“ A brand new brainy quiz in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else can think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong. „
I am a huge Pointless fan! I only recently got into it over the Summer and have found myself watching it religiously every day since. It is presented by Alexander Armstrong and co-hosted with Richard Osman. Richard appears to be the brains behind the show and it's quite unusual having his role not behind-the-scenes. He provides interesting insights into the questions and you don't see that in many other quiz shows. The show is currently on BBC1 and 5.15pm and it lasts 45 minutes; I personally watch it on iPlayer later in the evening.
The format of the show is fairly unique in my opinion. The aim is to give the most obscure answer and receive the fewest points. There are 4 pairs on each show and they take it in turns to answer questions. Every question in the show has been put to 100 people prior to the show and the aim of the game is to say the answer that none of those 100 knew (or as few of them knew as possible). The more obscure your answer, the fewer points you receive and the pair with the highest points are eliminated.
There are 4 rounds and at each round a pair is eliminated until there is just one pair in the final. The first and second rounds allow no conferring between the pairs. When two pairs remain there is the 'head-to-head' and the first pair to win two points goes to the final. The final requires the pair to get a pointless answer in a category of their choice to win the jackpot (the jackpot rolls over to the next show if the final pair is unsuccessful).
The questions come in a huge variety of topics so there'll be something for everyone. There are different topics throughout the show so you're bound to get one question you can answer in every episode.
My favourite questions are the geography ones as it's what I'm best at, but I'm always surprised at how well I sometimes do on topics I thought I had no idea about (such as movies or literature).
The questions follow different formats; there are picture rounds, fact rounds, fill in the blank rounds, anagrams and quite often just open ended questions such as "name any...". The open ended ones are probably my favourite, but I also like the fact ones.
Some questions are very specific (such as facts about David Beckham) and some are a lot broader (perhaps encompassing every nation in the whole world) so it really tests your general knowledge - you won't do well just knowing about one thing!
=Why I like watching it=
I love this show for so many reasons! I love that I can play along and see how I've done, I love the interaction between Alexander and Richard, I love the tension of the bar running down to zero and pretty much just everything!
Richard is probably one of my favourite things about the show; his role is quite unique in game shows and apart from being very interesting, I think he's hilarious as well.
There is just one thing I would want; I wish you could see the entire database of answers online after each show because sometimes you have an answer that hasn't been mentioned and you just want to know how you did, but will never know! It's very frustrating!
Overall I love this show - I give it 5/5. I watch it every single day with my boyfriend and I love that I learn new facts and that I can feel good when I get a pointless answer. I hope they keep making it for a long time to come so I can keep watching it and maybe one day I'll apply to go on to see how well I'd do 
I seem to be going against the grain by saying I watch& record 'Pointless' in order that I can fast forward a good deal of it, i.e Richard Osman's mainly unfunny remarks & smirking at them. I find this most irritating and also asking Armstrong if he knows the answers at the end of rounds. He is not supposed to be part of the competition, so assume it is just a bit of showing off!I am also amazed how some competitors are so lacking in what should be general knowledge.All in all I am not greatly impressed so think I will stop watching.
Pointless, for once, is not pointless TV, a rare beast indeed, a daytime TV game show that demands the use of at least some part of the brain, and doesn't patronise the viewer or the contestant. 15-to-1 previously filled that erudite afternoon slot but disappeared when the host got sick, Countdown, of course, the only other middle brow one out there that the white-collar classes will tune into.
114 episodes in the can and broadcast since August 2009 to take over from the truly dreadful and idiotic The Weakest Link 5:15pm slot, Pointless is like Family Fortunes for middle - class people, like Ask the Family was to The Sale of the Century, but couples and pairs here, be it partners, relatives or just mates up behind the podiums. What does make me chuckle with this show is whenever its two guys up there answering the questions they always look like a couple of gay men for some reason. To be honest they usually are, reality TV and quiz shows always attracting lots of gay men as competitors, for some reason.
There are two types of game shows. The one where the contestants just want to be on TV to win a decent prize and often selected for being out going, attractive and youthful, the show commissioned because it will sell well to certain advertisers, The Weakest Link a great example. The other one is where the contestants are not that vetted and vain and just chasing big prizes, the show making its money from premium lines and premium advertisers, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, an example. Pointless is a mix of the two and appealing more to intelligent people rather than show off, there to prove their brain power to their mates watching at home for a nominal prize.
The host is the likeable and rather posh and very tall Alexander Armstrong (6ft 4"), he of the hit and miss comedy duo Armstrong & Miller, the new Angus Deayton. The Cambridge educated presenter likes to think he hasn't sold out by doing a five times a week game show and will dismiss the longevity of it as work but at the end of the day he would rather do this show with minimal rehearsals and a regular pay-packet than write the erudite comedy Armstrong & Miller did, a rare commodity. They took over from Fry & Laurie in that clever sketch show comedy slot but, like Fry & Laurie, couldn't resist the easy money elsewhere once they made their name. The Farmers market song is still brilliant though.
The idea of the show is to score as least points as possible, a cute quiz show tweak, the deeper you go into your mind to drag out an answer the more money you are likely to win, the obvious answer your downfall. It's usually list based questions where the more obscure your answer the better and as long as it's a correct answer you continue in the game. An example of a question would be 'Name any Jack Nicholson film'. If you pick Easy Rider or China Town then the chances are those will be the top answers the general public survey (one hundred members, of course) gave and so the more points you get - points you don't want. If 'One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest' gets 45 out of 100 and you suggest it then you get 45 points. The shows producers say they ask some of these questions to the audience at the actual recording just before Showtime but that is questionable, knowing the chaos that does go on during recordings. If you answer Ironweed then there's a good chance few people on the street or in the crowd would know it and so the type of answer you need to drag up. If you give an incorrect answer you get the full 100 points. If anyone comes up with a pointless correct answer during the half-hour show that no members of the public thought of then £250 added to the final cash prize. The questions seem to favour older players but vanity rules with this type of quiz show means very few pensioners get through the 'selection' process, rather ironic as it's the core audience for this type of show and why that type of question is asked. No one wants to see a wheelchair or walker up there on telly, sadly. A rule of thumb for a quiz show is the audience at home must not be the same as the contestants because they always want to feel cleverer than them. TV must never preach.
The shows adjudicator is the 6ft 7" and fellow Cambridge alumni Richard Osman, who decides if an answer is acceptable and then reads out the ones you missed, adding some quirky stats and facts on top for fun, the bit that helps to involve the audience at home. Osman is also a big name at Big Brother creators Endemol and writes the scripts for Total Wipe-Out, the dribble those idiots come up with just before they set off on the assault course in Argentina. Argentina is warm all year around and so they can film all year around although the budget doesn't stretch to sending the Hammond Organ out there. The show would be more fun if they had to do it in January in Hertfordshire behind the Big brother set on that dreary industrial estate in ice cold water and sludge, dodging the shopping trolleys and needles.
After two of the four couples/pairs are eliminated through the preliminary round the accumulated prize money by all players in the show comes into the game as they play off in the final for the right to trouser it. It's not a life changing sum but you have had a good day and enough cash for a nice holiday to come, just as the audience have in the snug of the settee with a brew in hand.
In the world of daytime quiz shows Pointless stands head and shoulders above the rest. It has well and truly ousted The Weakest Link from its BBC1 afternoon slot at 5.15pm and there are very good reasons for this.
Firstly, the premise is, as far as I am aware, completely unique. While in other quiz programmes the winner is the one who scores the most points, in Pointless the aim is to score as few points as possible. In teams of two each player must take it in turns to give an answer to a particular question which they believe none of the one hundred people who the research team surveyed gave. If they choose an answer which no one said they receive a score of zero and the accolade of Pointless answer which secures £250 in the prize fund.
Not only is this a novel premise but the categories of questions are far from the mundane. They tend to range from the challenging to the rather off-the-wall. For example one bizarre round was on types of trouser. While at other times it can be rather challenging for a viewer at home to come up with an answer at all, never mind a Pointless one. To appear on this programme you have to have a broad range of knowledge. Favourite topics amongst the contenstants tend to be TV, film and geography but the literature categories for example can be really challenging, and I have a degree in English!
But the other main draw to the show is the hosts. Alexander Armstrong, previously more well known for his comedy and those insurance adverts, has taken very well to his role as quiz master. He is charismatic and funny and builds up a real rapport with all those taking part. He seems genuinely interested in everyone's stories and he shows his own intelligence when able to answer some of the questions the contestants were unable to answer. He also has a great onscreen relationship with his 'Pointless friend' Richard Osman who is the real icon of the programme as it is he who dreams up the categories and never fails to disappoint with his own obscure knowledge on a range of subjects. He has a real quirky manner and is sure to achieve cult status if he hasn't already just for having such an eccentric brand of knowledge.
The programme has undergone some changes since its beginnings which shows those behind it are constantly trying to improve it, such as the head-to-head round which now sees the contenders have to score two out of three answers right while previously they still had to keep their overall score as low as possible which was unnecessarily complicated at this stage in the game.
The final round, in which the competition has narrowed down to just one couple, is where it gets really interesting. Everyone who reaches this stage receives a Pointless trophy but they can go on to win a jackpot of several thousand pound - the actual amount depending on how many Pointless answers have been given during the programme and how many days the jackpot has gone unwon. They must choose just one category and give three answers, one of which must be Pointless to ensure a win. This can prove difficult because even if they know their category very well, such as the films of a particular actor, it can still prove very difficult to come up with a Pointless answer. It is compelling watching not only to see if you can come up with a Pointless answer yourself at this challenging point of the game but whether the contestants themselves will succeed.
The only negative aspect of the programme is perhaps a repetitiveness of certain subjects such as a fascination with tennis-related questions but this can be forgiven.
Pointless is a daytime tv show shown on BBC 1 at 5:15pm. The format of the show is pretty unique with the winner in each round being the person capable of answering the lowest scored answer in a number of surveys with the public.
Alexander Armstrong hosts the show and is aided by his 'pointless friend' Richard Osman who provides lots of interesting facts in a funny, quick witted way. Humour pervades the show and the back and forth between the two regulars makes for interesting viewing. As well as this, the guests are usually fully of personality and add a new dimension to the show, complimenting the host and making the show even more entertaining.
Pointless is tv a show I regularly watch and enjoy that is constantly fresh and fun. Light-hearted, amusing and always lots of fun, its full of interesting facts that are often silly and enlightening.
I thought I was a weirdo when I started watching this show. All the other quiz shows are rubbish. But this is funny, informative and creative. I actually record it when I'm away - wouldn't do that for any quiz show.
My Pointless Review
Pointless is a hidden gem amongst the rubbish that litters daytime TV. It is a quiz show with a difference; get as few points as possible. The show has four pairs of contestants that are usually related or are friends.
There are four rounds to the show, with a pair of contestants, the ones with the highest score eliminated. Each pair of contestants get two chances to get to the final, however if they get to the final on their first appearance then they don't get another go.
Contestants must think of the most obscure answer to a question to get as low a score as possible, however if they give an incorrect answer they score the maximum of 100 points. Before the show questions are asked to 100 people who are given 100 seconds to name as many answers as the can think of. If a contestant gets a pointless answer they score no points and £250 is added to the jackpot.
In the final a pair of contestants gets to pick from one of three categories. Then a question is asked and they have 60 seconds to think of a pointless answer. They can pick three answers to try with. If they fail to get a pointless answer the prize money rolls over to the next show with £1000 being added each time.
An example question, "name as many Beatles albums as they can". Obvious answers like Sgt. Peppers score a large number of points so should be avoided, however a more obscure answer will score less. It's a balance between risking an incorrect answer and getting too high a score.
The pairs of contestants themselves are a varied bunch, most of them are wannabe comedians. Armstrong provides a lot of banter with them and they always take it in good humour. It's the interaction between the contestant, Armstrong and Osman that rise this above other quiz shows.
There have been three series of pointless so far and there have been a few changes in format between the series. Currently, in the second round contestants are presented with a list of answers to a question and must pick from the list, but they must also give the correct answer. For example, there could be a list of currencies, the contestant must try to pick an obscure one, but also get the correct currency. So, for pounds the answer would be the UK, but would score a lot of points.
The list usually contains at least one pointless answer and one wrong answer. I'm not a big fan of this round but it does add some variety to proceedings. I'm sure there will be some more small format changes in future series but the basic idea will remain the same.
This show could easily have been forgettable if it wasn't for its host Alexander Armstrong, and co-host Richard Osman who is also the question setter. They both add a lot of humour to the show. The show is very addictive. It's also a lot of fun to play along, I play along with my other half and we both really rack out brains to get pointless answers.
I can't see it being as big as weakest link or millionaire but I like that, it's a fun show but not a serious show. It's certainly a lot better than the tedious deal or no deal. I am at work when it's show in the daytime, but thanks to the mighty iPlayer get to watch it later on, thanks BBC, one of the few things that makes my licence fee worth something, so there's no excuses for missing out on this one.
Pointless is a relatively new show on BBC, which began airing August last year. It airs in the afternoon during the weekdays, and is hosted by Alexander Armstrong.
The general idea of the show is to score as little points as possible by giving answers that other people wouldn't have given. Before the show, the questions are asked to members of the public and their answers recorded. Depending on how many people gave a certain answer, it would be worth more points. The aim of the game, for the contestants is to find answers that wouldn't have been the most popular one in the public's mind. To put it simply, you have to pick the most obscure answers. At the end of each round, the team with the highest score is eliminated.
There are four rounds, all relatively similar. The first round involves the teams coming up with the answers themselves, the second one they must choose from a list given to them and the third, a one-on-one is a "first to three" round with much more limited questions (like "name the members of Abba"). The fourth round is for the winners, and if they find the "pointless" answer, then they take away the jackpot, which increases in amount whenever anyone gives a pointless (or 0-scoring) answer throughout the game.
The show is pretty original, in its own way and rewards the contestants for thinking outside the box, which I quite like. It's always funny to see someone answer the really obvious ones and getting the full 100 points. Armstrong is pretty good as the host and I like his co-host, Richard, who provides a bit of information on each answer.
I have always loved watching quiz shows especially the sort where I can join in and try and answer the questions - it gives the little grey cells a bit of a workout!
One of the more recent quiz shows to grace our screen is one called Pointless presented by Alexander Armstrong of Armstrong and Miller fame shown daily on BBC2 at 4.30pm.
The principle of the show is fairly simple and hopefully I can explain it to you succinctly enough for you to understand what I am saying!
Before the show 100 people are given 100 seconds to name as many items as they can in a particular range - for example they might be asked to name all the Tom Cruise films they can or maybe all the countries that begin with the letter I and these answers then form the basis of the quiz.
The idea of the quiz is for the contestants to find answers that no one else has thought of. Each answer is scored according to the number of the original one hundred who gave that answer and the winners are the contestants with the lowest number of points. If a contestant can think of a correct answer that hasn't been given by any of the 100 people that is known as a pointless answer and scores zero.
Each day the prize for the winning pair is £1,000 and every pointless answer that is given adds another £250 to this total. If the prize fund isn't won it rolls over to the next programme.
To begin with there are four pairs of contestants and one of each pair steps up to the playing area. The question is asked and each person gives an answer trying to think of the most obscure but correct answer that they can. The sort of question at this stage of the competition might be 'Name a film featuring Jim Carey'. If the answer is incorrect the contestant scores 100 points which when they are trying to score as few points as possible is not good! The contestants then swap places and the other half of the pair answers the same question. Conferring is not allowed in this round.
The pair that has the most points after everyone has given an answer is eliminated.
The three remaining pairs go into the next round which is slightly different. Again one of each pair steps up to the playing area and this time the question is asked but they are given a choice of seven answers at least one of which is pointless and at least one of which is incorrect. A question at this stage might be 'Name a breed of dog'.
Each contestant chooses an answer, obviously trying to find the pointless or at least lowest scoring answers and avoiding the incorrect answer(s). The contestants again swap places and the other half of the pairs choose their answers. Again conferring is not allowed in this round and the pair with the highest score is eliminated.
The remaining two pairs then compete against one another. The questions in this round are usually very easy but the trick here is to find the lowest scoring answer. The pairs of contestants are allowed to confer with each other in this round. The question may be something like name one of the members of the group Queen or maybe name one of the non property spaces on a Monopoly board.
Each time the pair with the lowest score wins and the first to win three wins the round and goes through to the final.
In the final the pair chooses a category from three given and these might be Rock Legends, Sport, History so the finalists choose a category and the question could be anything within that. For example the couple yesterday chose Rock Legends and were asked to name top forty hits recorded by The Rolling Stones. The finalists then give three answers and if any one of them is a pointless answer they win the accumulated prize money. If none of their answers are pointless the prize money rolls over to the next show.
After each set of answers the show's assistant Richard Osman tells the contestants what the pointless answers were and what the highest scoring answers would have been.
I find the show really interesting as I like to try and answer the questions and both Richard Osman and Alexander Armstrong are excellent presenters. They are easy to listen to, comical without resorting to endless puns and considerate to the contestants.
When I was a child we used to play a version of this when the family got together for a bit of a do. We would each have a piece of paper and write about eight categories across the top of the paper - these might be boys' names, cities, colours, vegetables - whatever we could think of at the time! A letter would be chosen at random by someone closing their eyes and pointing to a page of a book. We would then all have three minutes to fill in an answer for each category - so if the letter was S and the categories were the ones listed here you might say Simon, Swansea, Silver and Swede.
The twist was that you only scored a point for an answer that no one else had got so you see the similarity with Pointless. It was a great game to play and ideal for getting us children to calm down a bit if we had been playing a more boisterous game! Happy days!
Anyway if you like a good quiz show give Pointless a try - I think its good fun.
Pointless is a quiz show that I have just found on BBC2. It comes on at 4.30pm and is on Monday to Friday.
The show is different to any that I have seen before. The object of the game is that they ask you a question which they have asked 100 people and you have to give an answer that you think no one else would have given. They give the 100 people 100 seconds to come up with as many answers as they can in the time and they use this data for the game. The kitty starts off at £1000 and if someone gives a "pointless" answer then they add £250 to it.
Each answer they give is scored in proportion with how many people gave that answer so if a lot of people gave the answer you might get a high score like 75 or so. If not many people gave the answer then you might get only 5 or 6 points. If you get the pointless answer then you wont score. If you give an answer that is incorrect though you will score 100 points.
The contestants are in pairs and they ask one of the pair first time round then the other of the pairs second time and the scores are added so you might get a low score first round then the other person might give an incorrect answer and you would add 100 so your score goes up. Another couple might both give middle answers and get a better score altogether.
There are 4 pairs in the first round and they all have the same question like name a Robbie Williams single or name a university. At the end of the second round the pair with the highest score is eliminated.
The next round is similar but this time they give them a list of answers to choose from. One of them is a red herring and if they get this they will score 100 points. At least one of the answers is a pointless answer so they could get this. They ask the question to the first of the pair first time round then the same question but with different answers to the other person the second time round. At the end of the round the one with the highest score goes out again which leaves just two pairs left for the next round.
The next round is called the head to head and the winner goes through to play for the jackpot. They answer as a pair this time and they have to see if they can get a lower score than the other pair. Both pairs give an answer then they show whether it was a correct answer or not and if it is how low the score wil be. They have three lights on their stand and the one who wins gets a light up. This round has up to five questions and the first to win 3 of the questions goes through.
In the final they have to find a pointless answer to the question they are given. If they can find it they will win whatever is in the jackpot. They have a choice of 3 categories to pick from.
I like the hosts on the show, the main host is Alexander Armstrong who is polite to the contestants and makes some funny remarks too. He has an assistant called Richard Osman who sits at a table and explains the questions to the contestants and then after they have answered he tells them what answers they could have said to get a better answer.
If I try to play along at home I find some of the questions are really hard to think of something that no one else would have thought of. I enjoy watching this show, it is certainly different to what I have seen before.
Pointless is a weekday quiz show on the BBC at 4.30 and is fronted by Alexander Armstrong. It has a very simple concept, can you give an answer to a question which no one out of a 100 asked has said, if so you get no points or are pointless. If your answer has been said by any of the 100 then you get a point for each person who said that answer.
Sounds complicated, it's not. Typical questions are countries beginning with L or weight divisions in boxing. In the first round, the contestants are given a set of answers of which one is a pointless answer and at least one is an incorrect answer. Giving an incorrect answer automatically scores 100 and effectively removes you from the game. The first round features 3 teams of 2, both players get a chance and the team with the highest points are eliminated.
For every answer which scores points or is pointless, the jackpot increases.
The second round is a head to head between both teams and each has to answer a question posed by Alexander. The answer with the lowest response from the 100 people wins the round, this round is best of 5 so a winning team needs to get three answers better than their opponents.
So finally we come to the final, in that the team is presented with three catergories, picking one they are then asked simply to give a pointless answer to that question. If they do then they win the jackpot, simple.
The show works well in the afternoon slot it's in, it has a nice mix of knowledge and a bit of fun. After each question, the best and worse answers are revealed by Alexanders assistant Richard Osman who sits and reveals the answers and sometimes discusses the peculiarities of a population sweep for the question. He also sometimes mentions the oddness in the ordering of the answers and is generally a mix of smug know it all and witty snippets.
The show lasts 45 minutes, it's not as high brow as Countdown or as intimidating as The Weakest Link but the money is usually decent and the addition of thinking about the answers is usually fun.
e.g. There are nine countries beginning with the letter L, can you name them and guess which was the answer the lowest points?
Ah, the power of dooyoo... I switched on to this game show this week after reading a review of it on this site and thinking that it sounded good!
Pointless is on BBC2 every weekday at 4.30, so provides an alternative for those of you who are bored with Channel 4's Deal or No Deal. It is presented by Alexander Armstrong who is helped by his friend with the facts, Richard.
Four couples compete for the 'jackpot' which starts at £1000 and increased by £250 every time a 'pointless' answer is given. This is a very small amount of money for all the effort that the teams have to go through and considering they often end up not winning it at the end anyway, I really think they could provide a bit more cash to make it more exciting!
The show goes like this: the teams are given questions to answer that 100 people from the public also answered. The teams must give answers that are correct, but that as few people from the public as possible also gave. If 10 people gave the same answer, the team gets 10 points. The aim is to get as few points as possible to get through each round. If the answer is correct, but noone from the public gave it, the team gets no points and that answer is deemed 'pointless'. However if the team gives an incorrect answer, they get 100 points automatically.
There are four rounds but they are all based on the same sort of principle. The final round, with just one team left, consists of that team trying to come up with a pointless answer to the question. They are given three tries and if none of the answers are pointless, they don't win the money.
This is quite an average game show in my opinion. It is quite interesting to watch and it's fun to play along with at home, however the lack of money on offer and the difficulty of the last round are a bit annoying. Alexander Armstrong is quite a good presenter and Richard is very funny, and I would be happy to watch this occasionally if I had some spare time, but the show doesn't really have the tension or emotional connection of Deal or No Deal, so I'd probably be more likely to switch to channel 4!
Airing each weekday at 4.30pm on BBC 2 is a little gem of a daytime quiz show that I have become hooked on since the second series started a couple of weeks ago. 'Pointless' fronted by Alexander Armstrong is a basic, low budget show which aims to find the most unpopular answers to a series of questions that have been set to 100 people. If the teams of two contestants can find an answer that no one has said it is deemed 'pointless' and over the course of three rounds the aim of the game is to score as few points as possible and contestants with the highest scores are eliminated leaving just one team left to answer a final question which can end up winning them a jackpot of at least £1000.00. The jackpot is increased by £250.00 each time a contestant gives a pointless answer and the money is carried forward from one show to another if it hasn't been won.
Helping Alexander Armstrong with the questions is Richard Osman who acts as an assistant; he is there to give an explanation of the questions that have been set and reveals which answers the contestants should have said if they were looking to give a pointless answer. An example of a question poised the other day was "name a word ending with zz" obvious answers such as 'Jazz' or 'Buzz' had been said by some of the 100 people so generated points whereas an obscure answer such as "zizz" was pointless (can't say I have ever heard of 'zizz' myself but someone said it so people must use the word!) The questions are often easy to find the obvious answers to but can become tricky when you try and think of obscure answers. As the rounds go on the possible answers become fewer so it's down to the contestants to figure out which of the answers has been said by the least amount of people so the contestants don't attract the highest amount of points and are therefore eliminated.
Like I said in my opening paragraph, I'm already hooked on this show, it carries a straightforward format which is charmingly presented by Armstrong and whilst Osman does come across as a bit of a know-it-all and slightly too smug for his own good he certainly doesn't put me off from watching it. This is the second series of the show and for me makes a change from the usual daytime offerings of 'Countdown' or 'The Weakest Link' that for me are well passed their best and feel tired now. Each episode runs for 45 minutes which flies by nicely and it's a fun game to play along with; think of it along the lines of 'Family Fortunes' but in reverse and you will have an idea as to the premise of the game.
All-in-all for me it is a pleasure to watch and I look forward to seeing an episode if I'm in, it isn't 'must-see TV' by any means but passes on a bit of time and I enjoy playing along. For me it would rate an excellent 4/5 dooyoo star rating and I would definitely recommend you give it a go if you are into quiz shows or wanting something on in the background whilst busy doing other things.
Older episodes will be available on BBCs Iplayer if you want to catch up on a few shows, and as this second series only started on the 8th March I would imagine it will be a BBC2 staple for a good few weeks to come. Check it out and see for yourself. Thanks for reading my review!
The second series of this show is now being shown on BBC iplayer and I have started to watch it as I never saw the earlier series. The show is 45 minutes long and I realy don't know how they fill that time, despite having watched all of the episodes on the iplayer already.
It is presented by two people, with Alexander Armstrong as the main guy, and then Richard someone as the other guy, the one who reads the 'rules' each time, and then tells people why their answers are allowed or not allowed each time. He is portrayed as a very geeky person who seems to know everything. I think he is a bit like the people on countdown who allow or disallow peoples answers.
So the point of the show is for the 4 couples to score the lowest points possible from questions they are asked, and they do this by choosing the most 'pointless' (AKA you get 0 points) answer. The answers are from asking 100 people in 100 seconds to answer the questions.
Each round the couples have to get the lowest amount of points and those with the most get eliminated, leaving just two couples left for the semi-final round. The people who get eliminated get one more go to reach the final in the next show (usually). To get to the final is a head to head and it is the first pair to win 3 rounds, before they can then go to the final. The couples are allowed to confer in this round though which is good I think because the questions can be a bit harder!
I think this show is pretty addictive, it is easy to watch but it is nothing in comparison to the other shows I like to watch like mock the week and other comedy things. I think it is a little bit like reverse family fortunes however I don't really see people winning things. Apparantly the jackpot from the previous series rolled over which is good at least I think.
I like the programme though, Alexander Armstrong is a good watch as a presenter and he makes it light hearted and fun. The game show is a refreshing new one but I probably will only watch it when there is nothing else to choose as it isn't brilliant and there seems to be a lot of padding.
Pointless is a new quiz show (aug 2009) currently being aired on BBC2 at 4.30 daily. It is hosted by comedian Alexander Armstrong and co-hosted by his pointless friend Richard Osman who is the facts and figures guy, the man with all the questions and answers and explanations and weird facts.
The aim of the game is to think of the most obscure but correct answer there is and hope that the 100 people that had 100 seconds to answer the same question didn't think the same as you. For example they asked 100 people to name a British monarch who has ruled for more than 20 years. You would automatically think Queen Victoria but that would be the worst answer to say as it would be the most common answer. If you were to say a less known answer then you are more likely to get a totally pointless answer (an answer that is correct and no one used) or the least amount of points for less people answering. So say 7 people answered the same as the contestant they would gain 7 points but if 58 people said the same then they would get 58 points.
In the first round there are four couples and they choose which one to answer first and then after each one has answered, then they swap over and the second of the team state their answer. The aim is to try not to go over 100 points but also to get the least amount of points. On the pointless scoreboard we see the points go down to the amount of points they have achieved with their answers. If they answer with an incorrect answer then they automatically get 100 points!
The pair with the most amount of points is eliminated.
The three couples then have another question but this time they have a choice of answers, one or two of them are pointless answers and there is also one or two booby traps. Once again they have to find the answer with the least amount of points and the again the most points earned has to leave the show. This couple are invited back to the next show to have another go and are allowed to do this two times.
The next round is the head to head and this time they can work together and discuss their answers, the winning couple is the one to win three games first having answered the lowest pointer answer. They are then through to the final. On getting this far they earn the pointless trophy.
The final round has the winning couple competing to win the jackpot. This mounts up whenever a pointless answer is given £250 is added and is also rolled over if it isn't won on previous show. Yesterday the highest jackpot I have seen won was £12k. Not your highest quiz pot is it?
They are given three categories to choose from and after choosing they then have 60 seconds to discuss the three answers they would like to give. In order to win the jackpot they have to give just one pointless answer.
I really like this show, it is growing on me as it is unique in the way you have to answer the questions. You don't have to be a genius to watch it either (perfect!) for an example of some questions - a word in the dictionary ending in OSS, so you don't want to think of the obvious ones that spring to mind straight away like Boss and Gloss, you need to think of words like emboss, dross, engross etc. Another question - families that have been in Eastenders - too obvious - Beales, Fowlers, not so obvious - Evans, Truemans. I think you get the picture.
It gets your brain trying to think that little bit harder and the questions are a wide range that are good for anyone to join in. When you are racking your brains for the most unusual answer, it's great to play along and when the answers are revealed you find you kicking yourself! A bit like family fortunes when you are trying to find the missing answer in frustration.
My only gripe with this program is I feel that Armstrong isn't used to his full ability, sometimes it feels like he is really not needed at all as his pointless friend Osman reads the questions and gives the answers and extra information. The same catchphrase that was funny at first is now beginning to grind as there is only so many times you can do a play on the word pointless.
The jackpot is also measly but I think as this show is still fairly new once it has the following that other popular quiz shows have they may change their format a bit.
Overall this show is entertaining at the right time when we are just settling down for tea and there is usually a gap of good TV. Once they find their feet a bit and possibly get a bit more feedback about how they could iron out a few niggles this show could be really great.