The Best Episodes of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2018

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.

Johnny Vegas, Sarah Millican, Rob Beckett, Vic Reeves

#1 - 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 8.50
6 votes
Rhod Gilbert, Miles Jupp, Nick Helm

#2 - 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 8.40
47 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
Jack Dee, James Corden, Joe Lycett

#4 - 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 8.29
59 votes
Liza Tarbuck, Sarah Millican, Romesh Ranganathan, Phill Jupitus

#5 - 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
Lee Mack, Richard Osman, Stephen Mangan, Henning Wehn

#6 - Lee Mack, Richard Osman, Stephen Mangan, Henning Wehn

Season 1 - Episode 2

Jimmy Carr hosts the famous words and numbers quiz as 8 Out of 10 Cats team captain Jon Richardson alongside actor Stephen Mangan take on Lee Mack and 'Pointless' boffin Richard Osman.Henning Wehn is in the Dictionary Corner along with Countdown regular Susie Dent. Meanwhile, Rachel Riley provides the letters and numbers with a little help from comedian Joe Wilkinson.

star 8.25
8 votes
Miles Jupp, Aisling Bea, Nick Helm

#7 - 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 8.24
74 votes
Freddie Flintoff, Bill Bailey, Roisin Conaty, Rob Beckett

#8 - 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

#9 - 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
67 votes
Vic Reeves, Sara Pascoe, David O'Doherty

#10 - Vic Reeves, Sara Pascoe, David O'Doherty

Season 14 - Episode 4

Jimmy Carr hosts with Sean Lock and Vic Reeves who take on Jon Richardson and Sara Pascoe. David O'Doherty is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent, and Rachel Riley.

star 8.18
17 votes
Katherine Ryan, Joe Wilkinson, John Cooper Clarke

#11 - 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 8.17
47 votes
Mel Giedroyc, Lee Mack, David O'Doherty, Adam Buxton

#12 - 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

#13 - 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
52 votes
Bill Bailey, Joe Wilkinson, Isy Suttie, Joe Lycett

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

#15 - 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
53 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
48 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 8.10
10 votes
Jason Manford, Rhod Gilbert, Danny Dyer

#18 - 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 8.09
66 votes
Reginald D. Hunter, Aisling Bea, Holly Walsh

#19 - Reginald D. Hunter, Aisling Bea, Holly Walsh

Season 6 - Episode 3

Jimmy Carr hosts as Jon Richardson and Aisling Bea take on Sean Lock and Reginald D. Hunter. Holly Walsh is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent, while Joe Wilkinson attempts to 'help' Rachel Riley.

star 8.04
55 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
James Corden, Kevin Bridges, Peter Serafinowicz

#21 - James Corden, Kevin Bridges, Peter Serafinowicz

Season 3 - Episode 6

Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are joined by Kevin Bridges and James Corden. Peter Serafinowicz is in Dictionary Corner with Countdown's Susie Dent.

star 8.00
47 votes
Lee Mack, Catherine Tate, Miles Jupp, John Cooper Clarke

#22 - Lee Mack, Catherine Tate, Miles Jupp, John Cooper Clarke

Season 11 - Episode 2

Guest captain Lee Mack and Catherine Tate vs Sean Lock and Miles Jupp. John Cooper Clarke joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, and Rachel Riley looks after the letters and numbers.

star 8.00
72 votes
Miles Jupp, Alan Carr, Roisin Conaty, Ivan Brackenbury

#23 - Miles Jupp, Alan Carr, Roisin Conaty, Ivan Brackenbury

Season 16 - Episode 3

Jimmy Carr hosts the comedy panel show's version of the words-and numbers-quiz, inviting Sean Lock and Miles Jupp to take on guest captain Alan Carr and Roisin Conaty. Ivan Brackenbury - aka Tom Binns - joins wordsmith Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner, while maths whizz Rachel Riley looks after the numbers.

star 8.00
36 votes
Jo Brand, Claudia Winkleman, Bill Bailey

#24 - 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 8.00
38 votes
Sara Pascoe, Josh Widdicombe, Alex Horne

#25 - Sara Pascoe, Josh Widdicombe, Alex Horne

Season 7 - Episode 16

Jimmy Carr hosts, with Sean Lock and Sara Pascoe taking on Jon Richardson and Josh Widdicombe. Susie Dent is joined by Alex Horne & The Horne Section in Dictionary Corner.

star 8.00
5 votes