SHOW: Pointless CHANNEL: WIN TIMESLOT: 6pm Weeknights
WHILE I don’t consider myself a huge game show fan, I do occasionally enjoy watching the odd episode here and there to kill time and challenge my brain to see if I could be competitive in such a situation. I did find myself intrigued by the setup of new game show Pointless, which recently premiered on WIN. Co-hosted by comedian and writer, Mark Humphries, and Dr Andrew Rochford, Pointless sees three teams compete each night. Faced with questions from a wide range of general knowledge topics including sport, music, celebrities and science, players must produce the least obvious answers in order to progress towards the nightly jackpot. To find out the points value of each answer, 100 people are surveyed, and it is sort of a reverse Family Feud situation where you want to find the least popular answer. Unbeknownst to me, Pointless has been a long running smash hit in the UK since 2009 and is seen on screens all over the world, and it is entertaining to try to figure out how you would arrive at an obscure answer for the question. The holy grail in the show is coming up with a correct answer that literally no one else has, which are the “pointless” answers of the title. While I doubt I will watch it regularly, Pointless is sure to capture the attention of quiz show fanatics and stretch their brain power.
◆ QUIZ WITH A DIFFERENCE: Pointless Hosts Mark Humphries and Dr Andrew Rochford.