History Series / Countdown

24th Sep '16 1:41:12 PM nombretomado
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The thinking man's game show, and the face of ChannelFour in Britain, having been the first programme aired on the channel in 1982 and running ever since. Two contestants face off in a series of Letters and Numbers Games, each hoping to score more points than the other. Every round is timed to 30 seconds, with a big clock ticking down behind the contestants. It was a companion to ''Series/FifteenToOne'' until that show's demise, and nowadays is with ''Series/DealOrNoDeal''.

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The thinking man's game show, and the face of ChannelFour Creator/Channel4 in Britain, having been the first programme aired on the channel in 1982 and running ever since. Two contestants face off in a series of Letters and Numbers Games, each hoping to score more points than the other. Every round is timed to 30 seconds, with a big clock ticking down behind the contestants. It was a companion to ''Series/FifteenToOne'' until that show's demise, and nowadays is with ''Series/DealOrNoDeal''.
17th Sep '16 10:38:38 AM RealSlimShadowen
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* '''Letters Game''': Each player chooses nine random letters by saying whether a consonant or vowel is requested. In the current rules, at least three vowels and four consonants must be chosen. During the time, the players must make the longest word they can using those nine letters. Longest word wins the points.

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* '''Letters Game''': Each player chooses nine random letters by saying whether a consonant or vowel is requested. In the current rules, at least three vowels and four consonants must be chosen. During the time, the players must make the longest word they can using those nine letters. Longest word (that's actually in the dictionary) wins the points.



* GoldenSnitch: Invoked in one of the ''Series/EightOutOfTenCats Does Countdown'' editions, where the team of Bob Mortimer and Lee Mack (trailing 54-0) seemingly arbitrarily persuade host Jimmy Carr (with some help from Joe Wilkinson) to make the final conundrum worth 100 points. [[spoiler: They still manage to lose the conundrum anyway.]]

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* GoldenSnitch: Invoked in one of the ''Series/EightOutOfTenCats Does Countdown'' editions, where the team of Bob Mortimer and Lee Mack (trailing 54-0) seemingly arbitrarily persuade host Jimmy Carr (with some help from Joe Wilkinson) to make the final conundrum worth 100 points. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They still manage to lose the conundrum anyway.]]]] Similarly, just because Jon Richardson wanted to finish a show with the most points of any Countdown player ever, Jimmy made the conundrum of one episode worth over 800 points (the difference between his lifetime total and that of the all-time leader).



* SignificantAnagram: The longer the word, the more points it is worth. Conundrum anagrams are worth 10. On the rare occasion that the 9 letters randomly drawn in a Letters Game can be rearranged to form a 9-letter word, it is worth a whopping 18 points to the contestant who spots it..

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* SignificantAnagram: The longer the word, the more points it is worth. Conundrum anagrams are worth 10. On the rare occasion that the 9 letters randomly drawn in a Letters Game can be rearranged to form a 9-letter word, the points are doubled, so it is worth a whopping 18 points to the contestant who spots it..
29th Aug '16 9:58:01 PM PaulA
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-->'''Richard Whiteley'''[='s=] first words on the ''Countdown'' debut, alluding to the show's precursor ''Calendar Countdown'' (which aired as a brief regional series in 1981).

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-->'''Richard -->-- '''Richard Whiteley'''[='s=] first words on the ''Countdown'' debut, alluding to the show's precursor ''Calendar Countdown'' (which aired as a brief regional series in 1981).



* LongRunner: Compared to some, pretty short, but it's Channel4's longest-running show -- partly because it was the first thing ever shown on the channel.
29th May '16 7:08:56 AM Mdumas43073
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'''''Countdown''''' is based on a [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench French]] game much more straightforwardly titled ''The Numbers and Letters'' (''Des chiffres et des lettres'').

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'''''Countdown''''' ''Countdown'' is based on a [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench French]] game much more straightforwardly titled ''The Numbers and Letters'' (''Des chiffres et des lettres'').
29th May '16 7:08:30 AM Mdumas43073
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No relation to the 1968 Creator/RoberAltman film, the Australian music show, the American news show ''CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'', or the weekly comic series that was later retitled ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''.

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No relation to the 1968 Creator/RoberAltman Creator/RobertAltman film, the Australian music show, the American news show ''CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'', or the weekly comic series that was later retitled ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''.
29th May '16 7:08:20 AM Mdumas43073
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No relation to the American news show ''CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'', the Australian music show ''Countdown'', or the weekly comic series that was later retitled ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''.

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No relation to the 1968 Creator/RoberAltman film, the Australian music show, the American news show ''CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'', the Australian music show ''Countdown'', or the weekly comic series that was later retitled ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''.''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''.
28th Feb '16 12:58:33 AM Gimere
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* FunWithAcronyms: CECIL is the ''Countdown'' Electronic Computer In Leeds. (Unfortunately, it is now somewhat of a NonIndicativeName, given how the program has sinced moved from what used to be YTV, to the ex-Granada studio block in Manchester, and most recently to the new MediaCityUK complex across the river in Salford.)

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* FunWithAcronyms: CECIL is the ''Countdown'' Electronic Computer In Leeds. (Unfortunately, it is now somewhat of a NonIndicativeName, given how the program has sinced moved from what used to be YTV, to the ex-Granada studio block in Manchester, and most recently to the new MediaCityUK [=MediaCityUK=] complex across the river in Salford.)



* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: On a crossover show with ''Series/EightOutOfTenCats'' Jimmy Carr's attempt to distract the panel with [[http://youtu.be/Qo0lbWhHLys two baskets of kittens]] quickly went south when he couldn't control them.
2nd Jan '16 3:53:00 PM Gimere
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!!GameShow Tropes in use:

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1st Oct '15 5:48:43 AM Gimere
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* MissingEpisode: A pair of episodes were allegedly produced as a contingency in the event of cricket coverage running shorter than anticipated and were never aired.



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13th Sep '15 4:05:27 PM nombretomado
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No relation to the American news show ''CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'', the Australian music show ''Countdown'', or the weekly comic series that was later retitled ''CountdownToFinalCrisis''.

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No relation to the American news show ''CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'', the Australian music show ''Countdown'', or the weekly comic series that was later retitled ''CountdownToFinalCrisis''.''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''.
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