Countdown breaks records with 6000 shows

Countdown will receive a Guinness World Record this Friday as it airs its 6000th show.

Filmed at MediaCityUK’s Dock10, the show started its life 32 years ago at Yorkshire Television and is now in its 70th series.

The first show ever to be broadcast on Channel 4 was was fronted by the late Richard Whiteley alongside Carol Vorderman. They both spent more than 20 years as hosts.

“The show – the first ever shown on Channel 4 – has long been a cornerstone of British popular culture, and its 70 series attest to its class, quality and pure entertainment value,” said Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief at Guinness World Records.

“It’s every bit a part of TV time as the cuppa itself, and I’m looking forward to its next 6,000 episodes.”

The World Record will be presented to the current team, Nick Hewer, Rachel Riley and Susie Dent.

In recent years it’s also received its very own Channel 4 spin-off, with 8 Out Of 10 Cats giving it a comedy twist.

 

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