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. 125 episodes (18 series), 2012 - 2020. Stars Jimmy Carr, Robert Deaton, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson and others.

Returns Monday 23rd December at 9pm. Episode Guide
Series 6, Episode 14 is repeated on More4 today at 11:05pm.

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 - 2020
Channel
Channel 4
Episodes
125   (18 series), plus 1 Deal Or No Deal special
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
Friday 6th September 2019 on Channel 4 at 9pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 6 Episode 14: Today at 11:05pm on More4
  2. Series 6 Episode 15: Tomorrow at 11pm on More4
  3. Series 6 Episode 16: Saturday at 12:25am on More4
  4. Series 6 Episode 17: Tuesday at 12:10am on More4
  5. Series 7 Episode 1: Wednesday 18th December at 12:25am on More4
  6. Series 6 Episode 18: Wednesday 18th December at 11:05pm on More4
  7. Series 7 Episode 2: Thursday 19th December at 11pm on More4
  8. Series 7 Episode 4: Saturday 21st December at 12:30am on More4
  9. Series 8 Episode 1: Tuesday 24th December at 12:10am on More4
  10. Series 17 Episode 8: Tuesday 24th December at 10:55pm on C4Show all repeats
  11. Series 17 Episode 8: Thursday 26th December at 12am on 4seven
  12. Series 10 Episode 8: Thursday 26th December at 1:15am on More4
  13. Series 17 Episode 8: Thursday 26th December at 11:05pm on 4seven
  14. Series 17 Episode 8: Friday 27th December at 9pm on 4seven
  15. Series 8 Episode 2: Saturday 28th December at 1:30am on More4
  16. Series 8 Episode 3: Sunday 29th December at 1:10am on More4
  17. Series 17 Episode 8: Sunday 29th December at 11:05pm on 4seven
  18. Series 17 Episode 8: Monday 30th December at 1:10am on 4seven
  19. Series 8 Episode 4: Tuesday 31st December at 12:25am on More4
  20. Series 17 Episode 8: Tuesday 31st December at 9pm on 4seven
  21. Series 8 Episode 5: Wednesday 1st January at 2:25am on More4
  22. Series 10 Episode 9: Thursday 2nd January at 2:15am on More4
  23. Series 9 Episode 1: Saturday 4th January at 1:15am on More4

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