Richard Whiteley


TV presenter Richard Whiteley has died in hospital from a heart operation.

The star of Countdown, aged 61, underwent the surgery to combat an infection that attacked a valve in his heart.

He was taken into hospital in Leeds last month suffering from pneumonia.

Whiteley had been the host of the letters and numbers gameshow since it began more than 20 years ago.

He was the first person to appear on Channel 4 when it launched on November 2, 1982.

When he was taken ill last month, he missed the first show in more than two decades.

John Richard Whiteley OBE, was born on December 28, 1943 in Bradford.

The jacket and ties he wore for Countdown had a reputation for their garishness.

Whiteley loved anecdotes and puns, which were often met by groans from other presenters and members of the audience.

He even made the big screen, in a cameo role in the Hugh Grant movie About a Boy.

The Countdown star was nicknamed "Twice Nightly Whiteley" in reference to the time when he presented Yorkshire TV's Calendar News and Countdown in the same evening.

In a self-deprecating joke, he often altered this to "Once Yearly, Nearly."

He was one of the first journalists at the scene of the 1984 Brighton bombing, having been in Brighton's Grand Hotel at the time of the explosion.

RIP I'll miss your ties and unfunny jokes. :cry:
Bloody Hell, I'm glad I've finished being a student, afternoons just wouldn't be the same without him.

RIP Richard.


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RIP mate. He was a gentleman and a real star, not a posing prat. I will miss his cheery grin on the box.
Rip Richard.

Can i have your tie collection?
Badum badum badalldeedum doooo. Times up!

RIP. :cry:

I'll always remember with admiration his composure when, with a ferret hanging onto his finger like grim death, he was told by the impassive owner "She's just playing with you. If that'd meant business, she'd have been through to the bone" :lol:

BFG 9000 : He probably would have found that funny as well.

RIP mate, one of todays better TV presenters compared to some of the droll dross we have on our screens.
Wasn't there once an episode of Countdown where he had the shows name vertically down his tie?

His microphone covered the 'O' and the 'down' was below desk height, he spent the entire show with C * N T proudly displayed :D

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