The Countdown back catalogue is as such:
- 3 regular episodes
- 4 specials
- 6.4 Masters games (32x5min of each)
One of these regular episodes had to be pulled because Covid references. The other two feature sex offenders so can't be shown (or would have to have the contestant severely pixelated, voiced by an actor, and their name bleeped from all dialogue...), one of which is from 1997 so is a) 30 mins and b) a RW episode (see below).
Everything else, other than two Stelling specials, was all presented by Richard Whiteley. There's still 2 Whiteley specials (x45mins) that we haven't seen and things may well have changed by then, because C4/Countdown has had plenty of opportunities to air them since then: it only takes one of Whiteley's family, Kathryn Apanowicz, Channel 4, Carol Vorderman, Susie Dent, or whoever, to veto them being showed, I would have thought.
On top of this, the Masters games would be horrid to slide into the schedule given they're effectively 32 5-minute episodes which wouldn't be able to be spliced together easily I would have thought, and even so would be 25 minutes in length anyway.
And of course, none of the above is in HD. Given that quite a fuss was made when I was on set about specks of dust showing up on a black shirt in HD, I imagine C4 would not like to broadcast SD programmes if they can't be upscaled (which is apparently much harder on studio videotape than it is on film).
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on Mon May 04, 2020 2:04 pm, edited 2 times in total.