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. 135 episodes (20 series), 2012 - 2021. Stars Jimmy Carr, Robert Deaton, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson and others.

Another series is in development.
Series 13 (Channel 4: Series 14), Episode 1 is repeated on More4 today at 2:15am.

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
135   (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 18th February 2021 on Channel 4 at 9pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 13 (Channel 4: Series 14) Episode 1: Today at 2:15am on More4
  2. Series 19 (Channel 4: Series 20) Episode 3: Today at 10pm on More4
  3. Series 19 (Channel 4: Series 20) Episode 3: Tomorrow at 1:15am on More4
  4. Series 13 (Channel 4: Series 14) Episode 2: Saturday at 11:05pm on More4
  5. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21) Episode 5: Sunday at 10:55pm on C4
  6. Series 13 (Channel 4: Series 14) Episode 4: Tuesday at 12:10am on More4
  7. Series 13 (Channel 4: Series 14) Episode 5: Tuesday at 11:05pm on More4
  8. Series 13 (Channel 4: Series 14) Episode 5: Wednesday at 2:10am on More4
  9. Series 14 (Channel 4: Series 15) Episode 1: Thursday 30th September at 12:10am on More4
  10. Series 14 (Channel 4: Series 15) Episode 2: Thursday 30th September at 10pm on More4Show all repeats
  11. Series 20 (Channel 4: Series 21) Episode 5: Thursday 30th September at 11:25pm on 4seven
  12. Series 14 (Channel 4: Series 15) Episode 2: Friday 1st October at 1:15am on More4

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