Countdown viewers who watched today’s show were full of praise for Sir Trevor McDonald as the host, hailing the Black to Front special as the ‘best episode ever’.
On Friday September 10, Channel 4 has been completely taken over by Black talent to shine a spotlight on Black contributions to TV.
Following AJ Odudu and Mo Gilligan’s widely-acclaimed revival of The Big Breakfast and Mel B presenting Packed Lunch, Sir Trevor presented Countdown, taking over the role from Anne Robinson for the first time in a historic moment.
He was joined on Channel 4’s longest running show alongside poet and playwright Lemn Sissay OBE and journalist Marverine Cole in Dictionary Corner and maths prodigy Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE.
Countdown fans were absolutely loving the new line-up, with several expressing their hope that Sir Trevor returns to reprise the role he performed so naturally.
Viewers also became emotional over the significance of having a Countdown episode starring only Black presenters and competitors, emphasising that ‘representation matters’.
‘What a great shout @SirTrev is for #Countdown hosting duties… any chance @Channel4 can make this permanent,’ one person tweeted.
‘Loving this edition of #countdown today. And with the great Sir Trevor in the chair, who could ask for more. Unless it’s to ask if Sir Trevor would take on the job permanently,’ someone else said.
Another viewer wrote: ‘Why I am getting emotional watching this. Representation matters.’
Someone else said that having watched Countdown for the majority of their life, ‘this is the first time I’ve seen two young Black people as contestants’.
‘That was the best episode of #countdown I’ve ever seen,’ one person said with awe once the episode had come to an end.
‘An all black #Countdown. And to top it all off with Trevor McDonald as the presenter? I’ve been in awe this afternoon,’ another remarked.
Countdown is set to return next week with Anne back in the host’s seat, having taken over from Nick Hewer this summer.
Last night, Sir Trevor was in attendance at the National Television Awards, which he previously hosted from 1996 to 2008 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
He delivered a powerful speech at the event about how British TV has ‘united us’ during the pandemic, saying: ‘Ladies and gentleman, television can bring us together like no other medium and over the past 20 months, we have never needed it more.
‘When we were separated and locked down, television connected us. It kept us informed, it kept us entertained, it provided essential company.
‘It provided comfort, camaraderie, raising Britain’s morale and lifting all our spirits.
‘At momentous events, millions of us gathered around our television sets to share those moments together, in good news, bad news must-see dramas or talking point events – television truly united us.’
Countdown returns on Monday at 2.10pm on Channel 4.