Former Coronation Street actor Willy Waugh is a long-time host of countdown

Former Coronation Street actor Willy Waugh is a long-time host of countdown ...

Les Dennis, who plays the host of Countdown on Coronation Street, has made a huge impression as the temporary host, with some fans urging him to take over the currently vacant position.

Dennis was confirmed as a temporary replacement last month, following Anne Robinson's departure, but if some followers of the program wanted their way, he'd be presenting on a permanent basis.

"Les Dennis is a refreshing change of host, although temporary. I wish he could stay for a long time he's fantastic," a viewer said.

"Les Dennis just came out of nowhere as a strong contender for permanent Countdown host. He comes to the studio to do Dictionary Corner, is thrust into the presenter's chair at short notice, and it's like he's been hosting the program for years."

Dennis isn't the only person to present Countdown on BBC Radio 5 Live, with Colin Murray also sharing the presenting duties.

Murray has also received a positive response on social media to his time on the job. "For me, @Channel4 should give Colin and Les 50% of the season's hosting duties and both come back for the grand finale," said one viewer.

Anne Robinson, the previous host of the program, announced her retirement earlier this year, after presenting the program for a year in order to spend more time with her family.

Robinson said that while she'd had a "amazing" time presenting the program, she'd only intended it to be for a short period.

"I have grandchildren, a large garden, and a house in New York, all deserving of my attention," she said.

Channel 4 airs Countdown on weekday afternoons.

Coronation Street airs on ITV Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8pm, and it is available on the ITV Hub.

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