Armstrong, Wogan and Fry among favourites for Countdown hot seat

Bookies favour comedian to replace Jeff Stelling but also hint at the show's first female host

Bookmakers William Hill is making Alexander Armstrong – one half of comedy duo Armstrong & Miller – the favourite to replace Jeff Stelling as the next host of Countdown when he steps down at the end of the year.


Armstrong, who has experience hosting BBC2 daytime quiz show Pointless, boasts odds of 3/1, ahead of Christopher Biggins and Richard Digance, both at 5/1, but William Hill says Jonathan Maitland (7/1), Jo Brand (10/1) and Richard Madeley (14/1) have attracted the early money.

The bookie is also offering odds on potential female presenters Liza Tarbuck (8/1) and Fern Britton (16/1), as well as Countdown’s keeper of Dictionary Corner Susie Dent (20/1) and the show’s former maths guru Carol Vorderman (25/1).

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said, “Alexander Armstrong will be the obvious choice should Channel 4 not want to go through the interview process again but the shrewd money is suggesting that we could have a female host for the most iconic of afternoon programmes.”


Meanwhile, Ladbrokes are making Terry Wogan their early favourite at 3/1, with Stephen Fry on 4/1 and Armstrong neck and neck with David Mitchell at 5/1.