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Nick Hewer quits Countdown

Stepping down sometime in 2021

JO
Jonwo
Nick Hewer has announced that he is to leave Countdown once his current contract ends next year. He’s had a good run and is the second longest host after Richard Whiteley.

Will be interesting to see who replaces him. I imagine Colin Murray’s stint could be a test run for him potentially taking over.
JV
James Vertigan Founding member West Country (West) Spotlight
Thank God. The bloke has no charisma.
MA
Meridian AM Recently warned Meridian (South) South Today
Maybe Colin. He does a good job of presenting the snooker on Eurosport. He could be a good choice for Countdown too. They've always had older men, so maybe time for a change.
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
You say "always", but Colin is several years older than Richard Whiteley was in 1982.
NW
nwtv2003 Granada North West Today
Whilst Nick has certainly settled into the role, it’ll be good to see someone new at the helm. I’ll reserve judgement for Colin Murray (if he goes permanent) but whenever he’s been in dictionary corner his enthusiasm for the programme shows.

I always thought it was a shame Jeff Stelling left the show, he was the best host of Countdown post Whiteley.
steve
steviegTVreturns
JO
Jonwo
If Channel 4 wanted to save some dosh, they could have Jimmy Carr present Countdown as well as Catsdown.
RD
RDJ Recently warned Central (West) Midlands Today
Sandi Tokzvig would be a good choice, she did well at Fifteen to One. And she has previous on word games being a panellist on Call My Bluff.

Or maybe Colin Murray’s stint may well become more permanent depending on how well he does and how well received he is.
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JO
Jon Central (West) Midlands Today
Jonwo posted:
If Channel 4 wanted to save some dosh, they could have Jimmy Carr present Countdown as well as Catsdown.

I’m not sure it works like that!
MA
Meridian AM Recently warned Meridian (South) South Today
You say "always", but Colin is several years older than Richard Whiteley was in 1982.


Well the more recent hosts Lynam, O'Connor, Stelling and Hewer were over 50 or 60 when they got the job.
JV
James Vertigan Founding member West Country (West) Spotlight
I’d like to see someone like Richard Digance take over. Dictionary Corner guests before the Nick Hewer era were always pretty good.
MA
Meridian AM Recently warned Meridian (South) South Today
My money's on flavour of the month Alison Hammond. Rolling Eyes

Or just incorporate Countdown into Packed Lunch and give it to Steph to do. Rolling Eyes Very Happy
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SO
Soupnzi London London
I’m going for either Baroness Chakrabarti or Jim Davidson

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