Using the TV personality of Richard Whiteley to add authenticity, the program consisted of an elaborate entrapment, where petty absconders from local magistate justice were falsely invited onto a hoax gameshow, only to be arrested as soon as they stepped into the studio.
Today The Times newspaper branded the show as " a TV stunt", "cynical", "net benefit: Zero". [T2 review]
Donal Macintyre we know already, but why did Mr Whiteley endorse this pointless exercise ? Isnt he aware that much of his core audience for "Countdown" will resent the way he participated in victimising the most pathetic of the unemployed working class ?
Still, its ratings that count, so count down HIS ratings. Switch off "Countdown".
V D O'Nasty