Pointless quiz scores highly with me

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume

Since investing in ‘catch-up TV’, I’m discovering several series I’ve never seen before.

Some have been reasonably high-brow – ‘Thatcher: The Downing Street Years’ and ‘Football’s Suicide Secret’ – but I have to admit to plumbing the depths as well ... and developing something of an addiction to ‘Pointless’.

For the uninitiated, this late afternoon quiz show, hosted by Alexander Armstrong and the hilarious Richard Osman (follow him on Twitter), asks constestants to come us with the most obscure answers possible in the hope that the 100 people previously quizzed hadn’t come up with them.

Such is my obsession with the show that I now know all the catchphrases and can even pinpoint the exact moment Armstrong will ask the contestants what they would do with the prize money if successful (just after the first question in the final).

Apparently, I’m not alone in my obsession and, even though I’ve still to convert my wife, there are thousands of others who tune in religiously each day.

Why is it so successful? Well, it’s a simple, easy-to-follow quiz offering only moderate prize money ... the perfect antidote to the fame-hungry, cash-rich shows that proliferate these days.