ACCOUNTANT Chris Marshall is counting on the figures adding up today when he appears on Countdown.
The 30-year-old will appear on the Channel 4 game show for the first time – but he’s sworn to secrecy about how well he did.
Chris, of Brighouse, who works at the Wheawill and Sudworth accountants at Westgate, Huddersfield, said: “I’d always watched the show when I was younger and got back into it recently and decided I’d apply and have a go myself.”
Chris auditioned twice and recorded the show in May at Countdown’s TV studio in Manchester.
Nick Hewer, who is Lord Alan Sugar’s sidekick on The Apprentice, has taken over as its new host along with Rachel Riley.
“Nick and Rachel were really nice, the whole cast and crew were friendly and welcoming,” Chris added.
“It’s filmed as live, they don’t cut much from it, so it’s quick fast-paced.
“I knew the maths round would be my strength, but I practiced the word rounds by watching the show and playing along before.
“I haven’t seen the show, I’ll watch it as everyone else does on Wednesday.
“It was a really good experience.”
Chris can’t say if he gets through to the next show, but see him on the Channel 4 show today at 3.10pm.
The show was based on a French show Des Chiffres et des Lettres
It was the first show on Channel 4, airing on November 2, 1982.
The original presenter was Richard Whiteley, famous for his flamboyant jackets and ties.
He did more than 20 years before his death in 2005.
The show made a household name of his co-host, Carol Vorderman.
Other presenters included Des Lynam, Des O’Connor and Jeff Stelling.