YMMV / Countdown


  • Adaptation Displacement: Approximately zero of its viewers know it is actually a British localisation of a French gameshow.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
  • Crowning Music of Awesome / Ear Worm: The main theme and 30-second timer.
    • Doo doo, doo doo, diddly doo, boom.
  • Funny Moments:
    • Many of the times a funny word comes up on the board, or where a contestant declares a "Dirty" word often count. The word "Fart" once showed up on the board, along with "Poo" and then "Poof".note  It also deserves special mention when the first letters were "ORGA" and Carol began to dread the next few letters.
    • Carol gets a scare!
    • Richard was once GOTCHA'ed for an entire episode, only discovering the joke upon seeing the Conundrum answer (HOGCAT = GOTCHA). Only a small portion was ever aired, but the full taping (complete with stopdown footage) can be seen here.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Theme Tune embodies this Trope, but also "Two from the top and one from the bottom, please, Carol".
  • Mis-blamed: Did you see that video / image with the word Cuntflaps on the board? Well, that didn't actually happen; it was a photoshopped hoax.note  Even if that did happen, the second the word cunt showed up, someone would have come out and changed it.
  • Moment of Awesome: Anytime someone finds a 9-letter word.
    • An extraordinary Numbers Game with a goal of 952, and a contestant gives an equation of (((100 + 6) * 3 * 75) - 50) / 25, going as high as 23,850 before dropping back down to 952.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Rachel Riley to some viewers, with some of her outfits. Allegedly, some Channel 4 bosses asked her to tone it down, this being a teatime show and fairly intellectual...
  • Replacement Scrappy: Rachel Riley.
  • Tear Jerker: Carol Vorderman's tribute to Richard Whiteley the day after his death.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Rachel Riley. Des Lynam to a lesser extent; he had a pretty difficult act to follow in Richard Whiteley, but it didn't help that he often came across as somewhat grumpy.
  • Values Dissonance: one might perhaps observe this in the roles of the hostesses over the programme's history from supporting role to essentially fully-fledged co-presenter. None there just to stand around putting up the letters and numbers anymore, and even Carol Vorderman's original role checking the numbers was given the nickname "vital statistician" back in '82 (which might sound a wee bit sexist now!) Arguably subverted by the attention Rachel Riley gets due to her looks, mind you, but that's perhaps the audience's fault...
  • What Could Have Been: A pilot for a US adaption was made; details are here. It notably disposed of the numbers round, and had celebrities playing with the contestants; it's not surprising that Jon Peters, a producer synonymous with Executive Meddling, was at the helm here.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: To say that Nick Hewer was a surprising choice for host would be a spectacular understatement. He hasn't actually taken over at the time of writing, so this could yet turn out to be a stroke of genius.