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Dudley Doolittle

From Countdown

Dudley Doolittle (real name Stephen "Steve" Pickering) is a TV warm-up artist who worked on Countdown among other shows. He used to be the lead singer of a group called Reg James Explosion, and also sang in the bands Toby Twirl and Blinkers. He kept the audience entertained before each show was recorded with jokes and anecdotes, and often shared quips with the presenters and occasionally the contestants.

Doolittle briefly appeared on the show dated Friday 8 July 2011, when former warm-up man Greg Scott was in the challenger's chair. He made a similarly brief appearance in the special episode on Friday 14 September 2012, when host Nick Hewer suggested that he had sustained a leg injury on the slopes of Glenfiddich, as well as being mentioned and appearing during the introduction and conclusion of the 30th Birthday Championship game on Friday 8 February 2013.

A conundrum was dedicated to him on Monday 23 January 2012 with the scramble LEDDUDLEY, and similarly, a Teatime Teaser on Monday 11 September 2017 with the scramble DUDLEYLED.

Doolittle sadly retired from his role on Countdown at the end of Series 79, meaning bosses will have to find someone else to recycle the same jokes every day!

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