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My Pointless Review
Member Name: lilmsnaughty79
Advantages: Entertaining, Funny
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.
Summary: A Great Quiz Show With Added Comedy