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Belfast's Laurence Killen is Countdown 'octochamp'

Belfast's Laurence Killen is a Channel 4 Countdown 'octochamp' after beating his rivals eight times in a row

By Amanda Ferguson

Belfast's Laurence Killen is an official Countdown octochamp following a nail biting finish on the Channel 4 programme this afternoon.

He saw off competition from Robert Collie from Glasgow to end the programme with a score of 97 to 78 by successfully working out the crucial Countdown conundrum. 

Laurence has beaten his rivals eight times in a row and now has to bow out of the televised competition before being brought back for the series finals in December.

Countdown host Nick Hewer told Laurence: “You are an octochamp and we will see you in the finals in mid December.”

The young Belfast man has been keeping TV audiences entertained during his flawless run on the Channel 4 show.

Viewers of the popular numbers and letters contest saw him win for the eighth time this afternoon by working out the crucial Countdown conundrum at the end of the programme.

The letters to appear on screen were R U D E C H A N T which Laurence rearranged in his head in seconds to reveal the word Nick was looking for was U N C H A R T E D.

Laurence’s Scottish opponent took to Twitter after the show was broadcast to wish him well.

“Ahhh!” he wrote.

“So close. I wish #LaurenceKillen all the best in the finals.”

Countdown was the first show to appear on Channel 4 when the station opened in 1982.

It is broadcast on weekday afternoons.

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