Carol avoided a yes or no answer, replying: “Well, I loved my time with Richard [Whiteley], Richard particularly, you know.
“We laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed,” she went on as Lorraine chipped in: “You laughed your heads off!”
Continuing her answer, Carol went on: “And everyone who watched, we never ever said the word ‘viewer’, they were Countdowners and it was a family,
“And it was a very special time for a long time.
“I call that ‘Old Countdown’, it was ‘Previous Countdown’…” Carol continued before Gyles cut in to try and shed more light.