WHEN TV frontmen are metaphorically bottled off the screen, it's usually either for being patronising or being too clever by half. Only...
IT COULD never happen today.
THAT FAMOUS theme tune was called "Impending Menace"
"AND AS THE COUNTDOWN to a brand new channel ends, so a new Countdown begins..."
YET MORE sleep-inducing sophistry for a Sunday morning
ALAN COREN in a mauve blazer dribbles at the mouth over triple word scores.
BEND AN EAR TO perhaps the most deceptive theme tune ever.
"WATCH CAREFULLY," intoned ANNEKA RICE
OMNIPOTENT CHILDREN'S odds-and-sods odyssey
WILLIAM G STEWART moved seamlessly from ITV sitcom producer and PRICE IS RIGHT pink tracksuit-wearing warm-up ubergrupenfuehrer to high spec quizmaster on...
UNASHAMEDLY TACKY science-is-fun endeavour
THE SO YOU THINK... format had been running on and off (mostly off) on the Beeb since 1965's So You Think You...