Who will be crowned the master wordsmith and mathametician?
A quiz show in which two contestants pit their lexical dexterity and numerical agility against each other and the clock.
A half hour program airing weeknights, contestants from all walks of life compete in a series of letter and number challenges that showcase their impressive numerical and vocabulary talents. A truly interactive format, viewers have the opportunity to play along and sharpen their skills.
Letters and Numbers is based on the hugely successful global quiz format ‘Des chiffres et des lettres’. Televised in France since 1965 and in the UK under the name ‘Countdown’ since 1982, the format is a proven success.
Hosted by Richard Morecroft and assisted by the mathematically minded Lily Serna and word worshipping David Astle, each episode features a mixture of letter and numbers rounds and a final conundrum.
The point scoring begins with a letter round. Contestants take turns to select a combination of nine random consonants and vowels. They must then attempt to make the longest word possible using the nine letters. Offered words will attract the attention of David Astle who will verify the words and also point out any longer or interesting words hiding in the selection. Points are awarded to the contestant with the longest acceptable word.
Mental arithmetic then comes into play for the number rounds. Contestants aim to meet a randomly selected target number with six chosen numbers using a combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Lily Serna will write up and verify the offered solutions and also provide her own expert calculations. Points are awarded to the contestant closest to the target number.
Finally the conundrum, a buzzer round where contestants vie to be the first to solve a nine letter anagram. A winner is then declared who will return the following day as the carry-over champion. No million dollar prize is at stake, contestants play for glory and for the prestigious title of grand champion at the end of the series.
Embracing individuals who have a passion for puzzles, Letters and Numbers aims to educate, inform and entertain.
Watch Letters and Numbers - The Masters trailer