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Colin Murray

From Countdown
First appearance 21 December 2020
Last appearance incumbent
Appearances 497
Episodes with Colin Murray
Guest appearances of Colin Murray
First appearance 9 March 2009
Last appearance 3 November 2020
Appearances 60
Episodes with Colin Murray

Colin Murray is the current presenter of Countdown, who first appeared as a guest in Dictionary Corner. He was also a contestant in Series 2 of Celebrity Countdown.

Murray is a former BBC Radio 1 presenter. He was also the presenter of Match of the Day 2 from 2010 until 2013, and EFL on Quest from 2018–22. He now presents various sports events on a freelance basis for the BBC and Channel 4, and was a presenter on Talksport before resigning in 2016 due to the takeover of the station by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Murray hosted editions filmed during England's second and third COVID-19 lockdowns in place of Nick Hewer, the first airing on 21 December 2020. However, following Hewer's announcement of retiring from the programme in 2021, Murray was not chosen to take Hewer's place as main presenter and was instead replaced by Anne Robinson. Following Robinson's departure from the program in May 2022, Murray returned to host again from 14 July 2022, after Robinson's last episode aired the previous day. When Murray himself contracted COVID-19 in his second filming block, substitute presenters: Les Dennis and Jenny Eclair sat in for him for 8 and 4 shows respectively. Murray took a 4-week hiatus while 4 guest presenters: Floella Benjamin, Richard Coles, Trevor McDonald, and Moira Stuart presented the show during November to commemorate the show's 40th anniversary. When he returned on 28 November, he was honoured with the conundrum scramble VIVACOLIN.

After a 5-month tenure as a "temporary" host, it was revealed on the 11 January 2023 edition of Steph's Packed Lunch that Murray would be the full-time presenter of Countdown for the foreseeable future, having signed a two-year contract for the role.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
C14 09/01/2020 CC Christine Ohuruogu 31 – 65 Colin Murray Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jo Brand Susie Dent 113

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