Re: Countdown Random YouTube surfing threw this up. Remember how Channel 4 tried to emphasise how quaint, "terribly posh", and, well, dull, Countdown was when it started? Well, turns out that at the same time it was finding its feet, De Chiffres et des Lettres was even worse than that. I used to think UKGameshows was being typically 'Britain hates France for no particular reason' levels of nasty when it said "Based on the French original Des Chiffres et des Lettres, which has been running for 40+ years. Can't understand why, because it's slow and boring". But now... maybe they had a point.
Remember, folks, you could be watching the World Paint Drying Championships on the other side.
Since I first started watching episodes when we first got Sky back in my teens, it has been much more interesting. Funny what a few computers and a lick of paint can do for a show's image.
Re: Countdown How did this ever last beyond one episode!? And how come they have a proper numbers board (love the speed she puts them up at) but the letters are done with small cards on a table. You're just watching people play a board game version. In silence.
You could make a more interesting version yourself at home... As I have, with Monkeee
The best bit about the whole thing is the granny at 4:06 in the first video.
Re: Countdown La Cible had everything: an intro that was a bit like Going for Gold, the host of Fort Boyard, an endgame that was really tricky and had cool music, and for no reason, a giant spinny camera on a plinth.
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