Nick Hewer to host Countdown

Nick Hewer has been named as the new host of 'Countdown' and will take over from current presenter Jeff Stelling next month

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Nick Hewer

Nick Hewer

Nick Hewer has been named as the new host of 'Countdown'.

The 'Apprentice' sidekick - who has worked as a PR advisor to Lord Alan Sugar for more than 20 years - will take over from current presenter Jeff Stelling and join maths whizz Rachel Riley on the Channel 4 afternoon quiz show next month, with his first scenes to air on January 9.

A Channel 4 spokesperson told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "We are absolutely delighted to have Nick on board. He is such a fantastic character and has a huge fan base so he'll make a great addition to the team."

Meanwhile, to commemorate the broadcaster's 30th anniversary next year, a number of stars will be swapping shows for a one-off 'Channel 4 Mash Up' programme, which will air in January.

Comedian Jimmy Carr will take the reins on 'Countdown' with his '8 Out Of 10' sidekicks Jon Richardson and Sean Lock sitting in as contestants, while Alan Carr will take over from Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp for a special episode of 'Location, Location, Location', which will see him attempt to find a new pad for a single woman.

Elsewhere, Phil will replace Davina McCall as host of 'Million Pound Drop', while she takes part in the general knowledge quiz herself.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "We've kicked around a load of ideas about what to do to mark the 30th anniversary and this is one that will use all our best-known faces in a quirky way.

"The emphasis will be on comedy but there will be some serious moments - like when Alan has to get tough to sort out a house price deal.

"Sean and Jon are both good wordsmiths so they will no doubt be getting quite competitive on 'Countdown'."

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