September 28, 2008
Comic May Get His Turn
NORTH comedy actor Alexander Armstrong is being tipped to become the new presenter of Countdown.
Armstrong, who was born in Rothbury, Northumberland, and lived in County Durham, would replace current host Des O'Connor on the popular game show.
According to industry insiders, the 38-year-old actor is due to take a screen test in the next few weeks for Channel 4.
Countdown's chiefs hope Armstrong's racier image will appeal to younger audience and boost viewing figures for the show that was first shown in 1982.
Veterans O'Connor, 76, and Des Lynam, 66, both presented the show following the death of popular host Richard Whiteley in 2005 after heart surgery.
Armstrong, who is also famous for his Pimm's adverts, is tipped to get the role despite bigger TV names also in the running for the popular show.
Michael Palin and impressionist Rory Bremner are both understood to have turned down the offer to present the popular show.
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