The original British version of the quiz show that's become a worldwide hit. Host asks hopeful contestants a series of questions, each more difficult than the last. As the questions get ... See full summary »
A Game Show where contestants must compete against 'The Chasers,' a cast of the show's eccentric and pompous know-it-all characters, in a variety of questions in order to win money by answering more of them correctly than the Chasers.
A group of five strangers, each an amateur chef, compete to host the best dinner party, each party solely for the competitors and to be held on consecutive evenings. With a set amount of ... See full summary »
Two contestants compete through three types of rounds. In the letters rounds, they use nine randomly drawn letters to form the longest word possible. In the numbers rounds, they must use arithmetic to combine six randomly drawn numbers and get as close to a random three-digit target number as possible. Finally, in the Conundrum round, they must rearrange a set of words totaling nine letters to form a single word. Contestants stay on the show until they either lose a game or retire undefeated as an "Octochamp" after eight wins. At the end of each series, the top eight players are invited back to compete for a prize package that includes a set of dictionaries.Written by
25 themed specials were recorded between 2002 and 2003, of which only 23 were broadcast (in 2003-2005), and which each featured two previous contestants. The other two specials were never broadcast because they were presented by Richard Whiteley, and as the specials were only intended to be broadcast infrequently (some were scheduled, others shown in place of cricket matches), Whiteley died in 2005 before the last two could be shown and they have not been broadcast since. One was based around the theme of a replayed final, and the other was based around the theme of old Countdownians. See more »
Just because this show is on in the dead of the afternoon, don't dismiss it as lightweight. This show is a hit and has had such a long run because it is intelligent and does not rely on stupid stunts or gimmicks. Thirty seconds to produce a word from nine randomly picked letters is difficult to say the least, and the numbers game is even harder. It's one of the programs I miss most since moving to Canada. Sure Whiteley's jokes are bad, but that is part of the fun. In a TV world where shows like Survivor and Temptation Island get all the attention and millions of viewers, it's great that there are still some programs that need some brain power to get prizes. I'm not surprised that Countdown has lasted so long.
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