Newest Review: ... first album, but I know who I think is most worthy of being called intelligent. Countdown for my money is definitely a quiz show on tele... more
Member Name: PBlunts
Disadvantages: Too hard!!
One of the first shows ever to be shown on Channel 4 and has been running for over 25 years, Countdown is a staple part of C4's afternoon schedule.
A quiz show which is more for those who want intellectual recognition rather than monetary reward, it is has two alternating rounds; the numbers and letters, with a final countdown conundurum round. This is by no means an easy game as the contestants battle it out against one another to acheive the highest score.
In the letters round each contestant takes it in turns to choose 9 random letters from which they have to make the longest word out of. This is always hard to do and unless I have a dictionary I rarely get more than 6 but I have seen contestants get 8 and even a 9! In the numbers game the contestants pick 6 numbers which have to add to a randomly generated number. The final deciding round is the countdown conundrum which is a 9 letter mixed word which the contestants have to re arrange to find the correct word. The fastest contestent gets the final 10 points.
This is a great show which I regualary watched as a student. Although it was a lot better in the days of Richard Whitely and Carol Vorderman, it is defiantley still worth a watch and its always great fun to sit with a friend and see who can make the longest words. Although if your friends are like mine you may have to double check them in the dictionary!!
Summary: RIP Richard!