In the UK television show CountDown, the clock appears to run clockwise from 12 o'clock down to six o'clock (see Youtube video). Although I have never seen how the clock hand returns to the 12 o'clock point. After a round the camera seems to focus on the presenters, and contestants, thus when the next round is played everything is reset.


  • The hand completes the whole circumference of the clock, returning to the top
  • It reverses direction to go back
  • A technician pulls the hand from the face, and places it back to the top. (Least likely because of the disruption).

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It looks like it just winds around and back whenever the camera isn't looking. You can see this in the 8 Out Of 10 Cats do Countdown special (16 08 13) where Jimmy gets excited and accidentally starts the countdown and they reset it with the camera still on it.

  • I remember seeing the same thing happen on the regular Countdown (probably a behind the scenes program or something similar). Sep 23, 2013 at 22:35
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    The exact incident happens at about 11:54 on the linked video. Jan 26, 2017 at 10:35

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