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Pointless: the daytime game show in a league of its own

22 March 2013 5:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Pointless is a rare thing indeed – a bookish, leisurely game show where nobody involved is a shrieking idiot (the celebrity offshoot excepted). Long may it continue

Pointless is a daytime game show, which means its contemporaries are Loose Women and Dickinson's Real Deal and the weird Channel 4 cookery show that's basically the world's most irksome Sainsbury's commercial. And yet it somehow seems wrong to lump Pointless in with that lot. It's become so much more than that.

This might say more about the meandering gaggle of slackers and no-hopers I follow more than anything else but, like clockwork every weekday afternoon, my Twitter timeline will briefly glow with people congratulating themselves on their ability to beat the Pointless contestants. This sort of thing just doesn't happen with other daytime game shows. People don't publicly play along with the Countdown conundrum, or attempt to outfox the woman from The Chase, »

- Stuart Heritage

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