BRAIN boxes and number crunchers from Southampton can put their names forward for a muchloved TV show.

Countdown, the letters and numbers-based quiz show, is coming to Southampton and on the look-out for contestants for its 30th anniversary.

Alan Sugar’s former sidekick on the hit show The Apprentice, the quizzical and level-headed Nick Hewer is the new anchor for the Channel 4 show with numbers brainbox, Rachel Riley, co-hosting.

Now in its 67th series, the show is regarded by many as an august institution which regularly receives a million viewers everyday to solve word conundrums and number puzzles.

For an application form or further details, email countdown@channel or visit .