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Nick Hewer quits Countdown

Stepping down sometime in 2021

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nwtv2003 Granada North West Today
I guess it gets recommissioned as it is dirt cheap to make. Plus it goes some way towards any quota to making programmes outside of London.
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
I have always thought Eamonn would be good, but if Rachel's contract is also up I wouldn't be surprised if they looked to replace both and maybe switch the roles around.

We'll see how Colin does - as much as the show needs a host the over 70s are happy with it also needs to appeal to a younger audience too.

Nick has had a good run - he wasn't that great to start with and in all honesty probably hasn't got much better, but is a familar face for the audience. I wouldn't be against them getting Jeff back - he did try to unresign but his unresignation wasn't accepted.
Be nicer and more tolerant to each other. Them's the rules.
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Flux London London
I have always thought Eamonn would be good, but if Rachel's contract is also up I wouldn't be surprised if they looked to replace both and maybe switch the roles around.

We'll see how Colin does - as much as the show needs a host the over 70s are happy with it also needs to appeal to a younger audience too.

Nick has had a good run - he wasn't that great to start with and in all honesty probably hasn't got much better, but is a familar face for the audience. I wouldn't be against them getting Jeff back - he did try to unresign but his unresignation wasn't accepted.


I’m wondering the same re: switching the roles. I know she’s been mentioned in jest but I do actually think Steph McGovern would be a good call for this and you’d likely need a male member of the team somewhere. A fully female presenting team would of course be completely acceptable - but I always think with that kind of decision that you need to think how it would be perceived if it was to swing the other way, and we know if the team became all male there’d be outrage!
GH
Ghost Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
I've said it before, I'll say it again. Start Professor Jonathan Van-Tam off in Dictionary Corner, and get him groomed for the main job.

They should also introduce a poetry slot with Chris Whitty Cool

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7YWpp8zSEd4
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Meridian AM Recently warned Meridian (South) South Today
I have always thought Eamonn would be good, but if Rachel's contract is also up I wouldn't be surprised if they looked to replace both and maybe switch the roles around.


How's Ruth at maths...? Can she write clearly with a black marker...? 🤔😀 🙃
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iloveTV1 London London
RadioTimes suggesting Susie Dent:

https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2020-12-07/who-will-replace-nick-hewer-countdown-comment/
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JB
JasonB London London
This would be a great opportunity for Mr. Greg Scott
Have you washed your hands?
JK
JKDerry UTV Newsline
Countdown will never be axed as it has a pride of place in the history of Channel 4 as being the first programme to air on the channel on November 2nd 1982, with that special opening line from the late Richard Whiteley:

"As the countdown to a brand new channel ends, a brand new countdown begins"

So it had a place in history, which will be very hard for Channel 4 to end.
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Johnr
Jo Brand is an option if they’re after a female host I guess...

Nick is a bit like marmite, I quite like his dry humour but others don’t

Presumably Colin does a lot of his other shows from MediaCity anyway so logistically that could work out well
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SuperSajuuk Central Reporting Scotland
Johnr posted:
Presumably Colin does a lot of his other shows from MediaCity anyway so logistically that could work out well

Colin is also the main presenter for Eurosport's snooker coverage of the Triple Crown events (UK just last week, Masters in mid-January and Worlds in mid-April), and since those are fluid start/end times for consecutive weeks, those would be disruptive to any recording as he won't be available while those tournaments are playing.
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AlexS Central (East) Midlands Today
Johnr posted:
Presumably Colin does a lot of his other shows from MediaCity anyway so logistically that could work out well

Colin is also the main presenter for Eurosport's snooker coverage of the Triple Crown events (UK just last week, Masters in mid-January and Worlds in mid-April), and since those are fluid start/end times for consecutive weeks, those would be disruptive to any recording as he won't be available while those tournaments are playing.

In normal times a couple of weeks of planned absence a few times a year should have little impact. The filming schedule can be planned around such things pretty easily on a show that typically records a weeks worth of episodes per filming day.
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DavidWhitfield Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Possibly not people's first choice, but I could see Jeremy Paxman being a good fit for it. I'm sure he could do this as well as University Challenge if he wanted (though I accept that he may not want to do so)!
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