Nick Hewer- Countdown’s New Host

January 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Countdown has become a television institute having entertained the nation with conundrums and teatime teasers for the last 30 years. Although I’m not a frequent viewer, it’s a show which I love to get stuck into when I do get the chance, and I know that it is a firm favourite with our customers.

In the past, notably during Richard Whiteley’s reign, the Bath-Knight television advertising campaign saw record breaking responses with customers calling with enquiries having seen our adverts in between their favourite day time TV show Countdown.

Nick hewer Countdown

On the first show of 2012- the year which Countdown celebrates its 30th birthday- I tuned in to see how new recruit, and my favourite sidekick of Lord Sugar, Nick Hewer got on during his first day as Countdown host- notebooks and thinking caps at the ready!

The role which was originally held by the late Richard Whitely has become somewhat of an honour to behold. Since Richard’s death a number of different people have taken the reigns including Des O’Connor and more recently Jeff Steeling. All of whom have offering something unique to the show.

Richard Whiteley and Carol Voderman

Now is the turn of 67 year old Nick Hewer, a onetime PR guru who is one of Lord Alan Sugar’s most treasured business aids and close friend. A television favourite of mine (I’m a big fan of The Apprentice) I thought that Nick did an exceptional job and will become a very welcomed member of the Countdown team.

A true gentleman he paid a respectable tribute to Richard Whiteley and the hosts who have gone before him, before settling into the chair to host his first ever presenting job. Enthusiastic, witty and above all extremely likable, Nick fits the bill perfectly.

Nick Hewer Countdown 2

True to his persona on The Apprentice Nick was, as always, armed with his animated facial expressions. Calm and extremely distinctive he was also complementary and kind. Congratulating the breath-taking speed at which young contestant Jack Worsley worked to win his victory on the show. Cracking the conundrum in only a second we barely heard the iconic tick-tock of the Countdown clock.

A very wise man indeed Nick is a real joy to watch. Having struck an immediate rapport with his Countdown colleagues, Suzie Dent and Rachel Riley, Nick seems very much at home on Countdown, which means there is only one thing left to say… Nick, you’re hired!

Catch up with Countdown on Channel 4OD now – click here for link.

Jamie’s Christmas with Bells On

December 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A real foodie at heart I adore cooking programmes especially around Christmas time. Last night I was treated to the delightful Jamie Oliver, whose latest series is a Christmas special cheekily titled ‘Jamie’s Christmas with Bells On’.

Jamie's Christmas with bells on helpers

Although I’m sure many of you already have your Christmas lunch set, the show had some wonderful new ideas along with old favourites which are guaranteed to go down a treat. Perfect if you’re looking for something a little different to liven up Sunday’s feast.

Jamie’s seafood platter looked divine, a brilliant alternative to the classic prawn cocktail, and a dish which I am definitely planning on making in the New Year. However, the Turkey Chowder featured on last night’s show looked amazing and was possibly my favourite (if only we had smelly-vision). Brilliantly easy to make this could well be the perfect recipe for Boxing Day lunch.


Jamie is his usual chirpy self and is joined by a host of great little helpers making the show a bundle of festive fun. If you missed it get inspired to make all of Jamie’s recipes including party favourites, which everyone will enjoy by checking out the recipes online now or watching Jamie’s Christmas with Bells On via 4OD.

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