The Apprentice’s Margaret Mountford to appear on Countdown

As host Nick Hewer is reunited with his former BBC1 colleague, should Lord Sugar be the next guest?


Can you solve the anagram below before Rachel Riley? That’s right! Margaret Mountford will be joining her former Apprentice colleague Nick Hewer on his other show, Countdown, as she begins a week-long stint in Dictionary Corner on Monday 16 April.


Margaret left The Apprentice at the end of series five to pursue her academic interest in ancient scrolls and Nick says he’s looking forward to exchanging a bit of high-minded banter with his erstwhile opposite number.

“Countdown is great fun, often because of the personality of the Dictionary Corner guests,” said Nick, “and the imminent arrival of my old Apprentice colleague, Margaret, promises to be the week of the year as far as I’m concerned. And for once I’ll be in charge. Let’s see how she likes that!”

“It feels wonderful and relaxed being on the Countdown set,” said Margaret. “It is fun to be with an old friend with such a dry sense of humour and nice to check up on how he’s getting on in his new career. He may think he’ll be in charge…”

Of course, the question now is, when will Lord Sugar himself be guesting on the show? He told he didn’t understand Countdown but surely, after telling candidates week in, week out, that basic arithmetic is simple, he could at least handle the numbers round? Not that we’d want to see the back of Rachel Riley (get your mind out of the gutter) but surely she deserves a holiday…?

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