8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown series 22: cast alongside Jimmy Carr - including Jon Richardson and Susie Dent

The series returns for its first installment since the passing of comedy legend and regular cast member, Sean Lock

Comedian Jimmy Carr is back for another instalment of the hilarious Countdown spin off, 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown.

The series returned this January following an epic Christmas special which featured a string of comedian guests.

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Channel 4 will air the latest series, the first to be released since the passing of panel regular and comedy legend Sean Lock.

Comedian Sean Lock was a long serving captain on the Channel 4 show

So, who are the guests for the upcoming series and what is the guest line up? This is what we know so far.

When is 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown on TV?

Series 22 begins on 7 January at 9pm on Channel 4, all episodes will be available on All4 shortly after broadcast.

The series will last six episodes, finishing on 11 February.

The Christmas special, which first aired on Christmas Eve 2021 is now available on All4, the channel’s streaming platform.

Who is in the cast for series 22?

Jimmy Carr, who recently kicked off his new game show ‘I Literally Just Told You’, will return as the iconic host of 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown.

The 49-year-old is best known for his distinctive laugh and controversial jokes, which appear to have made him a favourite with Channel 4 viewers.

Susie Dent and Rachel Riley will return following the Christmas special

Also returning is Countdown mathematician Rachel Riley and Dictionary corner resident Susie Dent.

Alongside the Countdown cast, comedian Jon Richardson will also maintain his role as one half of the competing comedians and is joined by a host of other comedians as guests.

Jon Richardson also returns as a captain on the show (Picture: Channel 4)

Who will appear as a guest on 8 Out of 10 Cats?

While Channel 4 have not announced the lineup for the entire series, the guests for episodes one and two have now been confirm.

On episode one, Roisin Conaty and Kiri Pritchard-McLean take on Jon Richardson and Rob Becket with comedian Hugh Davies in Dictionary Corner.

The following week, Jack Dee and Tom Allen take on Jon Richardson and Judi Love. Dr. John Cooper Clarke is in Dictionary Corner.

There has been no mention as to whether there will be a permanent replacement of Sean Lock, who sadly passed away in August 2021 from lung cancer.

All previous seasons of 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown are available on All4, as well as Keeping it Light, a tribute to Sean Lock’s life and comedy.