwithstanding. Hewer announced on his first day back that he would retire at the end of the year; his final episode date is not yet known. In addition, a recording block on 11-12 January – the first during the third England lockdown – had to be delayed due to Hewer shielding again, Colin Murray being unavailable, two out of three Dictionary Corner guests dropping out and only seven of fifteen contestants being available.

Apterites James Burley, Adam Latchford, Louis Moen and Claire Spinks have participated in the series so far, though it is noted that Latchford became a member after recording. Apterites due to take part in this series are Joey Burton, Ruth Cappleman, Chloe Lavan, Tom Vincent, Bobby Casey, John George and Malcolm Atkinson.

Channel 4 were awarded the rights to the 2021 Anthony De Mello Trophy, the first time since 2019 live international cricket had been shown on the channel (and their first Test Matches since 2005). The last-minute nature of the announcement forced episodes during the third Test Match, affecting 24 and 25 February, to premiere on More4 at 2:25pm. The edition for 26 February was also initially scheduled for More4, but was moved back to Channel 4 following the early conclusion of the match.

Current leaderboard

Rank Name Wins Points
1 James Burley 8 819
2 Adam Latchford 8 732
3 Declan McGurk 6 616
4 Coral Heath* 6 528
5 James Cope 5 463
6 Daniel Jonathan 4 416
7 Conor Morgan 2 270
8 Will Blackman 2 252
9 Darren Phipps-Walker 1 152
10 Paul Gaskell 1 150
* still playing
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: Nick Hewer
7414 4/01/2021 P Daniel Jonathan 58 – 80 Paul Gaskell Levi Roots Susie Dent 125
7415 5/01/2021 P Paul Gaskell 70 – 84 James Burley Levi Roots Susie Dent 132
7416 6/01/2021 P James Burley 127 – 55 Edward Carter Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 156
7417 7/01/2021 P James Burley 91 – 60 Peter Franklin Routh Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 132
7418 8/01/2021 P James Burley 112 – 49 Seb James Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 145
7419 11/01/2021 P James Burley 106 – 72 Mark Pettitt Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 133
7420 12/01/2021 P James Burley 100 – 36 Andrew Brookes Dr Phil Hammond Susie Dent 156
Presenter: Colin Murray
7421 13/01/2021 P James Burley 106 – 66 Roger Clarke Rory Bremner Susie Dent 135
7422 14/01/2021 P James Burley 93 – 48 Russ Evans Richard Arnold Susie Dent 154
7423 15/01/2021 P Darren Phipps-Walker 86 – 77 Gillian King Richard Arnold Susie Dent 153
7424 18/01/2021 P Darren Phipps-Walker 66 – 70 Matthew Chivers Richard Arnold Susie Dent 142
7425 19/01/2021 P Matthew Chivers 71 – 79 Will Blackman Richard Arnold Susie Dent 134
7426 20/01/2021 P Will Blackman 110 – 59 Gary Willerton Prue Leith Susie Dent 135
7427 21/01/2021 P Will Blackman 63 – 79 James Cope Prue Leith Susie Dent 133
7428 22/01/2021 P James Cope 48 – 39 Hayley Scarrow Prue Leith Susie Dent 123
7429 25/01/2021 P James Cope 81 – 52 Jodi Morgan Prue Leith Susie Dent 143
7430 26/01/2021 P James Cope 89 – 66 Martyn Pegram Prue Leith Susie Dent 156
7431 27/01/2021 P James Cope 102 – 60 Aaron Rattan Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 135
7432 28/01/2021 P James Cope 64 – 95 Conor Morgan Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 132
7433 29/01/2021 P Conor Morgan 103 – 51 Kristian Turner Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 137
7434 1/02/2021 P Conor Morgan 72 – 82* Adam Latchford Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 137
7435 2/02/2021 P Adam Latchford 87 – 49 Aneesh Aggarwal Adrian Chiles Susie Dent 121
7436 3/02/2021 P Adam Latchford 115 – 51 Jacky Treacy Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 148
7437 4/02/2021 P Adam Latchford 95 – 56 Chiedza Mutongwizo Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 126
7438 5/02/2021 P Adam Latchford 96 – 40 Charles Biggs Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 122
7439 8/02/2021 P Adam Latchford 100 – 62 Louis Moen Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 123
7440 9/02/2021 P Adam Latchford 82 – 75 Arran Smith Jenny Eclair Susie Dent 155
Presenter: Nick Hewer
7441 10/02/2021 P Adam Latchford 85 – 70 Jeremy Bradley Pasha Kovalev Susie Dent 145
7442 11/02/2021 P Judith Marshall 67 – 79 Declan McGurk Pasha Kovalev Susie Dent 125
7443 12/02/2021 P Declan McGurk 91 – 51 Jason Menzies Pasha Kovalev Susie Dent 141
7444 15/02/2021 P Declan McGurk 88 – 83 Phil Lloyd-Bushell Pasha Kovalev Susie Dent 134
7445 16/02/2021 P Declan McGurk 117 – 37 Danny Lofthouse Pasha Kovalev Susie Dent 142
7446 17/02/2021 P Declan McGurk 73 – 53 Martin K Lewis Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 142
7447 18/02/2021 P Declan McGurk 102 – 27 Jack Coyle Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 166
7448 19/02/2021 P Declan McGurk 66 – 100 Coral Heath Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 125
7449 22/02/2021 P Coral Heath 79 – 74 Claire Spinks Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 124
7450 23/02/2021 P Coral Heath 74 – 63 George Thomson Jeremy Thompson Susie Dent 134
7451 24/02/2021 P Coral Heath 97 – 28 Yvonne Parkes Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 131
7452 25/02/2021 P Coral Heath 90 – 35 Matthew Marko Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 146
7453 26/02/2021 P Coral Heath 88 – 86 Dave Bowley Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent 122
7454 1/03/2021 P Coral Heath tba Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent
7455 2/03/2021 P tba tba Dr Linda Papadopoulos Susie Dent
Presenter: Colin Murray
7456 3/03/2021 P tba tba Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent
7457 4/03/2021 P tba tba Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent
7458 5/03/2021 P tba tba Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent
7459 8/03/2021 P tba tba Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent
7460 9/03/2021 P tba tba Tanni Grey-Thompson Susie Dent
7461 10/03/2021 P tba tba Jon Culshaw Susie Dent
7462 11/03/2021 P tba tba Jon Culshaw Susie Dent
7463 12/03/2021 P tba tba Jon Culshaw Susie Dent
7464 15/03/2021 P tba tba Jon Culshaw Susie Dent
7465 16/03/2021 P tba tba Jon Culshaw Susie Dent
Presenter: Nick Hewer
7466 17/03/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7467 18/03/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7468 19/03/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7469 22/03/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7470 23/03/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7471 24/03/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7472 25/03/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7473 26/03/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7474 29/03/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7475 30/03/2021 P tba tba tba Susie Dent
7476 31/03/2021 P tba tba John Thomson Susie Dent
7477 1/04/2021 P tba tba John Thomson Susie Dent
7478 2/04/2021 P tba tba John Thomson Susie Dent
7479 5/04/2021 P tba tba John Thomson Susie Dent
7480 6/04/2021 P tba tba John Thomson Susie Dent
* includes 10 points from a tie-break conundrum

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