George Clooney and Bill Murray are big fans of Channel 4 gameshow Countdown

Hollywood stars George Clooney and Bill Murray are big fans of Channel 4 gameshow Countdown

George Clooney and Bill Murray are big fans of the Channel 4 gameshow Countdown, according to resident lexicographer Susie Dent.

The TV adjudicator, 58, claimed the Hollywood actors both love to tune into the British staple, on which she has appeared since 1992.

She told Metro‘Richard [Whiteley] always reminded us that the Queen and Queen Mother enjoyed watching us. George Clooney and Bill Murray apparently also tune in.’

Surprise: George Clooney (pictured) and Bill Murray are big fans of the Channel 4 gameshow Countdown, according to resident lexicographer Susie Dent

Pictured: Bill is seen 2019

Surprise: George Clooney (left) and Bill Murray (right) are big fans of the Channel 4 gameshow Countdown, according to resident lexicographer Susie Dent

Her co-star Rachel Riley admitted she would love to see former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in Dictionary Corner one day.

She said: ‘I’m a massive Manchester United fan so there would be no one better than Sir Alex Ferguson. I know he watches.’

It comes after Colin Murray was named the new permanent host of Countdown after acting as its ‘caretaker’ for the past half-year.

The TV star, 45, has fronted the long-running game show since Anne Robinson stepped down last summer.

Staying put: It comes after Colin Murray was named the new permanent host of Countdown after acting as its 'caretaker' for the past half-year

Staying put: It comes after Colin Murray was named the new permanent host of Countdown after acting as its ‘caretaker’ for the past half-year

The news was announced on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Wednesday, with Colin admitting ‘it’s a career dream.’ 

Channel 4’s head of daytime and features, Jo Street, said the broadcaster had ‘listened to the fans’ and decided to keep him on as its ‘permanent host’.

Before joining Countdown full-time, the presenter appeared in its Dictionary Corner.

He then stood in for Nick Hewer as host during the second coronavirus lockdown in England as Hewer, now 78, was unable to travel to the set.

The TV adjudicator, 58, claimed the Hollywood actors both love to tune into the British staple, on which she has appeared since 199

Wow! The TV adjudicator, 58, claimed the Hollywood actors both love to tune into the British staple, on which she has appeared since 1992

Colin returned to Countdown as host in July 2022 following Robinson’s departure. Anne, 78, joined the show in 2021 and became the first main female presenter.

After the news was announced Colin said: ‘It’s a career dream to be named as permanent anchor of one of television’s most iconic programmes.

‘I have been a fan since day one, been part of the family for over a decade, appearing on Dictionary Corner, and now I get the honour of guiding it into a fifth decade. However, I don’t just want Countdown to survive, I want it to thrive.

‘During my caretaker stint we’ve seen more people tune back in, with close to a million (900,000) watching the series final in December, and I want that to just be the beginning.

‘Countdown is a special show, and its stars will always be the letters and the numbers, but it’s more than that.

‘Great afternoon company for people of all ages from all across the UK.’

Colin said he, Rachel and Susie are ‘very excited for the year ahead’, adding: ‘If you haven’t watched in a while, drop by and join us. Everyone is welcome.’

Fingers crossed! Her co-star Rachel Riley admitted she would love to see former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in Dictionary Corner one day

Fingers crossed! Her co-star Rachel Riley admitted she would love to see former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in Dictionary Corner one day

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