Whittlesey student returns to Countdown for champions knockout event

George Ford with Susie Dent
George Ford with Susie Dent
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A top Whittlesey student will be returning to national television screens shortly when he takes part in a champions knockout event on popular game show Countdown.

George Ford (18) made it on to the grand final of the long-running Channel 4 show last year after winning eight matches in a row.

The former Sir Harry Smith Community College pupil, though, could not continue his winning streak all the way to the final of the series, instead coming third after a semi-final defeat.

But he has been invited back on to the numbers and letters game to take part in the Championship of Champions.

The 16 person knockout event features competitors from the past six series of Countdown which will prove to be a formidable challenge for George who began filming on Monday.

But the chance to renew acquaintances with host Nick Hewer - who originally starred in The Apprentice - Rachel Riley - who draws the numbers and letters - and Susie Dent of Dictionary Corner, is one he is looking forward to, even though he does not rate his chances of success.

George, from Hallcroft Road, Whittlesey, said: “I am really excited about going back on and hopefully I’ll get some good fun numbers games.

“I’m not that optimistic about winning since the majority of the other contestants are past series winners, but it will be great to go back on nonetheless.”

The knockout tournament featuring George will air in January next year.

George applied in 2013 to get on Countdown and was fast-tracked on to the show so the episodes did not clash with his A-Levels.

The maths, further maths and chemistry student admitted to some nerves and a lack of sleep ahead of his first Countdown appearance, but that didn’t appear to affect his performances as he swept past the competition to reach the grand final.

George’s performances also created plenty of attention at Sir Harry Smith, yet despite starring on the national stage he still managed to achieve strong A-Level results of two As and an A* before taking up a place to read maths at the University of Exeter where he is currently studying.