The Best Episodes of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2019

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.

Rhod Gilbert, Miles Jupp, Nick Helm

#1 - Rhod Gilbert, Miles Jupp, Nick Helm

Season 2 - Episode 2

Jimmy Carr hosts new editions of the famous words and numbers quiz, as 8 Out of 10 Cats team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are joined by celebrity guests Miles Jupp and Rhod Gilbert. Countdown regular Susie Dent is in Dictionary Corner with Nick Helm, while the country's favourite boffin Rachel Riley provides the letters and numbers with a little help from comedian Joe Wilkinson.

star 8.45
49 votes
Johnny Vegas, Sarah Millican, Rob Beckett, Vic Reeves

#2 - Johnny Vegas, Sarah Millican, Rob Beckett, Vic Reeves

Season 7 - Episode 10

Jimmy Carr hosts. Sean Lock and Johnny Vegas take on guest captain Sarah Millican with Rob Beckett. Vic Reeves is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent and Rachel Riley.

star 8.43
7 votes
Greg Davies, Holly Walsh, Vic Reeves

#3 - Greg Davies, Holly Walsh, Vic Reeves

Season 7 - Episode 17

Jimmy Carr hosts. Sean Lock and Greg Davies take on Jon Richardson and Holly Walsh. Vic Reeves is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent.

star 8.33
6 votes
Liza Tarbuck, Sarah Millican, Romesh Ranganathan, Phill Jupitus

#4 - Liza Tarbuck, Sarah Millican, Romesh Ranganathan, Phill Jupitus

Season 7 - Episode 13

Jimmy Carr hosts. Sean Lock and Liza Tarbuck take on special guest captain Sarah Millican with Romesh Ranganathan. Phill Jupitus is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent.

star 8.29
7 votes
Miles Jupp, Aisling Bea, Nick Helm

#5 - Miles Jupp, Aisling Bea, Nick Helm

Season 3 - Episode 2

Jimmy Carr plays host along with regular 8 Out of 10 Cats team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson who are joined by Miles Jupp and Aisling Bea

star 8.25
79 votes
Jack Dee, James Corden, Joe Lycett

#6 - Jack Dee, James Corden, Joe Lycett

Season 3 - Episode 5

Jimmy Carr hosts the show, with captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson who are joined by James Corden and Jack Dee. Joe Lycett and Joe Wilkinson assist Susie Dent and Rachel Riley.

star 8.25
61 votes
Freddie Flintoff, Bill Bailey, Roisin Conaty, Rob Beckett

#7 - Freddie Flintoff, Bill Bailey, Roisin Conaty, Rob Beckett

Season 7 - Episode 12

Jimmy Carr hosts. Sean Lock and Freddie Flintoff take on guest captain Bill Bailey with Roisin Conaty. Rob Beckett is in Dictionary Corner, with Susie Dent and Rachel Riley.

star 8.22
9 votes
Kathy Burke, Josh Widdicombe, Dara O'Briain

#8 - Kathy Burke, Josh Widdicombe, Dara O'Briain

Season 3 - Episode 3

Jimmy Carr hosts the show, with captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson who are joined by Kathy Burke and Josh Widdicombe. Dara O Briain and Joe Wilkinson assist Susie Dent and Rachel Riley.

star 8.18
72 votes
Mel Giedroyc, Lee Mack, David O'Doherty, Adam Buxton

#9 - Mel Giedroyc, Lee Mack, David O'Doherty, Adam Buxton

Season 7 - Episode 11

Jimmy Carr hosts. Sean Lock and Mel Giedroyc vs guest captain Lee Mack with David O'Doherty. Susie Dent is joined by Adam Buxton in Dictionary Corner, with Rachel Riley.

star 8.17
6 votes
Kevin Bridges, Kathy Burke, Joe Lycett, Nick Helm

#10 - Kevin Bridges, Kathy Burke, Joe Lycett, Nick Helm

Season 7 - Episode 2

Jimmy Carr hosts with Sean Lock and Kevin Bridges who take on Jon Richardson and Kathy Burke. Joe Lycett joins Susie Dent, while Nick Helm 'assists' Rachel Riley.

star 8.13
53 votes
Bill Bailey, Joe Wilkinson, Isy Suttie, Joe Lycett

#11 - Bill Bailey, Joe Wilkinson, Isy Suttie, Joe Lycett

Season 7 - Episode 14

Jimmy Carr hosts. Sean Lock and Bill Bailey take on special guest captain Joe Wilkinson with Isy Suttie. Joe Lycett is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent.

star 8.13
8 votes
Jason Manford, Rhod Gilbert, Danny Dyer

#12 - Jason Manford, Rhod Gilbert, Danny Dyer

Season 2 - Episode 1

Jimmy Carr hosts while 8 Out of 10 Cats team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are joined by celebrity guests. In this show Jason Manford joins Sean, while Rhod Gilbert teams up with Jon. Countdown regular Susie Dent is in the Dictionary Corner with Danny Dyer, while the country's favourite boffin Rachel Riley provides the letters and numbers with a little help from comedian Joe Wilkinson.

star 8.12
68 votes
Humphrey Ker, Sarah Millican, Rich Hall

#13 - Humphrey Ker, Sarah Millican, Rich Hall

Season 2 - Episode 3

Jimmy Carr hosts the famous words and numbers quiz, as 8 Out of 10 Cats team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are joined by celebrity guests Sarah Millican and Humphrey Ker. Countdown regular Susie Dent is in Dictionary Corner with Rich Hall, while the country's favourite boffin Rachel Riley provides the letters and numbers with a little help from comedian Joe Wilkinson.

star 8.11
9 votes
Roisin Conaty, Jonathan Ross, David O'Doherty

#14 - Roisin Conaty, Jonathan Ross, David O'Doherty

Season 4 - Episode 1

Jimmy Carr returns with Sean Lock and Jon Richardson, who are joined by Jonathan Ross and Roisin Conaty. David O'Doherty joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, and Joe Wilkinson 'helps' Rachel Riley.

star 8.11
55 votes
Sarah Millican, Chris Ramsey, Abandoman

#15 - Sarah Millican, Chris Ramsey, Abandoman

Season 2 - Episode 4

Jimmy Carr hosts the iconic words and numbers quiz, as 8 Out of 10 Cats team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are joined by celebrity guests Sarah Millican and Chris Ramsey. Countdown regular Susie Dent shares Dictionary Corner with Abandoman, while the country's favourite boffin Rachel Riley dispenses the letters and numbers with a little help from comedian Joe Wilkinson.

star 8.10
10 votes
Andrew Flintoff, Rhod Gilbert, Henning Wehn

#16 - Andrew Flintoff, Rhod Gilbert, Henning Wehn

Season 4 - Episode 2

Guests are Freddie Flintoff and Rhod Gilbert. Henning Wehn joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, while Joe Wilkinson 'helps' Rachel Riley provide the letters and numbers.

star 8.10
50 votes
Seann Walsh, Joe Wilkinson, Danny Dyer, Bill Bailey

#17 - Seann Walsh, Joe Wilkinson, Danny Dyer, Bill Bailey

Season 7 - Episode 9

Jimmy Carr hosts. Sean Lock and Seann Walsh take on guest captain Joe Wilkinson and Danny Dyer. Bill Bailey is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent and Rachel Riley.

star 8.09
11 votes
Katherine Ryan, Joe Wilkinson, John Cooper Clarke

#18 - Katherine Ryan, Joe Wilkinson, John Cooper Clarke

Season 16 - Episode 2

Jimmy Carr hosts with Sean Lock and Katherine Ryan who take on Jon Richardson and Joe Wilkinson in the classic words and number quiz. Dr John Cooper Clarke in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent and Rachel Riley looks after the numbers.

star 8.05
60 votes
Michelle Wolf, Rob Beckett, Spencer Jones

#19 - Michelle Wolf, Rob Beckett, Spencer Jones

Season 17 - Episode 5

Jimmy Carr hosts as Sean Lock and Michelle Wolf take on Jon Richardson and Rob Beckett in the classic words and numbers quiz. Spencer Jones joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner

star 8.04
25 votes
Roisin Conaty, Jack Whitehall, Rob Beckett

#20 - Roisin Conaty, Jack Whitehall, Rob Beckett

Season 6 - Episode 2

Jimmy Carr hosts as Jon Richardson and Jack Whitehall take on Sean Lock and Roisin Conaty. Rob Beckett joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, while Joe Wilkinson 'helps' Rachel Riley.

star 8.03
64 votes
Jo Brand, Claudia Winkleman, Bill Bailey

#21 - Jo Brand, Claudia Winkleman, Bill Bailey

Season 4 - Episode 5

Jimmy Carr hosts, alongside team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson, who are joined by Jo Brand and Claudia Winkleman. Bill Bailey joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner.

star 8.02
40 votes
Claudia Winkleman, Henning Wehn, Nick Helm

#22 - Claudia Winkleman, Henning Wehn, Nick Helm

Season 17 - Episode 2

Jimmy Carr hosts the comedy panel show's version of the popular words-and-numbers quiz, as Sean Lock and Claudia Winkleman take on Jon Richardson and Henning Wehn. Lexicographer Susie Dent is joined by Nick Helm to adjudicate in Dictionary Corner, while Rachel Riley looks after the numbers and letters.

star 8.02
41 votes
Bill Bailey, Josh Widdicombe, Jake Yapp

#23 - Bill Bailey, Josh Widdicombe, Jake Yapp

Season 4 - Episode 6

Jimmy Carr hosts, alongside team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson, who are joined by Bill Bailey and Josh Widdicombe. Jake Yapp joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner.

star 8.02
43 votes
Josie Long, Rob Beckett, Vic Reeves

#24 - Josie Long, Rob Beckett, Vic Reeves

Season 4 - Episode 3

Jimmy Carr and team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are joined by Josie Long and Rob Beckett. Vic Reeves joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, while Joe Wilkinson 'helps' Rachel Riley.

star 8.02
48 votes
Lee Mack, Bob Mortimer, Adam Hills, Alex Horne and The Horne Section

#25 - Lee Mack, Bob Mortimer, Adam Hills, Alex Horne and The Horne Section

Season 2 - Episode 5

Jimmy Carr hosts this edition with captain Jon Richardson and special guest captain Lee Mack who are joined by celebrity guests Bob Mortimer and Adam Hills. Countdown regular Susie Dent is in Dictionary Corner with help from Alex Horne and the Horne Section while the country's favourite boffin, Rachel Riley, provides the letters and numbers with a little help from comedian Joe Wilkinson.

star 8.00
9 votes