Wednesday, 6 December 2017

New Pointless recording dates

The next tranche of recording dates for Pointless have been released, running from 22nd January to 8th March.

Recordings are back to their usual home in Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, just north of London. They're really good fun to attend, so I highly recommend applying for free tickets. See how tall Richard really is! Hear Xander swear!

Friday, 1 December 2017

Alexander Armstrong: In A Winter Light on Sky

Following the release of his first Christmas album In A Winter Light, Alexander Armstrong will take centre stage on Sky Arts to perform his favourite festive songs.

The programme's first broadcast will be on Monday 4th December at 9pm. Repeats will follow in the days to come, so keep an eye out for them!

New Hey Duggee... a-WOOF!

New episodes of the BAFTA-winning pre-school animation Hey Duggee, splendidly narrated by Alexander Armstrong, will be showing from Monday 4th December, at 7.40am on CBeebies.

The first of the new episodes is the Space Badge. It's winter and it's dark and too cold to play outside.What adventures will the Squirrels and Duggee get up to indoors?

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Sports Personality of the Year Pointless Celebrities, 16th December

Pointless Celebrities on 16th December, at 5.40pm, celebrates the Sports Personality of the Year award.

Past SPOTY winners. Mary Peters, Paula Radcliffe, Fatima Whitbread, Jayne Torvill, Robin Cousins and Gred Rusedski are here, as well as rugby player and 2014 Team of the Year winner Maggie Alphonsi, and ex-footballer Geoff Thomas, whose charity cycling marathon won him the Helen Rollason Award in 2005.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Pointless Celebrities Christmas Special, 23rd December

The Pointless Celebrities Christmas special will be broadcast on Saturday 23rd December at 6.15pm. All the contestants are from the world of music, and as befits the time of year, the entry requirement is that they must have released a Christmas hit.

Taking part are choir master Gareth Malone and his lead soloist Samantha Stevenson, who along with the rest of the Military Wives choir, achieved a Christmas number one in 2011 with Wherever You Are. Jona Lewie, who had the perennial Christmas hit Stop The Cavalry, plays alongside Mike Batt who not only had the festive hit Wombling Merry Christmas but also co-wrote David Essex’s 1982 song A Winter’s Tale.

Jimmy Osmond and his 1972 Christmas Number 1 Long-Haired Lover From Liverpool teams up with X Factor winner Ben Haenow, who also took the Christmas number 1 spot in 2014 - and the final pair, Justin & Dan Hawkins from The Darkness, not only try to take home the Pointless Trophy but also play-out the show with their anthem Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End).

Sunday, 26 November 2017

The Real Full Monty to return?

There are reports that The Real Full Monty is set to return for a second show, with a new cast of celebrities.

The first show, earlier this year, was hosted by Alexander Armstrong and Ashley Banjo. Seven celebrities signed up for the show, including Matthew Wolfenden, Harry Judd, Wayne Sleep, and Dom Littlewood.

As well as celebrating the 20th anniversary of the iconic British film The Full Monty, the programme aimed to raise awareness of men's cancers, and encourage men to get tested.

Xander said before the first show:
We are using this film to raise awareness of men's cancer - prostate and testicular - encouraging guys to check themselves, look out for their friends, and act on symptoms if they have them.
If caught early enough, prostate cancer is nearly 100 per cent curable, but if men are not aware of the problem or ignore symptoms, the story is not such a good one, as prostate cancer kills one man an hour.
I hope that by showing these men have the balls to strip off in front of thousands of people, it might encourage otherwise reluctant men to overcome their embarrassment and get themselves checked.
Yhere's no word yet who will be presenting the new show, if indeed it goes ahead. Here's hoping they stick with Xander!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Broadcast Awards

The shortlist for the Broadcast Awards 2018 has been announced, and Alexander Armstrong has multiple interests!

DangerMouse is a contender for Best Children's Programme. Pointless is nominated as Best Daytime Programme (as is Richard Osman's House of Games). And The Real Full Monty is in the running for both Best Original Programme and Best Popular Factual Programme.

The ceremony will be held at The Grosvenor Hotel in London on 7 February 2018. We wish Xander and all his shows well!

Food and Drink Pointless Celebrities, 9th December

Pointless Celebrities on Saturday 9th December, at 6pm, is a Food and Drink special.

Jilly Goolden teams up with fellow wine expert Olly Smith, while cookery writer Sophie Grigson partners chef and businessman Michael Caines. Restaurant critic Fay Maschler and Taste of Britain chef Brian Turner join forces, while Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh - who joined forces in the show's last culinary special - are reunited for another chance to come up with unlikely correct answers for Xander's questions.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Strictly Pointless Celebrities, 2nd December

Pointless Celebrities on Saturday 2nd December at 6.15pm is a Strictly Come Dancing special.

Series 11 partners Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole team up once again, while series seven winner Chris Hollins joins forces with series nine contestant Russell Grant. Last year's champion pairing Aliona VIlani and Jay McGuiness are reunited, and seasoned Strictly dancer Anton du Beke steps up to the podium with his professional partner Erin Boag.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

TV Winners Pointless Celebrities, 25th November

All the contestants on Saturday 25th November's Pointless Celebrities, at 6pm, are winners of television talent shows or reality contests.

MasterChef 2015 winner Simon Wood teams up with his 2016 successor Jane Devonshire, while Lee McQueen, who won the fourth series of The Apprentice, joins forces with Yasmina Siadatan, who followed him in 2009. X Factor 2013 champion Sam Bailey throws her lot in with Pop Idol series two star Michelle McManus, and Britain's Got Talent-winning street dancer George Sampson bands together with singer and one-time Celebrity Big Brother star Jermaine Jackson.