8 Out of 10 Cats Countdown shake-up as star forced to replace Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley was notably absent from 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown as the show returned to Channel 4 on Friday night (January 6).

The episode saw Jonathan Ross and comedian Joe Wilkinson take on After Life star Roisin Conaty and Ahir Shah, while Jimmy Carr resumed his post as presenter of the comedy spin-off show.

The 36-year-old typically co-presents the daytime puzzle show and its spin-off, but the star was instead replaced by Anne-Marie Imafidon.

Introducing Rachel's stand-in, Jimmy told the panel: "Dr Anne-Marie is a computing and mathematics genius who speaks five languages.

The Big Fat Quiz of the Year host also revealed the 32-year-old got two GSCE's while still at primary school.

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