Countdown at Channel 4

The show in which two contestants engage in a battle of wits, competing against the clock in games of lexical dexterity and numerical agility.

With Rachel and Jeff joining forces with the affable Susie, Countdown is in very capable hands. This will be the second golden period of the show... mark my words.

The new and improved Countdown is, I was glad to see, both new and improved, yet without in any way having its core values undermined.

Ratings have risen by 11 per cent since Stelling and Riley took over.

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