Channel 4 is the television channel in the United Kingdom that has broadcast Countdown since 2 November 1982. Countdown was the first show on the channel because original chief executive Jeremy Isaacs wanted to start the station with something low-key rather than rushing in with something dazzling (he saved all that for later on in the launch night schedule).Richard Whiteley holding up a clock and saying "tick... tock... tick... tock...". Then in the "lines" era there were at least two ident variations showing Richard in his dressing gown, watching "Fifteen to One" and shouting out the answers. Finally, there was a short-lived ident in the current style which started with a clip of Des Lynam presenting the show, then pulled back to reveal this was being watched by a young man lounging on a settee, bits of which spun around to reveal the "4" logo.
- Channel 4 on Wikipedia.