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Carol Vorderman ...  Herself - Hostess / ... 4,756 episodes, 1982-2008
Richard Whiteley Richard Whiteley ...  Himself - Host / ... 3,984 episodes, 1982-2007
Susie Dent ...  Herself - Lexicographer / ... 2,782 episodes, 1992-2019
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Two contestants compete through three types of rounds. In the letters rounds, they use nine randomly drawn letters to form the longest word possible. In the numbers rounds, they must use arithmetic to combine six randomly drawn numbers and get as close to a random three-digit target number as possible. Finally, in the Conundrum round, they must rearrange a set of words totaling nine letters to form a single word. Contestants stay on the show until they either lose a game or retire undefeated as an "Octochamp" after eight wins. At the end of each series, the top eight players are invited back to compete for a prize package that includes a set of dictionaries. Written by Alan Back

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2 November 1982 (UK) See more »

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Des Lynam's departure from the show was due to his travel requirements, which necessitated a journey of 250 miles to the studio in Leeds from his home in Worthing, West Sussex. See more »

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Referenced in 10:96: Training Night (2005) See more »

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A new host for this series
12 July 2005 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

After nearly being axed, Channel 4 chose Des Lynam as the new host of Countdown to replace the much missed Richard Whiteley after his most unexpected death. Though not the same as Richard, Des isn't too bad.

Richard hosted from episode 1 which was screened way back in 1982 and was at first only intended to run for a few weeks. He hadn't missed an episode until he went down with pneumonia in May 2005 and there were to be guest presenters until his return, but that never did happen.

Richard was of course noted for his bad jokes and bright coloured ties. I often used to watch Countdown when I got home from school back in the 1980's/1990's and only occasionally watch it now.


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