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

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Channel 4 panel show based on the words and numbers game. 134 episodes (20 series), 2012 - 2021. Stars Jimmy Carr, Robert Deaton, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson and others.

Next new episode is on Thursday at 9pm. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21), Episode 3
Catch-up on Episode 2 on All 4   Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21), Episode 2 is repeated on 4seven today at 10pm.

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

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

The 8 Out Of 10 Cats regulars play the famous words and numbers quiz with the help of guests

Genre
Panel Show
Broadcast
2012 - 2021
Channel
Channel 4
Episodes
134   (20 series), plus 3 Deal Or No Deal and highlights specials
Starring
Jimmy Carr, Robert Deaton, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Rachel Riley, Susie Dent and Joe Wilkinson
Directors
Richard Valentine, Simon Staffurth and Barbara Wiltshire
Producers
Damian Eadie, Karen Murdoch, Richard Cohen, Adam Copeland, Arron Ferster, Ben Knappett, Jordan Read, Lisa Kirk, Adam Hutchinson, Rose Hanson and others

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).

Production Details

Part of

Channel 4's Funny Fortnight

Production companies
Also known as
  • 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Deal Or No Deal (Other official name)
  • Cats Do Countdown (Other official name)
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 26th July 2013 on Channel 4 at 9pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 21st January 2021 on Channel 4 at 9pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21) Episode 2: Today at 10pm on 4seven
  2. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21) Episode 3: Today at 11:05pm on 4seven
  3. Series 17 (Channel 4: Series 18) Episode 1: Tomorrow at 12:30am on More4
  4. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21) Episode 2: Tomorrow at 10:05pm on C4
  5. Series 17 (Channel 4: Series 18) Episode 2: Tuesday at 12:10am on More4
  6. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21) Episode 1: Tuesday at 3:45am on 4seven
  7. Series 17 (Channel 4: Series 18) Episode 4: Wednesday at 12:10am on More4
  8. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21) Episode 2: Wednesday at 10pm on 4seven
  9. Series 17 (Channel 4: Series 18) Episode 7: Wednesday at 11:40pm on More4
  10. Series 17 (Channel 4: Series 18) Episode 6: Thursday at 11pm on More4Show all repeats
  11. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21) Episode 3: Saturday 30th January at 9pm on 4seven
  12. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21) Episode 4: Saturday 30th January at 10pm on 4seven
  13. Series 6 (Channel 4: Series 7) Episode 2: Sunday 31st January at 12:15am on More4
  14. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21) Episode 3: Sunday 31st January at 10:05pm on C4
  15. Series 6 (Channel 4: Series 7) Episode 3: Monday 1st February at 11:05pm on More4
  16. Series 6 (Channel 4: Series 7) Episode 3: Tuesday 2nd February at 2:05am on More4
  17. Series 6 (Channel 4: Series 7) Episode 4: Wednesday 3rd February at 12:10am on More4
  18. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21) Episode 3: Wednesday 3rd February at 10pm on 4seven
  19. Series 6 (Channel 4: Series 7) Episode 5: Thursday 4th February at 1:05am on More4

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