8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

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8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown Logo.jpg
Genre Panel game
Presented by Jimmy Carr
Starring Sean Lock
Jon Richardson
Susie Dent
Rachel Riley
Joe Wilkinson
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 10
No. of episodes 92 (as of 29 December 2017) (list of episodes)
Production
Location(s) Granada Studios (2012)
MediaCityUK (2013–present)
Running time 45–65 minutes
Production company(s) ITV Studios
Zeppotron
Distributor Endemol UK
Release
Original network Channel 4
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV) (2012)
1080i (HDTV) (2013–present)
Original release 2 January 2012 (2012-01-02) – present
Chronology
Related shows 8 Out of 10 Cats
Countdown
External links
Website

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is a crossover between the panel games 8 Out of 10 Cats and Countdown. The show follows the format of Countdown, but with hosts and contestants from 8 Out of 10 Cats, and an emphasis on humour.

The first episode aired as part of Channel 4's "mash-up night" on 2 January 2012; the first full series was aired in July 2013 and multiple series have since been commissioned. Episodes feature Jimmy Carr as host; two teams of two contestants feature in most episodes, with Sean Lock and Jon Richardson as permanent team captains (various other personalities, such as Lee Mack, Sarah Millican, Bill Bailey and Claudia Winkleman, deputise when either captain is unavailable to film). Rachel Riley and Susie Dent take up their regular roles from Countdown; Joe Wilkinson appears in many earlier episodes as Rachel's assistant and has also stood in as a team captain.

History[edit]

On 2 January 2012, Channel 4 orchestrated a special "mash-up night" to celebrate its 30th anniversary, which involved two shows on the network merging their formats. One combination depicted Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats. Jimmy Carr took over as host alongside Rachel Riley. Sean Lock and Jon Richardson competed as contestants and Joe Wilkinson joined Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner. The show consisted of four letters rounds, two numbers rounds and the conundrum, interspersed with 8 Out of 10 Cats-style banter.[1]

A second special episode called 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown was broadcast on 24 August 2012 as part of Channel 4's "Funny Fortnight". Once again, Carr was host, Lock and Richardson were contestants, and Riley and Dent returned to their roles. In Dictionary Corner, Susie was joined by David O'Doherty. Wilkinson and past contestant Clarke Carlisle also featured. In this edition, there were five letters rounds, four numbers rounds and a conundrum.

Two additional specials aired in April 2013, with Lee Mack playing against Richardson, as Lock was unwell. In addition to the regulars, these specials also featured Rhod Gilbert, Rob Beckett, Stephen Mangan and Richard Osman as contestants, Tim Key and Henning Wehn in Dictionary Corner, and Wilkinson as Riley's "personal assistant".[2][3]

On 9 July 2013, Channel 4 announced it had commissioned a full series of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown to air later in the summer.[4] Six episodes aired from July to September.[5] The final episode of the series was part of Channel 4's "80s Night".[6] The opening sequence for the final episode featured the standard title sequence for 8 Out of 10 Cats interspersed with images of the title sequence that Countdown used in the 1980s. Another series of six episodes were broadcast between 3 January and 28 February 2014.[7]

Recordings for a new series of six episodes began on 19 May 2014.[8] The first episode was broadcast on 6 June 2014, with the series originally scheduled to end on 11 July 2014; however, it was stretched to seven episodes and therefore ended on 18 July 2014.[9] Another four episodes were recorded on 2 and 16 July 2014; the first recording was episode seven of Series 3. The next three episodes began airing from 5 September 2014 and concluded on 19 September 2014.[10]

Rachel Riley confirmed via Twitter on 19 September 2014 that more episodes of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown would be filmed for 2015.[11] It was announced in November that the show would have a Christmas special, followed by a new six-episode series.[12] Episodes for the fifth series were recorded throughout December 2014 with one of the episodes also being recorded on 1 February 2015. Recording for series 6 began on 5 March 2015 and its broadcast in May 2015, with further recordings in May, June and July 2015.[13]

Further recordings also took place in November and December 2015. Another Christmas Special aired on 8 December 2015 and another six-part series began in January 2016. A further series followed in 2016, beginning in August and running through October. A tenth series began broadcast on 8 June 2017.

Format[edit]

Each episode lasts one hour, including advertising breaks, although the January 2012 special lasted only 30 minutes. Since the first one-third of the program is occupied in introducing the panel, and due to the comedy interspersed between and during rounds, the game does not consist of the standard 15 rounds. The first few specials had different numbers of rounds ranging from 7 to 10. In the two full series of the show, there were either 8 or 9 rounds. The first three quarters of the show contained a letters round and a numbers round; the last section had a letters round, a numbers round (if there was time) and a conundrum. More recent series featured rounds involving two contestants participating in humorous activities, such as being blindfolded and identifying props that were spelt with nine letters.

The letters and numbers rounds are the same as in Countdown, and there are also "Teatime teasers". The conundrums and teatime teasers typically contain sexual words or innuendos,[14] such as "GONADTIP" (clue: "One way to become a parent", answer: "ADOPTING").[15]

Whilst the clock is ticking, as the contestants attempt to find a word or reach the target from the numbers within 30 seconds, Carr often takes part in some form of unusual or non-sequitur activity such as trying to get a dog through an obstacle course, stacking a house of cards or enticing a bird of prey to fly onto his arm. Rachel Riley is occasionally involved in these segments.

Apart from during the first two specials, there are two contestants on each team, with Jon and Sean as permanent guests. During some rounds, contestants all offer an answer but only the best answer from each team counts. During some rounds, one player per team is nominated to give an answer.

A celebrity appears in Dictionary Corner, and, after each numbers round, they present a poem, song or other comedic segment. Susie Dent's "Origin of Words" section does not appear, but is instead replaced with an additional segment from the guest.

In earlier episodes, Joe Wilkinson appeared as Rachel's assistant in the second half of the show, often dressed in costume whilst using props. The humour continued throughout the series, such as Wilkinson offered special prizes, replacing letter tiles with symbols or turning up despite having been "fired". During Wilkinson's sketches Robert Deaton (as Wilkinson's half-brother Fabio) sometimes appears. Since 2016, Wilkinson has appeared sporadically as a contestant.

Episodes[edit]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

The first mashup was watched by 2.49 million viewers, making it the second most watched Channel 4 show that week.[16] The next episode, part of "Funny Fortnight", received 1.76 million viewers, which was an 8.3% audience share.[17] The 2014 Christmas special was watched by 1.75 million viewers: a 7.6% audience share.[18]

Ratings are sourced from BARB. All ratings from Series 9 onwards include +1.

Channel 4 Mashup[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total viewers
(millions)
1 2 January 2012 2.90[nb 1]

Series 1[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total viewers
(millions)
1 24 August 2012 2.06[nb 2]

Series 2[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total viewers
(millions)
1 12 April 2013 2.63[nb 3]
2 19 April 2013 2.24[nb 4]

Series 3[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total viewers
(millions)
1 26 July 2013 2.47[nb 5]
2 2 August 2013 2.30[nb 6]
3 9 August 2013 2.46[nb 7]
4 16 August 2013 2.10[nb 8]
5 13 September 2013 2.30[nb 9]
6 20 September 2013 2.88[nb 10]

Series 4[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total viewers
1 3 January 2014 2.37[nb 11]
2 10 January 2014 2.75[nb 12]
3 17 January 2014 2.70[nb 13]
4 24 January 2014 2.79[nb 14]
5 21 February 2014 2.76[nb 15]
6 28 February 2014 2.90[nb 16]

Series 5[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total viewers
1 6 June 2014 2.30[nb 17]
2 13 June 2014 1.76[nb 18]
3 20 June 2014 1.93[nb 19]
4 27 June 2014 1.88[nb 20]
5 4 July 2014 1.98[nb 21]
6 11 July 2014 2.35[nb 22]
7 18 July 2014 2.00[nb 23]
8 5 September 2014 2.30[nb 24]
9 12 September 2014 2.45[nb 25]
10 19 September 2014 2.43[nb 26]

Series 6[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total viewers
1 29 December 2014 2.65[nb 27]
2 9 January 2015 2.76[nb 28]
3 16 January 2015 2.43[nb 29]
4 23 January 2015 2.29[nb 30]
5 30 January 2015 2.53[nb 31]
6 6 February 2015 1.77[nb 32]
7 13 February 2015 2.58[nb 33]
8 3 May 2015 1.65[nb 34]

Series 7[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total viewers
1 3 July 2015 1.56[nb 35]
2 10 July 2015 1.79[nb 36]
3 17 July 2015 1.88[nb 37]
4 24 July 2015 1.91[nb 38]
5 31 July 2015 2.03[nb 39]
6 7 August 2015 2.09[nb 40]
7 14 August 2015 2.35[nb 41]
8 21 August 2015 2.25[nb 42]
9 28 August 2015 2.25[nb 43]
10 4 September 2015 2.38[nb 44]
11 8 December 2015 1.82[nb 45]
12 15 January 2016 1.98[nb 46]
13 22 January 2016 2.39[nb 47]
14 29 January 2016 1.91[nb 48]
15 5 February 2016 2.11[nb 49]
16 25 February 2016 1.97[nb 50]

Series 9[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total viewers
1 3 March 2016 2.06[nb 51]
2 10 March 2016 2.00[nb 52]
3 24 March 2016 2.06[nb 53]
4 31 March 2016 1.43[nb 54]
5 5 August 2016 1.93
6 12 August 2016 1.57
7 19 August 2016 1.30
8 26 August 2016 1.83
9 2 September 2016 2.00
10 24 September 2016 1.53
11 1 October 2016 1.52
12 8 October 2016 1.44
13 15 October 2016 1.46
14 22 October 2016 1.59
15 29 October 2016 1.41
16 5 November 2016 1.61
17 24 December 2016 2.51
18 30 December 2016 1.51
19 13 January 2017 1.81
20 20 January 2017 1.79
21 27 January 2017 1.79
22 3 February 2017 1.70
23 10 February 2017 1.90
24 17 February 2017 1.68
25 24 April 2017 1.00
26 1 May 2017 1.15
27 22 June 2017 0.91
28 29 June 2017 1.23

Awards[edit]

In 2014, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown was nominated for the British Comedy Awards in two categories: Best Comedy Panel Programme and Best Comedy Moment of 2014.[19][20] Sean Lock was also nominated for Best Male Television Comic, and Joe Wilkinson was nominated for Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist.[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 2.49 million on Channel 4, 411,000 on Channel 4 +1
  2. ^ 1.68 million on Channel 4, 379,000 on Channel 4 +1
  3. ^ 2.07 million on Channel 4, 559,000 on Channel 4 +1
  4. ^ 1.74 million on Channel 4, 495,000 on Channel 4 +1
  5. ^ 2.08 million on Channel 4, 386,000 on Channel 4 +1
  6. ^ 1.83 million on Channel 4, 467,000 on Channel 4 +1
  7. ^ 2.17 million on Channel 4, 291,000 on Channel 4 +1
  8. ^ 1.68 million on Channel 4, 424,000 on Channel 4 +1
  9. ^ 1.90 million on Channel 4, 404,000 on Channel 4 +1
  10. ^ 2.55 million on Channel 4, 334,000 on Channel 4 +1
  11. ^ 1.97 million on Channel 4, 371,000 on Channel 4 +1
  12. ^ 2.31 million on Channel 4, 436,000 on Channel 4 +1
  13. ^ 2.29 million on Channel 4, 406,000 on Channel 4 +1
  14. ^ 2.51 million on Channel 4, 283,000 on Channel 4 +1
  15. ^ 2.49 million on Channel 4, 269,000 on Channel 4 +1
  16. ^ 2.53 million on Channel 4, 366,000 on Channel 4 +1
  17. ^ 1.95 million on Channel 4, 349,000 on Channel 4 +1
  18. ^ 1.42 million on Channel 4, 342,000 on Channel 4 +1
  19. ^ 1.66 million on Channel 4, 274,000 on Channel 4 +1
  20. ^ 1.59 million on Channel 4, 287,000 on Channel 4 +1
  21. ^ 1.73 million on Channel 4, 252,000 on Channel 4 +1
  22. ^ 1.98 million on Channel 4, 371,000 on Channel 4 +1
  23. ^ 1.72 million on Channel 4, 281,000 on Channel 4 +1
  24. ^ 1.91 million on Channel 4, 391,000 on Channel 4 +1
  25. ^ 2.00 million on Channel 4, 452,000 on Channel 4 +1
  26. ^ 2.00 million on Channel 4, 434,000 on Channel 4 +1
  27. ^ 2.29 million on Channel 4, 356,000 on Channel 4 +1
  28. ^ 2.43 million on Channel 4, 326,000 on Channel 4 +1
  29. ^ 2.16 million on Channel 4, 271,000 on Channel 4 +1
  30. ^ 1.88 million on Channel 4, 410,000 on Channel 4 +1
  31. ^ 2.26 million on Channel 4, 274,000 on Channel 4 +1
  32. ^ 1.44 million on Channel 4, 332,000 on Channel 4 +1
  33. ^ 2.22 million on Channel 4, 359,000 on Channel 4 +1
  34. ^ 1.32 million on Channel 4, 325,000 on Channel 4 +1
  35. ^ No +1 figure available
  36. ^ 1.48 million on Channel 4, 306,000 on Channel 4 +1
  37. ^ 1.55 million on Channel 4, 326,000 on Channel 4 +1
  38. ^ 1.66 million on Channel 4, 248,000 on Channel 4 +1
  39. ^ No +1 figure available
  40. ^ 1.76 million on Channel 4, 329,000 on Channel 4 +1
  41. ^ 2.08 million on Channel 4, 269,000 on Channel 4 +1
  42. ^ 2.01 million on Channel 4, 237,000 on Channel 4 +1
  43. ^ 1.95 million on Channel 4, 300,000 on Channel 4 +1
  44. ^ 2.06 million on Channel 4, 322,000 on Channel 4 +1
  45. ^ 1.55 million on Channel 4, 271,000 on Channel 4 +1
  46. ^ No +1 figure available
  47. ^ 2.13 million on Channel 4, 263,000 on Channel 4 +1
  48. ^ 1.62 million on Channel 4, 288,000 on Channel 4 +1
  49. ^ No +1 figure available
  50. ^ 1.64 million on Channel 4, 321,000 on Channel 4 +1
  51. ^ 1.81 million on Channel 4, 246,000 on Channel 4 +1
  52. ^ 1.68 million on Channel 4, 318,000 on Channel 4 +1
  53. ^ 1.76 million on Channel 4, 298,000 on Channel 4 +1
  54. ^ No +1 figure available

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jimmy Carr to Host Countdown". 16 November 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown". Channel 4. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  3. ^ "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown". Channel 4. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  4. ^ Eames, Tom (2013-07-09). "'8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown' ordered for full series by Channel 4". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  5. ^ "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown - All 4". www.channel4.com. 
  6. ^ "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown". Channel 4. 
  7. ^ "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown". Channel 4. 
  8. ^ "Channel 4 orders more 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown". British Comedy Guide. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Series 7". Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "8 OUT OF 10 CATS DOES COUNTDOWN". Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rachel Riley on Twitter". Twitter. 
  12. ^ a b Alexander, Susannah (25 November 2014). "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown gets Christmas special and new series". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "8 OUT OF 10 CATS DOES COUNTDOWN - Free Audience Tickets". Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown". UKGameshows.com. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown 7". 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. 21 minutes in. And here's your teaser. The words are "GONADTIP" and the clue is "One way to become a parent." 
  16. ^ Top 10 Programmes Archived 18 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine. - BARB. Select Channel 4 and 2012 > January > 2 Jan – 08 Jan.
  17. ^ "Channel 4's Funny Fortnight - 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Christmas Special". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  19. ^ Finbow, Katy (10 November 2014). "Toast of London, Harry and Paul lead British Comedy Awards nominations". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "Winners 2014". British Comedy Awards. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 

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