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by Martin Hurst
Wed Sep 22, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is it time to end Countdown?
Replies: 36
Views: 1010

Re: Is it time to end Countdown?

Fairly cheap to make harmless TV that ticks along and fills an hour in the schedules every day. I can't see it going anywhere, unless Channel 4 gets a new boss/head of programming and wants to make a statement. I also think that moving to a better time slot is unlikely. I'm not an expert, but my hun...
by Martin Hurst
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1565
Views: 503174

Re: Ask Graeme?

Yes, great thread :D

To add to the current surge of questions....

What is a) the biggest margin of defeat, and b) the lowest score, by someone who got 2 or more valid nines in a 15r game?

Same question also for getting one nine.
by Martin Hurst
Fri Mar 12, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: No More Studio Audience at Countdown Post Covid
Replies: 25
Views: 5534

Re: No More Studio Audience at Countdown Post Covid

Probably a sensible decision, even if marking the end of an era. What was the last ever episode recorded that had an audience?
by Martin Hurst
Tue Feb 16, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!
Replies: 60
Views: 9066

Re: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!

If you don't think there's a legitimate discussion to be had about Anne's tone, considering not just her character on the Weakest Link but her entire life of let's say "frankness" to date, good luck to you. As you've said, the Weakest Link was her as a character. Sure, an exaggerated version of her...
by Martin Hurst
Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!
Replies: 60
Views: 9066

Re: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!

Lol @ people thinking she's going to host Countdown like she hosted the Weakest Link. She's been a successful broadcaster for decades - take a chill pill. Well that was dismissive, I can see why you'll like her. I'm sure if I suggested she would present the show in the style of Keith Lemon that wou...
by Martin Hurst
Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!
Replies: 60
Views: 9066

Re: ROBINSON TO HOST COUNTDOWN!!

Lol @ people thinking she's going to host Countdown like she hosted the Weakest Link. She's been a successful broadcaster for decades - take a chill pill.
by Martin Hurst
Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Lingo
Replies: 8
Views: 3324

Re: Lingo

Good show. Always liked the US version and surprised it has taken this long to come over here. What I like about it is the lack of faff. After the initial chat, it's pretty much all "action", which is unusual for a daytime quiz, which are generally 30 minute shows stretched out to last an hour. I th...
by Martin Hurst
Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Covid 19 roll call
Replies: 12
Views: 3594

Re: Covid 19 roll call

Am part of the ONS survey so am tested every 4 weeks after initially being tested 8 weeks in a row. Negative every time. My 3 year-old had a test before he was due an operation back in October, and it came back positive. He never displayed any symptoms, no-one in our house had any symptoms during th...
by Martin Hurst
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ladbrokes - Next Presenter Odds
Replies: 40
Views: 7933

Re: Ladbrokes - Next Presenter Odds

Paul Anderson wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:00 pm
Get on it lads...it'll be a small market...easily influenced.
That's brilliant. Being officially shorter odds than Richard Osman to be next Countdown host is definitely one to screenshot, print, and frame for the wall 8-)
by Martin Hurst
Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 17464

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

Should or will? Possibly two different lists.
by Martin Hurst
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1565
Views: 503174

Re: Ask Graeme?

If the series 82 final ends up being Luke v Sam, will it be the first CD episode ever with both contestants having double-barrelled surnames?
by Martin Hurst
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Cheating: What it is, and why you shouldn't do it
Replies: 257
Views: 151371

Re: Cheating: What it is, and why you shouldn't do it

When dictionary updates occur, pretty much instantly pencil upon pencil occurs. Are people genuinely learning and memorising these hundreds/thousands of new (often nonsensical) words, or are they printing off lists? Is it cheating if they are?
by Martin Hurst
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 149
Views: 73878

Re: Countdowners in the news

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/darts/53536189 You can discern who this mentions without even clicking the link. Was watching this live last night. Appalling behaviour by Van der Voort and apologising saying it was a misunderstanding is bllx also as Kirk clearly told him what the issue was at the time....
by Martin Hurst
Tue May 26, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday January 28th 2013 (Birthday R32 #7)
Replies: 33
Views: 7307

Re: Spoilers for Monday January 28th 2013 (Birthday R32 #7)

You get a teapot! And you get a teapot! Everyone gets a teapot!!!
by Martin Hurst
Tue May 12, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Monday January 14th 2013
Replies: 24
Views: 5164

Re: Birthday Championship Spoilers For Monday January 14th 2

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 6:07 pm

I don't like the sound of Rachel's voice. Has she been tested? She could end up killing everyone.
:lol: :lol: :lol:
by Martin Hurst
Fri May 08, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday January 9th 2013 (Birthday Prelim 3)
Replies: 58
Views: 10154

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday January 9th 2013 (Birthday Prelim 3)

As was highlighted on Monday, OUTLEAPT is now valid, which I'm sure is no consolation to Mark. According to the wiki, it hasn't come up since being valid, though. And as mentioned, it would've changed the result, as Mark would've won 111-101 instead of losing 103-108.... :shock: :o This of course i...
by Martin Hurst
Sun May 03, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: When Countdown episodes run out
Replies: 80
Views: 21341

Re: When Countdown episodes run out

Just looked on the episode guide for Countdown on All 4 (https://www.channel4.com/programmes/countdown/episode-guide), and noticed that for the episodes you can't play, they've got the first week of the 30th BC (presumably because they're going to show it), but also 3 other random episodes from 201...
by Martin Hurst
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 349
Views: 150267

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

1) The song played at the start of Only Fools and Horses is a completely different song than the song played during the end credits

2) Americans don't say "and" when saying numbers (e.g they say "five hundred four thousand" instead of "five hundred and four thousand")
by Martin Hurst
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Desk Calendar 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 2750

Re: Countdown Desk Calendar 2020

Available to purchase from Waterstones or Amazon or all good bookstores. I can personally vouch for its quality, given that I (with some help from Graeme) wrote it. 8-) Great stuff - the stock Christmas present from my mother-in-law every year! Am guessing though your wages were higher than the las...
by Martin Hurst
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Celebrity Countdown Tuesday 12th November 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 7033

Re: Spoilers for Celebrity Countdown Tuesday 12th November 2019

Maybe a controversial opinion, but the very lengthy 937.5 conversation seemed like a bizarre thing to put in a Celebrity special which probably attracted a lot of viewers who haven't watched CD before. Not sure why the scoring gimmick was needed either. A standard 9 round format and 30 minute runtim...
by Martin Hurst
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Kryptonite
Replies: 20
Views: 10515

Re: Kryptonite

I once forged a note from my mum to get out of doing PE.
by Martin Hurst
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Wednesday 26th June 2019 (S80, SF1)
Replies: 8
Views: 4910

Re: Spoilers for 26th June 2019 (S80, SF1)

Superb from Elliott. Great performance by Maggie too - would be surprised not to see her involved in the next CoC.
by Martin Hurst
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday 25th June 2019 (S80, QF4)
Replies: 20
Views: 9643

Re: Spoilers for 25th June 2019 (S80, QF4)

Great game - good standard and shame there had to be a loser. I'll be sure to say hello if I see you in our local Tescos Fiona :)
by Martin Hurst
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 24th June 2019 (S80, QF3)
Replies: 9
Views: 4740

Re: Spoilers for Monday 24th June 2019.

Good game for TV and congrats to Brendan - 2 maxes must be the lowest by the winner in a finals match though - anyone got any stats on this?
by Martin Hurst
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 20th June 2019 (Series 80, QF1)
Replies: 11
Views: 5448

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 20th June 2019 (Series 80, QF1)

Entertaining game and a great showing from Mark - the winning margin probably a little bit harsh on him in the end. The experience of Elliott not having a walk-over and experiencing (and overcoming with aplomb) a little bit of pressure may help him later on if (and it's a big if) he gets a closer ma...
by Martin Hurst
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 80 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)
Replies: 11
Views: 6236

Re: Series 80 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

Good luck to all the finalists! Haven't watched an episode all series but will be tuning in. Good luck especially to the lady from Blackwater - just up the road from me :)
by Martin Hurst
Sun May 26, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)
Replies: 17
Views: 6687

Re: Spoilers for Friday 24th May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 88)

928 points after 7 games? WTF is this sorcery?
by Martin Hurst
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Mark and Zarte's 26.2 Hour Game Of Countdown
Replies: 21
Views: 11181

Re: Mark and Zarte's 26.2 Hour Game Of Countdown

Great idea and great cause. Good luck guys :)
by Martin Hurst
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 9th January 2019 (COC XV, game 6)
Replies: 12
Views: 7681

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 9th January 2019 (COC XV, game 6)

Missing VAMPIRES and one of the million 7s in the EELPOUT round, plus the numbers I messed up on that I should have got when I thought I had it early and realised on about 25 seconds I actually didn't all equated to 32 points on the floor, and you can't make any mistakes against someone as good as T...
by Martin Hurst
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 18th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 80)
Replies: 4
Views: 2841

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 18th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 80)

Rachel's tan looked a lot stronger than yesterday - she must have fell asleep on her sunbed! Interesting Nick talking about his recent summer holidays as well - surprised he has time when he is hosting Countdown on telly every weekday of the year.
by Martin Hurst
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Greatest thing I'll ever do.
Replies: 4
Views: 3674

Re: Greatest thing I'll ever do.

Good luck :)
by Martin Hurst
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 217
Views: 119836

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Lost first round :(
by Martin Hurst
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 217
Views: 119836

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Zubair and Chris Marshall on Letterbox right now!
by Martin Hurst
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 21st August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 40)
Replies: 11
Views: 4801

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 21st August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 40)

Fun fact: First 3 letters of round 10 were EID. Today (August 21st) is the first day of Eid.
by Martin Hurst
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Susie Dent's Two Words
Replies: 18
Views: 10184

Re: Susie Dent's Two Words

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:59 am
What are the two words?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkKFf9De4ZE
by Martin Hurst
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 28
Views: 18325

Re: What Degrees do you have

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:04 pm
Martin Hurst wrote:
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:32 am
Dropped out of uni after 2 years, which probably subconsciously contributes to why I (possibly harshly) largely disregard academic qualifications when I recruit people.
What do you recruit for?
My cult - send me an aptomail to apply - Owen Carroll already signed up.
by Martin Hurst
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 48888

Re: C of C Draw......

JackHurst wrote:
Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:19 pm
I am willing to pretend to be related to this Martin Hurst chap
Pretend? Well, this is awkward son......
by Martin Hurst
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 28
Views: 18325

Re: What Degrees do you have

Dropped out of uni after 2 years, which probably subconsciously contributes to why I (possibly harshly) largely disregard academic qualifications when I recruit people.
by Martin Hurst
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 48888

Re: C of C Draw......

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:31 pm
The arguments about not having a random draw could end up with some people deliberately throwing their last prelim in their original series if they want to play the long game.
I don't follow Rhys - can you explain?
by Martin Hurst
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 25th June 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 1)
Replies: 17
Views: 9040

Re: Spoilers for Monday 25th June 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 1)

How does someone declare "PENISES" without cracking a joke, or even changing emotion? I ain't playing poker against her.
by Martin Hurst
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 26th June 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 2)
Replies: 13
Views: 6675

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 26th June 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 2)

Jodine would have taken me to a crucial playing along at home - 6 maxes (which is the same as she achieved when she lost on her first appearance), but I think that understates her performance. Will be interesting to see how she progresses.
by Martin Hurst
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 21st June 2018 (Series 78, SF2)
Replies: 26
Views: 12561

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 21st June 2018 (Series 78, SF2)

Have been a big fan of Paul Zenon for years, and he is one of my favourite DC guests, but the "trick" today was really lame!

Congrats to Zarte and Philip for reaching the final - hopefully will be a cracker :D
by Martin Hurst
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Richard Osman's House of Games
Replies: 12
Views: 8192

Re: Richard Osman's House of Games

Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:01 pm
Defo better quality this week, guestwise
I agree - one of the best there has been. Next week looks a bit ropey on paper, but will see how it goes! :)
by Martin Hurst
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Richard Osman's House of Games
Replies: 12
Views: 8192

Re: Richard Osman's House of Games

One of the best shows on telly at the moment - only downside is some of the celebrities can grind on you over the course of a week (and you can't fast-forward them as easily as on CD!) - I ended up wanting to give Naga Munchetty (who I usually have no issue with) a slap last week after she pulled th...
by Martin Hurst
Wed May 23, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 95)
Replies: 8
Views: 3215

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 95)

15 prelims to go.......... 1 Zarte Siempre 8 967 2 Toby McDonald 8 882 3 Chris Thorn 8 760 4 Phil Davies 8 757 5 Paul Harper 8 739 6 Dougie Mackay 7 759 7 Philip Aston 6 760 8 Mac Walker 4 447 Very possible we are going to get the Zarte v Philip rematch in the Quarter Finals. If not, Toby v Philip w...
by Martin Hurst
Mon May 21, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 44
Views: 18678

Re: Where are They Now ?

He got caught cheating last year and has been banned for two years and had to give trophies back but not prize money AFAIK. I believe he repeatedly overdrew tiles and palmed or cherry picked them. I think it made the newspapers. Probably not the Times though. He hasn't admitted guilt nor apologised...
by Martin Hurst
Mon May 14, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 11th May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 88)
Replies: 3
Views: 2566

Re: Spoilers for Friday 11th May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 88)

"pommies" was allowed, but isn't it capitalised? https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/pommy Invalid on Apterous too.
by Martin Hurst
Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 26th April 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 78)
Replies: 16
Views: 10063

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 26th April 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 78)

Wow - great game :) :)

Highlight though has to be Toby's pre-game chat with Nick - reminded me of the Frost and Nixon interviews ;-)
by Martin Hurst
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 349
Views: 150267

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

"Brunch" is a replacement for breakfast and lunch, not in addition to breakfast and lunch.
by Martin Hurst
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 27th March 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 5899

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 27th March 2018

You are all bad people.When he said seven, I thought he might have had "tomatos", but I didn't think it was the most probable outcome. I was expecting to lose the round to him. He would have been in very good company looking at the list of names that have done similar on Apterous before https://www...
by Martin Hurst
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 27th March 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 5899

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 27th March 2018

Tom S wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:48 pm
Stomata was a vn spot by John today...
Yeah - was a great spot. I was sure he was going to say "tomatos" :)
by Martin Hurst
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 22nd March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 53)
Replies: 7
Views: 4560

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 22nd March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 53)

The recent champion-swapping is certainly helping out Philip's quarter final prospects. Nearly half the series gone now, and just 3 people ahead of him. :)
by Martin Hurst
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 21st March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 52)
Replies: 13
Views: 6050

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 21st March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 52)

Tom S wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:54 pm
It might just be me, but there is something about Mohsin that I slightly dislike- perhaps find him a bit over-confident? Or maybe it's just me who thinks that....
Sigh :roll:
by Martin Hurst
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 115
Views: 62570

Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Why on earth would they rig it so he "failed"? If Countdown did want to rig the show (which I am very sure they wouldn't anyway), surely they would have rigged it for him to break the record if anything as it would have given the show a nice publicity opportunity :roll:
by Martin Hurst
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 8th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 43)
Replies: 12
Views: 5539

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 8th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 43)

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:56 pm
Zarte needs to average 118.5 to get the record and 131 to get 1000...very interesting in that we might actually have a realistic chance of not just the record but also the 1000 club...
Hope he does it - go Zarte! :D
by Martin Hurst
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown on demand
Replies: 1
Views: 2219

Countdown on demand

Interesting story doing the rounds today........... https://www.c21media.net/inquisitive-preps-uk-quiz-streamer/ The monthly, no-contract service, which comes as an app, will cost subscribers £3.49 (US$3.65) to access and will be available on iOS, Android and numerous other digital platforms. IQTV h...