POINTLESS TV PAIR AT BOOKSHOP
TV stars due to appear at bookshop for signing
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