Thursday, 24 August 2017

Happy birthday to you

So, 2009. Did anything interesting happen?
  • Matt Smith was named as the new Doctor in Doctor Who, taking over from David Tennant
  • Captain Chesley Sullenberger crash-landed his airliner in the Hudson River after birds disabled the engines. All passengers and crew survived
  • Peter Andre and Katie Price separated
  • There was an epidemic of swine flu
  • The funniest joke of this year's Edinburgh Fringe, as voted by viewers of TV channel Dave. came from comedian Dan Antopolski: "Hedgehogs. Why can't they just share the hedge?" 
Oh... and a TV quiz, name of Pointless, was broadcast. for the first time.

Today, 24th August 2017, is the eighth anniversary of that first show's broadcast, in a quiet little BBC2 daytime backwater. More than 1200 editions later, it's one of BBC1's top shows, complete with celebrity specials shown in prime time Saturday night slots.

And with another long recording block about to start, it looks like Pointless will be with us for a long time yet. Roll on the next anniversary!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Series 2 of Danger Mouse? Crumbs, DM!

Series 2 of the rebooted Danger Mouse (starring the voices of Alexander Armstrong as Danger Mouse himself, and Kevin Eldon as Penfold) will start on Monday 4th September, at 6pm on CBBC.

In the first episode, Colonel K goes on holiday, leaving DM in charge of the secret service and allowing Baron Greenback to strike chaos across the planet. How will Colonel D save the day this time?

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

It must be autumn...

Season of mists, mellow fruitfulness... and new Pointless shows!

Series 17 continues from Monday 4th September at the usual time of 5.15pm. With another couple of hundred about to be recorded, we've plenty more to come!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Health & Fitness Pointless Celebrities

On Saturday 26th August at 7.20pm, BBC1 has a repeated Health & Fitness edition of Pointless Celebrities.

The contestants are 1980s TV fitness instructor Lizzie Webb and This Morning's resident doctor Chris Steele, Dancing on Ice judge Robin Cousins and former contestant Rosemary Conley, Welsh sprinter Iwan Thomas and former Olympic athlete Katharine Merry, and Embarrassing Bodies consultants Dr Dawn Harper and Dr Pixie McKenna.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Danger Mouse: From Duck Till Dawn

Danger Mouse: From Duck Till Dawn, starring Alexander Armstrong as Danger Mouse and Kevin Eldon as Penfold, is the latest Danger Mouse DVD to be released.

The DVD, to be released on Monday 18th September, will contain 8 spooky Hallowe'en episodes of the hit show, including the reappearance of Count Duckula. Crikey, DM!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Peter and the Wolf, and other animals

The release date for Alexander Armstrong's album of animal-themed classical pieces for children with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has now been confirmed.

Xander said:
It’s very exciting to be moving onto a narration project after having done quite a lot of narration in my role as an actor and as presenter. But also using my experience as a solo singer; I’ve had a musical side and an acting side, and I see them both as using the same sort of discipline. A sort of musicality is involved in narration, it seems like a very logical thing for me to be doing.
 To be released on Friday September 29th, the album will include Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Ogden Nash's poems for Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals, and Rawsthorne's Practical Cats. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon or all usual sources.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Formula One Pointless Celebrities

There's a repeated Formula One Pointless Celebrities, on Saturday 19th August at 7.20pm.

The competitors are retired F1 racer David Coulthard and Australian motorsports star Mark Webber, former driver Allan McNish and Williams F1 deputy team principal Claire Williams, veteran commentator Murray Walker and ex-champion Nigel Mansell, and Red Bull Principal Christian Horner and ex-MotoGP presenter Suzi Perry. 

There are only a few sporting questions, so to make them feel at home Xander challenges Nigel Mansell to a Scalextric race – with Murray Walker commentating. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

Test Match Pointless Celebrities, 12th August

Pointless Celebrities on 12th August at 5.40pm is a repeated Test Match special.

Taking part are Graeme Swann and Alison Mitchell, Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell, Melinda Farrell and Jonathan Agnew, and Ebony Rainford-Brent and Henry Blofeld.

Also featured is this exceptional cricket tea.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Business Pointless Celebrities, 6th August

There's a repeated Business special of Pointless Celebrities on Sunday 6th August at 4.15pm.

Four Rooms duo Peter Ratcliffe and Jeff Salmon take on Ann Summers Chief Executive Jacqueline Gold and Dragons' Den investor Richard Farleigh, The Apprentice winner Tim Campbell and former rival Saira Khan, and lingerie entrepreneur Michelle Mone and former BBC business correspondent Declan Curry.

History Pointless Celebrities, 5th August

Saturday 5th August at 5.25pm sees a repeated History special of Pointless Celebrities.

Taking part are Kate Williams and Adam Hart-Davis, Janina Ramirez and Andrew Graham-Dixon, Ben Willbond and Laurence Rickard, and Lars Tharp and Tim Wonnacott

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Teach My Pet To Do That starts soon!

Teach My Pet To Do That is an entertaining, informative and charming new show presented by Alexander Armstrong, that celebrates the hidden intellectual talents of the nation's pets.

In the first episode of Teach My Pet To Do That, on Friday 11th August at 8pm on ITV1, animal lover, comedian and presenter Xander opens the doors of his multispecies pet training school, to welcome Eric the dog and miniature horse Aslan to see if trainers Jo-Rosie Haffenden and Nando Brown can train them to answer a door to the cue of a doorbell.
The star pet is Ziggy the skateboarding dog, and the trainers attempt to train River the cat to not only ride Moss the dog, but also to be the star attraction at the opening of a doggy daycare center.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Sports Pointless Celebrities, 29th July

Pointless Celebrities on 29th July, at 7pm, is a repeated Sports special.

Taking part are Willie Thorne and Tony Jacklin, Andy Fordham and Deta Hedman, Tessa Sanderson and Derek Redmond, and Nick Easter and Martin Offiah.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Alexander Armstrong takes his family to Corfu

A pool, a boat and some lard: the Pointless host discovers the secret of family harmony on Corfu

From The Times, 16 July 2017

Short of popping off to Switzerland for an old-skool rock-star blood transfusion, is there any more rejuvenating feeling than arriving on a holiday that you can see from the outset is going to be a corker? Seriously, give me one flash of a twinkly blue sea from a terrace, chuck in a whiff of cypress and the languid slap and gurgle of a swimming pool, and I feel the yip, pep and general how-d’ye-do of an 18-year-old taking over my system once more after these many years.

This was only my second trip to the Greek islands — the first was to Zakynthos for a friend’s wedding six years ago — and on both occasions I had this reviving sense on arrival of the dirt falling from my fingernails and the animals at the end of my mental reins transforming from a couple of old farting dogs to a pair of whinnying Arab stallions. Put it down to some ancient magic of the islands, the mad blueness of the sea or just the sheer ruddy pinkness of the rosé. But for its restorative effect, I don’t think you can beat it.

Corfu in itself is exciting. It sets out its stall pretty unequivocally: Cor! Foo! You might as well call a place Crikeywow or Shitblimey. And, on the whole, I’d say it lives up to the billing.
We took the bold step of booking a villa up in the pretty northeast of the island. You really want to be certain of having found the right place when it’s going to be just you and your immediate family there for the whole holiday.

Ours was right on the coast, just round the point from Kassiopi, so we made the decision to do (almost) all our travelling by boat and eschew the rental car. (How many days of your life have been idled away queuing to pick up a car YOU HAVE ALREADY BOOKED AND PAID FOR while a man in a tight suit stares at a screen and taps out The Ketchup Song on the counter with the keys to a Picasso?) Well, I can tell you, it was the best holiday-transport decision we have ever taken.

Island roads dutifully curl and saunter around every bay, inlet and mountain pass in these parts. We, on the other hand, bombed up the east coast in a straight line from a jetty near the airport. It probably still took 45 minutes, but who cared? We were in a huge pointy grey inflatable that made me think I was in The Night Manager, and which delivered us invigorated and salt-dried onto a tiny little bobbing jetty just below our villa’s gate.

We are a family of six, two adults and four fighting boys (10, 8, 7 and 2), and we’ve struggled to come to terms with the sheer numbers involved in being on manoeuvre — not just the headcount, but the automatic costs of flights, taxis, hotels, etc. Renting a villa normally ends up being the most economical way of doing it. In fact, for the past three holidays, we’ve ganged up with other friends who have children and shared, which makes the villa option an even more alluring prospect financially. And there’s an undoubted smugness that you get from feeling all independent, swinging your basket off to the market on Day 2 like you’ve been there for ever, and making salads in your own kitchen with basil from the garden and courgette flowers and... LARD?

Ah yes, that’s a thing about Greece: the language and script make absolutely no sense to anyone who isn’t actually Greek. None of your Romance languages will help you out here. Happily, on Corfu nearly everyone speaks English, so here’s a tip for husbands going off on “helpful” shopping trips: just ask someone if it definitely is feta cheese.

The northeast of Corfu is pleasingly light on concrete and development, which means the coast has that lovely familiar look of pretty much any Mediterranean coastline. Less steep than the Amalfi, I suppose, less nocturnal than Ibiza, but it’s full of drama nonetheless: crags and bays and cypress trees and terracotta rooftops. If you’re lucky enough to get there in May or June, then it’s also thrillingly green and bursting with wild flowers. Anemones, irises, honeysuckle and acanthus were all jockeying for position by the roadsides, and the air — particularly in the evenings — was thick with wild herbs and jasmine.

Our boat would be dropped off at the bobbing jetty each morning we needed it and picked up again in the evening, so no nagging worries about it drifting off to Albania in the night. It was a) not cripplingly expensive (€50 for the day) and b) wonderfully easy.

I suppose my lesson in how to drive the thing was as thorough as it needed to be: I was shown the ignition, forwards and reverse, and seven seconds later was handed command of the vessel. After making our way gingerly around the point, I soon got the hang of it and opened it up a bit. Cor! Foo! It was fun. We spent two deliriously happy days tearing around, grinning like idiots, waving to people in other boats and generally enjoying the total freedom of the water.

On the first day, we chugged down past the pretty harbour of Kassiopi and explored all the little bays and beaches, many of which are part of a nature reserve and nearly all of which we had to ourselves, as they are inaccessible by land.

On the second day, we went up north, to Kalamaki beach and beyond. The great beauty of being afloat is that you can drop anchor anywhere you like and hurl yourself into the clear blue water whenever the fancy takes you. It’s worth pointing out that the beaches of Corfu (certainly in the northeast) are pebbly rather than sandy, so if you’re planning on going ashore, it’s a good idea to have some decent rubbery shoes that you don’t mind swimming in.

For lunch, we headed down to Agni — one of the grander inlets of the northeast coast and (glamorously) the scene of the infamous tête-à-tête between Peter Mandelson and George Osborne in that brief Corfu hoopla of a few years ago. Here, there are three stonking restaurants side by side, and a handsome wooded backdrop that is only a couple of nymphs and shepherds shy of being an Old Master.

The man at the end of the Taverna Agni jetty seemed the keenest to help with our mooring, so they got our custom and there we ate ambrosial grilled fish, which I dare say hadn’t been out of the sea much longer than we had.

We came back from our boating days weathered, salty, tired and happy. I’m struggling to think of a better day out. For a moment, the children even stopped fighting, swapped cigarettes in no man’s land and showed each other photographs of their loved ones. These were glorious days.

On our last evening, we took our only journey by road up into the mountains to check out Old Perithia, an ancient village someone had recommended, to see if we could find some supper there. Old Perithia, it turns out, is almost completely uninhabited (ah yes, that’ll be the “old” bit), being a cluster of charming dilapidated houses, farms, a schoolhouse and a church — all now roofless and overgrown — strung out along a steep, winding flagstone path. This would be a glorious restoration job for someone with deep enough pockets. (I had to stop myself half closing my eyes and imposing vulgar Armstrong Villas onto the noble bones of practically every tumbledown in the place.) But Perithia was heavenly and the mountains were cool and lush — the winding path that took us for about a mile and looped back onto the main track to make a satisfying circuit was blooming with willowherb, buttercups and daisies. It might have been a walk in Donegal rather than by the Ionian Sea, but what a magical finale to the holiday. And, best of all, the few inhabited buildings included an excellent taverna with a huge terrace, so we supped on hearty rustic stew among the vines before wiggling our way back down to the sea.

I suspect early June sees Corfu at its best — the temperatures are in the high 20s by day, then cool by night, and the island is in full spring fig — but the charm of the place is surely year-round.
The one thing I would mention — and this is a good thing or a bad thing, depending entirely on how far from home you like to feel when on holiday — is that about 98% of the people we came across on Corfu were British. British, I hasten to add, of the most affable sort. On our evening walks into Kassiopi, we made all kinds of friends. But that, I suggest, is another reason why a villa is quite a good idea. You can get the best of both worlds — venture out to enjoy the bustle, then retreat to enjoy the quiet, magnificent Greekness of it all. And some lard.

Alexander Armstong and family were guests of Scott Williams, which has 40 villas on Corfu. They stayed at Castro, which sleeps up to 10; a week starts at £8,000, including boat transfers and the services of a concierge, a chef and a maid (01749 812721, Airlines flying to Corfu include British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair and Thomson Airways.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Pointless Celebrities, 22nd July

There's a repeated unthemed edition of Pointless Celebrities on Saturday 22nd July at 6.35pm.

The teams are singer-turned-author Louise Wener and wildlife presenter Kate Humble, veteran Olympian Mary Peters and ice dance star Jayne Torvill, comedian Tony Hawks and broadcaster Henry Kelly and comedy duo Hale and Pace.

Writers Pointless Celebrities, 23rd July

There's a repeated Writers edition of Pointless Celebrities on Sunday 23rd July at 5.45pm.

Taking part are Germaine Greer abd Kathy Lette, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid, Mark Watson and Ian McMillan, and Freya North and Tony Parson.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Be on Pointless!

Applications are now open for the new series of Pointless, to be recorded between October and May. Click here for your chance at one of these coveted items.

Once you've completed your application form, if you're very lucky, a researcher will telephone you for an initial chat. Some people are invited for audition as a result of their chat, and a very few actually get onto the show.  Thousands apply...but if you don't have a go, you definitely won't get on!

Start the application process here.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Soaps Pointless Celebrities, 15th July

There's another repeated Pointless Celebrities at 6.45pm on Saturday 15th July, this time a Soaps special.

Former EastEnders Joe Swash (Micky Miller) and John Altman (Nick Cotton) join forces, veteran Hollyoaks actor Nick Pickard (Tony Hutchinson) teams up with old co-star Ali Bastian (Becca Dean), Waterloo Road secretary Victoria Bush (Sonya Donnegan) partners former student Zaraah Abrahams (Michaela White) and Holby City nurse Tina Hobley (Chrissie Williams) reunites with her on-screen mother Sharon Maughan (Tricia Williams).

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Food & Drink Pointless Celebrities, 8th July

There's an oasis in Wimbledon's Pointless-free desert on 8th July at 6.45pm, with a repeat of a Food & Drink edition of Pointless Celebrities.

Ed Baines and Paul Rankin team up to battle fellow chefs Tony Singh and Cyrus Todiwala, Jean-Christophe Novelli joins forces with TV cook Jo Pratt and former Great British Bake Off finalist Richard Burr works together with 2013 finalist Frances Quinn.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Pointless shortlisted for TV Choice Awards

Pointless has been shortlisted in the Daytime category of the TV Choice Awards. Please give them your support: if you've voted previously this year, that was to get them onto the shortlist - now they need your help to win!

The 2017 TV Choice Awards take place on Monday September 4 at The Dorchester in London, and will be hosted by Richard Osman.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Animals, Cats, Peter, and the Wolf

Alexander Armstrong has been recording an album with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, in which he narrates several pieces of classical music.

Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf tells a children's story while the orchestra illustrates it. A young boy, Peter, and his friends, the farmyard animals, capture a big grey wolf that comes out of the forest.

Carnival of the Animals, by Saint-Saëns, is a humorous musical suite of 14 movements, each representing a different animal or animals. In 1949, Ogden Nash wrote a set of humorous verses to accompany each movement.

20th Century British composer Alan Rawsthorne wrote orchestral pieces to accompany poems from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the same poems that inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. This composition has only been recorded once before, in the 1950s.

The album comes out in the autumn, and Xander will be taking part in a live performance of the pieces in Liverpool.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Family Pointless Celebrities, 1st July

Pointless Celebrities on 1st July at 5.45pm is a repeat of the Family special.

It features Louis Theroux with his wife Nancy Strang, Michael Underwood and his wife Angellica Bell, Calum Best and his mum Angie, and Gary Lineker with his son Harry.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017


As is the norm, Pointless goes on hiatus for the two weeks of Wimbledon, from Monday 3rd July. It will (I assume) return on Monday the 17th. In the meantime, if you have withdrawal symptoms, just about every Pointless episode ever is on YouTube, and it'll still be on Challenge every evening at 7pm, so fill your boots!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Alexander Armstrong wins Silver Clef Award

Alexander Armstrong has been announced as the winner of the PPL Classical Silver Clef Award for 2017. The prestigious O2 Silver Clef Awards are presented by music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, which does life-changing work with people with disabilities and illnesses.

The award, along with others to Dame Shirley Bassey, Phil Collins, Blondie, Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons, Anne-Marie, Nile Rodgers and Pete Tong, will be presented on Friday 30th June at the Grosvenor Park Hotel, Park Lane, London. Congratulations, Xander!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Child Stars Pointless Celebrities, 24th June

Pointless Celebrities on Saturday 24th June is a repeated Child Stars special, at 5.55pm.

Outnumbered's (and Xander's one-time screen son) Tyger Drew-Honey teams up with This Is England's Thomas Turgoose, while Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory's Julie Dawn Cole joins forces with Oliver! star Mark Lester. Plus, former Grange Hill stars Lee MacDonald and Erkan Mustafa take on old classmate Michelle Gayle as she partners ex-Coronation Street actor Adam Rickitt.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Crikey DM, it's Series 2 of Danger Mouse!

The delayed premiere of series 2 of Danger Mouse has finally been scheduled for this Wednesday, 14th June, on CBBC.

In the first episode, Dark Dawn, at 6pm, Danger Mouse, played by Alexander Armstrong, battles an army of vengeful soft toys. There's a second episode at 6.35, The Admirable Penfold, in which Baron Greenback and Penfold are stranded together on a desert island.

A third series of Danger Mouse has already been commissioned, so we have lots more DM to come in the future.  The world is safe!

Friday, 9 June 2017

The Imitation Game

Alexander Armstrong will host the pilot of a new comedy panel show, The Imitation Game.

Top impressionists Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson along with Britain’s Got Talent’s Jess Robinson and rising star Luke Kempner are challenged to perform their stunning big name impersonations in a series of witty rounds and hilarious games. So what will happen when Donald Trump rubs shoulders with Cheryl Cole, or Boris Johnson duets with Adele?

The show takes place in the evening of Friday 7th July at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, north of London. You can apply for free tickets (over 16 only) here.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Music Pointless Celebrities, 17th June

There's a (repeated) music-themed edition of Pointless Celebrities on Saturday 17th June at 5.55pm.

Taking part are Sinitta and Jaymi Hensley, Vernie Bennett and Easther Bennett, Claire Richards and Ian 'H' Watkins, and Tony Christie and Ben Adams.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Alexander Armstrong on The Real Full Monty

Alexander Armstrong presents The Real Full Monty on ITV1, on Thursday 15th June at 8.30pm. The programme marks the 20th anniversary of the film The Full Monty, and aims to raise awareness of men's cancers. Along with Xander and choreographer / co-presenter Ashley Banjo, the cast consists of McFly drummer Harry Judd, star of TOWIE Elliot Wright, ballet dancer Wayne Sleep, Matthew Wolfenden from Emmerdale, TV presenter Dom Littlewood, and Danny John Jules from Red Dwarf and Death in Paradise.

How did the concept of The Real Full Monty come about and why did you decide to get involved?
It appealed to me on lots of different levels. I’m a huge fan of the film. I remember when it came out Sheffield was suddenly the epicenter of everything, everybody adored Sheffield. I was filming the second series of Armstrong and Miller in Sheffield and we were there for three weeks and I’ve never fallen in love with a place as quickly as I did with Sheffield. It was magical and The Full Monty was a massive part of that. When this opportunity to revisit and celebrate The Full Monty came up, on that level alone I was completely won over. I adored the film and I adore Sheffield.

The reasons behind the documentary make it even more important. This is a crucial opportunity for us to bang the drum for awareness for male cancers. What kills people in the case of testicular cancer and prostate cancer is that blokes just don’t talk about it and never go and get checked. If you catch either of these cancers early you survive, if you don’t you die and 48,000 men a year die because they haven’t bothered checking. That’s 48,000 families, that’s a lot of people affected.

Were you worried early on that it was going to be difficult to convince people to take part?
Inevitably it was. I was thinking it would be a doddle, lots of people would come flocking and I honestly thought we’d have to start turning people down. I asked Eamonn Holmes when myself and Ashley were on This Morning, and thought he’ll sign up, he’d love to do something like that. Did he hell! He was very nice about it, deeply supportive. All the people we initially started asking said, ‘Brilliant idea but not sure I would take my kit off’. It’s important that we make a massive statement with this. It’s got to be something that a lot of people notice, it’s a great way of getting people to sit up and think, just by just taking our kit off!

As host for the documentary, did you feel added pressure to lead by example when it came to having the confidence to do the strip?
Yes I think I probably did, but equally that was a line we were going to have to cross at some stage and I think it was very important that we kind of all did it together. There were a few different points throughout filming that tested us all. One of them was getting us to take our tops off and that was actually far more scary for the boys than taking all our bottoms off. Men are just as body conscious as women.

The other thing that was really uncomfortable was just getting us to dance. Ashley made us dance on our own with no music at all, in front of each other. As soon as we’d passed that particular hurdle it was amazing how we all bonded instantly.

What has the rehearsal process been like - which element has been the most challenging for you personally?
It was all broken down into very manageable bits. Learning anything, when you first look at it you think, ‘Oh god, I’m never going to learn that’. The way Ashley did it, he broke it down, we got each little section done and then by the time you smoothed it all together you think, ‘Oh, this is okay’. It is only three and a half minutes long!

The first time we saw the choreography all the Diversity guys did it for us and we were thinking, ‘We’ll never do that’. They do it with such polish and finesse that I suspect you’ll never get from us. But amongst our number we’ve got some really good dancers. Harry’s a fabulous dancer, as is Matthew, Danny John Jules and Wayne Sleep. Actually you know what Mark Foster, Elliott Wright and Dom Littlewood they’re all pretty useful actually, they can all do it. You want to have every section of society represented by our troupe and I’d like to think I’m carrying the flag for the non-dancers!

How nervous are you feeling about getting on stage at the Palladium?
I’m feeling quite nervous, it’s like a combination of all my worst nightmares, being on stage and not knowing what you’re meant to be doing and being naked in front of a crowd. I’ve got such a fabulous bunch of guys around me that makes a world of difference. If I was doing it on my own I wouldn’t have slept for the last fortnight. We’re all in it together. It’s going to be great. I’m so deeply proud of what this show has become.

There’s a lovely spirit to the programme, there are so many individual stories, Danny’s story, Wayne’s story, Elliott’s dad’s story. Even Ashley’s got a story, there’s something so winning about this. I love it.

What do you hope the outcome of the documentary will be?
What we want to achieve is awareness. If we can get people talking about it the next day and saying they will go and get their prostate checked, which is just a simple blood test, there’s no rubber gloves that go on these days. It’s a very simple process, we could save thousands of lives. If we can get 10,000 people to go and check themselves out, or maybe we can get 50,000, maybe even 100,000, or maybe best of all we can make it something that men talk about.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Outdoors Pointless Celebrities, June 10th

June 10th's Pointless Celebrities, at 4.15pm, is a repeated Outdoors special, with participants from the world of TV wildlife shows.

Taking part are Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games, Tom Heap and Jules Hudson, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Paul Heiney, and Naomi Wilkinson and Bill Oddie.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Real Full Monty

The Real Full Monty is a documentary, presented by Alexander Armstrong and Ashley Banjo, It sees a group of male celebrities come together to recreate the famous iconic striptease 20 years on from when the original film was released, all in aid of raising awareness for men’s health.

Xander and Ashley recruit famous faces who are brave enough to go the real ‘Full Monty’, and put the guys through their paces in preparation for the performance of their lives in front of 2,000 people at the London Palladium.

Xander said:
We are using this film to raise awareness of men's cancers (prostate and testicular), encouraging guys to check themselves and 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, as 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.
As they struggle to learn the moves and to take off their clothes to the music to reveal their bodies, conversation turns to the reason they are doing it, men’s health and their body issues, and concerns about getting naked. With little time to rehearse and the performance fast approaching, who will dare to bare all for a good cause?

The Real Full Monty airs on ITV1, on Thursday 15th June at  8.30pm.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Back to repeats!

We can't complain, I guess, particularly going on recentl form. This'll be seven solid weeks of new Pointlesses by my reckoning. But yes, it's back to repeats again, from Wednesday 7th June.

Wimbledon starts on Monday 3rd July, and we don't get Pointless while that's on, so my guess is that we'll get new programmes again once that's done. They might hold off till after the summer though, especially as Xander and Richard aren't recording any new shows till later this year.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Children's TV Pointless Celebrities, 3 June

The Children's TV special of Pointless Celebrities is being repeated on Saturday June 3ed at 4.45pm.

Taking part are CBBC presenters Anthea Turner and Andy Crane, CBeebies stars Justin Fletcher and Gemma Hunt, children's TV hosts Dave Benson-Phillips and Gareth Jones, and former presenters Sally James and Geoffrey Hayes.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

FA Cup Pointless Celebrities, 27th May

There's a repeated FA Cup special of Pointless Celebrities on 27th May, at 1.15pm so it's over before the football. Not in Scotland though, sorry. Don't know if you ever get to see it.

Taking part are Eni Aluko and Guy Mowbray, Kevin Kilbane and Mark Chapman, Dan Walker and Mark Lawrenson, and Rachel Yankey and Kelly Smith. 

I just hope they didn't make poor Richard wear that sheepskin again. He lost nearly two stone during that filming session #falenews

Danger Mouse Series 2

Danger Mouse Series 2 premieres on Wednesday 24th May with a double bill on CBBC, starting at 6pm with Dark Dawn: DM battles an army of vengeful soft toys!

After that at 6.10pm comes The Admirable Penfold. Baron Greemback and Penfold are stuck on a desert island together. What will happen?

EDIT: These showings were cancelled at the last minute, with no explanation. I'll update once I know the correct premiere dates.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

TV Choice Awards

It's voting time!

Pointless has been longlisted in the Daytime category of the TV Choice Awards. Please give it your vote so it can make it onto the shortlist.

And just to make it all even more perfect, our very own Richard Osman will be hosting the awards ceremony. Let's make his journey there worth it.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Weak At The Top

John Weak is an aggressive marketing director with no morals and little brain. Lewd, alcoholic and chauvinistic, while charming the ladies he reveals a completely lackadaisical attitude toward his work.

Originally broadcast in 2005, the radio sitcom version of  Guy Browning's books starred Alexander Armstrong as John Weak, along with Geoffrey Whitehead, Clare Perkins, and Ron Cook. 

The shows are being repeated on Radio 4 Extra, starting on Wednesday 17th May at 11.30pm.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Musical Theatre Pointless Celebrities, 20th May

There's a Musical Theatre Pointless Celebrities on Saturday 20th May at 6.35pm... I think that;s the cue for a song!

Lyricists Tim Rice and Don Black join forces, while How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria winner Connie Fisher teams up with her former rival Siobhan Dillon. Former Chicago star Claire Sweeney pairs with comedy actor and one-time Wicked star Nigel Planer, and Cory English, the American actor who recently starred in a UK tour of The Producers, collaborates with comedian and Spamalot star Phill Jupitus.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Pointless Celebrities, 14th May

There's a bonus Pointless Celebrities repeat on Sunday 14th May, at 5.50pm.

Comedians Tim Vine and Terry Alderton team up, while actress Tracy-Ann Oberman joins forces with On the Hour alumnus David Schneider. Saturday's Live's Rev Richard Coles partners talkRADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer, and Loose Ends regular contributor Arthur Smith collaborates with former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips.

Comedy Pointless Celebrities, 13th May

All the contestants in Saturday 13rh May's Pointless Celebrities, on at 6.25pm, come from the world of comedy.

Andi Osho teams up with Holly Walsh, Kevin Eldon joins forces with Dave Johns, Barry Cryer works alongside Omid Djalili, and Stephen Frost throws his lot in with Helen Atkinson-Wood.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Witney Festival of Food and Drink

This year's Witney Food Festival will be on Saturday 20th May. Alexander Armstrong is patron of the Festival, now in its 5th year, and will be attending (work commitments permitting).

The venue is the magnificent mediaeval St Mary's Church, in the lovely Oxfordshire town of Witney. The wide variety of producers are all from within a 35 mile radius of Witney. There will also be a Children's Tent, cookery demonstrations, dancing, and snack stalls.

Xander says:
Witney Festival of Food and Drink has gone from strength to strength. It proved so popular – and grew so rapidly – that within two years of the first festival every available inch of St Mary’s and the surrounding area was filled. So, being the foodie’s West Oxfordshire Glastonbury, the onus is now on us to ensure that we focus each festival on exciting new culinary innovations in the area, as well as celebrating the continued success of our many old friends.
Check here for visitor information to this really good event!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Journalists Pointless Celebrities, 7th May

There's a repeat of the Journalists special of Pointless Celebrities, on Sunday 7th May at 4.50pm.

Taking part are Jane Moore and Kevin O'Sullivan, Miranda Sawyer and Tony Parsons, Toby Young and Melissa Kite, and Lizo Mzimba and Frank Gardner.

Talent Show Pointless Celebrities, 6th May

They're all talented, but who's the most pointless? Pointless Celebrities on 6th May at 6.30pm is a Talent Shows special.

The participants are former Fame Academy headmaster Richard Park with David Grant, one of the show's ex-tutors; actor and singer Ben Forster, who won ITV's Superstar, with Danielle Hope, winner of BBC's Over the Rainbow' Patti Boulaye, who emerged victorious from the 1978 talent show New Faces, with Nina Myskow, one of the show's panellists; and Britain's Got Talent 2012 champions Ashleigh and Pudsey with 2015 runner-up Jamie Raven.