• It’s nice to have it back. There’s something rather bare about Channel 4 daytime without Countdown. It’s like a living room missing a well worn favourite sofa.
• There was a nice tribute to Richard Whiteley without going over the top.
• It’s great to see Des Lynam back hosting a regular TV show, just a shame about the circumstances. But there was no change other than the host. The charm of Countdown is it’s simplicity.
• We liked the way Des made out he was still learning the rules, a clever way to explain them again to any new viewers.
• Nice banter between Des and Dictionary Corner guest Martin Jarvis. The old friends bounced off each other well.
• We were very pleased to get a seven letter word (Staples) when the returning champion could only get a six (plasma). And we got Bromide when the contestants only got Formed and Morbid.
• Des’s years of sports presenting kept coming to the fore when he kept talking about the score and how one contestant had just nipped into the lead or had come back from behind.
• A good close game to start off the new series with neither contestant managing to get a big lead until the end.
• We do miss Richard Whiteley. He was always going to be a tough act to follow for Des Lynam. Richard was like everyone’s favourite bumbling uncle and we miss his bad puns and flirting with Carol.
• Carol Vorderman seems to be getting more and more fussy and excitable. Does she have to comment on every letter?
• A little too much sycophancy at the beginning with Des fawning over Susie Dent and Martin Jarvis and receiving compliments in return.
The into-the-break yarn by Martin Jarvis. Far too long and barely raised a titter with the gathered masses.
• It can be so disheartening when we are quite happy with our five- letter word when one of the contestants declares an eight.
The contestant choosing six small numbers and getting a target of 820. It may be ok for him but us sat at home struggled with it.