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Post by Jon Corby » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:16 am

There was some guy on C4's "First Dates" last night who was impressing his date by saying he had been on Countdown. He said it was in the last few years (with Rachel) and he was the double of Alan Carr. Anyone know who he is? I literally caught that minute of the show so I have no idea if he got his leg over on the back of this brag.

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Post by James Robinson » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:08 pm

Jon Corby wrote:There was some guy on C4's "First Dates" last night who was impressing his date by saying he had been on Countdown. He said it was in the last few years (with Rachel) and he was the double of Alan Carr. Anyone know who he is? I literally caught that minute of the show so I have no idea if he got his leg over on the back of this brag.
Having had a look at every Jon/John/Jonny/Johnny (his name was Jonny) since Series 60 (although he did say 4 years ago, so I mainly focused on the early side), and knowing the fact he was from Norwich, I can't work out who he is. :?

And no, he didn't pull. :P
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Post by Jon Corby » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:12 pm

James Robinson wrote:
Jon Corby wrote:There was some guy on C4's "First Dates" last night who was impressing his date by saying he had been on Countdown. He said it was in the last few years (with Rachel) and he was the double of Alan Carr. Anyone know who he is? I literally caught that minute of the show so I have no idea if he got his leg over on the back of this brag.
Having had a look at every Jon/John/Jonny/Johnny (his name was Jonny) since Series 60 (although he did say 4 years ago, so I mainly focused on the early side), and knowing the fact he was from Norwich, I can't work out who he is. :?

And no, he didn't pull. :P
Do you think he lies that he was on Countdown to try and get girls? Or changed his name for this show? I'm intrigued now.

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Post by James Robinson » Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:53 pm

Jon Corby wrote:
James Robinson wrote:
Jon Corby wrote:There was some guy on C4's "First Dates" last night who was impressing his date by saying he had been on Countdown. He said it was in the last few years (with Rachel) and he was the double of Alan Carr. Anyone know who he is? I literally caught that minute of the show so I have no idea if he got his leg over on the back of this brag.
Having had a look at every Jon/John/Jonny/Johnny (his name was Jonny) since Series 60 (although he did say 4 years ago, so I mainly focused on the early side), and knowing the fact he was from Norwich, I can't work out who he is. :?

And no, he didn't pull. :P
Do you think he lies that he was on Countdown to try and get girls? Or changed his name for this show? I'm intrigued now.
Does seem a unique reason to chat up someone :!: :!: :P
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Post by Adam Gillard » Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:14 am

I noticed a comedy show on BBC iPlayer with the Countdown set in the background of the representative still image. The Countdown sketch begins at 13:17.
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 Tony Atkins » Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:55 pm

Adam Gillard wrote:I noticed a comedy show on BBC iPlayer with the Countdown set in the background of the representative still image. The Countdown sketch begins at 13:17.
It is the new years eve special of Scottish comedy show Only An Excuse?

The two rounds played are:
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75 50 100 25 9 2 = 269

Some nice Countdown gags too.

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Post by Tony Atkins » Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:57 pm

Countdown personalities part of one of the walls on Monday's Only Connect (BBC2 20:30 19th Jan).

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Post by Tony Atkins » Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:27 pm

Question on Eggheads S16p21 today:

Which TV show regularly involves asking for vowels and consonants? Countdown, Mastermind or University Challenge?

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:34 pm

Tony Atkins wrote:Question on Eggheads S16p21 today:

Which TV show regularly involves asking for vowels and consonants? Countdown, Mastermind or University Challenge?
I'm guessing Countdown from the forum you posted it in, but then again you might have posted this in a Mastermind and University Challenge forum as well!

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Post by JimBentley » Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:29 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tony Atkins wrote:Question on Eggheads S16p21 today:

Which TV show regularly involves asking for vowels and consonants? Countdown, Mastermind or University Challenge?
I'm guessing Countdown from the forum you posted it in, but then again you might have posted this in a Mastermind and University Challenge forum as well!
I think it's a trick question - the real answer is Blockbusters.

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Post by Philip Wilson » Wed May 06, 2015 6:02 pm

Hi, I can't see this being mentioned anywhere else so I will do so here and apologies if I've missed it! During a mid-session interval of a match at the World Snooker Championship at the weekend, John Parrott was interviewing Nick Hewer over a 'sort of' frame of snooker, when Countdown was mentioned - obviously. Anyway JP said how much enjoys the show and gave more than a hint that he would like to be back on. Nick suggested that he would try to do something about it. If it happens it will be good as JP is one of my fave DC guests tbh.

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Post by Edwin Mead » Sat May 09, 2015 12:10 pm

The Lost Art of the TV Theme on Radio 4 this morning featured an interview with Alan Hawkshaw, writer of the Countdown theme.

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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:48 pm

Surprised this wasn't mentioned at the time, but I saw a Gogglebox repeat from a few weeks ago on All4, first shown in October of last year. It featured a Countdown episode. One of our very own George Ford's games. Surprisingly, they didn't show any numbers games.
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Post by Adam Gillard » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:52 pm

Come On Down! The Game Show Story on ITV right now just had a bit on Countdown and it changing the role of women as hosts on TV shows.
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 Jon Corby » Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:55 pm

Hollyoaks is on, and a bloke just wandered into a room where a girl is watching Countdown - you can hear the music playing but not see the screen. "INTIMACY" he says - she looks confused - he points at the screen. "INTIMACY, come on, you usually get all the good words before me."
































IT WAS THE FUCKING TITLES MUSIC PLAYING, NOT THE ROUND MUSIC, YOU APPALLING CUNTS. How difficult is it to get that right?

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Post by Mark Deeks » Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:09 pm

Might've been the teatime teaser, especially since it was 8 letters.
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Post by Jon Corby » Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:23 pm

Mark Deeks wrote:Might've been the teatime teaser, especially since it was 8 letters.
Nope, was the full 30 seconds. I was literally shaking with rage.

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Post by Mark Deeks » Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:32 pm

Write them a letter. A sternly worded letter. On stiff card.
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Post by Philip Wilson » Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:58 am

In the car this morning I had on Radio Cornwall and they were talking about a guy who is "obsessed with numbers" and when he was young he wanted to go a different way home from school everyday so he could write down the numbers on lampposts and keep a list.
They went on to say that his mother (I think) later found in his bedroom that he had loads of notepads in which he had written down all the numbers games from the TV show Countdown and every possible solution to them.
I didn't catch his name or why it was being mentioned today.

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Post by Jon Corby » Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:20 pm

How did his mother ascertain that he had written down every possible solution? Sounds like a highly dubious claim.

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Post by Johnny Canuck » Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:46 pm

Philip Wilson wrote:In the car this morning I had on Radio Cornwall and they were talking about a guy who is "obsessed with numbers" and when he was young he wanted to go a different way home from school everyday so he could write down the numbers on lampposts and keep a list.
They went on to say that his mother (I think) later found in his bedroom that he had loads of notepads in which he had written down all the numbers games from the TV show Countdown and every possible solution to them.
I didn't catch his name or why it was being mentioned today.
Did you get any information about where he lived? We need to kidnap him and interrogate him to try to extract Series 1 results.
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Post by Philip Wilson » Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:14 pm

I'll see if I can find out more from the station's facebook page!
Isn't there a programme recappers here use that gives solutions with their percentage difficulty?
Maybe he has access to that! Maybe he is on this forum? :-)

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Post by Tony Atkins » Tue Oct 06, 2015 2:05 pm

Question on Only Connect on 5th October - what connects?
Whitehall
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It was solved at this point by Richard Heald, who then revealed he was the last Octochamp of the Richard Whiteley period
(he was semifinalist in series 53).

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Post by Ian Volante » Tue Oct 06, 2015 2:09 pm

Tony Atkins wrote:Question on Only Connect on 5th October - what connects?
Whitehall
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It was solved at this point by Richard Heald, who then revealed he was the last Octochamp of the Richard Whiteley period
(he was semifinalist in series 53).
So what's the Whitehall then?
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Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:02 pm

Ian Volante wrote:
Tony Atkins wrote:Question on Only Connect on 5th October - what connects?
Whitehall
Inverted T
It was solved at this point by Richard Heald, who then revealed he was the last Octochamp of the Richard Whiteley period
(he was semifinalist in series 53).
So what's the Whitehall then?
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Post by Ian Volante » Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:57 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Ian Volante wrote:
Tony Atkins wrote:Question on Only Connect on 5th October - what connects?
Whitehall
Inverted T
It was solved at this point by Richard Heald, who then revealed he was the last Octochamp of the Richard Whiteley period
(he was semifinalist in series 53).
So what's the Whitehall then?
1212. Have you never watched Countdown?
Not much this century. Why is that a Whitehall?
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:31 pm

Ian Volante wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:1212. Have you never watched Countdown?
Not much this century. Why is that a Whitehall?
Because.

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Post by Ian Volante » Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:58 am

Well there you go. I'll file that under things I'm surprised I didn't know, but aren't particularly sad about.
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Post by Ian Volante » Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:59 am

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Post by JimBentley » Wed Oct 07, 2015 1:09 pm

Ian Volante wrote:Well there you go. I'll file that under things I'm surprised I didn't know, but aren't particularly sad about.
To be fair, if you weren't watching in the latter half Richard Whiteley era, you could well have missed it (I stand to be corrected but it's barely used these days - and usually only by older contestoids).

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Post by Ian Volante » Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:11 pm

JimBentley wrote:
Ian Volante wrote:Well there you go. I'll file that under things I'm surprised I didn't know, but aren't particularly sad about.
To be fair, if you weren't watching in the latter half Richard Whiteley era, you could well have missed it (I stand to be corrected but it's barely used these days - and usually only by older contestoids).
That might explain it - I got sick of his wittering some time in the late 90s, and my viewing withered away gradually after that.
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Post by Jon Stitcher » Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:17 pm

It would have been fun if they'd used that question on our show, Ian.

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Post by Ian Volante » Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:53 pm

Jon Stitcher wrote:It would have been fun if they'd used that question on our show, Ian.
Aye - would you have got it on 5?
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Post by Matt Bayfield » Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:52 am

Funnily enough, whilst viewing this episode of OC, "ways of picking Countdown numbers" was my first guess as soon as "Whitehall" appeared. I would never have risked it for 5 points had I been on the show.

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Post by Jon Stitcher » Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:03 am

Ian Volante wrote:
Jon Stitcher wrote:It would have been fun if they'd used that question on our show, Ian.
Aye - would you have got it on 5?
No, 3. When I was watching it at home I saw Whitehall and thought 1 2 1 2 because of Countdown and then did exactly what Richard did and laughed when the second clue came up.

It just would have been fun explaining how half the contestants on that episode have Countdown teapots.

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Post by Tony Atkins » Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:54 am

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Post by James Robinson » Fri May 20, 2016 10:09 pm

BUMHOLE mentioned on Have I Got News For You...

So, more of a mention there, then when Nick was on the show 3 weeks ago... :P
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Post by Tim Down » Sat May 21, 2016 2:46 pm

BUMHOLE also on Gogglebox yesterday.

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Post by James Laverty » Sun May 22, 2016 9:32 pm

Tim Down wrote:BUMHOLE also on Gogglebox yesterday.
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Post by Jack Worsley » Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:58 pm

A clip of one of Matty Artell's episodes was featured on It'll be Alright on the Night earlier. Sadly, I was watching it in a bar without sound, but it must have been Nick's "Rachel's gagging for a hard one" comment after an easy numbers game appeared (following several others earlier in the day). :D I know because I was there and it was hilarious.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:20 pm

Jack Worsley wrote:A clip of one of Matty Artell's episodes was featured on It'll be Alright on the Night earlier. Sadly, I was watching it in a bar without sound, but it must have been Nick's "Rachel's gagging for a hard one" comment after an easy numbers game appeared (following several others earlier in the day). :D I know because I was there and it was hilarious.
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Post by Paul Erdunast » Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:38 pm

Apparently one of the games was on gogglesprogs tonight? I'll let someone else expand...

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Post by JJ Smith » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:20 pm

It was my game against Angus Eady. Showed me picking letters and him declaring PANTIES. Then I choose 6 small and Rach solves it with 57 x 13 or something like that. Someone said it showed me getting the conundrum but I didn't see that.

The jokes were: the kids not understanding the rules, how smart Rachel is, the kids mostly not being able to make it past 4 letters apart from PENIS and PANTIES, and the clock not going the whole way round. It's not a good show, it's so blatant that it's mostly scripted.

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Post by Edward McCullagh » Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:51 am

Susie Dent is on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast this week.

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Post by JimBentley » Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:41 pm

Edward McCullagh wrote:Susie Dent is on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast this week.
Interesting! I'll not comment until I've listened to it but I'd be prepared to place a fairly large bet that he'll reach for his "emergency questions" early on. I still like the guy but the quality control on these podcasts has been so hit and miss that this could either be brilliant, or cringingly awful and embarrassing for everyone concerned.

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Post by Graeme Cole » Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:13 pm

Susie was on The Museum of Curiosity on Radio 4 yesterday.

They talk about Countdown for a bit, about seven minutes in. John Lloyd mentions that "they did a pilot in America, in 1990, of Countdown. Each contestant had a celebrity partner, they had wildcard letter tiles, no numbers round at all, a jackpot of $25,000 if you got a nine letter word, and if you won five shows in a row you won a car. Producers rejected it because they said it was too brainy for the audience."

I've read about the American pilot show before, but later I'd been led to believe it was an urban legend. Could it be true?

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Post by JimBentley » Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:02 pm

Graeme Cole wrote:Susie was on The Museum of Curiosity on Radio 4 yesterday.

They talk about Countdown for a bit, about seven minutes in. John Lloyd mentions that "they did a pilot in America, in 1990, of Countdown. Each contestant had a celebrity partner, they had wildcard letter tiles, no numbers round at all, a jackpot of $25,000 if you got a nine letter word, and if you won five shows in a row you won a car. Producers rejected it because they said it was too brainy for the audience."

I've read about the American pilot show before, but later I'd been led to believe it was an urban legend. Could it be true?
Yes, it was true to a point. The bit about the lack of numbers games is bollocks (there was a similar word-based show on at the time; the numbers games were the thing that were meant to distinguish the newbie 'Countdown'). The nine letter word thing was like on Pointless, it added an amount to the daily prize. There was a cash prize for a day, a minimum $1000, plus your score in dollars and any other bonuses (9 letter words added $100 and I think you got an extra $100 for using all the numbers to solve the numbers game for some reason); I think the $25,000 figure was going to be the grand prize for winning the series). There was a conundrum but for some reason it was only eight letters long (the normal letters rounds were 9 letters, so fuck knows what that was about) and was only worth 5 points.

I think they only recorded the single pilot (at least, I've not seen any other editions) and I'm not even sure if it was ever aired in the USA. But yes, it did happen.

As an irrelevant addendum, I'm finding John Lloyd increasingly insufferably smug. Maybe he's going senile?

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Post by Ben Wilson » Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:24 am

The American pilot is definitely true, but the only detail I can remember is that one of the celebrity partners was Woody Harrelson, which is pretty big news (and was back then as it was when Cheers was on).

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Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:48 pm

I think Susie Dent is going to be in Not Going Out at 9:00 this evening.

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Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

Post by Ian Fitzpatrick » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:48 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:48 pm
I think Susie Dent is going to be in Not Going Out at 9:00 this evening.
Yes, just got round to watching her cameo role! I thought she came over really well, much more natural than Emma Bunton! Well done Susie.
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