Coronation Street

Countdown fans call for former Coronation Street star to be full-time host

Coronation Street star Les Dennis has made a huge impression as the temporary host of Countdown, with some fans calling for him to take over the currently vacant role.

Dennis was confirmed as a temporary replacement last month, after Anne Robinson quit the show, but if some fans of the show were to get their way he’d be presenting on a permanent basis.

“Les Dennis is a refreshing change of host, although temporary. I wish he could stay for a long time – he’s great!” one viewer tweeted.

Another viewer added: “Les Dennis just came out of nowhere as a strong contender for permanent Countdown host. Turns up to the studio to do Dictionary Corner, is thrust into the presenter’s chair at short notice, and it’s like he’s been hosting the show for years.”

Dennis isn’t the only person who’s currently at the helm of Countdown, with BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Colin Murray also sharing presenting duties.

Like Dennis, Murray has also received a positive response online to his time on the job. “For me, @Channel4 should give Colin and Les 50% each of the season’s hosting duties and both come back for the grand finale,” one viewer suggested.

Earlier this year, previous host Anne Robinson confirmed her departure after one year presenting the show in order to spend more time with her family.

Robinson said that while she’d had “a blast” presenting the show she’d only intended it to be for a short-term basis.

“I have grandchildren, a large garden and a home in New York, all deserving more of my attention,” she added.

Countdown airs weekday afternoons on Channel 4.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.