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YMMV / Countdown

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  • Tear Jerker:
    • Carol Vorderman's tribute to Richard Whiteley the day after his death.
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    • Johnny Vegas' poem about The Alcoholic, as seen here.
      And then the landlord shows him out.
      The child inside is crying out.
      "I was not meant for such sweet sorrow"
      But opts instead for "See you tomorrow."
      Thou stout-soaked, cig-stained feckless soul
      Is what for, not whom, that bell did toll.
    • Sean Lock's passing in 2021 lead to an outpouring of tributes, including from Jimmy, Susie, Rachel, and several fellow comics who also appeared as panelists on the show.
  • 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.
    • An attempt on September 18, 1990 to export the show to America kicked out the Numbers Games and tacked on a $10,000 bonus round. The fact that there was a $25,000 bonus for any nine-letter word just makes it more absurd.
    • Parodied in this skit showing a fictional NBC attempt to "Americanize" the programme. Yes, the "model" is Karen Gillan. You're welcome.
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    • Dead Ringers also did a (radio) parody of an attempt to Americanise the show, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the host and Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson as the contestants.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Little Alex Horne on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. He's the only guest comedian to appear on both the spinoff and as a contestant on regular Countdown, and even made it to the finals, earning the 7th seed! However, he wasn’t brought on as a contestant on the comedy-focused spinoff, (only as the occasional musical guest relegated to Dictionary Corner) despite the fact that he could be a legitimate challenge to Jon Richardson.
  • 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 the Hell, Casting Agency?: To say that Nick Hewer was a surprising choice for host would be a spectacular understatement.