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Follows 

Calendar Countdown (1982) (TV Series)

Version of 

Des chiffres et des lettres (1972) (TV Series)
version of same show concept from different country
Cifras y letras (1991) (TV Series)
version of same show concept from different country
Letters and Numbers (2010) (TV Series)
version of same show concept from different country

Remake of 

Des chiffres et des lettres (1972) (TV Series)

Spun-off from 

Calendar (1968) (TV Series)
Was originally a segment of "Calendar" called "Calendar Countdown" before Channel 4 gave it its own show

Spin-off 

Countdown: Championship of Champions (1984) (TV Series)
Spin-off tournament for previous champions.
Countdown Masters (1989) (TV Series)
Celebrity Countdown (1998) (TV Series)
Countdown Game (2006) (Video Game)
Countdown: The Game (2009) (Video Game)

Referenced in 

Cluedo: And Then There Were Nuns (1992) (TV Episode)
Title referenced during Carol Vorderman's introduction
Comic Timing: That Nice Mrs. Merton (1993) (TV Episode)
Mrs. Merton says that the audience don't know where they are and think they're in Countdown.
Victoria Wood: Live in Your Own Home (1994) (TV Special)
One of the jokes references letter selections
TFI Friday: Episode #1.6 (1996) (TV Episode)
Jo mentions that she's a big fan of the show.
The Fast Show: Cinc-cinci-cinquenta-cinquanta-chanco-chaucachauca-cinquento-pentos (1996) (TV Episode)
Colin asks a question and says "Come, on 30 seconds" then immitates the famous music that plays in this show when people have 30 seconds to asnwer a question.
Father Ted: Old Grey Whistle Theft (1996) (TV Episode)
Dougal dreams he's on this gameshow. We hear him saying phrases from the show and talking to the presenters.
Game On: Bruce Willis & Robert De Niro Holding a Fish (1996) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Asylum: Episode #1.5 (1996) (TV Episode)
Martha watches this show believing she'll get messages from aliens.
500 Bus Stops (1997) (TV Mini-Series)
The Vicar of Dibley: Celebrity Vicar (1998) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Frank.
Jack and the Beanstalk (1998) (TV Movie)
The Fast Show Live (1998) (Video)
Have I Got News for You: Episode #18.5 (1999) (TV Episode)
Paul Merton suggested that the music should be used as the theme to take us into the next election
Room 101: Episode #5.3 (2000) (TV Episode)
Bill Bailey criticizes the theme tune
The Office: The Quiz (2001) (TV Episode)
Dialog when the professor is referred to.
At Home with the Braithwaites: Episode #3.5 (2002) (TV Episode)
Charlotte walks away from her mother's nagging, saying "I'm missing Countdown" and then the clock music is heard
Still Game: Scones (2002) (TV Episode)
Isa looks forward to enjoying the 'Bella' article on Richard Whiteley.
The Very Best of 'Have I Got News for You' (2002) (Video)
Paul Merton refers to Richard Whitely as a popular quiz show host
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do (2003) (TV Special)
Referenced in connection with Carol Vorderman
25 Years of Smash Hits (2003) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Abs.
Little Britain: Bath of Beans (2003) (TV Episode)
Ray McCooney plays the famous "Time up" jingle from this gameshow on his flute.
Richard Whiteley: Television Man (2003) (TV Movie)
Documentary references Whiteley's career on Countdown
Five Children and It (2004)
It hums the Countdown theme tune whilst waiting for the children to make a wish.
QI: Bears (2004) (TV Episode)
The contestants were making words out of magnets on a board, and Jimmy Carr joked that the anagrams had been on Countdown.
Not Only But Always (2004) (TV Movie)
Peter is shown playing "Countdown" with his Asian girlfriend
10:96: Training Night (2005) (TV Movie)
The two main characters are thinking of things associated with the number plates they see, CTD=Countdown.
Doctor Who: Bad Wolf (2005) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Big Brother housemate Lynda. She explains to the Doctor that contestants got 30 seconds to stop a bomb from going off.
The Kumars at No. 42: Episode #6.4 (2005) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Mr Countdown: A Tribute to Richard Whiteley (2005) (TV Movie)
Documentary is about Richard Whiteley on the show
Alan Meets Roger Daltrey (2005) (Video)
Alan imitates the theme tune
Have I Got News for You: Episode #31.6 (2006) (TV Episode)
The last few notes of the clock theme were played during the picture rounds, and there was also a spoof numbers round.
TV's 50 Greatest Stars (2006) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Have I Got News for You: Episode #32.2 (2006) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
University Challenge: The Story So Far (2006) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2006) (TV Special)
Referenced by name
Hitler: The Comedy Years (2007) (TV Movie)
A version of the theme tune is used
Doctor Who: Last of the Time Lords (2007) (TV Episode)
Professor Docherty mentions missing Countdown, which she says has not been the same since Des took over, though she amends this to "Both Deses." This alludes to Des Lynam and Des O'Connor hosting the show after the death of Richard Whiteley in 2005.
The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz (2007) (TV Special)
Referenced by name
Have I Got News for You: Episode #36.2 (2008) (TV Episode)
Paul and Ian spent the entire showing teasing Alexander Armstrong about rumours he will be hosting "Countdown"
Screenwipe: Episode #5.2 (2008) (TV Episode)
Brooker calls Carol Vorderman a "consonant, vowel, consonant, consonant" in reference to her role on this gameshow.
Countdown: One Last Consonant Please, Carol (2008) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Have I Got News for You: Episode #37.8 (2009) (TV Episode)
Lee Mack asks a question about controversy on the show.
Would I Lie to You?: Episode #3.1 (2009) (TV Episode)
Carol Vorderman told a story about her own little game which she used to play while the clock was ticking round.
Southern Softies (2009)
John talks about his learning the interviewing technique of "noddies", and says that Richard Whiteley used to use it on Countdown.
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2010) (TV Special)
Referenced by name
Granada Reports: 23 February 2010: Evening Bulletin (2010) (TV Episode)
Some behind-the-scenes shots of the studio as Clarke Carlisle talks about his upcoming appearance as a contestant.
TV Burp: Episode #9.22 (2010) (TV Episode)
A clip from Emmerdale of a woman rearranging fridge magnets to make words was overdubbed with the Countdown clock music and a comment about her doing a Carol Vorderman impression
Have I Got News for You: Episode #39.5 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jo Brand suggests that Lembit Opik could appear on the show's dictionary corner.
The Happiness Salesman (2010) (Short)
Karen mentions that she wants to watch the show in half an hour
Coronation Street: The Big 50 (2010) (TV Special)
A sketch is shown in which Norris Cole and Mary Taylor appear on "Countdown"
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2011) (TV Special)
Referenced by name
Celebrity Juice: Episode #5.6 (2011) (TV Episode)
When Holly makes an arithmetical error, Rufus jokes that she was turned down for the Countdown job
This Is England '88: Episode #1.2 (2011) (TV Episode)
When Smell catches Shaun doing something, he makes the excuse of "the woman off Countdown"
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (2012) (TV Series)
The show is a crossover between "Countdown" and "8 Out of 10 Cats"
EastEnders: Episode dated 16 February 2012 (2012) (TV Episode)
Shirley mentions the conundrum
Rude Tube: Utter Fails (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Alex.
Scott & Bailey: Episode #3.6 (2013) (TV Episode)
An episode broadcasting in the background is used to put a date to an assault
Top Gear: Episode #20.1 (2013) (TV Episode)
Show mentioned when Rachel appears
Coronation Street: Episode #1.8409 (2014) (TV Episode)
Owen imitates the show's clock.
Uncle: Episode #2.2 (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Roly
World Championship Snooker: 2015: Day 13, Part 1 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the celebrity frame with Nick Hewer.
Coronation Street: Episode #1.8719 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mary.
You, Me and the Apocalypse: What Happens to Idiots (2015) (TV Episode)
Having deciphered Ariel's anagram, Dave boasts that all his years of watching the show finally paid off.
Football Focus: Episode dated 5 March 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Dan when introducing Rachel Riley.
Witless: Episode #1.3 (2016) (TV Episode)
Jackie calls Rhona "Dictionary Corner".
Who's Doing the Dishes?: Charlotte Hawkins (2016) (TV Episode)
One of the contestants mentions the show.
Who's Doing the Dishes?: Edele Lynch (2016) (TV Episode)
The show's theme song is played.
Who's Doing the Dishes?: Debbie McGee (2016) (TV Episode)
One of the contestants references the show.
The Grand Tour: The Holy Trinity (2016) (TV Episode)
show mentioned during Carol Vorderman introduction
Uncle: Father's Day (2017) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Andy
Uncle: Bringing Sexy Back (2017) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Errol
The British Masters: Liam Gallagher (2017) (TV Episode)
Liam mentions that he was asked to be a guest on Countdown.
The Question Jury: Episode #2.8 (2017) (TV Episode)
Correct answer.
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 4 August 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced during Rachel Riley's interview.
Cash Trapped: Episode #2.10 (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced.
Cash Trapped: Episode #2.13 (2017) (TV Episode)
Incorrect answer.
Cannonball: Episode #1.1 (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Freddie.
I'm a Celebrity... Extra Camp: Episode #2.5 (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced.
I'm a Celebrity... Extra Camp: Episode #2.6 (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Scarlett.
I'm a Celebrity... Extra Camp: Episode #2.8 (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced.
Zoe Ball on ...: Sunday 9 (2018) (TV Episode)
Courtney Act has recently seen the show for the first time.
Wiwibloggs: Eurovision 2018: Misheard lyrics (2018) (TV Episode)
Referenced by William and Deban.
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 12 July 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Richard Arnold.
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 5 February 2019 (2019) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kirsty McManus.
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 27 February 2019 (2019) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Dickie.
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 16 May 2019 (2019) (TV Episode)
Mentioned.
Granada Reports: 28 May 2019: Evening Bulletin (2019) (TV Episode)
Discussed during Elliott's interview.
I'm a Celebrity... Extra Camp: Episode #4.3 (2019) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Adam.

Featured in 

Jim'll Fix It: Episode #17.4 (1991) (TV Episode)
One of the "fix its" was about this show
Faking It (1999) (TV Short)
100 Greatest TV Moments from Hell (2000) (TV Special)
A Tribute to Countdown: 3000 and Counting (2001) (TV Special)
Documentary on the programme
TV's Finest Failures (2001) (TV Short)
Bill Bailey: Bewilderness (2001) (Video)
About a Boy (2002)
Will (Hugh Grant) is seen watching the show on more than one occasion.
Richard Whiteley: Television Man (2003) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
TV's Naughtiest Blunders: All New TV's Naughtiest Blunders 21 (2004) (TV Episode)
Clip shown of Richard Whiteley talking about Dicks
Mr Countdown: A Tribute to Richard Whiteley (2005) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Screenwipe: Screenwipe USA (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
TV's 50 Greatest Stars (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
All the Best from Denis Norden (2007) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz (2007) (TV Special)
A clip is shown
Screenwipe: Review of the Year 2007 (2007) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
Countdown: One Last Consonant Please, Carol (2008) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
TV Burp: Episode #9.4 (2009) (TV Episode)
Clip of Knitted Character sitting on Rachel's chair
Celebrity Big Brother: Episode #7.11 (2010) (TV Episode)
Five of the housemates, Heidi Fleiss, Dane Bowers, Vinnie Jones, Alex Reid and Stephen Baldwin, had to beat Series 61 champion Chris Davies in a five-round game of Countdown live from the studio
Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.132 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Everyday (2012)
The kids are watching Episode 4566, originally broadcast on 27 March 2008
Rude Tube: WTF?!? (2013) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
Gogglebox: Episode #2.10 (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Come on Down! The Game Show Story: Episode #1.4 (2014) (TV Episode)
Clips seen and discussed
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Shown on a TV in a hospital room.
Britain's Favourite Game Shows (2019) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed
Granada Reports: 28 May 2019: Evening Bulletin (2019) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
TV's Greatest Game Shows (2019) (TV Special)
Clips seen and discussed

Spoofed in 

Dead Ringers: Christmas Special 2005 (2005) (TV Episode)
Sketch featuring Des Lynam, Carol Vorderman and Martin Jarvis on the show
Dead Ringers: Episode #6.3 (2006) (TV Episode)
Imagines a spin-off show on e4 called "Countdown Extra" with Justin Lee Collins
That Mitchell and Webb Look: Episode #1.3 (2006) (TV Episode)
Gyles Brandreth features on "Numberwang" in a section called "Number Corner".
The Kevin Bishop Show: Episode #1.1 (2008) (TV Episode)
"Countdown USA"
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (2008) (TV Movie)
Parodied in the "Quiz of Quizzes" round
The IT Crowd: The Final Countdown (2010) (TV Episode)
Moss becomes the show's champion which allows him to join a secret elite club of Countdown winners and has a beaf with one of them which ends with a face off in the street version of Countdown.
Britain's Got More Talent: Episode #12.7 (2018) (TV Episode)
Russell and Bobby play Countdown in "Celebrities Playing Games Live!".

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