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'8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown' ordered for full series by Channel 4

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Channel 4 has commissioned a full series of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Jimmy Carr will host the mash-up comedy quiz, while regular team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson will take on the words and numbers game.

Jimmy Carr doing the Vulcan Salute during an episode of '8 Out Of 10 Cats'  in December 2010

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Jimmy Carr

Rachel Riley at the Chortle Comedy Awards at Floridita, London

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Rachel Riley



Sarah Millican, Jason Manford, Jack Dee and Rhod Gilbert will be among the celebrity guests for the summer programme.

Countdown's dictionary corner specialist Susie Dent will appear with a different guest each episode.

Mathematician Rachel Riley will also take part in her usual Countdown role, along with her assistant Joe Wilkinson.

The 8 Out of 10 Cats 'mash-up' specials previously aired on Channel 4 in January 2012.

Entertainment Commissioning Editor Madeleine Knight said: "Originally commissioned as part of the Channel 4 Mash Up night, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown has proved it deserves a run of its own.

"This combination of two of Channel 4's favourite shows brings together the best of both. It's a treat."

Sean Lock

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Sean Lock

Jon Richardson

Jon Richardson



Zeppotron Managing Director Ruth Phillips added: "It's such a treat for us to be making more of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, not least because Countdown is such a robust format to have fun with.

"The combination of both shows means viewers get to play along so it really is something for both quiz and comedy fans alike."

The show will be broadcast later this summer on Channel 4, and will be produced by Zeppotron & ITV Studios.

Watch a clip from 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown below:

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