Chris beaten on Countdown

Chris Marshall from Brighouse who has been competing on Countdown
Chris Marshall from Brighouse who has been competing on Countdown

AFTER winning eight shows Chris Marshall has been beaten by a Countdown conundrum and his opponent.

Chris featured on the popular Channel 4 TV show for the quarter-final but was defeated by competitor David Barnard who scored 108 points, to Chris’s 63.

“I didn’t win. My opponent came up with three or four words I wouldn’t have got in 30 minutes yet alone 30 seconds,” he said. “Despite getting all the numbers games spot on, I lost.”

The 30-year-old said he found it tough to play as David was in great form and described his performance as ‘in a different class’ to him.

“I was looking for a nine towards the end to try and get some points back but other than that I felt I performed to my full potential.”

The pair both failed to get the final conundrum and show host Nick Hewer told them they had been ‘foxed and out witted’, before revealing hidden word ‘epicentre’.

“It was a very enjoyable experience and everyone from the runner to the series producer was really friendly. Getting to know other contestants was also good and I hope to stay in touch with some of them in the future,” said Chris.

Chris who works as an accountant in Huddersfield was presented with a coveted Countdown Tea Pot, glass paper weight and Oxford English Dictionary.

Chris auditioned twice for the show and recorded it in May at the TV studios in Manchester. Since then he has had to overcome stiff competition to win eight shows in a row.

“I had just hoped to put in a decent performance and maybe to win once or twice but I never expected to win eight in a row,” he said.

The former pupil at Woodhouse Primary School, Brighouse, was sworn to secrecy about how well he had done in the quarter final filmed in November.

Chris admitted he found it nerve-wracking appearing before the TV cameras but had managed to keep a cool head. “There’s a big difference between having a go at answering the questions when you’re sitting at home on your sofa and doing it in the TV studio.”