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Meet The Gadget Show’s new presenter: Rachel Riley!

The Gadget Show  Thursday 04 April 2013

Meet The Gadget Show’s new presenter: Rachel Riley!

Yup, you read that right. For the new series of The Gadget Show that kicks off this summer, fan favourite Jon Bentley is back, teaming up with Jason and Pollyanna once more, and there’s another new face too: Countdown’s Rachel Riley!

You might recognise her as the numbers expert from Countdown, but you can look forward to seeing Rachel Riley trying out the latest and greatest gadgets this summer, as she joins the rest of the team in a brand new series.

Watch Jason try to make a melon explode with his mind in this clip from our Bank Holiday show

After studying maths at Oxford University and working as a data analyst, Rachel dived into the world of television after she took over from Carol Vorderman as the numbers expert on Countdown in 2009.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Gadget Show family,” says Rachel. “I’m always keen to try out new gadgets, so it’s going to be brilliant to be able to get my hands on the latest models and test them on behalf of the viewers.”

All you long time fans will also be pleased to see Jon Bentley return to the show as our chief gadget tester, completing the show’s strongest line-up ever.

Can’t wait for the show to come back? Check out the two Easter specials in full right here.

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Scott

Excellent news. John Bentley has always been a good presence on TV. Shame Ortis and Suzi aren't back. We all miss them!

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miguel

Ortis was terrible.worst presenter for any consumer show ever, so fake and frankly annoying. but thats just my opinion of course. shame Suzi os no more, but i guess its progression. will john be doing all photography again or joining in a bit more, thou i did like him as the elder statesman, wise elder role. im sure the new series will be great like them all. please GS webmasters, dig out of the archive the clip of Jason testing the Linn audio systems with the real singer comparison, Ian Bruce was perfect!

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Shane

What actually did happen to Suzi and Ortis, I loved the old gang of 4. John, Ortis, Jason and Suzi.

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Jenll

...great news about Jon and Rachel will be a definate asset to the team...just need to get rid of the massively annoying Pollyanna and I might actually start watching again!

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Greg

I don't know what Ortis is doing, but Suzi is now presenting F1 on BBC1

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felface

ha i'm not so sure about her happy to see jon returning as would i any of the old 5 glad they kept jason and polly they were some of the best will be interesting to see how new series goes

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Danny

BRING BACK SUZI

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f1982

I hope the new season is more like the older type. I see what they were going for with the world tour but that's not what gadget/technology fans want to see. The older format rooted in the studio was perfect. I really missed John, so glad to hear he's back. He's a bit like the voice of reason amidst all the exuberance and giddy nature of the other presenters and gives very good, useful product reviews. A big welcome to Rachel, I'm sure she'll fit in and be an asset to the team.

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Anonymous

after channel 5's stupid money grabbing idea of cutting 3 of the presenters, they have finally realised the show has drastically dropped in viewing audience. so now the penny has dropped and you have found it too late to get Suzi Perry & Ortis back. the live show at xmas saw a massive drop in ticket sales for the show itself and i see this weeks show still has tickets available. in a vain attempt to regain some viewing numbers you begged Jon Bently to go back for the xmas show and this current one. i always loved the show and looked forward to watching it each week. i have taken a group of 6 or more of us to the last 3 years of live shows at the NEC but since you stupidly cut Suzi, Ortis & Jon i have not watched it since. i loved Jason's part in the show but i as many do, feel that Pollyanna was chosen over Suzi for her age and subsequently cost the correct girl for the job. now you try to add another presenter, a pure omission that you made a mistake and killed the show many of us loved. it will work for new viewers that do not know any different but for the older viewers that you snubbed, you lost us for good. i will guess you tried asking Suzi & Ortis to come back but having spoken to her on twitter i know she would outright refuse because of the way you bunch of idiots treated her.

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Ryan

I only watched on demand the last series just so I wasn't one of the viewers. I didn't like the new format and want it to be studio based.

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George

Loved the old format, being in studio & the old gang of Suzi, Jason, Jon & Ortis. Think they've completely ruined it, switched off when it changed. Shame as I was a great fan of the show but just couldn't warm to the new format. Good to see Jon is back but get the old team back, especially Suzi......it's not the gadget show without Suzi!

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Nick

I stopped watching the show when you cut Suzi, Jon and Otis so seeing John back and a new presenter joining is progress. Would love to see Suzi back, but most of all you need to change the format of the show back to what it was because the new one that came in when ever it was - this world tour thing - was terrible and I, like a lot of others, stopped watching the show completely. Maybe you've noticed this and that's why this turn around has been made?!

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simon9350

A welcome change of heart. Understand why a change of format needs to be tried - but it just hasn't worked. Please change the current format as well as adding the presenters - then you will have a happy viewer back again.

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Graham

If John is back I might start to watch again, I loved the gadget show then you wrecked it. John being brought back is a start so I'll give it a chance and start watching again. I miss the old show

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Nathan

Yay!!! John is back!!!

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Andy

Like many here, stopped watching the show when you cut Suzi, Jon, and Ortis out, plus the new format didn't really do it for me - needed to be based in the studio. You made a mistake and lost many viewers, but this may win some back - shame about Suzi not being part of it though. Might give the new show a look.....

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Paul G

When they got rid of the presenters we all liked and turned the show into top gear I stopped watching. Bringing Jon back is good as he's out favourite!

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lez

I also stopped watching after the show changed down to two presenters. Although I don't think much of john bentleys presence. Bring back suzi.

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Tim

Rachel will be an excellent asset to the show. I like the two male two female format (always good for boys against girls contests). As a fella, 2 blonde beauties on one show, well I'm not going to miss any episodes. Great news!

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Lee Bramley

The gadget show needs Suzi Perry she made this program i will never watch without.

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Alan

There was genuine chemistry between the 4 "old" presenters. That's what made the show what it was. I know it was genuine as all 4 were present when you filmed a pedal car race and it was obvious they all got along well (I was driving one of the pedal cars). I haven't watched the show since you broke up the team and I doubt I'll bother again.

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David McCourt

Oh dear. I can understand bringing back Jon to the show, but Rachel Riley? That doesn't make sense to me. Not much personality, not a very large fan base... Must be just eye candy for the show? I have eventually started to enjoy the new format with just Jason and Pollyanna, but even still it is missing the quality of what the show used to have when Suzi and Ortis were on the show. I think its a shame that the producers of the show relentlessly ignore the feelings of their viewers and now this will only aggravate people further. And just a final feeling I have, I am annoyed that after paying £68 for premium theatre tickets for Saturday's Gadget Show Live, this will now go towards featuring Rachel in the show of which I neither want to happen or want to pay for so this is very frustrating.

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Matthew

Maybe they need Rachel Riley to add up the prizes competition prizes. Well at least jon is back. Suzi is long gone. Hopefully the show will get better now.

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Long term fan

Hoorah, Jon is back. I had stopped watching the show as it lost its way last series. Would love to have Suzi back as well, but this is a good start. Hopefully this means we will move back away from the Gadget show being dumbed down. Please.

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Anonymous

one additional point to all that is posted... i find it funny that people boycott the programme now but when you read things like twitter, you find Suzi & Ortis are constantly asked their opinion on new gadgets. what does that tell you channel 5?

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Daniel Potter

Great News!!!!!!! Rachel is a classy Presenter and will add a bit of extra glamour to the show, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Phil McCarty

Excellent news. I stopped watching when it became a series of international jollies for the two weakest presenters for me; 'they drink coffee in New York, so let's take a load of European coffee machines there! Yeah!' etc etc. Rachel is the most beautiful woman on TV, and smart in every sense of the word. I always loved Jon - a cross between Donald Sinden and Jeremy Clarkson on a good day - and he knows his stuff. Suzi's gone to the bigger gig in the sky...err pits, guys. Get over it.

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BillyBell

Another lovely lady joins the show. GREAT.

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Cannonball08

By the sounds of the comments you guys need to get out more and broaden your horizons, its a Tv show.Nothing wrong with change. I quite liked both the old and new shows. Gadgets are gadgets. Nothing wrong with a new face.

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Peter

Great that Jon is back - he adds credibility to the entertainment provided by the others. Looking forward to seeing how Rachel does; she was great on Countdown. Just make sure all the presenters speak into the camera, not to a floating point somewhere off the lens. That made the previous Gadget Show series unwatchable..

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chicless,great fan of the show

great news! the old style gadget show is coming back,pity suzi wont be with it,still after the last series,anything would be an improvement,stick with the old format

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Richard Foster

Great time at the Gadget show live today one of the best show's on telly

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Dave Burnett

Great Jon is back ! Suzi would be great but she's doing F1 ......RESULT! Or is that MotoGP? Her being a Biker.

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DaveyC

Give us suzi back. She's the Queen of the show.

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Tony Brunskill

GSL - What a waste of money. Ten year old tech, failing demo's. A mime artist as a feature in the live show, to my recollection mime is a pretty ancient tech. Tenuous links to Egypt with even more tenuopus links to Go Pro cameras. As a consumer show I would have thought you would pay more attention to providing value rather than, to my mind, profiteering!" Have any of the team actually had dealing with Go Pro customer services- an appaling experience- or did any othe team have to wait months for the delayed app release promised when the cameras were bought? I doubt it. Roll on ITV or BBC putting together something that is actually consumer oriented, hopefully with Suzy Perry!

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pippa0204

Sorry but there is no way the old way Gadget Show is coming back with the addition of Rachel Riley!!! The fact that they got rid of Suzi, Otis and John in one foul swoop and presented us with a show that was a shadow of its former self. Of course the show suffered big time! The show was previously a big hit with family and friends and I know that in our family alone the show lost at least 12 viewers. Our son in law is a Forces man and he told us that he and his mates had stopped watching. Do they really think that adding Rachel Riley is going to make up for it? I don't think so. Rachel is awful on Countdown and it took her many months to settle into the show. I don't plan on watching the new format any time soon.

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Jimbo Warren

We don't need a new presenter!!! We need the old presenters who made the show what it is! What were they thinking when they let suzi go! the show needs to be put back into its original format and i might watch it again!!!

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Gary

Since you sacked Jon, Ortis and Suzi, and brought the horrendous new format, I no longer watch the show I used to do every week. I liked the banter, the innuendo, and it felt right. Despite Jon returning, I won't be watching anymore because frankly, I can get tech reviews online. I watched this for the entertainment factor. Sorry guys

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Ken M

Jon good to see you back on the box.....Jason good to see you to man....back working with Big Jon.....it's going to be a blast!!!. So little time so much Tech......WOOHOO.

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Ian

Well Just learned about the up and coming new show ( AGAIN ) . I was not best please about ch.5 spliting the family up and getting rid of suzi and jon and otis which in my few was mistake as I have not watche dthe show sinch they did this new format. OK so we back to four presenters I please to see Jon back and with the addition of Rachel Riley beaocuse suzi as said she will never retrun ( Can not say I blame her ) I think I will what the show as long as we get good review none of this silly challages. I am not a fan of Pollyanna and her prseting skills and Jason well he is Just Jason so you have to accect it. we will give it a go next monday I jsu hope they do soming with pollyanna ie get her to do real reviews on real tech but puting all this to one side i do hope you have success as I think you you know you made a mistake and are trying to correct it

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141

Bring ortis and suzi back !!!!!!!!!

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Suzzie

Please when are we going to get a young male presentor who knows what he is talking about? It is not just men who watch this program. We are the other people who also buy gadgets.

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Colin

I reiterate other comments - what did C5 do with Suzi, fine if she left of her own account, but the sneaking suspicion is that C5....

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Simon C Page

Don't like the new format since Suzi, Jon got cut and I think it is important to have an authentic geeky girl(s) or full on models not somewhere in between. Also I always feel like Polly and Rachel are just being paid to be excited about tech and just isn't comfortable to watch. Suzi was genuinely into the tech, made it fun to watch, was a bonus she is good looking and bounced well off Jason on screen - shame how she was treated. Unless she comes back I won't be watching it like I used to. Maybe another channel will pick her up once this programs dies off.

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jessica

Bring back suzi and ortis!!!!!!!!!

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Richard S

Just watched the first of the new series. Rachel doesn't fit in - too posh, awkward, mumsy and doesn't bring any 'cool' to the show like Pollyanna does. She needs to stick to countdown type programmes. This was a poor decision on the producers behalf. .

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carl

Oops!... bring back the old show & presenter. It only worked with that chemistry. Turned off tonight for the first time. Sorry guys but I think you've stuffed it! Can't win 'em all eh.

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jno

Agree with the majority - the show is a shadow of its former self - thank goodness Jon is back but Pollyanna (sorry nothing personal) but I also find her annoying to watch on this show. Suzi Perry was The Gadget Show but this week's show was a minmal step back to wayching something enjoyable ... please keep Jon!!!

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ben

It should work but it doesn't, it seems too balanced and feels like a newscast, the bunch before seemed genuinely interested in what they were reviewing and you can enjoy the show now it is sterile and manufactured. Either bring back ortis and suzi, teach the new cast to get along better, bring in a new mix or lose a long serving fan...sort it out

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D mow at

You ruined it ! get the old crew back , apologise to them publicly , get your viewers back , simples

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Ellen

I was outraged when they got rid of Suzi, Ortis and Jon. I was a massive fan and even went as a V.I.P at the Gadget Show Live 2012. However, when I found out they were no longer going to be on the show I was devastated and wrote an email to channel 5 immediately. I have not watched the show since.

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Chris

I have to agree with many of the comments. Gadget Show was my must see programme of the week 2 series ago and many previous with the old gang. Last year was so disappointing in terms of format. This years series just feels so cheap. What is it with the studio that competition sign?? Sorry it's so disappointing now.

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Ian

Just watch ep 2 of the new show and it was great untill Pollyanna did her bit sorry pollyanna im not a fan of your presenting skills taking off camera dos not work but it looks like your enjoying your holiday as that what counts realy you really do spoil the show for me

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Tom

Where has Suzi gone, the other 2 blondes are poor!!!

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freethinker

I was amazed when C5 ruined the gadget show with the previous line up change, so thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing back Jon Bentley. Whilst Rachel seems to be starting to relax into her role, and she does show more promise than Pollyanna. She comes across as a genuine participant rather than a script reader, which is why I never liked Ortis and was happy enough when he went. Whenever I mention the gadget show to people I get told 'no, don't watch it, I can't bear that little baldy bloke'. So you could bring back Dallas Campbell or Tom Dunmore and lose the overly annoying Jason and I'm sure the programme ratings would soar even without the superb Suzi.

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eejaydubya

Seems pretty conclusive. The loss of Suzi and Otis has been a near fatal blow especially followed by that disastrous world tour format. I've watched it again for the first time for a very long time and thankfully Jon is back. But without the funny dynamic between Otis and Jason being kept under control by Suzi its still highly lacking. Rachel is ok but is trying too hard. Please please please get rid of Pollyanna. She has never worked well in the format and frankly I could not care less about how much she likes her vaguely gadget orientated holidays.

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GirlGeek

From South Africa, I have been enjoying the many wonderful seasons of The Gadget Show, and then as you all say, "disaster struck". If it ain't broke, .... !!!! I miss Suzi and Ortis. Thank goodness Jason is still there.... and Jon. I fully concur with the sentiments in this forum that the old Gadget Show rocked, and the new one is sorely lacking. And this is mainly due to the lack of our favourite presenters. Pleeeease bring back the old show!!

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Yvonne thomas

I caught the tail end of the gadget show tonight in which your presenter met two lovely dolphins. In The Faroe Islands off Denmark these beautiful creatures are herded onto a beach and nets put out to prevent their escape. The young men of the villages then come down with various weapons ,pic axes and slaughter hundreds of them in the most horriffic inhumane way imaginable.The villagers watch this babbaric spectacle with their children. It is a right of passage for young men to show they are men. The sea actually turns red with the blood of these beautiful gentle creatures that have no escape and no arms to defend themselves. I thought that maybe as presenters you could use your show to highlight this so we can shock the world into doing something to stop it. I know this is not the purpose of the show but please please,I beg you to think of a way to mention this. Kind Regards Yvie

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