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A record-breaking university student has revealed his secrets after winning 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 Worcester.
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.
But he told MailOnline his favourite moment of the series so far was his final show, when an excitable host Colin Murray was hoping he would get the eight heat record.
He has collected 1,000 points across his eight appearances so far, stunning Rachel Riley, Susie Dent and 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 MailOnline: 'I'm elated to have done so well. It wasn't something that I set out to do, I mainly set out just to have a fun time and just win one game.
'The rest has been a bonus really. It's been quite surreal to be honest.
'I'm just happy to be back again each time.'
Tom Stevenson, 21, told MailOnline the trick to the conundrum is to look for small words in the letters
Tom Stevenson, 21, solved the final Countdown conundrum in just three seconds on his eighth appearance on the show
Over his eight appearances he has so far clocked up exactly 1,000 points - ahead of the quarter final
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, saw Mr Stevenson beat opponent Lauren Bowley by 154 to 28
Tom Stevenson is hopeful of appearing on Countdown and is considering signing up for University Challenge
The young prodigy began watching Countdown after completing his GCSEs after he was left housebound by agoraphobia, which often manifests as extreme fear to leave home.
He told MailOnline it was a very 'hard time' as he was 'unable to leave the house without feeling nauseous.'
He subsequently began watching programmes including Countdown and the Wimbledon tournament to pass the time.
He said: 'I just got into Countdown a bit more, thought I was doing a reasonable job against the other contestants.
'So I sent an application at 16 but it's the case with particular shows that it can take a while to get on. I tried again and eventually managed to get on this year.'
He received three Ds in his A-Levels and previously said he entered the show to 'prove to myself I shouldn’t let the grades define my ability'.
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