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A third year university student has become the first person ever to win all eight of his heat rounds on Countdown after he started watching the show while stuck in doors battling agoraphobia.
Tom Stevenson, 21, from Burford, Shropshire, is currently studying English Literature and Media and Culture Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.
Last week Mr Stevenson made history on the show after gaining the highest score ever of 154 last week, and has also set a record after working out the final conundrum in just three seconds.
He has collected 1,000 points across his eight appearances so far, stunning Rachel Riley, Susie Dent and host Colin Murray in the process.
Mr Murray said on the show: 'One thousand points exactly and the first contestant ever to not lose a single round — Tom Stevenson, absolutely sensational,' Murray said. 'And the coolest customer the whole way through, amazing.'
Mr Stevenson, from Burford, Shropshire, told The Times: 'I'm gobsmacked really, but I've had a great time and thank you to the crew on and off camera. It's all been great. I can highly recommend it.'
He added on Twitter: 'I need to lie in a darkened room after it all now!'
Famous Countdown word expert Susie Dent tweeted that this week had been 'one of the most memorable weeks in my thirty years of Countdown.'
Tom Stevenson, 21, solved the final Countdown conundrum in just three seconds on his eighth appearance on the show
Tom Stevenson said that he was inspired to appear on the show because he didn't want his A-level results, three D grades, to 'define him'
In one record-breaking episode, which was filmed in August but broadcast at 2:10pm last Thursday,