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Richard Whiteley, the presenter of Channel 4’s Countdown, has died aged 61, Channel 4 have announced. I have watched Countdown for many years, and no-one who watches regularly can have failed to warm to the presenter’s unique style and sense of humour.

There’s a full obituary over on the BBC website.

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Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 13:40 on 27th June 2005.

Anna Pickard has written the most lovely tribute to Richard Whiteley I’ve read so far, not least because we shared the same kind of relationship with Richard, growing up with him as the King of Countdown. Far more beautiful and meaningful than all of the formal obituaries that have been put out today.


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