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About the TV Show

Countdown

game show

Countdown

First Air Date: November 02, 1982

First Aired on    :   1982
Status    :   Returning Series
Created By    :   Armand Jammot
Networks    :   Channel 4
Genres    :   Reality
Seasons/Episodes    :   5634 episodes in 70 Seasons

Countdown is a British game show involving word and number puzzles. It is produced by ITV Studios and broadcast on Channel 4. It is presented by Nick Hewer, assisted by Rachel Riley, with regular lexicographer Susie Dent. It was the first programme to be aired on Channel 4, and 67 series have been broadcast since its debut on 2 November 1982. With over 5,000 episodes, Countdown is one of the longest-running game shows in the world, along with the original French version, Des chiffres et des lettres, which has been running on French television continuously since 1965. Countdown was initially recorded at The Leeds Studios for 27 years, before moving to Granada Studios in 2009, and then over to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays in 2013. The programme was presented by Richard Whiteley for over 20 years, until his death in June 2005. It was then presented by Des Lynam until the end of 2006, Des O'Connor until the end of 2008, and Jeff Stelling until the end of 2011. The current presenter is Nick Hewer. Carol Vorderman, the show's co-host, who had been on the programme since it began, left the show in December 2008, at the same time as O'Connor. She was replaced by Rachel Riley. A celebrity guest features in every programme, and provides a brief interlude before the first advertisement break. The two contestants in each episode compete in three disciplines: eleven letters rounds, in which the contestants attempt to make the longest word possible from nine randomly chosen letters; three numbers rounds, in which the contestants must use arithmetic to reach a random target number from six other numbers; and the conundrum, a buzzer round in which the contestants compete to solve a nine-letter anagram. During the series heats, the winning contestant returns the next day until he or she loses or has accumulated eight wins. The best contestants are invited back for the series finals, which are decided in knockout format. Contestants of exceptional skill have received national media coverage, and the programme as a whole is widely recognised and parodied within British culture.


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Seasons

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Season 72 (1)

5 episodes


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Season 71 (2014)

83 episodes


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Season 70 (2014)

107 episodes


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Season 69 (2013)

118 episodes


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Season 68 (2013)

67 episodes


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Season 67 (2012)

93 episodes


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Season 66 (2012)

66 episodes


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Season 63 (2010)

83 episodes


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Season 62 (2010)

83 episodes


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Season 61 (2009)

100 episodes


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Season 60 (2009)

111 episodes


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Season 59 (2008)

104 episodes


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Season 58 (2008)

119 episodes


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Season 57 (2007)

126 episodes


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Season 56 (2007)

120 episodes


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Season 55 (2006)

150 episodes


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Season 54 (2005)

153 episodes


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Season 53 (2005)

119 episodes


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Season 52 (2004)

112 episodes


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Season 51 (2004)

112 episodes


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Season 50 (2003)

103 episodes


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Season 49 (2003)

122 episodes


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Season 48 (2002)

109 episodes


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Season 47 (2001)

127 episodes


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Season 46 (2001)

67 episodes


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Season 45 (2001)

42 episodes


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Season 44 (2001)

130 episodes


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Season 43 (2000)

114 episodes


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Season 42 (1999)

123 episodes


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Season 41 (1999)

121 episodes


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Season 40 (1998)

130 episodes


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Season 39 (1998)

130 episodes


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Season 38 (1997)

130 episodes


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Season 37 (1997)

60 episodes


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Season 36 (1997)

65 episodes


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Season 35 (1997)

64 episodes


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Season 34 (1996)

65 episodes


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Season 33 (1996)

58 episodes


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Season 32 (1996)

65 episodes


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Season 31 (1995)

65 episodes


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Season 30 (1995)

65 episodes


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Season 29 (1995)

65 episodes


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Season 28 (1994)

65 episodes


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Season 27 (1994)

65 episodes


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Season 26 (1993)

65 episodes


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Season 25 (1993)

65 episodes


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Season 24 (1992)

65 episodes


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Season 23 (1991)

65 episodes


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Season 22 (1991)

65 episodes


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Season 21 (1990)

65 episodes


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Season 20 (1990)

65 episodes


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Season 19 (1989)

65 episodes


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Season 18 (1989)

70 episodes


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Season 17 (1989)

55 episodes


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Season 16 (1988)

55 episodes


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Season 15 (1988)

50 episodes


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Season 14 (1987)

63 episodes


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Season 13 (1987)

50 episodes


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Season 12 (1987)

50 episodes


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Season 11 (1987)

50 episodes


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Season 10 (1986)

50 episodes


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Season 9 (1986)

47 episodes


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Season 8 (1986)

59 episodes


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Season 7 (1985)

50 episodes


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Season 6 (1985)

54 episodes


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Season 5 (1984)

50 episodes


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Season 4 (1982)

51 episodes


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Season 3 (1983)

51 episodes


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Season 2 (1983)

52 episodes


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Season 1 (1982)

26 episodes


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Specials (1)

44 episodes




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