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Anne-agram First look at Anne Robinson in hosting role as women take over Countdown

The former Weakest Link presenter will join the Countdown line-up from June 28


Anne Robinson in Countdown

Anne Robinson in Countdown

Anne Robinson in Countdown

Channel 4 has given a first look as Anne Robinson takes on her new role as Countdown host.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the 76-year-old would replace Nick Hewer as the first female host in the show’s history.

The former Weakest Link presenter will join maths whiz Rachel Riley and wordsmith Susie Dent every weekday at 2.10pm from Monday, June 28.

Speaking about her new role, Anne, who will become Countdown’s sixth host since it began airing in 1982, said: “Three girls do Countdown - who wouldn't want to watch?”

Numbers expert Rachel Riley said that the show has become “very lively” since Anne joined the team.

The 35-year-old said: “It’s been really fun watching Anne very quickly find her feet in the Countdown studio and seeing the contestants in the new groove with her.

“She’s not shy of asking them funny questions and the responses have ranged from going into their own comedy routines to not looking directly at her and hoping she doesn’t see them - it’s been very lively!”

Dictionary Corner occupant and resident lexicographer Susie Dent added: “I’m so pleased to be able to work with Anne again.

“She has been a heroine of mine ever since she gently rescued me from an embarrassing moment on my first bit of live TV. With her flair and wit, she’s going to be a wonderful addition to the Countdown team.”

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