Countdown’s Anne Robinson looked totally different when she appeared in 1987


Former Weaker Link presenter Anne Robinson is the new host of Countdown, but this isn’t the first time she has appeared on the iconic Channel 4 show

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A look back at the first appearance of Anne Robinson’s Countdown

Countdown viewers were treated to an epic comeback from Anne Robinson’s very first appearance on the series in 1987.

The 76-year-old TV star took over from Nick Hewer as host of the iconic Channel 4 series.

In a teaser to mark her countdown debut this afternoon, Anne poked fun at herself with a red 1980s hairstyle that she describes as “very Bay City Rollers.”

“Yes, this is not my first appearance,” she told viewers. “If you’re trying to figure it out, it was 1987 and the clue was my hairstyle.

“Rolls of Bay City, very rolls of Bay City.”

Anne Robinson joked that her ’80s hairstyle was “very Bay City Rollers”.

The clip then switches to Anne’s new co-star Rachel Riley, with Anne telling her, “I think you were about a year old when you were?”

“You’ve practiced your math, haven’t you! Rachel replies.

In the clip, Anne was seen making an appearance on the show alongside original host Richard Whiteley.

Anne was already a familiar face on television by this time, having appeared on BBC’s Question Time and Morning Show Breakfast Time, as well as hosting Points of View.

Anne follows in the footsteps of iconic countdown host Richard Whiteley.

Former Weakest Link star Anne is Countdown’s first female host in the show’s 39-year history.

His predecessors include Richard, who hosted the show from 1982 until his death in 2005 at the age of 61.

Des Lynam and Des O’Connor before Nick Hewer took over in 2012 are other famous names to have helmed the series.

Anne Robinson with new Countdown co-stars Rachel Riley and Susie Dent.

Anne joins show regulars Rachel Riley and Susie Dent – but it remains to be seen if she will be as sharp as her weak link days.

One of the things she hopes to bring to the new series is more contenders.

“It seemed to me that the majority of the candidates were men,” Anne told the Daily Star.

“I said ‘You have to persuade the women to come.’ This is something that I begged them [Countdown] made over.

“We now have a lot more candidates.

“I suspect women don’t automatically think they’re brilliant at something. Whereas men do, even if they haven’t a clue what they’re doing. “


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