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8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Jimmy Carr.

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Channel 4 panel show based on the words and numbers game. 92 episodes (13 series), 2012 - 2017. Stars Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Joe Wilkinson and others.

Another series is in development.
Series 9, Episode 1 is repeated today at 10:30pm

8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Image shows from L to R: Sean Lock, Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson. Copyright: ITV Studios / 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 - 2017
Channel 4
92   (13 series), plus 1 Deal Or No Deal special
Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Joe Wilkinson, Rachel Riley and Susie Dent
Jimmy Carr, Gary Delaney, Dominic English, Lee Stuart Evans, Matt Forde, Fraser Steele, Kevin Day, Shaun Pye and others
Richard Valentine, Simon Staffurth and Barbara Wiltshire
Damian Eadie, Karen Murdoch, Richard Cohen, Adam Copeland, Arron Ferster, Mark Barrett, Ben Knappett, 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).

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