8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Jimmy Carr. Copyright: Zeppotron
8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

  • TV panel show
  • Channel 4
  • 2012 - 2024
  • 157 episodes (24 series)

The 8 Out Of 10 Cats regulars play the famous words and numbers quiz with the help of guests. Stars Jimmy Carr, Robert Deaton, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Rachel Riley and more.

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Image shows from L to R: Jon Richardson, Rachel Riley, Jimmy Carr, Susie Dent. Copyright: Zeppotron

Key details

Genre
Panel Show
Broadcast
2012 - 2024
Channel
Channel 4
Episodes
157 (24 series), plus 5 Deal Or No Deal and highlights specials
Stars
Jimmy Carr, Robert Deaton, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Rachel Riley, Susie Dent and Joe Wilkinson
Writers
Jimmy Carr, Gary Delaney, Dominic English, Lee Stuart Evans, Matt Forde, Fraser Steele, Kevin Day, Shaun Pye and more
Directors
Richard Valentine, Simon Staffurth and Barbara Wiltshire
Producers
Damian Eadie, Karen Murdoch, Richard Cohen, Rose Hanson, Adam Copeland, Arron Ferster, Ben Knappett, Jordan Read and more
Companies

In 2012, two of Channel 4's most popular quizzes - the topical hit 8 Out Of 10 Cats and the cerebral words-and-numbers game Countdown - came to metaphorical blows as the anarchic comedians of the former took on the brainbox format of the latter.

Jimmy Carr was the host, with Sean Lock and Jon Richardson as the contestants. Jimmy was helped by Countdown regulars Susie Dent and Rachel Riley, and hindered by Joe Wilkinson.

The gang returned to play Countdown a second time later in 2012.

In January 2013, as part of the next Channel 4 Mash Up, Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson and Sean Lock hijacked an episode of Deal or No Deal. A number of comedians joined in, plus Rachel Riley and Susie Dent again. Joe Wilkinson acted as the Banker's assistant.

Since 2013, the show has run regularly with multiple-episode series. By their own admission, the stars never thought the format would last beyond one episode, but it still regularly appears in primetime slots (whilst 8 Out Of 10 Cats itself has moved to E4).

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Additional details

Part of

Channel 4's Funny Fortnight

Also known as
  • Cats Do Countdown
  • 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Deal Or No Deal
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 26th July 2013 at 9pm on Channel 4
Next repeats
  1. Series 23 (Channel 4: Series 24), Episode 2: Tomorrow at 3:25am on 4seven
  2. Series 15 (Channel 4: Series 16), Episode 4: Saturday at 12:15am on More4
  3. Series 23 (Channel 4: Series 24), Episode 2: Saturday at 2:15am on 4seven
  4. Series 23 (Channel 4: Series 24), Episode 2: Saturday at 9pm on 4seven
  5. Series 15 (Channel 4: Series 16), Episode 6: Saturday at 11:05pm on More4
  6. Series 18 (Channel 4: Series 19), Episode 1: Sunday at 12:10am on More4
  7. Series 23 (Channel 4: Series 24), Episode 2: Monday at 3am on 4seven
  8. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21), Episode 4: Monday at 11:05pm on C4
  9. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21), Episode 4: Saturday 2nd March at 9pm on 4seven
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • Dock 10 (MediaCityUK)
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