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Old 10-02-2009, 16:15
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I was just watching Countdown and realise just how much better it is these days and both presenters are brilliant, especially the legendary Jeff! Rachel seems very sweet and has become used to being on TV and is now solving the numbers games with ease too.

The show had ceased to interest me with boring Des and Des also Carol Vorderman who had become too big for her boots and tried to take over after the lovely Richard had passed away!

I looked for the old thread but couldn't find it so started another to say how good Countdown now is!
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Old 10-02-2009, 16:27
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I've not had the oppertunity to watch it much since the revamp but Rachel looks like a lovely, charming girl and from what I have seen of Jeff he makes me laugh. They go well together. Neither of Des L or Des O ever really felt right for the programme and Carol's exit hasn't left the void I thought it might.
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Old 10-02-2009, 16:35
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The programme is still very much as it was; at least they didn't resort to tweaking the format and adding unnecessary gimmicks.

Jeff is much livelier than the two dour Deses, who never really looked as if they wanted to be there.

Whilst I'm sure Carol remained popular with many of the regular viewers, I think she had started to grate on a few people's nerves.
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Old 10-02-2009, 18:16
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I don't see how anyone could think this is better.

She's useless at just about everything and he's a wooden puppet.

The show is totally devoid of any character now. He just says the same thing over and over with his cheesy grin (you need a sick bag) and she treats the contestants like idiots.

Des Lynam was better!

I didn't particularly like Carol or Des O'Connor, but they had really made the show work well.
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Old 10-02-2009, 19:08
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I don't see how anyone could think this is better.

She's useless at just about everything and he's a wooden puppet.

The show is totally devoid of any character now. He just says the same thing over and over with his cheesy grin (you need a sick bag) and she treats the contestants like idiots.

Des Lynam was better!

I didn't particularly like Carol or Des O'Connor, but they had really made the show work well.
I stopped watching it when DesO was on, but have started looking forward to watching it every day again, so they must be doing something right!

PS The old thread is here
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Old 10-02-2009, 19:08
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Jeff - I am possessed by Richard Whiteley - fits in perfectly.

He is exactly the right kind of presenter for Countdown with good nature, a sharp wit and a corny line in puns. It should keep the show going for some years after it looked in danger of fizzling out.

No doubt he is on a fraction of the salary that Des O'Connor required. But at least he has his day job at Sky.

And, yes, you can see he is enjoying himself and wants to be there. That is half the challenge.
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Old 10-02-2009, 19:11
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I don't see how anyone could think this is better.

She's useless at just about everything and he's a wooden puppet.

The show is totally devoid of any character now. He just says the same thing over and over with his cheesy grin (you need a sick bag) and she treats the contestants like idiots.

Des Lynam was better!

I didn't particularly like Carol or Des O'Connor, but they had really made the show work well.
Agree with this (except for the last bit about Des) - I think he was just perfect (after the late Mr Whiteley of course)
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Old 10-02-2009, 19:34
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I love the show again! Jeff and Rachel have given it a new lease of life. The ratings are up so if you don't like it, don't watch!
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Old 10-02-2009, 19:38
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I've not had the oppertunity to watch it much since the revamp but Rachel looks like a lovely, charming girl and from what I have seen of Jeff he makes me laugh. They go well together. Neither of Des L or Des O ever really felt right for the programme and Carol's exit hasn't left the void I thought it might.
I agree.
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Old 10-02-2009, 19:40
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Jeff and Rachel are a great duo and have given Countdown the new lease of life it's needed for a while.

I thought it was time to axe it when Carol quit, but i'm glad they kept going now. The show feels so much fresher and worth watching again.
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Old 10-02-2009, 19:44
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I was just watching Countdown and realise just how much better it is these days and both presenters are brilliant, especially the legendary Jeff! Rachel seems very sweet and has become used to being on TV and is now solving the numbers games with ease too.

The show had ceased to interest me with boring Des and Des also Carol Vorderman who had become too big for her boots and tried to take over after the lovely Richard had passed away!

I looked for the old thread but couldn't find it so started another to say how good Countdown now is!

Yes it is so much better now. I didn't mind so much the 2 Des's it was Vorderman I just couldn't stand.
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Old 10-02-2009, 20:41
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No Peter Dickson voiceover to go with it?
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Old 10-02-2009, 21:27
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It does seem fresher now with Jeff at the helm. I only used to catch it on the odd occasion but now I watch it most days
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Old 10-02-2009, 21:27
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I was very worried that it was going to be 'jazzed up' with premium rate phone-ins, etc, and am very relieved they haven't done this. They probably did the right thing in starting by bringing back some familiar contestants for a 'champion of champions' run, as well of-course as keeping Susie Dent and inviting back guests who have been on before.

I didn't mind Carol at all, and the new girl doesn't have the same presence in my opinion but maybe that will come, and she seems to be doing OK. Jeff Stelling is a good host.
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Old 10-02-2009, 22:01
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I was very worried that it was going to be 'jazzed up' with premium rate phone-ins, etc, and am very relieved they haven't done this.
I was dreading that, too. Countdown is one of the only gameshows I can bear to watch because it has no "quirky" contestents and no sob stories or phone ins. If they ever included any of these aspects I would have to stop watching it and I'd feel sad if that happened. I've watched Countdown for the majority of my life on and off.
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Old 10-02-2009, 23:57
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I quite like it with Jeff and Rachel, but sadly, the memory of Richard Whitely will soon fade, now Carol's gone too, and some of the favourite words, such as 'LEOTARD', have lost their poignancy, as the new presenters don't really seem to acknowledge the history all that much.

One thing that irritates me is Suzie Dent's 'Origin of Words' bit, which I think they could do away with. It breaks up the fluency and tension of the game, in my opinion, and why does the girl never look to camera?
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:46
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I think the whole show is rushed now. You very rarely see on the board the longest word that the contestant said, which for me who is half deaf and not great with regional accents means that I dont even know what they have said to win the points.

I like Suzie Dent. She has that slept in, unkempt look that I appreciate as a busy working mum and business owner.
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:16
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I like Suzie Dent. She has that slept in, unkempt look that I appreciate as a busy working mum and business owner.
I like Suzie Dent, but for different reasons.
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:35
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I think the whole show is rushed now. You very rarely see on the board the longest word that the contestant said, which for me who is half deaf and not great with regional accents means that I dont even know what they have said to win the points.

I like Suzie Dent. She has that slept in, unkempt look that I appreciate as a busy working mum and business owner.
I can appreciate your feelings in para 1 as sometimes I have difficulty in hearing what contestants say.
You could try subtiles to see if that helps.

I have always liked Suzie
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:16
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You very rarely see on the board the longest word that the contestant said, which for me who is half deaf and not great with regional accents means that I dont even know what they have said to win the points
Do you think the subtitles might help.
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:24
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i cannot remember the last time i watched countdown
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:32
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i cannot remember the last time i watched countdown
Why not give it a go (M-F 3.25pm), then come back and let us know what you think!
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Old 11-02-2009, 13:07
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Both my husband and father-in-law have said the same thing. My father-in-law said that before it was like the "Des O'Conner and Carol Vorderman" show but now they let the contestants get on with it and they both like it much, much more. It's a pity I don't get home until 6pm and miss it.
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Old 11-02-2009, 13:10
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I've started watching it again. I just hope Rachel doesn't turn into Vorderman II (and Jeff's interaction with the guests in dictionary corner can be a bit artificial/awkward at times).
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Old 11-02-2009, 16:41
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I like it, but the tales of Strictly Come Dancing this week are getting old.
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