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Thank you very much indeed.
Hello, I'm Alexander Armstrong and welcome to Pointless,
the show where the aim is to score as few points as you can.
You do that by coming up with the answers that no-one else can think of.
Let's meet today's players.
And couple number one.
Hello, my name is Natalie and I'm from Hitchin in Hertfordshire
and this is my sister Deborah from Ashford in Surrey.
Couple number two.
Hi, I'm Nicky. This is my mate, Rob, and we're from Chesterfield.
Couple number three.
Hi, I'm Samir and this is my friend, Paddy, and we're from London.
And finally, couple number four.
I'm Maria. This is my daughter, Christine, and we are, no surprises,
And these are today's contestants.
Thanks very much, all of you. A very warm welcome to Pointless.
It's lovely to have you here.
We'll get to chat to each of you, of course, as the show goes along.
That just leaves one more person from me to introduce.
Here to fight for the facts like a Mike Tyson that it's still OK to like,
it's my Pointless friend, it's Richard.
Hiya. Hi, everybody.
Good afternoon to you.
-And to you.
-Now, only Natalie and Deb back from our last show,
and what a head-to-head we had against Lup and Ray.
It went 1-0, 1-1, and then the final one, 35-36.
One point in it and you got knocked out, which,
if Lup and Ray went on to win the jackpot, would be very bad news.
If they went on to lose the jackpot,
quite good news because the money would've gone up.
We'll find out in a second.
Welcome to our three new pairs as well.
You'd do pretty well to beat that head-to-head in the last show, wouldn't they?
-I think so.
-The closest we've had for a long time.
But, Ray and Lup didn't win the jackpot last time,
so you add another £1,000 to that, so today's jackpot starts off at...
There we are.
Right, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless.
OK, now, remember this -
the pair with the highest score at the end of each round
will be eliminated, so it is your job not to be that pair.
No conferring till we get to the head-to-head round, of course.
Best of luck to all four pairs. Our first category today...
..is religion. Religion.
Can you all decide in your pairs, who's going to go first,
who's going to go second?
And whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.
OK, and the question concerns...
On each board we're going to give you seven clues to various facts
about world religions. Every single answer up there begins with an S.
There'll be seven on the first board, seven on the second,
14 in all to have a go at at home.
-Very best of luck.
-Thanks very much indeed.
So, let's put up our first board of seven clues and here they come.
-Natalie, welcome back to Pointless.
Ooh, that was exciting!
-A cliff-hanger of a head-to-head there.
-Um... Well, great to have you back.
I still kind of feel Pointless owes you one.
But, you know, we'll see how the game proceeds.
-It'd be nice if you got another chance to go through.
-Remind us what you do, Natalie.
-I work for letting agency.
That is right, in Hertfordshire.
-And what do you like doing when not showing people around houses?
Um, my main hobby would be amateur dramatics.
I'm a member of a couple of...
Oh, not content with just one. Two?
Two amateur dramatics.
-So, you've always got one play on the boil.
It all depends which company's doing what and if I fancy
having a go.
So, when do you put on plays?
Obviously there's a Christmas one, I imagine.
Yeah. One of the groups I belong to put on ten plays a year
and the other one puts on about five,
plus there's fringe smaller ones in the studio.
-OK, that's brilliant.
And lots of people come to support you, which is wonderful.
Now, Natalie, what would you like to go for?
Uh! I only know three,
and I'm going to go for...
synagogue for the Judaism.
OK, synagogue, says Natalie.
Let's see if it's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said synagogue.
45, not bad. I'll bet there are higher scores than that this round.
Gets us off to a good start.
A steady start. Also known as shul in Yiddish.
Thank you very much, Richard.
-Rob, welcome to Pointless.
Great to have you here. What do you do, Rob?
I work in the waste management industry.
I work for a company that makes lids for skips.
-Lids for skips.
Rob, what are you hobbies?
I like walking, bird-watching, do am-dram with Nicky.
Perhaps we could put on a play.
Have we got time to devise one between now and the end of the show?
I'm going to leave that in Nicky's...
I think Nicky seems very capable, I think.
-She can be in charge of that.
Rob, what would you like to go for on our board of esses?
I'm going to go for the surname of the US religious leader who
published the Book of Mormon, and I'm really hoping that it's Smith.
Smith, says Rob.
Let's see if Smith is right,
let's see how many of our 100 people knew that.
It is indeed Smith.
45 is our only score at this point, and Smith takes you past 45.
Down it goes. That's a good answer, Rob.
Good work, Rob. Yes, Joseph Smith.
Very familiar over here from the musical The Book of Mormon.
Thank you very much, Richard.
Paddy, welcome to Pointless.
Good to have you here. What do you do, Paddy?
I'm a graduate manager at an airline.
And what do you manage in an airline? So much to manage there.
So much to manage.
At the moment, I'm in selling distribution, how we sell our tickets.
I see. Is there an area that you're thinking, "Ooh! That's where I'd like to be?"
Food, clearly, that would be fun.
-Anything that gets you travelling really is always good fun.
OK, at the moment, you're fairly desk-bound, are you?
-Fairly grounded at the moment.
-Always options to travel.
Very good. OK, now, Paddy.
Our board. We've had two correct answers so far.
So, yes, no pressure.
Um... I'm going to go for the biblical figure
-betrayed by Delilah and I think that's Samson.
-Samson, says Paddy.
Let's see how many of our 100 people got Samson.
It's right. 40... Ah-hah!
Popular fellow, Samson.
85 is your score.
That is a big score, isn't it?
Big score. Yes.
Most famous haircut in history.
-Apart from Jennifer Aniston's in Friends.
It goes, Rachel in Friends, then Samson.
Then Wayne Rooney.
There we are. Thank you very much, Richard.
Now, Maria. Warm welcome to Pointless.
-Lovely to have you here.
What do you do, Maria?
I run a care company providing care for people with all kinds of
medical and mental health conditions and things like that.
Right you are. And what are your interests, Maria?
Very bizarre. I think my main interest is true crime.
OK. Do you mean reading about it or committing it?
Because that's a...
That's for me to... You know, you've got to keep people guessing,
so it could be either.
It's reading about it, and I love documentaries about them.
It's very popular as a genre, isn't it?
Yes. It started off... I read a lot of Agatha Christies
when I was a kid and it just went from there, really, I think.
There you are.
How fascinating. Maria, this board is all yours.
If you wanted to go through it and fill in all the blanks,
you'd be very welcome.
I thought I was going to be clever and get Mr Smith.
The only other one I really know is at Midsummer pagans worship at this.
Stonehenge, says Maria.
Well, it will be interesting to see where that takes you on the column.
It's right. Look at that.
Past... Oh, look, down to 66 for Stonehenge.
There we are, Maria.
Not bad. 66 for Stonehenge.
Yes, very famous monument but perhaps the wording of the question
means it goes down to 66. You would think it would score more.
Some of the first scientific excavations there were carried out
by Charles Darwin. He had a lot to say about earthworms in the area.
That was his main contribution.
He said that's why they were sinking, because of all the earthworms.
He later went on to do better work, Darwin, I think.
-You've got to start somewhere, though, don't you?
-Well, this is it.
Now, the articles of faith known as the Five Ks are part of Sikhism.
That would have scored you 34.
That sect were the Shakers. Shakers.
Very well done if you said that. Would have scored you seven points.
At the Arabic word for the second pillar of Islam is Salat,
and that would have scored you two, so very, very well played
-if you got that at home.
-Thanks very much, Richard.
We're halfway through the round so let's take a look at those scores.
19. Well done, Rob.
Mr Smith earnings you the lowest score in that pass.
Then we travel up to 45, Natalie and Deb.
66, Maria and Christine, and then up to 85, Paddy and Samir.
So, Samir, let's have a low score from you in the next pass.
Best of luck. We'll come back down the line now.
The second players, please step up to the podium?
OK, let's put seven more clues up on the board.
Here they are.
There we go.
Christine, welcome to Pointless. Lovely to have you here.
And what do you do, Christine?
I'm a senior care assistant working for Maria's company.
Now, tell me, is Maria good boss?
No, she's the best.
She standing next to us, I have to say that.
And what are your interests, Christine?
Well, I like shopping, obviously.
-Where do you go to do your shopping?
-There we are. Still good, the Metrocentre?
-I only live about a mile from the Metrocentre.
Just going out and doing stuff with friends,
going to the pictures and going to the pubs...
Excellent! You're the first person to have this board.
Have you found something on there that you like the look of?
Just, there's only one because religion just really is not my thing,
so I'm going to have to go for the deadly sin and say sloth.
Sloth, or "slow-th", says Christine.
Here is your red line. You want to score 18 or less.
If you can get below that, you're definitely in the next round.
How many people said sloth?
81 for sloth.
That takes your total up to 147.
Still in the game, though.
Yes, sloths, the animals, only come down from the trees once a week
to go to the toilet.
Er... Samir. Welcome to Pointless.
What do you do, Samir?
I work as a parliamentary assistant to a member of Parliament.
-How long have you done it?
-I've been doing it for about 15 months now.
Getting the hang of it?
Just about. Just about.
-I do enjoy it for the most part, yes.
Are you largely based actually within the Palace of Westminster itself?
Yes. Within Westminster, yes.
That's exciting. It sounds like you're going to be staying working
in the Palace of Westminster while all the renovations are going on.
I think so. We just don't know what's going to happen, though.
There we are. OK, now, Samir, there you are on 85.
The high scorers are behind you on 147.
61 or less gets you through to the next round.
Yes. Difficult one.
I'm going to go for the top one, the Japanese religion.
Shintoism, says Samir.
Here is your red line. Get below that with Shintoism and you are
into the next round. Let's see how many of our 100 people said it.
Very well done.
That's a great answer, 25.
110 is your total, well done.
Very well played. Very interesting religion, Shintoism.
It has no founder, it has no sacred scriptures, it has no dogma.
It's... So, you know, it's kind of a nice...
They don't do many shrines in Japan's Shintoism.
There you go. OK, now, Nicky.
-Welcome to Pointless.
-What do you do, Nicky?
-I work in a senior school.
I'm a work experience and careers coordinator.
-That's quite fun.
So you have to have quite a lot of liaison outside the school in all
-various different areas.
-Yeah, local businesses a lot, yes.
So you spend quite a lot of time going out and visiting places,
-checking they're appropriate, I suppose, for people to go off and...
Well, the council sort of do that for us but I set them all up, yes.
And your interests outside that, I'm guessing, theatrical.
Acting and directing, mainly.
Very good. Have you directed Rob?
I've directed his Bottom, yes.
In A Midsummer Night's Dream.
That is the only appropriate follow-on from that, isn't it?
Very good. Now, Nicky, you're on 19.
Great news - you're through to the next round.
-Doesn't matter what you score.
-What would you like to go for?
I think there's a couple I know, but I'll go with one
that I'm certain of,
and that's the L Ron Hubbard religion, which is Scientology.
Scientology, says Nicky.
No red line. You're already through.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Scientology.
74 is your total.
Yes, of course, previously, he was an author.
Sci-fi and horror author.
One of his pseudonyms was Winchester Remington Colt.
-Not bad at all.
-Then he founded a religion.
There you go. In his spare time.
-Nice thing to do, isn't it?
-There you go.
OK, now, Deb, welcome back.
Reminded us what you do, Deb.
We've got a family business.
Equipment. But that's not...
You do sort of things that go into the mouth, as well.
Little proddy... mirrors and things.
Oh, but do you do those fun water things that put water into a...
Yes. Mmm. Mm.
-And the swilly...
-And unblock them and stuff like that.
-Oh, I see, that's not fun.
I'm going to put that back now.
I don't want anything more to do with that.
It's when things go wrong.
Right, OK, that's when you come in.
Of all the things you have to fix, you don't want to fix dental stuff.
I don't personally.
OK. Phew-ee. Deb, it doesn't matter what you score.
You're through to the next round.
-Oh, doesn't it? OK.
-Would you like to have a stab at any of these?
-Take us through the board?
-I think that that's King Solomon,
but that will be quite high.
I don't know the fasting.
Shiva the Destroyer,
but I'm going to have a guess that something in the back of my head
is saying Seth...
to Cain and Abel.
Cain and Abel's brother.
No red line for you.
Let's see how many of our 100 people went with Seth.
It is Seth.
And it's a brilliant answer - look at that.
14 is the lowest score of the entire round, and 59 is the lowest total.
-So very well done.
-Great answer, Deb.
Very well played. Of those three names, it's the one that's endured the most,
Seth, I think. You get more Seths, don't you, than Cains and Abels?
-Cain's not going to...
-Don't get a lot of Abels in primary schools these days.
-You were quite right about the king - it is Solomon,
and you were right to avoid it, as well.
Would have scored you 49 points.
And you were right about Shiva, as well.
Shiva the Destroyer, and Shiva would have scored 15.
And the Arabic word for fasting is sawm.
And if you said that, very well done, a pointless answer, terrific work.
Thanks very much indeed, Richard.
So, at the end of our first round, the pair who are heading home with
their high score of 147, Christine and Maria, I'm afraid it is you.
Great news, though, we'll see you again next time.
Looking forward to that already, but thanks very much meantime.
Christine and Maria.
But for our remaining three pairs, it's now time for round two.
So, there we are. Down to three pairs.
Obviously, we'll have to say goodbye
to another pair at the end of this round.
Deb, very well done, best answer of that pass,
Seth, lovely low score.
Best of luck to all three pairs.
Our category for round two today is...
Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to go first,
who's going to go second? And whoever is going first,
please step up to the podium.
OK, and the question concerns...
UK hits with one-word titles, Richard.
Yes, we're going to show you a board now of 12 words and those words
have all been one-word titles of UK top 40 hits more than once.
We're looking for any act who's had a UK top 40 hit with any of the words -
just those single words - that you're about to see, please.
So, any act who's had a UK top 40 with a song
-called one of these words, please.
So, as Richard just said, 12 words are going to appear on the board.
They aren't going to change halfway through the round.
They will be there for the entire round, OK?
You're just going to throw out the name of any act
who's had a UK Top 40 hit with one of these.
OK, here are the words.
I'll read them all one last time.
There we are.
Deb, it will be you we come to first.
I can only think Crazy, Patsy Cline.
Patsy Cline, says Deb. Good start to the round.
Let's see how many of our 100 said Patsy Cline.
It's a right answer.
Look at that, 13.
Very well done. 13 for Patsy Cline.
Yes, wasn't a hit first time round, actually.
It was 1990 when that got in the top 40.
Thanks very much, Richard.
There's a couple on there.
My sort of genre is rock,
and there's a couple on there that certainly are.
I'm going to go, and I hope it was top 40, or they were top 40,
-Aerosmith, says Rob.
Let's see. Oh, you do like your rock.
Let's see how much our 100 people liked Aerosmith.
They did like it. 13 is what Patsy Cline scored.
Aerosmith takes us down
past 13, down to 4.
Very well done, Rob.
They had a number 23 hit with Crazy,
which is the double A-side with Blind Man, as well.
Thanks very much, Richard.
Samir, what would you like to go for?
This is a tough one.
I think I'm going to go with the Spice Girls.
The Spice Girls, says Samir.
Let's see how many of our 100 people agree with Samir.
It's right. 13 is our high score, 4 our low.
15 is our new high score.
There we are, 15 for the Spice Girls.
Yes, number two hit with Stop, the Spice Girls.
Thank very much. We're halfway through the round.
Let's take a quick look at those scores. 4, Rob. Very well done.
Aerosmith putting you and Nicky at the head of the table there.
Then up to 13, where we find Deb and Natalie,
then just a smidge ahead of them on 15, we find Samir and Paddy.
So, Paddy, you just happen to be out in front,
so let's have a nice low score from you.
We're going to come back down the line now. Can the second players
please step up to the podium?
OK. Now, Paddy. High scorers.
So we need a low score.
Again, hoping this made the top 40,
I'm going to say Damien Rice for "Cannonball".
Damien Rice, says Paddy.
Let's see how many of our 100 people agree with that.
No red line for you, you're the high scorers.
It's right. Well, 15, our high score.
Ten for Damien Rice, very well done.
25 is your total.
Yes, and a top ten hit as well for Damien Rice.
Now then, Nicky.
Ideally, you would score 20 or less with this answer.
Ooh. I think it might be risky,
but I'm going to say Sam Brown.
Sam Brown, says Nicky.
Here is the red line.
If you can get below that with Sam Brown, you're into the head-to-head.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Sam Brown.
It is right.
And it gets you through, very well done indeed.
Down to 4.
Equalling the mighty low score of Rob in the first pass.
-8 is your total.
-Yes, another terrific answer.
You both scored 4 and that was a number 4 hit.
There you go. OK.
Natalie, you are the last person to have this question.
Now, remember how close you came to the final last time?
You must go through to the head-to-head.
I've got a feeling that Jackson Browne sang Stay.
Jackson Browne, says Natalie.
That sounds like just the sort of thing that scores 11 or less,
but it has to be right, obviously.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said, Jackson Browne.
There is your red line.
It's right, Natalie.
It gets you through
and it's a pointless answer.
Very, very well done indeed.
ALEXANDER LAUGHS What an end to the round.
That adds £250 to today's jackpot, takes the total up to 2,500.
It scores you nothing. It sees you through to the head-to-head,
leaves your total at 13.
It's just marvellous.
That is a terrific answer, yes.
From 1978, that was.
It was a UK top 40 hit.
It's funny, you assume there haven't been many songs like this.
There's loads. There's loads and loads.
And there's some pointless answers out there, as well.
You'd have got a pointless answer for Stay with Barry Manilow,
Bernard Butler, once of Suede, Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs.
For Stop, you'd have had pointless answers for Jamilia,
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Mega City Four.
Pray, you'd have got pointless answers for Tina Cousins, MC Hammer,
Syntax and Lasgo.
Yep, me either.
Busta Rhymes would have been a pointless answer for One.
Mary J Blige and U2. Ed Sheeran also a pointless answer for One.
Very well done if you said that.
Jump - Flo Rida, Bus Stop,
and The Faders, all of those were pointless answers for Jump.
Hello - Martin Solveig & Dragonette, that was a big hit a couple of years ago,
The Beloved and The Cast Of Glee.
Fire, a couple of pointless answers -
Kasabian and Lethal Bizzle, both of those were pointless answers for Fire.
Dreams - The Game had a pointless answer with Dreams.
The Corrs. Wild Colour, as well.
Crazy - Leann Rimes, Lucid, Mark Morrison, Mud, Icehouse, Andy Bell.
All of those were pointless.
Cannonball - Duane Eddy & The Rebels was a pointless answer.
Believe - Elton John, Mumford and Sons, Goldie, Lenny Kravitz,
Ian Van Dahl and The Chemical Brothers all pointless answers there.
And Amazing - Inna had a pointless answer with Amazing.
-That a lot, isn't it?
-That's a lot.
We should end this round. Let's stop.
So, at the end of this round, we have say goodbye to a pair,
and that pair is Paddy and Samir.
Nothing wrong with your score, though.
25's a wonderful low score. It just happens to be the high score.
We'll see you again next time and I'm sure you'll go much further,
but in the meantime, thanks very much, Paddy and Samir.
But, for the remaining two pairs, it's now time for our head-to-head.
Congratulations, Natalie and Deb, Nicky and Rob.
You're now one step closer to the final and a chance to play for our
jackpot, which currently stands at £2,500.
Well, it's very exciting, we have arrived at the head-to-head,
which means you're now allowed to confer, and in this round,
the first pair to win two questions will be playing for that jackpot.
Best of luck to both pairs. Let's play the head-to-head.
Here is your first question, and it concerns...
-Underground transport, Richard.
-We're going to show you five
pictures now of the underground transport system of various cities.
I need you to name the city, please.
We're going to give you the first letter of each one, as well.
OK, thank you. Let's reveal our five underground systems,
and here they come.
There we are.
Five underground stations.
OK, now, Natalie and Deb, you're our low scorers so you will go first.
Well, we're going to go D, that we hope is Glasgow.
D, Glasgow, say Natalie and Deb.
Now then. Nicky and Rob,
do you want to talk us through all those other pictures?
A is Lon...don.
I think that's Brussels.
C is New York,
and E, we think, is Berlin.
-Shall we go for B?
B, Brussels. So we have Glasgow versus Brussels.
Natalie and Deb said, "Glasgow," let's see if that's right for D.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said it.
It is Glasgow.
26 for Glasgow.
Now then. Nicky and Rob have gone for Brussels For B.
Let's see if that's right, and if it is,
let's see how many of our 100 people said, "Brussels".
It's a tricky one, that one.
That means, well done, Natalie and Deb,
after one question, you are up 1-0.
Yes, well played. You won't be the only people to say Brussels.
I'm sure of that. It's actually only the second electrically-operated
underground system in the world after London, and it's Budapest.
Budapest. I know, it annoyingly fits the letters, doesn't it?
4 points for that.
Now, the first one, of course, is London.
-What do you think London scored?
-You would have to hope in the 90s.
That's all right, isn't it? That's not too bad.
Now, if that scored 95, what do you think NY scored there?
I think that scores more.
-There are so many clues.
-More than 95.
I think so, I'm going to say... I'm going to say 98 this time.
You're saying 98. Well, it's a very rare occasion, but it scored 100.
Doesn't happen very often, does it?
-Well done, our 100.
And E is Berlin.
That would have scored you 40.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard. So, here comes your second question.
Nicky and Rob, you get to answer this one first,
but you have to win it to stay in the game, so very, very best of luck.
Our second question is all about...
-We're going to show you the names now of five films
which have been nominated for Best Picture Oscar,
but we've missed out a colour from each of their titles.
Can you tell us what it is, please?
OK, thank you very much.
So, let's reveal our five films without colour, and here they are.
Nicky and Rob, you will go first.
We'll go for the top one, please, and say Silver Linings Playbook.
"Silver," say Nicky and Rob.
Silver. Now then, Natalie and Deb, you can do your talking out loud.
Talk us through that board if you like.
Well, we knew that. We know it's The Green Mile, The Colour Purple.
I guess The Thin Blue Line, but do you know the "Parade", Deb?
I think it would be...
-Because it's an old one we'd know it.
-What shall we go for?
-The Green Mile or The Colour Purple?
We'll go for The Colour Purple.
The Colour Purple.
So we have silver and purple.
Nicky and Rob went for silver, let's see if that's right for Silver Linings Playbook.
It is right.
54, and now Natalie and Deb have gone for purple,
The Colour Purple.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many people said it.
It is right.
Well done, Nicky and Rob, it's exactly what we needed from you.
You're back in the game, and after two questions, it's 1-1.
Another good head-to-head here. There's an even bigger scorer here.
The Green Mile would have scored you 85 points.
Now, these last two are the best two.
The one at the bottom there, not The Thin Blue Line.
-It's a war film.
The Thin Red Line. Yes, The Thin Blue Line was the Ben Elton sitcom.
29 points for that.
This is the best answer, The White Parade.
Very well done if you said that, for 4 points.
Thank you very much, Richard.
So, it all comes down to our third question.
This is the decider. Whoever wins this goes through to the final and
plays for that jackpot. Best of luck to both pairs.
Our third question is all about...
-Yes, we're simply going to give you five clues
to facts about crows and ravens.
-We're going to learn something here, aren't we?
And whichever team gives us the most obscure answer is going through to
play for that jackpot. Very best of luck, everyone.
Thanks very much. So, let's reveal our five clues to facts about crows and ravens, and here they come.
There we go. Now then. Natalie and Deb, you'll go first.
We're going to say Animal Farm for the George Orwell book.
OK, Animal Farm, say Natalie and Deb.
Now then, Nicky and Rob. It's over to you.
Do you want to have a wander through that board and see if you can fill
-in all those blanks?
-The US singer is Sheryl Crow.
The novel is Game Of Thrones.
The landmark is the Tower of London.
The Poet Laureate...
Maybe Ted Hughes, John Betjeman.
Yes. Not sure.
Let's go with Game Of Thrones.
Game Of Thrones, say Nicky and Rob for the second one down.
OK. So, we have Animal Farm and we have Game Of Thrones.
Natalie and Deb said, Animal Farm for the raven called Moses.
Let's see how many of our 100 people got that.
Look at that, very well done indeed.
12 for Animal Farm.
Nicky and Rob have gone for Game Of Thrones for the Night's Watch.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said, Game Of Thrones.
Oh, it's going to be close.
Oh, look at that, 15!
Another knife edge head-to-head, but very well done indeed,
Natalie and Deb. This time, you've come out the better of it.
After three questions, you are into the final 2-1.
Yes, you put us through it again.
Last time, of course, you lost by one point,
this time you won by three points.
Very well played. A terrific head-to-head again.
The US singer is Sheryl Crow.
She would have scored 43.
London landmark is, of course, the Tower of London.
65. I think all of you were tempted to go for Ted Hughes on this one,
Betjeman. It was Ted Hughes, and it was the best answer on the board.
Would have scored eight points.
Thanks very much indeed, Richard.
So the pair leaving us at the end of the head-to-head round,
I'm afraid it's Nicky and Rob.
But it's good news really because it means we get to see you again
next time. We'll look forward to that very much.
Meantime, thanks very much, Nicky and Rob.
But for Natalie and Deb it's now time for our Pointless final.
Congratulations, Natalie and Deb,
you've seen off all the competition
and you have won our coveted Pointless trophy.
You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot,
and at the end of today's show, the jackpot is standing at £2,500.
Tactically, it turns out that you played a blinder here,
because you were beaten by one point last time,
and we had to say goodbye at the end of the head-to-head.
But the jackpot rolled over, and here you are.
I think we're set fair for a nice win here.
-That's what I'm sensing.
-I hope so.
What would help that happen?
What subjects would you love to see come up?
You for history.
-The Waltons TV show.
-That would be brilliant.
-Or It's A Wonderful Life.
It's A Wonderful Life film.
Nice and specific, this is good.
That's about all.
Very good. Well, let's hope they all come up on the board.
As you know, you get to choose one of the scary options that appears up
there, but there's always three slightly less scary options behind
each one, so there we are. Best of luck today.
Our selection looks like this.
Go for the Stuarts and hope that one of them is something you can...
-You sure you don't want to do musicals?
-No, go on.
You do the Stuarts.
You're only doing it because I'll be the one in trouble.
-Yes, you'll get the blame.
-We'll try the Stuarts.
-OK, you said history. It's what you wanted.
OK, the Stuarts it is.
OK, very best of luck. I suspect one of these particularly will really
suit you. We are looking for any of the following, please.
Named speaking characters in The Tempest,
gunpowder plot conspirators,
and Stuart monarchs or their spouses 1603 to 1714.
-Very best of luck.
-Thank you very much indeed.
Now, as always, you've got up to one minute to come up with three answers,
and all you need to win that jackpot is just one of those answers to be
pointless. Are you ready?
OK, let's put 60 seconds up on the clock.
There they are, your time starts now.
Well, the Tempest. Caliban, Miranda and Ariel..
Anne of Denmark for James and George of Denmark for Anne.
OK, right, OK.
Gunpowder plot, Robert Catesby, but I can't remember the brother.
I can't remember him.
-What shall we go for?
-We'll go for George of Denmark.
Give me another Stuart king.
Catherine of Braganza.
Were they Stuarts? Catherine of Braganza?
-Who was she married to?
Oh, was she? Oh, right, OK.
-Shall we say
Anne of Denmark, George of Denmark.
And one from The Tempest.
I think the daughter was called Miranda.
Shall we go for Ariel.
-Let's go for Ariel.
That is your time up.
You could have stopped the clock if you like, but it was nice.
A nice little pause at the end of our day.
Now, what would you like to go for? It sounds like you've got some great answers there.
Well, we're going to go for Ariel for The Tempest.
I think Anne of Denmark.
-Anne of Denmark.
-And George of Denmark for Queen Anne.
And George of Denmark.
-Anne of Denmark and George of Denmark.
Now, those three, which is your best shot at a pointless answer?
-George of Denmark.
-George of Denmark we put last.
Least likely to be pointless?
-Ariel we'll put first and then Anne in the middle.
OK, let's put those answers up on the board in that order, then.
And here they are.
We have got Ariel, Anne of Denmark, George of Denmark.
Well, very, very best of luck. That was great fun to listen to,
somebody who knew what they were talking about, historically speaking.
If you were to win this jackpot, £2,500,
what would you like to do with it? Natalie, you first.
Well, I'd probably give a little bit to my son as a treat and then,
our sister, who lives in Australia,
is coming up in June and we're going to Italy for a few days,
-so that will buy lots of Chianti and pizzas.
Perfect. Deb, anything you want to add to that?
I need to stock up the fridge -
with everybody, we'll be having lots of family get-togethers,
-so that'll go a long way.
-Fantastic. How wonderful.
That's going to be lovely. Fingers crossed.
Let's hope one of these answers, at least,
is pointless and will win that jackpot for you.
Your first answer is Ariel.
In this case, we were looking for speaking characters from the Tempest.
If this is pointless, it will win you £2,500.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said Ariel.
Now, if Ariel takes us all the way down to 0,
you will leave here with £2,500.
Down it goes, through the 20s, into the teens.
Ariel takes us not quite into single figures.
11 for Ariel.
Not a bad score, but not a pointless answer.
So we move on to your next answer, which was Anne of Denmark.
In this case, we were looking for a spouse of a Stuart monarch.
This has to be right, then it has to be pointless.
If it's both of those things, you leave here with £2,500.
Let's see how many of our 100 people said, Anne of Denmark.
Is it pointless?
Now then, Ariel took us all the way down to 11.
Anne of Denmark take us down through the 20s and into the teens,
passes 11. Down it goes into single figures.
Down we go, still going down.
Very well done.
Well done. Anne of Denmark was a pointless answer,
which means you go home with that jackpot of £2,500.
Terrific. What a lovely category to win it on, as well.
Terrific stuff. You're right, Anne of Denmark,
she was the wife of James I.
Very well done. And your other answer, George of Denmark,
also a pointless answer.
Let's take a look at the different answers, shall we,
for the different categories? We'll start with the Tempest.
Also could have had Adrian, Francisco, Iris and Juno.
Very well done if you said any of those.
Let's move on now to the conspirators in the gunpowder plot.
Ambrose Rookwood and Sir Everard Digby both very, very strong names.
Both brought into the plot for their money. Robert Keyes looked after the gunpowder.
Thomas Percy. You also could have had Francis Tresham, John Grant,
Robert and Thomas Winter and Thomas Bates.
Very well done if you said any of those at home.
Thomas Bates was Robert Catesby's servant.
Catesby would have scored five points.
Now, the final one.
Let's take a look at these Stuart monarchs.
Anne Hyde, who you mentioned.
Catherine of Braganza, who you mentioned, as well.
Anne of Denmark was the only other pointless answer.
Almost a clean sweep of every single pointless answer we had up there.
-Thanks very much indeed, Richard,
and thanks once again to our winning players, Natalie and Deb,
who go away with today's jackpot of £2,500.
Join us next time when we'll be putting more obscure knowledge to the test on Pointless.
Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard.
-And it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.
Quiz in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else can think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman.