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Countdown is a British game show currently (March 2008) presented by Des O'Connor and Carol Vorderman. It was the first programme aired on Channel 4, and over fifty series have been broadcast since its debut on 2 November 1982. With over 4,000 episodes, it is one of the longest-running game shows in the world. The programme was presented by Richard Whiteley for over twenty years, until his death in 2005. His position was taken over by Des Lynam, who retired from the show in December 22, 2006 and was replaced by Des O'Connor on January 2, 2007. A celebrity guest features in every programme, and provides a brief interlude before the first advertisement break.
The two contestants in each episode compete in three disciplines: eleven letters rounds, in which the contestants attempt to make the longest word from nine randomly chosen letters; three numbers rounds, in which the contestants must use arithmetic to make a random target number from six other numbers; and the conundrum, a buzzer round in which the contestants try to be first to solve a nine-letter anagram. During the series heats, the winning contestant returns the next day until he or she loses or has accumulated eight wins. The best contestants are invited back for the series finals, which are decided in knockout format. Contestants of exceptional skill have received national media coverage, and the programme as a whole is widely recognised and parodied within British culture.
Above taken from Wikipedia.
Before the break they have the 'play along at home' anagram. If you want a stab at it you'll have to pause - where the ads have been cut it goes from the anagram to the solution in about 6 seconds.
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