Pointless hits the 1000 episode mark and Richard and Alexander swap roles


BBC daytime game show Pointless hits the 1000 episode mark in the New Year and as a special twist on the format Richard Osman and Alexander Armstrong swap roles.

For the first time ever Richard Osman presents from the master podium while Alexander Armstrong becomes the Pointless friend behind the desk as the keeper of obscure facts and figures.

In this milestone episode some very entertaining Pointless contestants return to the studio. David and Christo step up to the podium as winners of the first ever Pointless jackpot in 2009. David and his son Jon return as winners of the highest jackpot ever at £24,750. Previously Patrick and Sarah achieved a stunning three pointless answers in the final round. While Showbiz’s Trev and Simon were one of the earliest Pointless Celebrities pairings to take home the coveted Pointless jackpot.

To mark the occasion a bigger prize is up for grabs, with £2,500 in the charity jackpot and in keeping with the theme of the show every Pointless answer is worth £1,000.

Since its launch in 2009, the award winning programme has become one of Britain’s favourite gameshows with both its weekday and Saturday night’s Pointless Celebrities. Following a bumper commission of 165 daytime and 45 primetime celebrity episodes early this year, the gameshow will now pass the 1000 episode mark.

Alexander Armstrong says: “I can’t tell you how exciting this is for Richard and me! I imagine it’s probably fairly obvious how much we love making Pointless – but to pass the 1000th episode mark is a great tribute to a show that so many people work so hard on. Long may it prosper!”

Richard Osman says: “I’m so delighted that the ridiculous rise and rise of Pointless continues and have loved spending 1000 episodes alongside my TV husband Xander. Swapping roles was a real treat but let’s just say I’m not in a hurry to do it again – Xander’s job is much harder than it looks!”

Dan McGolpin, BBC Controller of Daytime and Early-Peak says: “Pointless continues to make a mockery of its own name, entertaining and educating millions of viewers every day that it’s on. To reach 1,000 episodes is a fantastic achievement by Alexander, Richard and the team at Remarkable Television.”

Pointless was created by Remarkable Television, part of Endemol Shine Group. The format has also sold to 10 territories including France, Germany, the Netherlands and across Central and Eastern Europe.

The Executive Producers are James Fox, Richard Hague and Dom Waugh at Remarkable Television. The Series Producer is John Ryan. The series has been commissioned by BBC Controller of Daytime and Early-Peak Dan McGolpin and BBC Commissioning Editor Alexandra McLeod.

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