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Answer me this: we quiz the gameshow hosts

  • The Guardian - TV News
Presenters from some of TV’s best-loved shows tell us what they love about games and quizzes, and which ones they’ll be squabbling over on Christmas Day

Sunday’s Observer New Review is a special with six pages of puzzles in the print edition

Nick Hewer has been the main presenter (along with Rachel Riley and Susie Dent) on word and numbers gameshow Countdown for six years. For the first two years on the show he was still Alan Sugar’s right-hand man on The Apprentice.

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Simon Mayo interview: Blame, writing, Kermode, Stephen King

Simon Brew Jul 21, 2016

Simon Mayo chats to us about writing, the importance of Stephen King, politics, Blame, and Basil Exposition...

Simon Mayo is a man of many talents. To cinema folk, he's one of the two voices behind Wittertainment, the BBC's flagship film programme (wassup, etc). To others, he plays choice songs on Radio 2. To me: he was also chairman of Melchester Rovers. And to a growing number of people, he's the author of some really fine works of fiction.

His latest, Blame, sees him heading into the world of Young Adult. And over a hot drink (him: civilised green tea, me: coffee caffeine rocket fuel concoction, no biscuits) we had a chat about what could almost be an accidental shift into non-fiction...

The last time I interviewed you I messed up my opening question when I tried to follow the Simon Mayo interview handbook, but I think I’ve got this nailed now.
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Video: Please help us battle loneliness this Christmas

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Can you help us spread a video, to let people on the wrong side of fortune know that others are on their side?

We're keenly aware that, whilst our Geeks Vs Loneliness columns on this site reach a good number of people, that there are many more people out there. People who may be having a tough time, or on the wrong side of fortune.

We're thus trying something a bit different to try and reach as many people as we can. With the help of some amazing people, who have donated their time for free, we've put together this short video. Let's show you that first, before we ask a favour of you...

Bluntly, we need your help. Can you help spread the word of this video for us? We're not, to be clear, trying to get website hits - the separate YouTube URL is below
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Rachel Riley and Susie Dent spill the filth from Countdown on to Twitter

Countdown's Rachel Riley can't help but see the innuendo in everything after her latest unfortunate letter arrangement.

Co-star Susie Dent amused Riley and fans of the Channel 4 show with her latest Word of the Day, introducing her Twitter followers to the word 'jirble'.

Before you ask, she didn't misspell the name of a small rodent. According to Dent, "to jirble is to spill liquid as the result of clumsy hands".

Riley immediately decided to turn Dent's tweet into something rude, and fans then decided to insert 'jirble' into their own filthy sentences.

One wrote: "My dad said if I was to jerble I'd go blind and lose my hair. He was half right. (sic)"

To jirble is to spill liquid as the result of clumsy hands: e.g. I've just jirbled tea all over the duvet. Morning.

Susie Dent (@susie_dent) August 4, 2015

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Now on your screens: Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo launch The Film Thing

Now on your screens: Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo launch The Film Thing
They've entertained millions with their 5 live film review show and Wittertainment podcast off-shoot, but now Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo are in full-vision thanks to new online offering The Film Thing.

Available through the duo's YouTube channel and the BBC website, the first episode of The Film Thing brings Kermode and Mayo's movie debates to the screen with reviews of Unfriended, Two By Two, Monsters: Dark Continent and Far from the Madding Crowd.

The 23-minute show also features a cameo appearance from Jason Isaacs*, Countdown's Susie Dent explaining Wittertainment term 'Brechtian Alienation Device' and an extended interview with Carey Mulligan.

The Film Thing is made by Somethin' Else, who also produce the 5 live show and the podcast.

Somethin' Else CEO and Film Thing exec producer Jez Nelson told Digital Spy that the format is an "extension of the podcast", and serves as a one-off to test the water for a longer series.
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Myleene Klass turns Countdown blue with 8-pointer 'gobs**te'

It must be quite the Countdown conundrum when you realise you've got a high-scoring word, but it's one that's going to make Nick Hewer blush.

Myleene Klass wasn't fazed, though. The radio presenter would have won eight points for her glorious "gobshite".

The former Hear'Say star giggled as she told host Hewer: "I got a rude one. It's an eight... gobshite."

While Rachel Riley sheepishly put the letters in place, Dictionary Corner expert Susie Dent confirmed that it was allowed.

Dent told viewers that "gobshite" was "chiefly Irish" and "vulgar slang". So, there you go.

Myleene's crass word came just a week after Riley had to spell out the word "erection", which also won eight points, on the Countdown board.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 has announced that 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown will return for a new series in May, including special guest Joey Essex.
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8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is coming back in May

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown will return for a new series in May and, yep, Joey Essex will be back.

Host Jimmy Carr will be back on the show alongside team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson and Countdown stars Rachel Riley and Susie Dent.

Once again, Dent will be joined in Dictionary Corner by a host of celebrities including Johnny Vegas, Joe Lycett and Nina Conti. And then there's Joey Essex - who won't be in Dictionary Corner this time, but will be helping out Riley with the letters and numbers. So that's going to go well.

The former Towie star previously appeared on the show in September, when he vowed that he could handle the Countdown clock because he's "a good counter" and strangely got confused about whether or not he was on Countdown.

Meanwhile, Lee Mack, Kathy Burke, Rhod Gilbert, Sara Pascoe and Kevin Bridges are among
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Made in Chelsea, Mapp and Lucia

Eight out of Ten Cats Does Countdown: Channel 4, 9pm

Jimmy Carr hosts a Christmas edition of the mix-matched panel show's version of the words-and-numbers quiz.

Team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson are joined by guests including Kathy Burke, Alex Horne and David Mitchell, plus Countdown's in-house maths maverick Rachel Riley and lexical expert Susie Dent.

Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies: BBC Four, 9pm

Al casts a (golden)eye over great British spy movies past and present.

He also recalls some of the screen's most famous spies, such as Harry Palmer, George Smiley and the one and only James Bond. Contributors include former MI5 chief Stella Rimington.

Made in Chelsea: E4, 9pm

In this reunion special, Rick Edwards is joined by the Chelsea residents to discuss the dramas, hook-ups and break-ups of the past series.

Expect fireworks as viewers find out the latest news on the series' biggest relationships.
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8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown gets Christmas special and new series

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is to return for a Christmas special this December, before a new series kicks off shortly afterwards.

Host Jimmy Carr and team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson will be back for the new series, which sees the classic Channel 4 letters and numbers quiz taken over by comedy panel hit 8 Out of 10 Cats.

Countdown's resident lexicographer Susie Dent will be in Dictionary Corner with a new special guest each week, while mathematician Rachel Riley will be back at the numbers board with comedian Joe Wilkinson.

The new series will see a number of special guests join the team captains, including David Mitchell, Jack Whitehall, Johnny Vegas, Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Reginald D Hunter, Aisling Bea, David Baddiel and Alex Horne & the Horne Section.

The show was recently nominated at the British Comedy Awards 2014 for Best Comedy Panel Programme and Best Comedy Moment of 2014. Team
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Rachel Riley left tickled by todgers on Countdown

Rachel Riley and Nick Hewer had to try stifle their laughter when Dictionary Corner guest Dave Myers suggested a cheeky seven-letter suggestion on the daytime quiz.

The presenters chuckled after Myers revealed that his best effort in a letters game was 'todgers'.

However, it wasn't just a case of Myers being smutty. Dictionary Corner's Susie Dent did confirm that 'todgers' was a valid Countdown word as it can be found in the dictionary.

Countdown isn't a stranger to such embarrassing moments. In a recent episode, Riley was left red-faced when an unexpected 'erection' appeared.

Meanwhile, in a 2010 episode, the letters, U, D, F, C, K and E all appeared. Thankfully, the contestants avoided the crude and obvious six-letter option, opting for the more respectable 'Caged' and 'Faced'.

There was also an awkward moment in a 2013 episode when the Countdown Conundrum round spelled out the words 'itchy semi'.
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Countdown clocks up world record | Media Monkey

Its been a staple of early afternoon TV viewing since 1982 and in its 70th series Countdown has entered been handed a Guinness World Record with the title of most series broadcast for a TV game show. On Friday, the venerable Channel 4 word and numbers puzzler airs its 6,000th show and presenters Nick Hewer, Rachel Riley and Susie Dent will be officially given the award. Over the years, the show has delighted viewers with unintentional (we think) swearwords, with 2012 being particularly bountiful with this offering and also this one; but it is probably the late Richard Whiteleys anecdotes and terrible puns for which it will be most fondly remembered. So, in tribute to the show, any good anagrams for Guinness World Record? Monkey could only come up with Surrender Dogs Clown. Oh well, at least its not rude.

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Made in Chelsea's Spencer, Lucy and Binky for Million Pound Drop special

Channel 4 is to merge Made in Chelsea with The Million Pound Drop for a one-off special.

Spencer Matthews, Lucy Watson and Binky Felstead will team up for the game show later this month, hosted by Davina McCall.

The group will appear alongside a Made in Chelsea superfan to raise money for Battersea Dogs Home, Pub Aid and a third unconfirmed charity.

The show will air on Friday, September 12 at 8pm on Channel 4.

Meanwhile, Him & Her star and comedian Joe Wilkinson will join forces with Countdown's Susie Dent to raise funds for Stand Up to Cancer.

Their special appearance will be broadcast tomorrow night (September 5) at 8pm.

It will be followed by the first of three new episodes of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, which will feature both Dent and Wilkinson.
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Gethin Jones tells us 21 things about The 21st Question

We love a good quiz show here at Digital Spy, so when Gethin Jones invited us to come down and play his new series The 21st Question, how could we refuse? It's a pretty simple premise - a group of contestants compete but only the one who correctly answers the 21st Question has a chance at going through to win some big money.

When we weren't scowling at our inability to get a question right, we caught up with Gethin to find out 21 more things about him (including his weird celebrity crush!) and the show, which kicks off this afternoon...

1. The concept of the show is very simple - but there are lots of tactics!

"The quiz is very simple. The only way you can win any money is by being on the Power Spot when I ask the 21st question. That's it, that's the premise of the show, and
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Countdown's Dictionary Corner gets a digital makeover

Countdown's Dictionary Corner is going digital.

The printed Oxford dictionary used by the show's lexicographer Susie Dent is being swapped for its online counterpart, reports Radio Times.

Dent will no longer need to flick through pages of the dictionary during the programme, and also won't need to use the pen cam to show words onscreen when the changes are introduced on Monday, June 30.

Dent said: "I'm excited that we will now be able to reflect the very latest changes to English by using an online dictionary that's updated every three months.

"The principles of Dictionary Corner will remain exactly the same - it's simply the technology that is changing."

The traditional printed dictionary has been used on Countdown since the show started over 30 years ago.

Countdown is Channel 4's longest-running show, and is currently presented by Nick Hewer and Rachel Riley.
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8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown to return this summer

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown will be back on Channel 4 this summer.

Jimmy Carr will return to host the quiz show mash-up when it returns in June, while Sean Lock and Jon Richardson will also be back as rival team captains.

Countdown word whizz Susie Dent will also return, along with mathematician Rachel Riley and her supposed assistant, comedian Joe Wilkinson.

Channel 4's entertainment commissioning editor Madeleine Knight said: "Every series of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is more ambitious with an amazing lineup of star guests. Countdown is a compelling game but also a brilliant comedy vehicle which is always a treat to watch."

Guests taking part in the six new episodes include Jonathan Ross, Bill Bailey, Freddie Flintoff, Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Vic Reeves, Claudia Winkleman, Josh Widdicombe and Stephen Mangan.

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown was initially ordered on a one-off basis as part of Channel 4's Mash-Up night,
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TV highlights 21/02/2014

  • The Guardian - TV News
Student Nurses: Bedpans And Bandages | Edge Of Heaven | 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown | Bb King — The Life of Riley | Mob City | Wild Justice | Rugby Union: Wales v France

Student Nurses: Bedpans And Bandages

8pm, ITV

Training to be a nurse is changing: at present only a quarter of nurses have a degree, but that number is rising. This reality series follows students in Birmingham as they attempt to juggle jobs on the ward with their ongoing education, all the while trying to keep their home lives intact. Tonight, former bed salesman Tk starts his placement on a children's liver ward in Birmingham, while Aimee finds that working on a stroke ward brings with it heavy emotional baggage. John Robinson

Edge Of Heaven

9pm, ITV

Childhood sweethearts Alfie (Blake Harrison) and Carly are getting married, but when the latter bottles it at the altar, Alfie is flung back into the arms of his B&B-running family.
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Danny Dyer misses Willy

Danny Dyer misses Little Willy. The straight-talking actor joined the 'EastEnders' cast as Mick Carter, the new landlord of the Queen Vic pub, last month but is disappointed that late character Ethel Skinner's pet pug Willy is no longer a member of the cast. Asked what the worst thing about the BBC One soap is, he lamented: ''The fact that Little Willy isn't in it anymore. Lovely little dog he was, I don't know what he was. Ethel never had a scene without Willy.'' The 36-year-old star has a secret crush on sexy wordsmith Susie Dent from quiz show 'Countdown' and admitted he
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Countdown is 70: three cheers for the nation's favourite comfort blanket

The show – now in its 70th series – has been a fixture on Channel 4 from the very start, and has survived any number of crises, revamps and departures. Is it destined to go on for ever?

"Anyone who has ever been unemployed loves Countdown." So declared Kevin Bridges on the most recent episode of 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, the flippant comedic spin-off from Channel 4's words-and-numbers warhorse. It's true: Countdown occupies a unique place in the UK's psyche: part-afternoon mindboggler, part comfort blanket. It's alphabet soup for the soul. Never mind the consonants – the show has been a national constant since that fateful November 1982 teatime when Richard Whiteley and Carol Vorderman launched C4 in a flurry of beige.

Monday's episode, the first of 2014, was also the starting gun for the 70th series, yet another milestone for a gameshow so long in the tooth it cannot stop racking them up.
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TV highlights 03/01/2014

  • The Guardian - TV News
Diamonds Are Forever: The Don Black Songbook | Kangaroo Dundee | James May's Toy Stories: The Motorcycle Diary | 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown | Celebrity Big Brother: Live Launch | Nikita | Raiders of the Lost Past | Golf: Tournament of Champions

Diamonds Are Forever: The Don Black Songbook

7.30pm, BBC4

Son of Hackney Don Black has been everything from an NME hack to a plugger for Doris Day and a standup comedian. But it is as a lyricist that he is justly revered, for classics including Born Free, Ben and the titular Shirley Bassey showstopper. Michael Grade talks to him about his work (including his recent Profumo musical collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber), while, in between, Marc Almond, Katie Melua and Gary Wilmot are among those performing his tunes at the Royal Festival Hall. Ali Catterall

Kangaroo Dundee

8pm, BBC2

The latest visit to Alice Springs has Brolga tackling the challenges of an outback winter.
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8 Out of 10 Cats, Countdown spinoff renewed for new series by Channel 4

8 Out of 10 Cats has been renewed for a 17th series by Channel 4.

The comedy panel show will return in 2014 with nine episodes and two compilation specials.

A new six-episode series of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown has also been commissioned by the channel.

Jimmy Carr will return as host, alongside team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock.

Production company Zeppotron will co-produce the Countdown spinoff with ITV studios, with Susie Dent returning to Dictionary Corner and Rachel Riley providing the letters and numbers.

Zeppotron's Ruth Phillips said: "It's great that 8 Out of 10 Cats is returning for a 17th series. Not only are our show regulars on sparkling form, but we'll also, as ever, have the opportunity to feature some of the new rising stars of the comedy world on the show.

"We're also delighted that 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is back for another series, hopefully cementing its place
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