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The long-running words and numbers game.
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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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(1982-2001) | (2001-)

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Even though this has been the most watched show on Channel 4, it has never won a major television award since it has been on the air. See more »

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Referenced in This Is England '88: Episode #1.2 (2011) See more »

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A winning formula
18 June 2008 | by k_mobius1See all my reviews

Based on French gameshow "Des chiffres et des lettres", the very first programme ever to be shown on Channel 4 still continues to this day, albeit sadly without the brilliant Richard Whiteley, who never missed a single show throughout his run as presenter.

Despite this, it still draws in a consistent number of viewers every day who enjoy nothing more than pitting their wits against a variety of numbers and letters games, and another great feature of the show is that people of all ages can apply for the show which can be entertaining. With it's well handled simplicity, dignity, light entertainment and wonderfully selected special guests, as well as that famous clock, Countdown remains true to the same formula it created over 25 years ago. Here's hoping the programme lasts another 25.


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