Although this was actually filmed 2 or 3 weeks back, tonight see's Carol Vorderman's last ever appearance on Countdown after 26 years, she was 21 when she started the show.
Countdown was the first programme to be broadcast on Channel 4 back in 1982, it aired at 4:45pm.
The very first letters game produced this selection of consonants and vowels - T, N, E, M, A, R, H, I, B. The two contestants came up with two seven-letter words, "raiment" and "minaret".
Jeff Stelling and Oxford maths graduate Rachel Riley, aged 22 (above) take over from Carol Vorderman and host Des O'Connor for the new series.