Pointless (2009– )

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A game show where contestants aim to score the fewest points possible by guessing the least popular answers given by people in polls on various subjects.

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A game show where contestants aim to score the fewest points possible by guessing the least popular answers given by people in polls on various subjects.

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I'm not a fan of game shows but I like 'Pointless'!
20 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Normally I'm not a fan of this kind of programme but for some reason I really enjoy 'Pointless'. I suspect this is largely down to presenters Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman; they frequently have a laugh at contestants' answers but it never seems to be in a mean spirited way. It also helps that most of the contestants don't take thing too seriously; it isn't unknown for them to laugh as their wrong answers means they won't be going home with the cash prize.

The format is simple; the game starts with four teams of two answering questions on various subjects and after each round one pair is eliminated. For each question the lowest score wins… A hundred people were given a hundred seconds to give as many correct as possible… the score gained matches the number of people who gave that answer and a wrong answer scores 100 points.

The rounds are equally simple; using today's episode as an example:

Round one: One person in each pair had to name a Country that had won Miss World, the other had to name an England goalkeeper.

Round two: A list of six US TV shows was shown and one member of each team said which city one of them was set in, the list was then changed and the second team member named the city.

Round three (The head to head round): The first team to get the best score for two varied questions gets to the final.

The Final: The surviving team selects the topic, out of three possibilities, to be questioned on… today it was 'Sporting Greats' and they had to identify boxers who fought Mohammad Ali. In this round they give three answers and one of them must be 'Pointless' if they are to win the prize money… if they lose they still get the 'prestigious Pointless Trophy'.

I don't always watch the programme but if I start watching or walk in to the room when it is on I'll almost always watch to the end. I like how the questions with have multiple answers so not only do you have to get it right you must try to pick one that you think few other people will know… there is also enough time for viewers to think of the answers so even if you aren't lightning fast you have a chance to compete at home!

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