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

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Channel 4 panel show based on the words and numbers game. 111 episodes (16 series), 2012 - 2019. Stars Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Joe Wilkinson and others.

Next new episode is on Friday at 9pm. Series 16, Episode 3
Catch-up on Episode 2 on All 4   Series 16, Episode 2 is repeated on 4seven today at 11:05pm.
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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

Panel Show
2012 - 2019
Channel 4
111   (16 series), plus 1 Deal Or No Deal special
Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Joe Wilkinson, Rachel Riley and Susie Dent
Richard Valentine, Simon Staffurth and Barbara Wiltshire
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


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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 26th July 2013 on Channel 4 at 9pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 15th February 2019 on Channel 4 at 9pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 16 Episode 2: Today at 11:05pm on 4seven
  2. Series 6 Episode 6: Tomorrow at 11:45pm on More4
  3. Series 16 Episode 3: Friday at 11:05pm on 4seven
  4. Series 6 Episode 8: Sunday at 1:35am on More4
  5. Series 16 Episode 3: Sunday at 10pm on C4
  6. Series 6 Episode 9: Monday at 12:10am on More4
  7. Series 16 Episode 3: Monday at 11:05pm on 4seven
  8. Series 6 Episode 10: Tuesday at 12:10am on More4
  9. Series 16 Episode 3: Tuesday at 10pm on 4seven
  10. Series 6 Episode 11: Wednesday 30th January at 12:10am on More4Show all repeats
  11. Series 16 Episode 3: Wednesday 30th January at 11:05pm on 4seven
  12. Series 16 Episode 3: Thursday 31st January at 10pm on 4seven
  13. Series 6 Episode 12: Friday 1st February at 12:15am on More4
  14. Series 16 Episode 4: Saturday 2nd February at 12:10am on 4seven

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