Countdown shares epic throwback to Anne Robinson's first appearance on show as she makes debut as host

COUNTDOWN has shared an epic throwback to Anne Robinson's first appearance on the show as she makes her debut as host.

Anne, 76, takes over from Nick Hewer as host of the Channel 4 show today.

In a first look preview, the show opens with a throwback clip to when Anne appeared as a guest alongside original host Richard Whiteley in the 1980s.

Anne sported a classic 80s hairdo, which she immediately jokes about when the camera turns to her in the studio in the presenters chair.

She says: "Yeah, not my first appearance. If you're trying to work it out, that was 1987 and the clue was my hair do.

"Bay City Rollers, very Bay City Rollers."

Anne then turns her attention to co-star Rachel Riley and says: "I reckon you were one year old when that was on?"

Rachel jokes back: "You have been practicing your maths haven't you?"

It comes after Anne boasted she is the 'the oldest women on telly not judging cakes'.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, she said: "I wonder why there aren’t more of us. I wonder why if Huw Edwards had a twin sister would she be reading the news on his days off?

“It’s almost as if news executives think that if they’re hiring a female news reader over 50, they have to make room for her mobility scooter in the studio.

“I can’t remember which local news we get here but it’s typical, the guy has got no hair  and the female presenter is young and pretty and I don’t know when that’s going to change. I don’t know.

“I do know I’m the oldest woman on television not judging cakes.”

Anne Robinson makes her debut on Countdown today at 2.10pm on Channel 4.

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