Get­ting To Know… Susie Dent

Count­down’s word­smith Susie Dent makes no apolo­gies for be­ing a geek…

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● I love Count­down. I feel very priv­i­leged to have a job that I love and that I find as fas­ci­nat­ing now as I did on the first day. I still feel a surge of adren­a­line the mo­ment the clock starts to tick down.

● Ev­ery pre­sen­ter has been a wor­thy suc­ces­sor to the meis­ter that was Richard White­ley. From Des Lynam’s twinkly eye and Carol Vor­der­man’s in­fec­tious laugh­ter to Rachel Ri­ley’s mind-bend­ing maths-solv­ing and gig­gling and Nick’s mis­chief-mak­ing, they’ve been great col­leagues!

● The won­der­ful thing about Count­down is the for­mat. It’s ir­re­sistible – the au­di­ence are as keen to find the long­est word, and to crack the num­ber chal­lenge, as the con­tes­tants. Even in Cats­down [8 Out of 10 Cats Does Count­down], the au­di­ence tr y to outscore the co­me­di­ans.

● It’s hard to pick out high­lights in Dic­tionary Cor­ner, there have been so many. Jo Brand some­how man­ages to come up with a com­pletely in­vented ninelet­ter word plus a def­i­ni­tion in 30 sec­onds – plus, she shares my love of sweets. Lis­ten­ing to Ran­ulph Fi­ennes talk of his trav­els to the end of the earth makes the hairs on my arms stand up, while hear­ing Chris Pack­ham’s ef­fort­lessly ar­tic­u­late ex­pla­na­tions of the crea­tures around us is a joy. In truth, though, I re­alise my def­i­ni­tion of favourite is a lit­tle like Bru­cie’s, who used to say to ev­ery­one, ‘You’re my favourite!’

Count­down is on Chan­nel 4 week­days at 2.10pm.

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