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).

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). – DisgruntledGoat Sep 23 '13 at 22:35
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    The exact incident happens at about 11:54 on the linked video. – Paul Williams Jan 26 '17 at 10:35

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