By Gyles Brandreth. After 32 years, 70 series and 6, episodes, Countdown is now, officially, the most successful game show in television history. If you have seen it, you may well wonder. In fact, some of the contestants are almost monosyllabic and not that telegenic. On screen, not much. All that happens is two members of the public are given paper, pencil and 30 seconds to arrange nine randomly selected letters of the alphabet into the longest word they can think of. You get the idea. That really is it.
The words whizz isn't necessarily known for her naughtiness — but this is 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. But upon closer inspection, the material was slightly see-through, meaning the year-old's underwear was on display. Jason brought a swear jar, pre-filled with money to cover any slip-ups he might make through the show. Katherine had created her own book, detailing every aspect of her personality that she was proud of. But, oddly, Jon brought in three balls to juggle with, saying it actually helped him concentrate on cracking the conundrums. Video Loading Video Unavailable.
She also performs the role on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Next month, she embarks on a one-woman tour. She lives in Oxford with her husband and daughters, 18 and ten. When I was growing up, I worried that people would dismiss me as a boring swot because I always had my nose in a vocabulary book — usually in French or German. I have a beautiful elder sister, Nicky, and I was constantly aware that I was never going to be as pretty as her. She was very supportive but I always wanted to be more like her and less of a geek.
Rachel Riley and her husband Pasha Kovalev have been taking to parenting like pros — although they might be a bit knackered along the way. Wrapped up for the cold, Pasha took on dad duties as he wheeled the pram, while the Countdown host followed behind, clutching onto a plastic box. Safe to say, the Strictly pro could have done with a nap as he let out a massive yawn, while Rachel smiled away. The pair, who welcomed their baby daughter in December, definitely deserve a bit of down time after the dramatic birth. Maven came into the world two weeks earlier than expected, with Rachel giving birth on the bathroom floor. Countdown star Rachel and the professional dancer confirmed their relationship in after her marriage to James Gilbert broke down. If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro. Follow Metro. Got a showbiz story?