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Anne Robinson to become the new host of Countdown

Anne Robinson to become the new host of Countdown

Entertainment
Getty ImagesTV presenter Anne Robinson is to be the new host of Countdown, Channel 4 have confirmed.She will become the game show's first female host in its 39-year history when she replaces Nick Hewer later this year. Robinson, 76, well known for her acerbic wit on BBC quiz show The Weakest Link, said she was "beyond thrilled" to be joining Countdown. "The show is almost as old as I am and just as historic," she joked.Her appointment was announced on Monday's episode of Steph's Packed Lunch.The announcement comes after Nick Hewer confirmed in December that he would be departing Countdown after a decade in the hot seat.In a series of tweets, Hewer said coronavirus lockdown had made him reconsider his career path.Delighted to be back in the Countdown studio after another enforced lockdown, ...
Emmy Awards 2019: Countdown to ceremony begins

Emmy Awards 2019: Countdown to ceremony begins

Entertainment
Game of Thrones will have one final chance to achieve Emmy glory later as television's best and brightest prepare for this year's US awards ceremony.The fantasy epic, which came to a divisive climax earlier this year, has 14 nominations in seven categories.They include nominations for best drama series plus nods in all four of the drama series acting categories. The 32 Emmy nominations Game of Thrones received in July was the highest total for any programme in a single year.The show has already won 10 prizes at the Creative Arts Emmys held last weekend, including awards for its casting, costumes, make-up and music. If Game of Thrones adds just three more awards to that t...
Gala opens countdown to 50th anniversary of 1st moon landing

Gala opens countdown to 50th anniversary of 1st moon landing

Technology
Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. No explanation was given for Aldrin's absence from the Apollo Celebration Gala on Saturday evening. But the former astronaut is locked in a legal battle with family members who say he is suffering from mental decline. The black-tie event, held under a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center, featured a panel discussion by astronauts, an awards ceremony, and an auction of space memorabilia. Hundreds of people attended the sold-out event, including British physicist Brian Cox, who presented Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson...