Countdown will be looking a little different from today, with host Nick Hewer being absent for the forseeable future.
The 76-year-old presenter and former Apprentice assistant has been presenting the much loved show for 10 years of its 32-year run.
But there’s a lot of changes going on in the series, and Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner and maths whizz Rachel Riley are going to have to deal with someone new taking the reins.
Here’s what you need to know.
Why isn’t Nick presenting Countdown today?
Nick Hewer is missing from the upcoming few months of episodes as he was unable to present due to coronavirus guidelines.
At 76 years old, he was considered vulnerable to the virus, and despite rigid protocols on set, it was decided that he would need to remain shielded and safe at home.
He is being replaced by Radio Five Live host Colin Murray, who has made frequent appearances on the set as the celebrity guest in dictionary corner.
Nick gave his seal of approval to the star as filming began back in November, calling him a ‘Countdown fanatic’ and instructing him to ‘keep his seat warm’.
Is Nick leaving Countdown?
Unfortunately, yes. After temporarily stepping back due to lockdown rules, Nick announced in December that he would be leaving permanently after 10 years.
As part of his statement, he said: ‘I’ve decided it’s a good time to step down at the end of my contract in the New Year.
‘As someone in his 77th year, who will be in his 10th year hosting the great British institution that is Countdown, I think it’s time to smell the flowers and get a dog.
‘But let me now take the opportunity to say that it’s been a privilege and a pleasure to take the helm of Countdown, first broadcast back in 1982 and still a Guinness record holder.’
He will return for some new episodes at some point next year, before retiring.
Who is replacing Nick Hewer on Countdown?
Currently there is no confirmed replacement for Nick – but Carol Vorderman, who found her name as the maths whizz on the series from 1982 to 2008, has been tipped to take over.
Claire Balding (4-1), Sandi Toksvig (6-1), Ben Shephard and Davina McCall (both 8-1) are other among the contenders, with Alexander Armstrong at odds of 16-1 and Richard Osman at 25-1.
Countdown appears weekdays at 2.10pm on Channel 4.
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