Celebrity Letters & Numbers: Lily Serna was ‘impressed’ by the witty comedians

She’s used to being the smartest person in the room.

But Letters & Numbers mathematician Lily Serna admits she was “impressed” by the astute guests on the upcoming celebrity edition of the SBS show.

The 35-year-old told The Daily Telegraph she couldn’t believe how smart and “quick on their feet” the comedians were during filming.

‘Lightning speed’: Letters & Numbers mathematician Lily Serna (right) has admitted she was ‘impressed’ by the astute guests on the upcoming celebrity edition of the SBS show. Pictured with dictionary expert David Astle (left) and host Michael Hing (center)

“It was so much fun. I’ve never been in a room with so many comedians,” she said.

“It was an absolute ball. They are just so fast on their feet. I’m just impressed with the way their minds work, the way they connect ideas and react – it’s lightning fast.

“I can say from the heart that they were all genuinely lovely people.”

Sharp: Lily, 35, said she couldn't believe how smart and

Sharp: Lily, 35, said she couldn’t believe how smart and “quick on their feet” the comedians were during filming. People like Hamish Blake (pictured), Matt Okine, Merrick Watts, Jennifer Wong, Aaron Chen and Susie Youssef will be featured on Celebrity Letters & Numbers

After nine years of late afternoon reruns, SBS has commissioned new episodes of the cult quiz show Letters & Numbers.

The reboot is hosted by comedian Michael Hing, replacing former ABC news anchor Richard Morecroft, who ran the original show from 2010 to 2012.

Math guru Lily and dictionary expert David Astle return for the series, with celebrities as contestants instead of regular Aussies.

Guess who's back!  After nine years of late afternoon reruns, SBS has finally commissioned new episodes of the cult quiz show Letters & Numbers.  Pictured (left to right): mathematician Lily Serna, host Richard Morecroft, and dictionary expert David Astle

Guess who’s back! After nine years of late afternoon reruns, SBS has finally commissioned new episodes of the cult quiz show Letters & Numbers. Pictured (left to right): mathematician Lily Serna, host Richard Morecroft, and dictionary expert David Astle

The likes of Hamish Blake, Matt Okine, Merrick Watts, Jennifer Wong, Aaron Chen and Susie Youssef will be featured in 12-hour episodes.

Hing co-hosts Triple J’s drive-time show, and also hosted SBS’ ancestor series Where Are You Really From? in 2018.

SBS’s Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald, previously said: ‘Letters & Numbers has been entertaining Australian audiences for over a decade and we’re excited to bring it back to SBS in this new format.

New Look: The reboot is hosted by comedian Michael Hing (pictured in 2019), replacing former ABC news anchor Richard Morecroft, who ran the original show from 2010 to 2012.

New Look: The reboot is hosted by comedian Michael Hing (pictured in 2019), replacing former ABC news anchor Richard Morecroft, who ran the original show from 2010 to 2012.

Celebrity Letters & Numbers brings together a large cast of comedic personalities for an evening of compulsive games for the whole family to play.

“SBS aims to provide Australians with a program that entertains, educates and unites, and the revival of this cult quiz show is a testament to its devoted fans. We can’t wait for you to be there every Saturday night.’

Despite only being in business for two years, Letters & Numbers has achieved cult following since its cancellation in 2012 due to its daily reruns on SBS.

Popular: Serna became a fan favorite during her years on Letters & Numbers

Popular: Serna became a fan favorite during her years on Letters & Numbers

The show had an average audience of 130,000 when it was discontinued, and old episodes still get about 90,000 viewers in the late afternoon.

The program was based on the popular British quiz show Countdown and the French program Des chiffres et des lettres.

Since the last episode of Letters & Numbers was filmed, Morecroft has retired to the country and Serna has welcomed her first child.

In December 2019, Astle was appointed to host the Evenings radio program on ABC Radio Melbourne, replacing Lindy Burns.

Celebrity Letters & Numbers premieres Saturday at 7:35 PM on SBS

Memorable: Despite being only active for two years, Letters & Numbers has achieved cult following thanks to its daily reruns on SBS.  A memorable episode featured the anagram 'PENISDUMP'

Memorable: Despite being only active for two years, Letters & Numbers has achieved cult following thanks to its daily reruns on SBS. A memorable episode featured the anagram ‘PENISDUMP’

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