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First look at Anne Robinson as new Countdown host

Anne Robinson has been pictured with her Countdown co-stars for the first time as she prepares to front the Channel 4 game show.

Standing on set she was joined by Rachel Riley and Susie Dent to become, as the broadcaster has dubbed them the ‘three ladies of Countdown’.

The seasoned TV presenter and broadcaster is immensely proud to lead the new all-female team, saying: ‘Three Girls Do Countdown – who wouldn’t want to watch?’

Numbers whizz Rachel added: ‘It’s been really fun watching Anne very quickly find her feet in the Countdown studio and seeing the contestants in the new groove with her.

‘She’s not shy of asking them funny questions and the responses have ranged from going into their own comedy routines to not looking directly at her and hoping she doesn’t see them – it’s been very lively!’

Dictionary Corner maestro Susie said: ‘I’m so pleased to be able to work with Anne again. She has been a heroine of mine ever since she gently rescued me from an embarrassing moment on my first bit of live TV. With her flair and wit, she’s going to be a wonderful addition to the Countdown team.’

Anne, who used to front BBC game show The Weakest Link, is replacing Nick Hewer, a former advisor on The Apprentice, who quit in 2020 after 10 years on the programme.

The TV star has joked in the past about renaming the long running series ‘Three Clever Girls do Countdown’.

‘The thing is that, Susie and Rachel are very clever, very young, very pretty and much thinner than me,’ Anne continued in an interview on Steph’s Packed Lunch.

She went on: ‘I love anagrams, I do the Times crossword every day. I’m not very good at adding up or subtracting.

‘I’ll tell you what’s great about this show is that it’s very clever contestants who have to work at speed, I think that’s what’s impressive about it.’

Countdown was the first programme to be broadcast on Channel 4 when it launched in November 1982, making it one of the longest running quiz shows in the world.

Anne, the first ever female host of Countdown, starts her reign on June 28.

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