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Ryan Giggs surprising Rachel Riley on her 1000th show.

Ryan Giggs surprising Rachel Riley on her 1000th show.

Ryan Giggs surprising Rachel Riley on her 1000th show.

COUNTDOWN star Rachel Riley was given a treat after racking up a milestone 1,000 appearances on the show – when surprise guest Ryan Giggs brought her flowers.

The TV star (27) – who is a Manchester United fan – will be seen receiving a signed shirt from the Welsh midfielder when he makes an appearance in tomorrow's programme.

Despite her head for numbers, the maths whizz failed to spot she had reached four figures on the Channel 4 series which she joined in 2009.

The first she knew was when presenter Nick Hewer told her.

She said: "I had no inkling that I had filmed my 1,000th episode when Nick announced it. I was touched that the Countdown team had surprised me.

"I thought they might get me a bunch of flowers. I nearly fell through the floor when Ryan Giggs suddenly appeared."

Fittingly Giggs reached a similar landmark in March when he played his 1,000th game.

Riley went on: "As a lifelong red, I've watched Giggsy rack up 1,000-plus appearances since I was five so there couldn't have been a more special way to celebrate mine.

"I'm really privileged to have a job that I love and on such an iconic show. I can't thank the team and Ryan enough for such an amazing surprise. My signed Riley 86 shirt will be taking pride of place at home."

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