UK TV game show Countdown has racked up an impressive score of its own, with it’s 70 th season seeing it set a new Guinness World Record title for most series broadcast for a TV game show.

The Channel 4 words and numbers game show will reach its 6,000th episode when the latest edition of the programme is broadcast later today, 32 years after it first hit the airwaves.

Current presenter Nick Hewer, maths whizz Rachel Riley and the dictionary corner's Susie Dent will be presented with an official Guinness World Records certificate to mark the achievement during this afternoon’s episode.

Commenting on the brainteasing show’s award, Hewer said it was a "huge honour" to have the programme's longevity recognised.

"Having 32 years under its belt, I am only a novice, coming up to three years on the show," he said.


"But I and the whole team are incredibly proud to be part of such a durable and intelligent format that relies on intellect rather than prize money."

Countdown was first presented by Richard Whiteley, who held the show’s hot seat for 23 years, with the show also helping to make a household name of co-host and maths problem solver Carol Vorderman.

Following Whiteley's death in 2005, Des Lynam, Des O’Connor and Jeff Stelling all had spells presenting the show.

Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday described Countdown as a "cornerstone of British popular culture".

"Its 70 series attest to its class, quality and pure entertainment value," he added.

"It's every bit a part of TV time as the cuppa itself, and I'm looking forward to its next 6,000 episodes."

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