Pointless: how are the 100 people polled & other questions

Louisa Mellor Aug 10, 2016

How do they choose the 100 people polled on Pointless? What counts as a Mastermind specialist subject? 7 geeky game show questions…

It’s all very well for game shows to sit there and ask all the questions. How would they feel if we turned the tables and started to interrogate them? Then the quizzing shoe would be on the other foot.

(Potential ITV pitch “The Quizzing Shoe”: two teams of professional cobblers answer trivia questions on the history of footwear for a chance to win their choice of shoe worn by a member of the opposing team. Suggested hosts: Imelda Marcos, P.C. Boot from The Shoe People, Elizabeth Shue.)

Here are our best attempts at answering seven questions we’ve long wondered about some of the UK’s finest game and quiz shows…

1. How do they choose the 100 people polled on Pointless?

If a lady with
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Media Monkey's Diary: The Queen at the BBC and Kate Winslet

✒Some of those who relished the Pirandellian spectacle of the BBC's coverage of the Queen's visit to New Broadcasting House on Friday (climaxing in especially postmodern fashion with her contribution to a Radio 4 special about, well, her visit to New Broadcasting House) consulted the maps for BBC staff of the "goldfish bowl" newsroom, as previously reproduced in MediaGuardian. And, yes, the spot where Hm stood as she appeared panto-style behind the news presenters is the No 1 no-go area, marked "please don't stand here".

✒This wasn't the only instance of royal scorn for the rules, as she wore a hat in the newsroom and was accompanied by an equerry equipped with a sword, both contrary to BBC guidelines though more alarmingly so in the latter case. At one point it seemed possible the sword might come in to use, when a second chap in military garb could be glimpsed making a
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Andrew Neil calls Alex Jones an idiot in Sunday Politics clash

Us shock jock lambasted by BBC TV presenter after interrupting fellow guest to warn viewers over 'Bilderberg Group puppeteers'

The BBC's Sunday Politics show is generally a rather sedate affair, heavy on serious interviews and light on controversy. But viewers were treated to a highly charged confrontation between host Andrew Neil and Us conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, which saw the latter labelled the worst person to be interviewed on the show and an idiot.

The shock jock had been invited on the show alongside journalist David Aaronovitch to discuss the secretive Bilderberg conference, which has been taking place near Watford over the past week.

But having been asked on several occasions to let his co-guest speak, Jones launched into a tirade about several conspiracy theories detailed on his website.

He was cut off by Neil, but when he continued to rant, the presenter said: "You are the worst person I've ever interviewed,
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Radio host Alex Jones rants on Sunday Politics, Neil calls him an idiot

American 'shock jock' Alex Jones launched into a rant on live television this morning (June 9).

The Us broadcaster - known for his conspiracy theories and support of gun ownership - appeared on the BBC's Sunday Politics show to discuss the recent meeting of Bilderberg group members.

Jones stated his belief that the group of business leaders, politicians and policy makers is actually a firm that secretly governs the world.

He explained to host Andrew Neil that the creation of the euro was a "Nazi German plan", and that "Bilderberg is heavily involved in the EU plan" and "it is a Nazi plan".

"We have forced them from cover to admit they're puppeteers above the major parties," he added.

Guest David Aaronovitch, who has written about conspiracy theorists like Jones, queried: "[If the group are so powerful] why are you still alive?"

However, Jones insisted that he had received calls threatening "to cut [his] head off" after speaking about a previous Bilderberg meeting.
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'Dimble-dancing' to BBC's Question Time

Popular politics TV show sparks cult nights of dancing and tweeting in Hackney

On a steamy Thursday evening in Hackney, east London, the large, airless room above a cinema was getting hotter than David Cameron's collar during PMQs. Music was playing over the sound system, prompting some to dance wildly. The tune was a surprising floor-filler: the opening music of the BBC's political discussion show Question Time.

Competitive "Dimble-dancing" is part of the BBC Question Time Watch-Along – a monthly gathering which attracts Question Time obsessives to tweet, drink and dance while watching their favourite political show.

"I'd really look forward to my Thursday evening when, rather pathetically, I could come home with my bottle of wine and sit and watch Question Time," said 25-year-old Nat Guest, who created the night. "I would yell at the screen and tweet my friends who seemed to be doing the same thing."

Guest's first
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Books: Review:David Aaronovitch: Voodoo Histories

David Aaronovitch, a political journalist for The Times in London, seemingly viewed writing Voodoo Histories: The Role Of The Conspiracy Theory In Shaping Modern History as a public service. It’s a guidebook to prepare readers for that party where they get cornered by someone who wants to tell them about the truth behind 9/11, or discuss any of more than a dozen major conspiracy theories of the last century. Aaronovitch starts each analysis by laying out a theory and discussing how it came about, some of its major advocates, and the seemingly reasonable people who bought it. He ...
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