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Old 02-06-2009, 00:44
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When do the semi finals start? I am looking forward too seeing Kirk again.

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Old 02-06-2009, 09:44
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When do the semi finals start? I am looking forward too seeing Kirk again.

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Not long to wait now. Series finals start next week. You'll get your Kirk fix on Thursday 11 June.
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:24
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Not long to wait now. Series finals start next week. You'll get your Kirk fix on Thursday 11 June.
Cool thanks for letting me know.

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Old 02-06-2009, 13:44
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According to

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...nd-IQ-173.html

Rachel is not married and I am sure she has said so on the show at sometime
Yes, Rachel definitely wasn’t married at the start, and has spoken about her boyfriend on the show, but I saw the ring only a couple of weeks ago.

I’m not sure when this series was filmed but we are about 3 weeks into the filming now and the show has probably already been on air at this point, meaning her boyfriend may have realised he’s going out with an upcoming TV star and decided to seal the deal.

When do the semi finals start? I am looking forward too seeing Kirk again.
Me too! He is a legend!
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Old 02-06-2009, 14:46
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Yes, Rachel definitely wasn’t married at the start, and has spoken about her boyfriend on the show, but I saw the ring only a couple of weeks ago.

I’m not sure when this series was filmed but we are about 3 weeks into the filming now and the show has probably already been on air at this point, meaning her boyfriend may have realised he’s going out with an upcoming TV star and decided to seal the deal.
You could be right I will keep watching her wedding finger!!
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Old 02-06-2009, 16:46
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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!
I agreee that it seems to be a back to basics, back to being interseting not celebtrised! which is what i think the show should be about )
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Old 08-06-2009, 14:00
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Some old news being recycled here
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...producers.html

Frankly, I'm more interested in knowing what words are available than who who thought of them.
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Old 08-06-2009, 14:04
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When do the semi finals start? I am looking forward too seeing Kirk again.

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Really? I couldn't bear him. So big-headed and pleased with himself. Okay, so he's clever.
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Old 08-06-2009, 14:40
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Really? I couldn't bear him. So big-headed and pleased with himself. Okay, so he's clever.
He is also very cute!!

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Old 08-06-2009, 15:16
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Its so much NOT better these days that I can't bear to watch those two non personalities ruining a good show.
I've tried a few times to watch it but have to switch off after a min.
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Old 08-06-2009, 19:47
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That really stretches the definition of "news" doesn't it?

Wasn't it Matthew Parris who 'blew the whistle' on the use of earpieces over a decade ago?

I think there's still a five year old audio interview on the BBC Oxford site during which Susie openly admits that Damian Eadie, the Series Producer, suggests words via the earpieces.

This just seems to be the latest of a succession of negative stories about the show (Ratings halved, Rachel can't do the sums etc). It's almost as if someone bears a grudge against the show.
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Old 08-06-2009, 20:40
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Funny how opinions vary. Some people seem to hate it now, but I love both the new presenters.

Jeff is everything a Countdown host should be: enthusiactic, interested in the guests and the game, humble and gentle, extremely witty, in control, and he plays along and sometimes gets some good words to boot.

In a way, I almost prefer him to Ricahrd Whiteley — and bear in mind I never thought I would ever say that because I always regarded Richard as perfect and irreplacable.

As for Rachel, I wouldn’t say she was perfect (yet). Compared to Carol, she still seems extremely young and inexpereinced (just like Carol was at her age). The main problem is her delivery of jokes. She actually has a great sense of humour, but obviously she is not used to being on stage and getting an audience to warm to her (why would she be?) so when she has her bit of banter with Jeff, the gags are not delivered in a way that gets a rise out of the audience. I have every confidence that she will improve in this respect.

But what Rachel does have is three very important qualities for the job: crucially, she can do the sums just as well as Carol; she is beautiful; and she has a good deal of “wholesomeness” about her — a characteristic intrinsic to the show itself and something any Countdown presenter should have in my opinion. She fits in perfectly with Suzie, and I actually think the three of them are making a great team.

I have to admit I switched off when Des L and Des O came along. The former bored me to tears, and the latter just didn’t seem to have the enthusiasm and excitement in the game that a presenter should. I always loved Carol, and couldn’t believe she was leaving, but even I am happy with the change now.
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Old 08-06-2009, 21:11
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I was listening to Rachel as she put the letters on the board today, and it struck me who her voice reminds me of. It's Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle the first time that she was trying to practise her alphabet.
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Old 08-06-2009, 21:20
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I was listening to Rachel as she put the letters on the board today, and it struck me who her voice reminds me of. It's Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle the first time that she was trying to practise her alphabet.
She sounds to me to do it just the same way Carol did. Presumably they both follow the same guidelines for pronunciation?
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Old 08-06-2009, 21:32
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That really stretches the definition of "news" doesn't it?

Wasn't it Matthew Parris who 'blew the whistle' on the use of earpieces over a decade ago?

I think there's still a five year old audio interview on the BBC Oxford site during which Susie openly admits that Damian Eadie, the Series Producer, suggests words via the earpieces.

This just seems to be the latest of a succession of negative stories about the show (Ratings halved, Rachel can't do the sums etc). It's almost as if someone bears a grudge against the show.
I agree. I wonder who might possibly have a grudge against the show? Nope, can't think of anyone...
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:40
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Some old news being recycled here
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...producers.html

Frankly, I'm more interested in knowing what words are available than who who thought of them.
It's always been an open secret that there are ear-pieces in DC, and it's not only Damien that can suggest words - I believe anyone down to the cameraman can. The whole point of DC is not to be clever, but to show what words could have been found, for interest. They are not competing with anyone, as the whole show is a competition between the two contestants.
However, as it is a 'brain' show, they categorically state that no computer system is used, and I think the fact that DC often do no better than the contestants underlines this.
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Old 09-06-2009, 21:33
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I see Dictionary Corner like newsreaders. No one thinks newsreaders are “frauds” for getting their news from an autocue! That’s not to say Susie Dent is just a presenter, but I certainly don’t have a problem with there being more than two members of Dictionary Corner.

Personally, I like to know as many words as possible. I wouldn’t really mind if Dictionary Corner consulted a computer (although they should credit the computer when they do).

I think Kirk should become part of the team and a permanent Dictionary Corner consultant (either seen or unseen). They certainly wouldn’t need a computer with him on board!
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Old 13-06-2009, 18:11
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The earpiece thing is ridiculous 'news'.

They all need to be told things like when to go to the break and how many seconds are left and when the camera is on them etc.

I don't see how they could run the show without them
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Old 15-06-2009, 15:45
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Rachel is going onto a club after the show today, if her dress is any guide.
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Old 15-06-2009, 15:58
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I'm not complaining...
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Old 15-06-2009, 16:02
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Rachel looks stunning in that dress
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Old 15-06-2009, 16:07
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She looks like a super-heroine. I suggest 'The Countess' as her nom-de-plume.
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Old 16-06-2009, 15:29
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Today are my two favourite contestants in the comp
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Old 16-06-2009, 16:18
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I hope Kirk wins tomorrow and then Jimmy Gough wins on Thursday a Kirk v Jimmy final would be great!!
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Old 17-06-2009, 22:46
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Today’s episode (Wednesday’s) was possibly the best episode of Countdown I’ve ever seen. A fantastic battle of wits. Some great words. Some extremely funny moments. A great atmosphere in the studio. And two thoroughly likeable contestants. Well done to both of them!
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