Countdown, a popular local quiz show from the North was the first program to ever be aired on Channel Four in 1982. It has become the longest running tv on the Channel, has spawned a popular and very funny spinoff combined with the cast of 8 out of Ten cats and is consistently the most watched show on the channel.
Given that Channel Four was created to be an artistically free and controversial station with what it set out to show in the 1980’s it seems strange that a pensioner friendly, pipe and slippers show like Countdown would be its first show. Nevertheless under the calm and confident and extremely genial host in Richard Whiteley it was clearly in safe hands. Along with his intelligent MENSA member co host Carol Vorderman they both created a great show. With the addition of Susie Dent, the understated but very funny lexicographer, 10 years later the show continues to be popular. It has had several other hosts including Des Lynam, Des O’Connor and Jeff Stelling and recently Nick Hewer. Anne Robinson will be the first female host, certainly an experienced pair of hands.
With Carol replaced by the dazzling polymath Rachel Riley, someone who is also very much into the spirit of the Cats spinoff show, it is still a must watch for many but only when they have a decent reception. To get that you will need the services of TV Aerial Repair Bristol expert. This Aerial Installations Bristol firm is perfect.