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Post by Mark Ivey » Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:29 pm

Graeme Cole wrote:
Jon Corby wrote:Actually, was it even called Dictionary Corner back in them days?
The conundrum wasn't even called the conundrum then.
The clock didn't even have markings then...

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Post by Tony Atkins » Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:43 pm

The second episode of the final "Lewis" story "Intelligent Design" shown on ITV on Monday 11th February had
Lewis's boss joking with him that when he has retired he will spend all his time "growing carrots and watching Countdown".

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Post by Chris Marshall » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:34 pm

RR was on Sunday Brunch on Sunday (as you'd expect) and suggested that contestants were anagramming in the bar afterwards. My only surprise was no mention of numbers being done too :)

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Post by Michael Wallace » Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:59 pm

On Scott Mills' 'inneundo bingo' they just used a clip of (I think) of Jono's first episode from this series. It was just on now, so presumably on listen again it'll be about 58 minutes in.

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:02 pm

Hehehe... 57:40 here

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Post by Adam Gillard » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:18 pm

Jon O'Neill wrote:Hehehe... 57:40 here
:) Said that Bayfield's innuendometer would be off the scale from that show! Also, Andrew in Newcastle?
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C1: SIGNATURE (18) ["9; not written down"]
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Score: 108–16 (max 113)

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Post by Tony Atkins » Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:42 pm

"Face the Clock" on Friday 15th February had the standard "what was the first show on Channel 4" question.

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Post by Chris Davies » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:34 pm

Jeff Stelling on The Sarah Millican Television Programme

Jeff Stelling talks about Countdown for a few minutes (4 minutes in), mentioning Jack Hurst's SHITFACE incident. He seems to have slightly misremembered it though!

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Post by James Robinson » Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:36 pm

Last Friday's Eggheads:

"In 2003, Susie Dent became a regular fixture on which game show :?: "

Family Fortunes, Countdown or Wheel of Fortune :?:
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Post by Ian Volante » Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:17 pm

2003? She was on from about 1993 wasn't she?
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Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Post by James Robinson » Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:27 pm

Ian Volante wrote:2003? She was on from about 1993 wasn't she?
The clue is in the word "regular". :idea:
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Post by Ian Volante » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:22 pm

James Robinson wrote:
Ian Volante wrote:2003? She was on from about 1993 wasn't she?
The clue is in the word "regular". :idea:
Aye true, but she was on quite often wasn't she?
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Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Post by James Robinson » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:33 pm

Ian Volante wrote:
James Robinson wrote:
Ian Volante wrote:2003? She was on from about 1993 wasn't she?
The clue is in the word "regular". :idea:
Aye true, but she was on quite often wasn't she?
She certainly wasn't the predominant one. Richard Samson, Mark Nyman and Damian certainly had their fair share, as did some of the other females like Tania Styles and Catherine Clarke in the early 00's and mid to late 90's.
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Post by Ian Volante » Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:06 pm

Aye, fairy nuff. I'd forgotten the frequent joy of Richard Samson's inclined head nods.
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Post by Mark Deeks » Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:16 pm

Mentioned/played on Radio 4 yesterday, the 5pm show with Eddie Mair. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qskw
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Post by Ciaran Thompson » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:36 pm

12 mins and 20 secs in to this clip from that tacky ITV comedy from the 90's - The Upper Hand:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9omu2C1BFo

The programme is only worth watching because it's tacky. It's currently being shown on ITV3 lol

The theme tune is so over the top.

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Post by Zarte Siempre » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:34 am

Tacky? How dare you - I loved that show when I was younger.
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Post by Ciaran Thompson » Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:57 pm

Zarte Siempre wrote:Tacky? How dare you - I loved that show when I was younger.
So do I, hence why I came across the Countdown reference - because I was watching it. But I like the tack more than anything. It did have a warmth about, along with some humour. But ITV comedies are almost always tacky with shaky sets, over-the-top acting and often outrageous storylines. That's often the reason why they're funny to watch, ironically.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:44 pm

There was a version of Countdown on C4 sketch programme Anna and Katy today. There was an interesting numbers round with a spoilage like selection but a target of 605 I think, but it wasn't up for long enough to make a decent attempt at it. Anyone written it down?

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Post by Chris Philpot » Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:57 am

I watched this too – and for what it's worth, I thought it was lousy. Their fake talking heads were particularly embarrassing, and the sort of thing that Charlie Brooker does much, much better,

But the Countdown – or rather "Küntworts" – rounds were interesting, supposedly the German version of Countdown if the continuity announcer before Derek was to be believed. I did notice the scoring system was wrong, as both the higher-scoring and the lower-scoring contestant in the letters round were awarded points.</anorak>

It's available on 4oD, with the first part of the sketch at 5:26 and the second at 12:21.

Letters: T A G B E P P ⦏ I (I'm not sure if the penultimate glyph was a stylised 'O' or a joke about the German language.)

Numbers: 3, 70, 108, 23, 69, 417. Target: 605.

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Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Post by Rosemary Roberts » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:21 am

It sounds pathetic. People who want to make fun of Countdown and/or the Germans ought to know a little about one or the other.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:53 pm

Chris Philpot wrote:Numbers: 3, 70, 108, 23, 69, 417. Target: 605.
I can get one away quite easily, but can't see how to do it - but I was never any good at spoilage anyway.

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Post by Peter Fenton » Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:56 pm

Martin Bishop wrote:According to the listings, Countdown will be mentioned in Charlie Brooker's How TV Ruined Your Life tonight.
Yeah, I remember that. It's being repeated tonight at 10pm on BBC 2. Nobody does hate-filled rants quite like Charlie Brooker.

Here's the clip from the show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1tVQmVj00k&t=24m47s

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Post by James Robinson » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:02 pm

An interesting story I found online. Series 47 contestant Paul Burlinson looks set to make another quiz show appearance, but this time as a panellist on Have I Got News For You. http://parwich.org/2013/04/01/have-i-go ... y-for-you/

Does anyone else happen to know the only other contestant to have appeared as a panellist on the show (obviously except for all the people who appeared in the celebrity versions) :?: :geek: :ugeek:
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Post by James Robinson » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:02 pm

An interesting story I found online. Series 47 contestant Paul Burlinson looks set to make another quiz show appearance, but this time as a panellist on Have I Got News For You. http://parwich.org/2013/04/01/have-i-go ... y-for-you/

Does anyone else happen to know the only other contestant to have appeared as a panellist on the show (obviously except for all the people who appeared in the celebrity versions) :?: :geek: :ugeek:
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:44 pm

Weird article. It was posted on 1st April though.

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Post by James Robinson » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:49 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:Weird article. It was posted on 1st April though.
That's interesting, considering that Google claim it was posted on 31st March. :P
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Post by Zarte Siempre » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:39 am

In answer to your question, James - I have no idea, but Alex Horne would be my best bet.
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Post by Jon Corby » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:48 am

Clarke Carlisle has been on Question Time (and probably numerous football shows if you want to count those as being a "panellist" as well.)

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Post by Ian Fitzpatrick » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:42 am

Rachel was interviewed after the Boat Race at the weekend, and was looking in awe at Richard Osman beside her.
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Post by Jon Corby » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:00 pm

Ian Fitzpatrick wrote:Rachel was interviewed after the Boat Race at the weekend, and was looking in oar at Richard Osman beside her.

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Post by James Robinson » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:34 pm

James Robinson wrote:An interesting story I found online. Series 47 contestant Paul Burlinson looks set to make another quiz show appearance, but this time as a panellist on Have I Got News For You. http://parwich.org/2013/04/01/have-i-go ... y-for-you/

Does anyone else happen to know the only other contestant to have appeared as a panellist on the show (obviously except for all the people who appeared in the celebrity versions) :?: :geek: :ugeek:
Zarte Siempre wrote:In answer to your question, James - I have no idea, but Alex Horne would be my best bet.
No, it was from quite a while ago actually, both when he was on here and on HIGNFY.

The answer is John Diamond, a journalist who won 2 shows in Series 9. He appeared on HIGNFY in 1991, it's 2nd series, and later married Nigella Lawson, before he died of cancer in 2001.
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Post by Michelle Nevitt » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:05 am

Rachel is going to be doing the Radio 1 mixtape in the next half hour. This is mostly for James Robinson's attention.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:48 am

Michelle Nevitt wrote:Rachel is going to be doing the Radio 1 mixtape in the next half hour. This is mostly for James Robinson's attention.
That's a crazy length to go. I'm pretty sure she already has his attention!

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Post by Tony Atkins » Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:52 pm

It's "Nixtape" actually - seems all she had to do was press a few buttons and read out the names of who requested the
track, though I sadly missed watching the video stream where hopefully you could see her dancing. It was from 09:30
to 10:00 if you want to play it back online.

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Post by Ciaran Thompson » Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:35 pm

Sandi Toksvig's 1001 Things You Should Know is back soon and she was on the One Show today. The presenters showed pictures that had been sent in by people who had appeared on quiz shows yonks ago. Someone sent a picture of herself (annoyingly I can't remember her name) on Countdown from what appeared to be 1983-85 ish. Richard, Carol and the many surplus-to-requirements women they had then where all in the picture looking garishly eighties. As Sandi pointed out "where do you start with that fashion?". One of the good things about the return of 1001 Things is that (as a number of us know) if a Maths question comes up on the show then a clip of Rachel asking the question appears and a clip of Susie or Nick appear if an English question comes up. So Countdown gets a regular mention on it.

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Post by James Robinson » Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:54 pm

Ciaran Thompson wrote:Sandi Toksvig's 1001 Things You Should Know is back soon.
It returned yesterday................

Do you not watch the end credits and see it say "Next, 1001 Things You Should Know"............. :?: :? :P
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James Robinson wrote:
Ciaran Thompson wrote:Sandi Toksvig's 1001 Things You Should Know is back soon.
It returned yesterday................

Do you not watch the end credits and see it say "Next, 1001 Things You Should Know"............. :?: :? :P
No I just haven't watched Countdown this week......................

I don't watch every single episode, but I do watch most. The credits aren't exactly thrilling, and besides, that doesn't matter, it's about the fact that Countdown from the very old past got a nice mention today.

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Post by James Robinson » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:44 am

On The Chase a while ago, but still catching up as ever :P :

Armond Jammot provided the format for which long-running game show :?:

Countdown, Family Fortunes or Mr. & Mrs. :?:

Then Mark "The Beast" Labbett mentions that all 4 Chasers would love to be in Dictionary Corner, and they even suggest having a 2 vs. 2 match. 8-) 8-)

Bradley then suggests doing it nude. :P

Interestingly, having spoken with Paul Sinha on Apterous, there's nothing in their contracts saying that they can't be in Dictionary Corner, but they can't obviously be contestants, although as we all know, Mark was a contestant back in 2000.
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Post by Matt Morrison » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:29 am

Why is it obvious they can't be contestants? Simply a "free time" issue?

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Post by Ben Wilson » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:50 am

Matt Morrison wrote:Why is it obvious they can't be contestants? Simply a "free time" issue?
Presumably because they're all employees of ITV?

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:50 pm

Ben Wilson wrote:
Matt Morrison wrote:Why is it obvious they can't be contestants? Simply a "free time" issue?
Presumably because they're all employees of ITV?
He said they can't obviously be contestants. I'd agree with that. Maybe they can be but it isn't obvious.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:28 pm

If it is the ITV thing I hadn't even thought of that. Whatever it is, if it is, isn't obvious to me.

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Post by Guy Barry » Wed May 29, 2013 6:20 am

Here's one that I've gradually pieced together from memory. As I can find no record of the episode in question anywhere I'd be grateful for any confirmation. It took place as part of the TV version of Simon Mayo's Confessions, a show where members of the public were embarrassed by revelations of their past misdemeanours. IMDb says it ran from 1995 to 1998 but I can't put a precise date on it.

The "victim" was a lady who regularly taped Countdown so that she could watch it with and play it against her friend, who she regularly beat. She'd arranged to go on one of the regular tours of the Countdown studios, which unbeknownst to her was being filmed for the BBC. As she and another visitor were being shown round the set, there was an unexpected appearance from Richard Whiteley, who proceeded to set them the conundrum FRESCOSON. Neither of them got it and the answer was revealed as CONFESSOR - at which point it was revealed that the victim had been secretly watching all the episodes in advance and memorizing the answers!

Does this ring any bells with anyone?

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Post by Zarte Siempre » Thu May 30, 2013 9:25 am

Guy Barry wrote:Here's one that I've gradually pieced together from memory. As I can find no record of the episode in question anywhere I'd be grateful for any confirmation. It took place as part of the TV version of Simon Mayo's Confessions, a show where members of the public were embarrassed by revelations of their past misdemeanours. IMDb says it ran from 1995 to 1998 but I can't put a precise date on it.

The "victim" was a lady who regularly taped Countdown so that she could watch it with and play it against her friend, who she regularly beat. She'd arranged to go on one of the regular tours of the Countdown studios, which unbeknownst to her was being filmed for the BBC. As she and another visitor were being shown round the set, there was an unexpected appearance from Richard Whiteley, who proceeded to set them the conundrum FRESCOSON. Neither of them got it and the answer was revealed as CONFESSOR - at which point it was revealed that the victim had been secretly watching all the episodes in advance and memorizing the answers!

Does this ring any bells with anyone?
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Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Post by Guy Barry » Thu May 30, 2013 9:47 am

That's a relief! Surprised there's no mention on the Wiki, or even a clip on YouTube. Apart from the Gotcha, I can't think of another appearance of the genuine Countdown set on the BBC.

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Post by Tony Atkins » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:09 am

For "Child Genius" C4 2nd July see thread http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=9740

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Post by Tony Atkins » Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:39 pm

Radio 1 Breakfast Show Wednesday 10th July, Nick Grimshaw rang Carol Vorderman and got her to work out 14x14-14x14.
Vanessa Phelps was with Nick in the studio and mentioned that Carol had done it without the aid someone taling in
her ear unlike on Countdown.

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Post by James Robinson » Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:52 pm

Tony Atkins wrote:Radio 1 Breakfast Show Wednesday 10th July, Nick Grimshaw rang Carol Vorderman and got her to work out 14x14-14x14.
Vanessa Phelps was with Nick in the studio and mentioned that Carol had done it without the aid someone taling in
her ear unlike on Countdown.
Do you mean Vanessa Feltz :?:

Interesting mention on A Question of Sport, also on Wednesday, when Matt Dawson's team were trying to rearrange some letters to make the name of an England cricketer, and Commonwealth gold medal heptathlete Louise Hazel worked it out, straight away, with Matt suggesting that she go on Countdown, and she even admitted to liking word puzzles. Defo a DC suggestion, if ever there was one. 8-)
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Post by Guy Barry » Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:38 pm

Tony Atkins wrote:Radio 1 Breakfast Show Wednesday 10th July, Nick Grimshaw rang Carol Vorderman and got her to work out 14x14-14x14.
The way you've written it, it's zero because multiplication takes precedence over subtraction. Even I can work that out!

Did you mean ((14x14)-14)x14? Or was it all intended as a joke anyway?

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Post by Adam Gillard » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:58 pm

Susie Dent was on Richard Madeley's Radio 2 show about 12-12.30pm today and they did lots of anagrams and talking about Countdown and stuff.
Mike Brown: "Round 12: T N R S A E I G U

C1: SIGNATURE (18) ["9; not written down"]
C2: SEATING (7)
Score: 108–16 (max 113)

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Post by Callum Todd » Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:08 am

Only just seen this thread so I'm a bit late with this, but Nick Hewer was on Backchat recently, a BBC3 chatshow hosted by Jack Whitehall. Lethal Bizzle was a fellow guest and Nick promised to use the word "dench" at the next Countdown recording. Has anyone noticed him using this word on countdown? Would probably be in a show broadcast November-December, if he did it.
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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:53 pm

Guy Barry wrote:That's a relief! Surprised there's no mention on the Wiki, or even a clip on YouTube. Apart from the Gotcha, I can't think of another appearance of the genuine Countdown set on the BBC.
A clip, edited to include Arabic letters, was used as "Iranian Countdown" on Russell Howard's Good News.
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Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Post by Hugh Binnie » Wed Jan 01, 2014 5:29 pm

Callum Todd wrote:Only just seen this thread so I'm a bit late with this, but Nick Hewer was on Backchat recently, a BBC3 chatshow hosted by Jack Whitehall. Lethal Bizzle was a fellow guest and Nick promised to use the word "dench" at the next Countdown recording. Has anyone noticed him using this word on countdown? Would probably be in a show broadcast November-December, if he did it.
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Post by Zarte Siempre » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:42 pm

Don't know if anyone happened to watch It'll Be Alright On The Night, tonight... *ahem*
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Post by Ian Fitzpatrick » Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:45 am

Zarte Siempre wrote:Don't know if anyone happened to watch It'll Be Alright On The Night, tonight... *ahem*
Yes, I came on here to note it but you beat me to it, vested interest and all that. We miss so much by watching the edited version every day :)
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Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Post by Zarte Siempre » Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:48 pm

Ian Fitzpatrick wrote:
Zarte Siempre wrote:Don't know if anyone happened to watch It'll Be Alright On The Night, tonight... *ahem*
Yes, I came on here to note it but you beat me to it, vested interest and all that. We miss so much by watching the edited version every day :)
Believe me, even that was edited down. This went on for about 10 minutes. Susie finally calmed down and I looked at Brenda (my opponent) and we both collapsed into fits of laughter.
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Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:19 pm

When in IBAOTN is it?
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Post by Jack Worsley » Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:03 pm

Rhys Benjamin wrote:When in IBAOTN is it?
Right at the end.

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Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Post by James Robinson » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:50 pm

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Ian Fitzpatrick wrote:
Zarte Siempre wrote:Don't know if anyone happened to watch It'll Be Alright On The Night, tonight... *ahem*
Yes, I came on here to note it but you beat me to it, vested interest and all that. We miss so much by watching the edited version every day :)
Believe me, even that was edited down. This went on for about 10 minutes. Susie finally calmed down and I looked at Brenda (my opponent) and we both collapsed into fits of laughter.
Me and Chris Davies were in the front row, and I was just gone completely. And that coming after the ORGASMS bit as well just made it even more memorable. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I just knew it had to be on there. ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-) :geek: :ugeek:
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