Countdown switch up due to Covid sees Les Dennis make his debut with ex Corrie co-star

Les Dennis made his Countdown hosting debut earlier this afternoon, reuniting with Daniel Brocklebank, a former Coronation Street co-star, in the unexpected role.

Les, 68, took over hosting duties for a few episodes of the Channel 4 game show that are set to air this month, temporarily replacing Colin Murray, 45.

Les said on the program earlier: “I was scheduled to be over in “Dictionary Corner” today, but regrettably [Colin] has been afflicted by the deadly Covid, so he needs to remain home and isolate.”

This left a position open to work with Susie Dent, 57, in “Dictionary Corner,” so Daniel, 42, filled it. He then stepped in to take over as host.

Daniel, who is best known for his role as Billy Mayhew on the ITV serial, previously confirmed his participation on Instagram by posting a picture of his name on a dressing room door.

“I’m incredibly thrilled to inform that today starts my guest appearances on Countdown in dictionary corner with the brilliant Susie Dent and my pal Les Dennis presenting,” he said in a message to his supporters.

Les made his ITV soap opera debut as Michael Rodwell in 2014, the same year the actor joined Coronation Street. Before Les’ departure in 2016, they were co-stars.

After being presented on Countdown, Daniel made a reference to his vicar character Billy, saying: “I’m praying God is on my side today because I haven’t got a clue either.”

Les had said: “I was supposed to be in ‘Dictionary Corner,’ so not only am I here by accident, but my friend […] Daniel Brocklebank is joining us at the last minute [in that guest role].”

Colin, who has been hosting the program since Anne Robinson, 77, announced her resignation, hailed his stand-in earlier this afternoon while he was out.

As he tweeted: “I won’t be around for a few weeks due to a recent case of Covid, but stay tuned. The episodes are fantastic, and [Les] and Jenny Eclair intervened like legends.”

Every day at 2.10pm on Channel 4, Countdown is broadcast. All4 offers access to earlier episodes of the program.

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