TV stars due to ap­pear at book­shop for sign­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A LUCKY shop worker con­vinced two celebri­ties to do a book sign­ing after she ap­peared on their popular tele­vi­sion pro­gramme.

Janet Ste­wart, man­ager of Ger­rards Cross Book­shop, starred with friend and per­sonal trainer Philip New­ton, 45, on BBC quiz show Point­less in May.

Pre­sen­ters Alexan­der Arm­strong and Richard Os­man said they were staunch sup­port­ers of in­de­pen­dent book­shops and while quizzing the pair from Seer Green on cam­era of­fered to sign The Very Point­less Quiz Book at the shop.

Mrs Ste­wart, 58, held them to their word.

Now the pre­sen­ters will ap­pear at the shop in Pack­horse Road to­mor­row (Fri­day), from 12-1pm.

“We are very ex­cited,” said Mrs Ste­wart, of Hearnes Close.

“When I said I work in an in­die book­shop, Alexan­der said ‘that is bril­liant, we should be sup­port­ing our in­de­pen­dent book­shops’ – I said ‘we def­i­nitely should’.”

Mrs Ste­wart au­di­tioned for the show in London

Alexan­der re­ally likes

you to be risky but most peo­ple are not go­ing to do that be­cause you do not want to

look like an idiot”

where they played a trial game of Point­less.

Con­tes­tants have to score as few points as pos­si­ble by com­ing up with the most ob­scure cor­rect an­swers to ques­tions.

The friends im­pressed the pro­duc­ers with their an­swer to, ‘Name a Bri­tish sit­com’. They sug­gested Go­ing Straight, which was the follow up to Por­ridge.

“Alexan­der re­ally likes you to be risky but most peo­ple are not go­ing to do that be­cause you do not want to look like an idiot,” said Mrs Ste­wart.

They were of­fered a place and filmed the show over two days in London five months ago.

Mrs Ste­wart, who reg­u­larly watches the pro­gramme, said: “The ban­ter is nice and the at­mos­phere is good.

“There was one other cou­ple who looked like real ‘quizzers’, like they re­ally knew what they are do­ing.”

Mrs Ste­wart, who has two daugh­ters in their 20s, was dread­ing ques­tions on sports, chem­i­cal el­e­ments and films but hop­ing for ques­tions on books.

She is not al­lowed to re­veal the win­ners un­til the pro­gramme airs in the new year.

“The kids did not come, it was just too much for them,” added the mother.

“But we did not em­bar­rass our­selves.”


TEAM­WORK: Per­sonal trainer Philip New­ton and man­ager of Ger­rards Cross Book­shop, Janet Ste­wart

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