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Thursday, 24 March 2011

The More Obscure The Better

Afternoon telly has never been so good. I've even started to not worry about missing The Chase. Why? Because Pointless is back on. For the last few weeks the show that everyone loves to play along with at home has had me loving playing along at home. Part of the reason I love it so much is because I'm good at it.

If you've never seen it - if you have a job, in other words - then I'll break it down for you here. The game works like this: 100 people are asked a question - name as many Eurovision Song Contest Host Countries as you can, or something - and their answers are logged. Then, the studio contestants have to give their own answers with an aim to offering the LEAST popular answer given. However many people, from the 100 asked, gave the same answer as the contestant, that's the number of "points" they get - high scoring answers are bad - you're aiming for a "Pointless Answer" - an answer that nobody from the 100 gave.

It's a sort of reverse Family Fortunes. Only much, much better. Hosted by Alexander Armstrong and overseen by brainy know-all Richard Osman - both hilarious - this show is a now, for me, simply unmissable. Because it's such an easy game to "play along with" it works well as a social pastime - how sad, haha! If you've never seen it, watch it next week! BBC Two, 4:30pm. You won't regret it!