PUBLISHED: 07:30, Sun, Oct 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:23, Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Susie Dent, 55, revealed that Rachel Riley, 34, takes their programme Countdown very seriously, and often won’t speak until she has got her numbers round. The Lexicographer divulged that the maths whizz and pal is usually determined to solve conundrums on her own and won’t accept any help from colleagues.
You can't talk to her
Susie explained: “It really matters to Rachel, so if she hasn’t got the numbers round then you can’t talk to her for however many minutes she needs to be in her own world and get it.
“She also doesn’t want anybody to help her! It really, really matters to her that she gets it and I think that’s such a great thing!” she added to this week's OK! Magazine.
Countdown star Susie has worked on the show since 1992 after graduating from Oxford with a degree in modern languages.
Rachel joined the programme in 2009 and also works on spin off show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown with Susie.
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Susie Dent, 55, revealed that Rachel Riley, 34, takes their programme Countdown very seriously (Image: WENN/GETTY)
Countdown star Susie has worked on the show since 1992 after graduating from Oxford with a degree in modern languages (Image: WENN)
The pair are close friends off screen, with Susie describing Rachel as “amazing”.
She continued: “Rachel is amazing, as is Nick Hewer! It was a tough time at the beginning, having a complete change of personnel, I felt quite nervous about it.
“She was brilliant from the start, I admire her work and she is also incredibly kind.