Anne Robinson mocks her 80s hair in Countdown throwback ahead of new hosting gig

Anne Robinson is the new host of Countdown – but this certainly isn’t her first rodeo.

The brainy presenter, 76, graced the Countdown panel back in the Eighties and in the fabulous throwback clip fans would struggle to recognise her.

Anne was sporting a mightily retro hair style and the look was also pre-surgery. Anne has never shied away from admitting her love of a bit of “tweaking”.

The clip, filmed in 1987, also featured the late Richard Whiteley as host.

As well as a massive red bouffant, Anne was also rocking a sparkly jumper complete with shoulder pads, of course.

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On seeing the clip, Anne said: “Yeah, not my first appearance. If you're trying to work it out, that was 1987 and the clue was my hairdo.

“Bay City Rollers, very Bay City Rollers.”

The Weakest Link legend then went on to joke that Rachel Riley, who now looks after the numbers, would have only been about a year old when it was filmed.

Anne definitely had a sense of humour about her advancing age and that she has had some work done in the past.

Before she joined the iconic show as host, the mother-of-one said: "The show is almost as old as I am and just as historic.

"I am particularly excited to be working alongside the show's two other formidable women."

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Anne, the first ever female host, was talking about maths whizz Rachel, 35, and lexicographer Susie Dent, 56.

She joked: "Worryingly, Susie and Rachel are not only very smart but younger, prettier and thinner than me.

“Sadly, there's no time for another facelift so I'll have to make do with this old one.”

She made her hosting debut on Monday and so far, so good.

Fans flocked to Twitter to give their pence worth.

One wrote: “I’m so relieved that Anne Robinson did her trademark wink at the end of #Countdown!”

A second agreed: “Anne putting that legendary wink in at the end there. Well done Anne a great first show see you tomorrow #Countdown!”

And of course, she signed off with her signature “goodbye”.

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