8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Series 11 - Episode 5



If one or two guests aren’t firing, this hour-long mashup can drag. Not tonight, thanks to the first-timer in Dictionary Corner: hulking and musky in full battle dress, it’s Sean Bean! “I’m widely considered to be one of Britain’s muddiest actors” is one of the few repeatable boasts in an overwhelming performance by character comic Adam Riches. The long exchange where Jimmy Carr tries to guess which of his films “Sean” is thinking of must have been a riot to write (“Is it the one where… you eat half a wagon?”).

And taking on Jon Richardson as guest captain is Richard Ayoade, who somehow hasn’t been on this before — he’s as perfectly suited as you’d expect.


Jimmy Carr hosts the comedy panel show's version of the words and numbers quiz. Guest captain Richard Ayoade is joined by Rob Beckett, going up against Jon Richardson and Claudia Winkleman, with Adam Riches accompanying Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner and Rachel Riley dishing out the all-important consonants, vowels and numbers.

Cast & Crew

Host Jimmy Carr
Team Captain Richard Ayoade
Panellist Rob Beckett
Team Captain Jon Richardson
Panellist Claudia Winkleman
Guest Adam Riches
Contributor Susie Dent
Contributor Rachel Riley
Executive Producer Richard Osman
Executive Producer Ruth Phillips
Executive Producer Andrew Westwell
Series Producer Adam Copeland
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