Want to see what you’re letting yourself in for? Have an array of photos from events past and present…
Manchester 2020: Host Innis with Champion Tom
Manchester 2020: You’ve heard of chess boxing. Meet chess countdown.
Manchester 2020: Also in attendance were Countdown-loving couple Mark and Tracey.
Lincoln 2020: Tim is smiling at the Hangover event
Lincoln 2020: Zubair is enjoying Dave’s story, but Ned finds it soporific
Lincoln 2020: Jack wins the Hangover!
Lincoln 2020: Fiona plays host for Suzy and Keli
Lincoln 2020: It’s James vs Jack in the Hangover final
Lincoln 2020: Host Ben hands the illustrious COLIN spoon to winner Jonathan
Lincoln 2020: COLIN XVI
Lincoln 2020: Jonathan vs Jack in the COLIN XVI final
Lincoln 2020: Ben, George, and Andy pose in the pub
Lincoln 2020: Countdowners switch codes and play Only Connect in the pub
Finals 2019 podium
Wolverhampton Open 2019 podium: bow down to Queen Jen.
Wolverhampton Finals 2019: Finalists Bra and Cal face off
Braintree 2019: FOCAL events make Matt smile
Braintree 2019 podium and hosts
Braintree 2019: The evil stare of a 5 vowel picker
Braintree 2019: Callum is snapped telling another anecdote. Get this man in Dictionary Corner already.
London 2019: Bradley LOVES consonants.
London 2019: Queen JCP is best-dressed
London 2019: Callum tells Bradley an anecdote about something oblong.
Blackpool 2019 has the thumbs-up from finalists Tom and Callum.
Blackpool 2019: Countdowners Assemble
Deliberations after a letters round. What’s the longest word you can make from DRNIOETMU?
Blackpool 2019: Group fun at the Pleasure Beach
The Waterford podium — 2nd place Hazel Drury, winner Eddy Byrne, 3rd place Gerry Tynan.
Tom Carey (L) clinches his semi-final with tie-break conundrum PERIODATE in just over a second, and shakes hands with Eddy Byrne (R). With this, Carey booked his place in the final as adversary-in-waiting Dylan Taylor looks on.
Mike Brown presenting the Grand Final, flanked by Graeme Cole on graphics and DC wordsmith Sam Prouse.
L to R: James Robinson, co-host; Philip Garbe, Men’s Captain at Lightcliffe Golf Club; Tim Down, runner-up; Jack Worsley, champion; Kirk Bevins, 3rd place; Callum Todd, co-host.
Blackpool 2019: Hip-hop’s next big trio?
L to R: Runner-up Bradley Horrocks; host Mike Brown; winner Rob Foster; 3rd place Tom Carey, also a Cantabrian student.
Birmingham 2017 group photo
Milton Keynes 2017 – Graeme being used as a table the morning after
Bournemouth 2017 champ Rob with organisers Jeff and Sean
Waterford 2017 – Champ Tom with Carol Sinnott’s very impressive Countdown clock cake!
Waterford 2017 top 3 – Hazel (2nd), Tom (1st) and Gerry (3rd)
King’s Lynn 2017 champ, Rob, with organiser Mike
King’s Lynn 2017
King’s Lynn 2017
King’s Lynn 2017
London 2017 champ, Oli, with organiser Jen
Leeds 2017 Team Quiz
Leeds 2017 finalists, Dylan and Jack
Manchester 2017: Stephen with his trophy.
Manchester 2017: Champion Stephen with organisers Jack and Matty.
Manchester 2017: Runner-up Rob with his prizes.
Manchester 2017: Pre-final japery.
Manchester 2017: A more sedate pre-final photo.
Manchester 2017: Audience giggles during the final.
Manchester 2017: It wouldn’t be a Co-event if Callum weren’t making a stupid face.
Manchester 2017: Michelle gives herself a good fisting.
Manchester 2017: Phil oversees a game between Anthony and newbie Kath!
Manchester 2017: Play nicely, children !
Manchester 2017: Mark and Zarte chatting.
Manchester 2017: Thumbs up 1.
Manchester 2017: Thumbs up 2.
Lincoln 2017: One of the enduring tropes of a COLIN weekend is Mark and Graeme’s bromance.
Lincoln 2017: Callum and Dylan are riveted by Andy and a rubber band. He’s just that charismatic.
Lincoln 2017: Tim and Lauren reeeally love COLIN.
Lincoln 2017: The final between Conor and Dylan gets underway.
Lincoln 2017: Friendships forged many COLINs ago are still going strong.
Lincoln 2017: The final of the unofficial COLIN quiz. Tensions are not that high.
Lincoln 2017: The winning team from the unofficial COLIN quiz – Tim, Jen, Tom and Graeme.
Lincoln Hangover 2017: Newly-engaged Countdown couple Adam and Lucy celebrate their impending nuptials!
Lincoln Hangover 2017: Notly-engaged Countdown couple Mark and Graeme celebrate their love. (We’re still waiting for the proposal. Maybe next year?)
Lincoln Hangover 2017: Another photo trope of COLIN – Matt’s Mobot of despair.
Lincoln Hangover 2017: Jono, Stephen and Jack.
Lincoln Hangover 2017: Lucy and Mike.
Lincoln 2017: Tom, Lauren and Ryan.
Lincoln 2017: Callum loves COLIN, and so will you.
Birmingham 2016: FOCAL Finals finalists Jack and Giles prepare for the crucial conundrum that will decide the year’s champion…
Birmingham 2016: FOCAL 2016 runner-up and style champion Giles shows off his Christmas jumper.
Birmingham 2016: A more plush venue than usual!
Glasgow Hangover 2016: Playing a spot of post-Countdown group Sporcle.
Glasgow Hangover 2016 winner: JAMES ROBINSON
Glasgow 2016: No hard feelings between finalists Innis and James.
Glasgow 2016: Veteran and head of the Edinburgh Countdown Club, Nita Marr, looks apprehensive.
Glasgow 2016: The event often begins on Friday night, with players meeting up to eat, drink and catch up before the Countdowning begins.
Huddersfield 2016: A group of wild Countdowners poses with Jason and Penny Larsen, who flew 5,000 miles from Seattle to be at the tournament!
Huddersfield 2016: an array of prizes on offer.
Huddersfield 2016: Pointless winners, Tom and Jack.
Huddersfield 2016: John, also from Seattle, enjoys his first ever Countdown tournament/trip to England.