A bit of Dailymotion Gold. The entire series of Calendar Countdown, the Yorkshire-only regional precursor to Countdown, has been uploaded. Here's the first episode, and click through to the rest of the channel to watch them all - if you dare.
The first episode continues the shoddiness of the unbroadcast pilots with the theme tune and clock music being played at the same time.
Episode 3 is a classic, with the so-called maths "expert" happily declaring that both of the sums are "probably impossible". They really aren't.
Odd how the first few episides have an analogue VT
clock, episode 6 has a computer generated one.
Also notable that the format is evolving as the series goes on - that would never happen these days. In the early shows Whiteley announced the chosen letters and numbers, in the semi finals the "hostess" (something else you probably wouldn't have these days) announces the letters. And it's changed from 8 to the familar 9 letter format.
Last edited by Steve in Pudsey on 31 July 2019 9:16pm
Write that down in your copybook now.