#howthehelldidthishappen? Game show Pointless lands primetime slot on Saturday nights!

by Lynn Connolly

Just yesterday, I wrote an article about Alexander Armstrong’s new game show, Big Ask, in which I wondered – as a side note – if anyone, anywhere, watches his other game show, Pointless…

Well, it would seem that over Christmas, five million people did, and as a result, the show has now been given a primetime slot on Saturday nights.

Now, in all honesty – other than anything hosted by Ant and Dec – Saturday night TV is where shows go to die. Generally speaking, only prisoners and the reluctant housebound watch Saturday evening TV because it’s dire.

However, the Daily Mirror reports that ITV bosses have been so impressed with the viewer ratings for Pointless in the last few weeks, that they’re hoping it’ll do well in the new time slot, and continue to do well in its weekday slot.

Also, the new Saturday show will feature celebrities as guests, and will be called – probably very aptly – Pointless Celebrities…

The addition of a Saturday airing is expected as of March, and of it, Alexander – whose name I can’t say or think of without applying the comparethemeerkat Alexander’s voice to – said, “It’s going to be fun. Including the usual version we’ll be on six days out of seven – blimey.”

His co-host Richard Osman, who was recently named as a ‘Weird Crush’, added, “We haven’t changed the show at all for Saturdays, so we’ll still be our normal, bumbling, amateur selves.”

And, David Flynn, boss of production company Remarkable Television, said, “There are not enough Pointless Celebrities on Saturday night television so it’s great to bring our show to this new slot.”

The paper adds, “The celebrities are set to include Bill Oddie with fellow wildlife presenter Chris Packham, TV favourites Claire Sweeney and Anthea Turner, Formula 1 host Jake Humphrey and David Coulthard and Arlene Phillips and her daughter Alana.”

Will you be watching Pointless on a Saturday? If so, do the guards let you use the ‘net for anything you want, or are you restricted?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.