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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
Thank you very much indeed.
Hello, I'm Alexander Armstrong, and welcome to Pointless.
This is the show where the questions have all been asked to 100 people
before the show. All our contestants have to do is come up with the
answers no-one else could think of. Let's meet today's players.
And couple number one.
Hi, my name is John, and this is my partner's grandson, Louis.
We're from South Wales.
-Couple number two.
-Hi, I'm Maria, back again.
This is my daughter Christine, and we are from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Couple number three.
Hi, I'm Paddy. This is my friend Samir, and we're both from London.
And, finally, couple number four.
Hi, I'm Rob, this is my mate Nicky, and we're from Chesterfield.
And these are today's contestants.
Thanks very much, all of you, we will get to chat to each of you
throughout the show as it goes along.
So that just leaves one more person for me to introduce.
He's addicted to facts.
It is my Pointless friend, it's Richard.
Hiya. Hey, everybody. Good afternoon.
-Good afternoon to you.
A lot of familiar faces for us here, and they very sensibly
and very kindly have lined up in the order they got knocked out
of the last show as well. Christine and Maria on podium two got knocked
out in Round One. We need to see a little bit more of you today,
please. Then Samir and Paddy got knocked out in Round Two,
and the head-to-head - Nicky and Rob got all the way through to that.
And that head-to-head against Natalie and Deb.
Aren't they lovely? Natalie and Deb, sisters.
And they played the jackpot round on the Stuarts and won £2,500.
-Deservedly as well. It was lovely to watch them.
You could tell they were sisters as well in that 60 seconds.
-You could, couldn't you?
-You can always tell people's relationships
during that 60 seconds when the pressure gets on.
Marriages, you think, "Yeah, that's not lasting."
Sisters, you think, "I know who's the older one now."
Bosses, you think, "He's going to have your job in a couple of years."
You can always see in that 60 seconds, can't you?
You certainly can.
Well, Natalie and Deb won the jackpot last time,
so today's jackpot starts off back at £1,000. There it is.
Right, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless.
So, remember this -
the pair with the highest score at the end of each round will be
eliminated. So, keep your scores low, and you will not be that pair.
Best of luck to all four pairs.
Our first category this afternoon is...
Science. Can you all decide in your pairs who is going to go first and
who is going to go second? And whoever's going first,
please step up to the podium.
OK, let's find out what the question is.
Here it comes. We gave 100 people 100 seconds to name as many
chemical elements that contain the letter R as they could.
Chemical elements containing the letter R.
Yeah, any element on the periodic table as of February 2016, please,
that has an R in its name. Very, very best of luck.
Perfect, thank you very much indeed. Louis, welcome to Pointless.
Here from South Wales.
-What do you do, Louis?
-I'm a lecturer at a university.
-What's your discipline?
-Electric audio music production.
What particular side of audio music production?
I specialise in music entrepreneurship
-and business start-up.
-OK, so this is the commerce
that arises from music, it's the industry,
-really, how to get yourself going?
-See, that's exciting.
Richard and I, it's been a long time since we've been doing our duet
-on the cruise ships.
-But what would your advice be to us?
Well, don't give up your day jobs. Stay on Pointless.
I've set that up now, haven't I?
-Ooh, that's a bitter pill, isn't it?
-Especially from a lecturer.
Louis, what would you like to go for?
I'm going to go with carbon.
-I can see John in the corner of my eye laughing at me, but...
No, it's a good initial to get the show going.
Let's see. Carbon,
let's see how many of our 100 people went for that.
Well, I'll say this - it's right.
Look at that, down it goes.
APPLAUSE You see, John?
-What do I know?
-Atomic number six, carbon.
Diamonds, one of the purest forms of carbon on earth.
Do you think that's going to happen? You know how a lot of our...
- let's say in geography, to keep it safe -
..countries that used to be pointless are now rising up.
-They're becoming quite popular now.
Do you think maybe the old hands, the old regulars,
are now going to go through a weird cycle, where suddenly, you know,
like carbon scoring rather lower than I was expecting there?
You would think, yes, because people now immediately,
they think it's for Pointless, so they try to go for obscure ones.
Exactly, so they're all rushing towards the...
-And so on and so forth.
-I think we certainly have changed the world of chemistry.
-We have shaken it up, my friend.
-We've shaken it up,
and we're not entirely sure what's going to happen. It may explode.
-If it does, apologies.
-When they take the lid off science,
just take it off gently.
-Aim it away from the face.
-If there is a Nobel Prize for Chemistry
- well, there IS a Nobel Prize for Chemistry -
I would be shocked if at some point, we do not win it.
I know it's not the done thing to ask for a Nobel Prize in Chemistry,
but I would have thought it would be quite a classy act on behalf of the
Nobel Committee and chemistry industry of the world.
-I'd love to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
-And you will.
-We'll see to it.
-Now, Maria, welcome back.
Remind us what you do, Maria.
I'm a care manager in a care company looking after people
-who need all types of support.
-And remind us what you get up to.
-What are your interests?
-I very much like doing karaoke, if I'm honest.
What is your song, Maria?
I think probably Licence To Kill by Gladys Knight And The Pips.
Oh, very good. Do you know, I bet she does that rather well.
She's got a good voice. And listen to that laugh. Ha-ha!
Filthy, but what a great... LAUGHTER
What a great timbre you have.
How is your chemistry?
-Not great, if I'm honest.
But I'll have a go with mercury.
Mercury, says Maria.
Let's see how many of our 100 people went for mercury.
-Look at that, 16!
Very nicely done. Another old familiar name, mercury.
Named after the planet Mercury,
which was named after Freddie Mercury.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
-Samir, welcome back to Pointless.
Remind us what you do.
I work in Parliament for an MP as a Parliamentary Assistant.
That, you see, I think is a fascinating job.
Is it basically what you wanted to do?
I think it was. I did Politics and French at university and I wanted a
career in politics, public affairs, public policy.
But you are not party political, really.
You're sort of semi-party political.
Semi-party political. I think you have to have sympathies
with the party of the MP you work for.
Are you assigned that MP once that MP has been given a role,
or are you with them from the beginning?
-You apply to the MP and you are with them from the beginning.
-and that's it. So you see the whole way through this Parliament?
Oh, I'm longing to know which MP it is.
-We can't ask, obviously.
-Well, we could do.
-No, I bet he wouldn't say.
-I bet he would!
Samir, what are your hobbies?
I love travelling, I travel as much as I can in my spare time.
Excellent. In the recess?
You still have to come into work, it is still busy.
Oh, that's a shame.
We still have constituents that we need to look after.
Oh, yes, I forgot about them! Yes.
But, no, I do try and travel in the recesses where possible.
I've just come back from India.
Very nice. OK, now, Samir, chemistry.
So far we haven't troubled the darker recesses
of the periodic table.
This is probably my weakest subject, but I'm going to go with argon.
Argon. Argon, says Samir.
Let's see how many of our 100 people went for that.
It's right. 26 is the high score at the moment, 16 is our low.
You pass 26. 24 is where you end up with argon.
Yeah, it's the only chemical element to be directed by Ben Affleck.
It's the only one.
Thank you, Richard. Rob, welcome back.
Remind us what you do, Rob.
I work in the waste management industry selling skip lids.
Skip lids. Do you manufacture the skip lids?
We do, at our place in Chesterfield, yes.
But how come you don't sell the skips?
We do what we do best.
Is it a one-size-fits-all thing for a skip lid?
We do lids for some that you have at the side of your house up to the
great big things you see behind department stores, building sites,
-that sort of thing.
-I see. I've noticed some skip lids slightly
extend the height of the skip as well. There are some skip lids
that are adding on. I bet you they don't get permission for that.
Like a sort of mansard floor of skip lid. Do you make those?
-That's a shame. That's a shame.
How is your retention of things that we often talk about on Pointless?
Well, that's the thing, because we came down on the train,
had a little test.
And there was one that cropped up, I thought,
"That might be a good one," so I'm going to go for californium.
There we are. We are now into Pointless territory.
I mean, the programme territory,
rather than scoring-no-points territory.
But I think this is very good.
Let's see how many of our 100 people went for californium.
It's right. Well, 26, our high score. 16, our low.
We pass 26.
We pass 16.
9! A single-digit score, Rob.
Very well done indeed.
Yeah, first made in 1950, californium.
And again, one of those ones that a few years ago,
-that would have scored 1, maybe.
-Very popular now.
-XANDER COUGHS: Nobel Prize. RICHARD COUGHS:
What form do you think the Nobel Prize for Chemistry takes?
A trophy? A cheque, I know that.
I don't know. Maybe it's something that goes around your neck?
Like a badge? Or a medal?
Maybe a wreath to wear in your hair.
That would be nice. I would like a big trophy, though, if I'm honest.
And then, while you're holding the trophy, I'll take the lid off it
- I mean the cup - and I'll pop it on my head like that.
Oh, that would be really good.
You know who makes the lids of Nobel Prizes, don't you?
-Rob. That's what they do in their downtime.
-What about that?
Thank you very much, Richard. We're halfway through the round.
Let's take a quick look at those scores. 9, best score of the pass.
Very well done. Rob and Nicky looking pretty strong at this point.
Look at that, 16, Maria and Christine.
Out first round last time. Oh, I don't think so this time.
I think we will see you into Round Two with a score like that.
-And up to 24 where we find Samir and Paddy.
Then up to 26, Louis and John. Now, John, the pressure is on.
You have to come up with a low-scoring chemical element.
Very best of luck with that. We'll come back down the line now.
Can the second players please step up to the podium?
Nicky, welcome back.
-Remind us what you do.
-I work in a senior school and I'm the
work experience and careers coordinator there.
That's right. But when not doing that,
you are the queen of the am dram.
-You are a director...
-Which do you prefer?
Directing, I think, now.
-Does that mean you have to do all the auditions?
Yeah, me and a team.
Do people sidle up to you and say what they would like to do and you
have to say, "Well, it's not up to me,"
-when you know full well it's up to you?
-Yes, that happens.
How many performances do you do of each one?
-At the moment, we are doing... We do eight.
Eight performances of each show?
So, you barely finish the last performance before you must
be having to get up to speed with the next one?
-That doesn't sound like a hobby, that sounds like a job.
It's great. If you love it.
-And you love it?
-That's all that matters.
Well, there you are. Absolutely right. Well said.
Now, there you are, you're on 9.
Our high-scorers up here on 26 are John and Louis.
So, 16 or less would see you straight through.
OK. I'm going to try and head down the table, I think.
-This is good.
-I'm going to say seaborgium.
It's like these guys have watched Pointless before, isn't it?
Now, that, I think, is a proper...
IMITATES COLUMN GOING DOWN ..I think. But who knows?
That was last time. There is your red line.
Get below that, and you're through.
How many of our 100 people said seaborgium?
You're in Round Two.
Oh, it's a pointless answer! Very well done indeed, Nicky.
Seaborgium adds £250 to today's jackpot,
takes the total up to £1,250.
It scores you nothing, it leaves your total at 9,
the lowest total of the round, and is marvellous.
That's a terrific answer. Very well done.
Great to have a pointless answer.
It's one of the most unstable of all the elements.
It's so unstable that scientists have to put a little bit of card
underneath one half of it just to balance it.
Thank you, Richard. Paddy, welcome back.
-Remind us what you do, Paddy.
-I work for an airline.
I'm on the graduate scheme as a manager at the moment.
See, this is exciting.
-Does your airline fly all over the world?
-We do, yes.
Ah! That's even more exciting.
So, the potential for travelling long distances and going to
-fun places is immense.
-Samir's often pestering me to try and...
I see. Are friends allowed to come with you sometimes?
Do you sort of smuggle them in as cabin crew, and they have to
sort of look like they are half-attentive,
or can they just come in as normal passengers?
Samir's quite small, so he goes into hand baggage, thankfully.
Oh, you wouldn't want that to happen,
suddenly get given an orange tab,
and have to get loaded into the hold at the last minute.
Now, then, Paddy, you're on 24.
Our high-scorers, still John and Louis, on 26.
Ideally, if you could score 1 or less,
if you could see your way to that,
you would be sure of a place in the next round.
I think I've got one - radon.
OK. Here is your red line.
Sort of very much at the bottom of the column.
Let's see if you can get close to that with radon.
Oh, that's not bad at all. Look at that.
13. 37 is your total.
It was discovered by two scientists, called Don and Ray.
Had a big argument about what they should call it.
There we go. Now, Christine.
-Remind us what it is you do.
I'm a senior care assistant, working with me mum, at her company.
-It's your mum's company?
-Did you just start as senior care
assistant or did you have to start as junior care assistant?
No, I was a senior care assistant before she started her company.
I see. Is that because you are offering care to seniors or because
-There we are.
Good stuff. Remind us what you love getting up to when the care stops.
Not that you ever stop caring! I know that. I know you care 24/7.
One thing I've took to liking lately is glamping pods.
-Loving the pods at the minute.
-Glamping in pods.
Do you like it enough to do it in any season other than high summer?
Coming from Newcastle, we're used to the rain and stuff,
so it doesn't faze me much.
Oh, dear. Now, Christine.
You are on 16, which means you have to score 20 or less.
What would you like to go for?
I want to try and go for this one, hoping that it's a chemical element,
so I'm going to go for sulfur.
Sulfur, says Christine.
Fingers crossed. Let's hope that's a chemical element.
There is your red line.
Let's see how many of our 100 people went for sulfur.
It IS a chemical element.
And down it goes.
-You are through. 6 for sulfur.
Very well done indeed. Takes your total up to 22.
Very well played. Also known as brimstone, sulfur.
And of course, spelt with an F now rather than PH.
Yes, yes. There we are. Thank you very much indeed.
Now, John. Welcome. Great to have you here from South Wales.
-What do you do, John?
-I'm a telephone engineer.
I look after companies and office blocks, things like that.
So, it is largely telephones themselves?
-PBXs, I've no idea...
-Private branch exchange.
-Private branch exchange.
PBXs, I remember now. What are your interests, John?
I'm still playing vets' football and I like most sports,
-I still play table tennis.
-Sporty, John. Chemically at all?
Oh, right. Chemicals. No, not good.
Well, I'm going to go for...
And I hope it's right - yrittium.
-With a Y.
Yrittium, says John.
You hope it's right, Louis hopes it's right.
There is your red line, John.
Let us see if that is right and, if it is, how many people said it.
Hey, Paddy and Samir!
Oh, John, I'm afraid that scores you 100 points,
-takes your total up to 126.
-Yeah, not yrittium. You're mixing up two.
There is iridium and there is yttrium,
which is the one you are thinking of, the one that starts with a Y,
and neither of them are yrittium, I'm afraid. Now, let's take a look.
There's all sorts of pointless answers up here,
some old Pointless favourites here as well.
Well done if you said any of these at home.
There's seaborgium. A few other favourites as well.
Protactinium was a pointless answer. Copernicium, barium.
Americium also a pointless answer. Let's take a look at
the top three answers, the ones that most of our 100 people said.
All sharing top spot.
-That's nice, isn't it?
-That IS nice.
Thank you very much. So, at the end of our first round,
the pair we have to say goodbye to, I'm afraid, is John and Louis.
I'm so sorry. We will see you again next time, though,
and I'm sure you'll go much, much further.
But meantime, thank you very much, John and Louis.
But for the remaining three pairs, it's time for Round Two.
And so we are down to three pairs.
Well done, everyone, for surviving our chemical elements round, there.
Christine, sulfur. That was your friend.
I don't know where that came from.
Yeah, where did that sulfur come from?
Where did that sulfur come from? What, the brimstone?
-I was just thinking that.
-But the big story, Nicky, was seaborgium.
Very well done indeed.
But congratulations to all of you, best of luck,
our category for Round Two today is...
It's a people round.
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...
Famous people with law degrees. Richard.
Going to give you six clues on each pass to famous people,
all of whom also happen to hold law degrees.
There's going to be 12 in all to guess at home. Very best of luck.
Thanks very much indeed. So, who are these people with law degrees?
Here's our first board of six clues.
Let's read those again.
Right, there's a couple of them that I'm fairly sure about.
But I'm trying to decide which one would be the more obscure.
So I think I'll go for the Spanish singer who had a UK number one
with Begin The Beguine in 1981,
and I'll go for Julio Iglesias.
Julio Iglesias, says Maria. Let's see if that's right.
Let's see how many of our 100 people got that answer.
It is Julio Iglesias.
Not bad, 19.
-19 for Julio Iglesias.
-Very strong start to the round.
He's one of those annoying guys who can clearly do everything.
When he was studying for his law degree,
he was also playing for the Real Madrid junior team.
And then he got an injury, and while he was recuperating,
one of the nurses in the hospital gave him a guitar, and he
taught himself to play guitar, and his career was launched.
Wow. Thanks very much indeed.
Who would you like to go for?
This is a really tough board.
I think I'm going to play it safe and go with the Nobel Peace Prize
with Frederik Willem de Klerk in 1993 - Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela, says Samir.
Let's see if that's right, let's see how many of our 100 people
went for Nelson Mandela.
It is right.
Look at that, 6 for Nelson Mandela.
That's a great score.
Very well played. 1952, he and Oliver Tambo set up
South Africa's first-ever black-run law firm.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard. Now, Nicky.
This is all your board.
Yeah. OK. Well, I know the second one is the lovely Bob Mortimer.
But I think that'll be quite a high score, so the only other one I know
is the top one, which I believe is Andrea Bocelli,
-so I'll go with that.
-OK, Andrea Bocelli.
Let's see if that's right,
let's see how many of our 100 people said that.
It is Andrea Bocelli.
That's a good answer. Look at that - 10.
Very well done indeed.
It's another very strong answer, very well played.
Yeah, he studied at the University of Pisa and he practised law
for a year before becoming who he became.
Now, the Scottish actor who played King Leonidas.
-It was Gerard Butler.
That's right, would have scored you 14 points.
You're quite right about Bob Mortimer,
and you're quite right that he's lovely as well.
Would have scored you 55. Now, this is the best answer on the board.
The answer to this one is Dick Button.
A pointless answer - very well done if you said that.
-It's the one to press, isn't it?
-Isn't it just?
Imagine being called Dick Button. In America, it's probably fine,
-it's not a problem.
-I bet it's not.
But being called Dick Button over here...
Well, luckily, in 1948, they were altogether more innocent times,
I bet only a handful of people sniggered.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
We're halfway through the round, let's take a look at those scores.
6 is the best score of that pass, Samir and Paddy, well done,
looking like strong contenders for the head-to-head at this stage.
Then at 10, we find Nicky and Rob, and then to 19, Maria and Christine,
not that far ahead, but, Christine, we need a low score from you.
Best of luck with that. We're going to come back down the line now.
Can the second players please step up to the podium?
OK, let's put six more clues up on the board, and here they come.
I'll read them all again.
Rob. Ideally, you'd be scoring 8 or less with this,
-to keep yourself safe.
-I don't think that's going to happen.
I'm going to go for the second one down, the US talk show host,
and I think it's Jerry Springer.
OK. Jerry Springer, says Rob.
Here's your red line. If you can get below that with Jerry Springer,
you're in the next round. Let's see how many people said it.
Is it right?
It is Jerry Springer.
Oh, look at that, 10. I think that's good enough,
takes your total up to 20.
That's a great answer, Rob, well played.
Yeah, born in Highgate Tube Station.
-I didn't know that.
-It's a very long wait for that Kennington train.
Yeah. In a handbag?
His mum wasn't even pregnant when they got onto the platform.
No, it was when it was being used as an air raid shelter,
-Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
Now, Paddy. If you can possibly score 13 or less,
you can help yourself to a place in the next round.
Again, not sure if that's going to happen.
There's a couple that I think I know, but I'm going to try
the Australian actress - I think that's Rebel Wilson.
Rebel Wilson, says Paddy. Here's your red line.
A little bit higher, but let's see if you can get near that
or beyond it with Rebel Wilson.
Ooh, look at that, 14!
You equal Rob and Nicky on 20 there.
-Exciting, isn't it?
Goodness me. Yes, Rebel Wilson.
She's got a brother called Ryot, - this is all true -
and she's got two sisters, who are called Liberty and Annachi.
And parents called Derek and Pam.
There we are. Thank you.
Ooh, this is getting very exciting!
It's like everyone coming together,
a meeting of strands here, Christine.
The only one I knew was Rebel Wilson.
I don't actually know any of them, so I'm just going to have to guess.
I don't even know who the 44th President is.
I'll just guess for the 44th President, I don't even know
if he was, but I'll just have to go for Hillary Clinton.
You're going to go for Hillary Clinton,
-the wife of the 44th President.
-I don't know any of them,
-I might as well.
-Here is your red line.
-To be honest, pointless is what we want.
It's an imaginary red line. You're going to go for Hillary Clinton,
let's see how many people said Hillary Clinton.
-Not Hillary Clinton.
That scores you 100 points, takes your total up to 119.
Yeah, he was the 42nd President,
-this one is even more recent - Michelle Obama.
Michelle Obama, and she would have scored you 7 points.
However, I wish you'd gone for the top one, the French artist,
who is Henri Matisse, cos that would have scored...
1 point. Can you imagine that?
The American author...
-It's John Grisham.
26 points for that. And the Cuban political leader?
-Fidel Castro. And he would have scored 42.
So Henri Matisse is the best answer up there,
-well done if you said that.
-Thank you very much indeed.
So, at the end of our second round,
the pair we have to say goodbye to, with their high score of 119,
I'm afraid, Christine and Maria, it is you.
But that was very exciting.
Really, very well done. You've done twice as well today as you did last
time. But thank you so much for coming, it's been great having you,
Christine and Maria. APPLAUSE
But for the remaining two pairs, it's now time for our head-to-head.
Congratulations, Nicky and Rob, Samir and Paddy,
you are now one step closer to the final and a chance to play for our
jackpot, which currently stands at £1,250.
Well, here we are in the head-to-head,
which means you can now start playing as teams.
You can chat before you give your answers, and the first pair to win
two questions will be playing for that jackpot.
Very best of luck to both pairs. Let's play the head-to-head.
Here is your first question, and it concerns...
Mm-mm. Not fish.
We're going to show you five such creatures now
together with their names, which we have taken alternate letters out of.
Can you identify one of these five, please?
Thank you very much. Let's reveal our creatures from the deep,
and here they are. We have got...
There we are. Five marine creatures that are not fish.
Nicky and Rob, you're our low scorers, so you'll go first.
OK, we're going to be a bit brave or daft, one or the other, not sure.
We'll try B,
and we'll say Christmas tree worm.
Christmas tree worm. Samir and Paddy, talk us through that board.
We think A is sea urchin, B we didn't know,
C is walrus, D is porpoise.
Unfortunately, we didn't know E, which is probably the only thing
that can beat that, so...
..we'll go for A, sea urchin.
OK, sea urchin. So we have Christmas tree worm and sea urchin.
Nicky and Rob, big punt you've taken on Christmas tree worm.
Let's see if it's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said
Christmas tree worm, if it is right.
It is a worm!
And look at that, 3!
That is festive. Samir and Paddy, meanwhile,
have gone for sea urchin for A.
Also quite festive, I think.
Let's see how many of our 100 people went for sea urchin.
57 for sea urchin. Very well done indeed, Nicky and Rob,
after one question, you are up 1-0.
Very well played. The Christmas tree you can work out,
but then it's that last word,
I'm sure lots of people at home were guessing Christmas tree something.
Christmas tree worm is a terrific answer, well played.
C is, of course, a walrus.
That would have scored 94 points.
A walrus at the moment is just literally, he or she,
is just swimming around in the, "Ahh, it's very cold,"
literally just going, "Pom, pom, pom, pom, po-pom.
That's sometimes what I think it's like to be inside your head.
I am the walrus. LAUGHTER
Very good. Anyway, it's a weird thought.
D is a porpoise, of course.
And porpoise would have scored you 44.
And this last one, you can work out from the shape,
and the letters as well. It's a sunstar.
-So not a senator.
-It's not a senator.
A sunstar. Can have up to 13 legs.
Look at that. That's too many.
Thank you very much. OK, here is your second question.
Samir and Paddy, you get to answer it first,
but you have to win it to stay in the game,
so good luck. Our second question is all about...
-Five clues now, and all of the answers have a floral word
in there somewhere. Very best of luck.
Thank you. Let's reveal our five clues, and here they are.
I'll read those all again.
Samir and Paddy, you will go first.
THEY CONFER QUIETLY
I think we're going to go for the third one,
name of a style of denim shorts.
Daisy shorts, say Samir and Paddy. Daisy shorts.
Now then, Nicky and Rob, talk us through that board.
Top one we think is Poison Ivy.
We think it's poppies.
We think the denim shorts are Daisy Dukes.
Claude Monet is probably the water lilies.
And the last one will be roses, War of the Roses.
We'll go for Daisy Dukes, please.
Daisy Dukes, say Nicky and Rob.
So, we have Daisy shorts and Daisy Dukes.
Samir and Paddy first said Daisy shorts. Let's see if that's right.
Nope. Not Daisy shorts.
Nicky and Rob have gone for Daisy Dukes, let's see if that's right.
If it is, it will win you that second point
and take you through to the final.
It IS right.
24. 24. Which means, very well done, Nicky and Rob, after two questions,
you are straight through to the final, 2-0.
And the best answer on the board again, Nicky and Rob,
very well played, been a terrific performance.
Let's fill in the rest of these, shall we?
The top answer is Poison Ivy.
32 points for that.
Then you're quite right, it is poppies.
59. You were right again, it's water lilies.
48. And you're right again, Wars of the Roses,
which is 85. Closely followed by the Wars of the Celebrations.
Thank you very much indeed, Richard.
So the pair leaving us at the end of the head-to-head round,
I'm afraid, Samir and Paddy, I'm so sorry,
your second appearance on the show, through to the head-to-head
and all the glory that that entails, but I'm afraid, Nicky and Rob,
they just took the best answer on each board,
nothing you could really do about that.
I'm afraid you didn't get a sniff at the trophy, I'm sorry to say,
but it's been great having you on. Samir and Paddy,
thanks so much for playing.
But for Nicky and Rob, it's now time for our Pointless final.
Congratulations, Nicky and Rob,
you've fought 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 £1,250.
Very well done. We seem to have a pattern here,
that's just emerged in the last few shows,
of people coming through to the head-to-head, being knocked out,
coming back through to the head-to-head, as the lowest scorers,
and coming through to the final. That's consistency.
It's good, it's very reassuring. And we've had a pointless answer
from you, what more could we ask for?
Apart, of course, from a pointless answer in this last round.
As always, you choose a category from the four that appear behind me.
Let's see what they look like today.
So, we were both alive in 1980, weren't we?
-Do you think?
-Yep, very best of luck, three very different questions here,
we are looking for any of the following, please.
We're looking for any of the players who played in the 1980 FA Cup final
between Arsenal and West Ham,
that's anyone who played or came on as a substitute.
We are looking for any act who had a UK number one single
or album in 1980, according to officialcharts.com.
Or we are looking for anybody, according to IMDb,
credited with appearing in The Empire Strikes Back.
So, FA Cup final players, UK number one artists - singles or albums -
and the cast of The Empire Strikes Back.
-Very best of luck.
-Thanks very much. As always,
you've got up to one minute to come up with three answers,
and all you need to win that jackpot is for just one of those answers
to be pointless. Are you ready?
-Marvellous. Let's put 60 seconds up on the clock.
There they are, your time starts now.
Arsenal, West Ham?
1980? You mentioned Kenny Sansom?
-He used to play for Arsenal?
-Kenny Sansom, yeah.
-Did Billy Bonds still play for West Ham in 1980?
-Never heard of him.
UK number one artists 1980.
Aneka. No, 1981.
1980, come on.
Is there anything from Bowie?
-He's a bit obvious.
Pink Floyd? Another Brick In The Wall was Christmas 1979.
What about the cast of The Empire Strikes Back?
-I've never seen it.
-That's the second film.
UK number one artists 1980 - The Police?
Ten seconds left.
So Kenny Sansom... Sansom.
-Do you want to go for Aneka?
OK, that is your time up, and I now need your three answers.
We'll go for two from the FA Cup final players
and one UK number one artist.
Kenny Sansom and Billy Bonds in the FA Cup.
Kenny Sansom and Billy Bonds.
And then Police?
-And The Police?
OK, for a UK number one artist.
Of those three, which is your best shot at a pointless answer?
-It's got to be Billy Bonds, hasn't it?
Billy Bonds goes last.
OK, least likely to be pointless?
-The Police we will put first.
OK, well, let's put those answers up on the board in that order,
then, and here they are.
Well, three good answers on the board there.
Are any of them pointless, I wonder?
And if they are, they will win you that jackpot. 1,250 quid.
What would you like to do with that, Nicky?
I'd love to take my husband and my daughter away somewhere nice,
maybe a European city break, with that money.
Very nice. Rob, how about you?
I think I'd split mine between my two daughters.
One is an impoverished student, and the other is just impoverished,
so I'm sure they could find a good use for it.
OK, well, very good. Very, very best of luck.
Your first answer was The Police.
In this case, we were looking for any UK number one artists from 1980,
from the singles or album chart.
Now, if The Police is right and it's pointless, it wins you £1,250.
Let's see how many people said it.
It is right.
Now, if this goes all the way down to 0,
it will win you that jackpot of £1,250.
Down it goes through the 20s and into the teens.
Into single figures now, very exciting.
Oh, 4. APPLAUSE
I'm afraid not a pointless answer.
Only two more shots at today's jackpot.
Your next answer was Kenny Sansom.
In this case, we were looking for FA Cup final players from 1980.
It has to be pointless for you to win.
So, for £1,250, let's see how many people said Kenny Sansom.
Ooh, bad luck.
I'm afraid not Kenny Sansom, an incorrect answer.
Which means everything is now riding on your last answer,
your third and final answer, Billy Bonds.
This is the one you put last,
you thought it was your best shot at a pointless answer.
Let's find out, and if it's pointless, it will win you £1,250.
How many people said Billy Bonds?
Now, The Police was your first correct answer, that scored you 4.
Your next answer, Kenny Sansom, was incorrect, but Billy Bonds,
absolutely right, taking us down into single figures, passes 4,
still going... Oh.
Two brilliant answers there, two brilliant low scores.
I'm afraid you didn't find that pointless answer you needed to win
our jackpot so that will roll over to the next show,
but it's been fabulous having you on. Really good across both shows.
We've seen a proper amount of you on each show as well, which is good.
And you get to take home a Pointless trophy each,
so very, very well done. Nicky and Rob.
Yeah, it really has been a brilliant performance,
today has been sensational, very well played.
Let's take a look at the first category.
Alvin Martin of West Ham.
Frank Lampard, not that one, it's his dad.
Frank Stapleton of Arsenal. John Devine, Arsenal defender.
You could have had Brian Talbot, David Cross, David Price,
Geoff Pike, Paul Allen, Phil Parkes, the West Ham goalie, Ray Stewart,
Sammy Nelson, Stuart Pearson, all of those were pointless answers.
Well done if you said any of those.
Now these acts, the UK number one artists.
Lots of pointless answers here as well.
Barbra Streisand had a UK number one single and album.
Dexys Midnight Runners, number one with Geno in 1980.
Paul McCartney had a number one album.
St Winifred's School Choir, how soon we forget.
Lots of other answers as well here.
Albums - AC/DC, Deep Purple, both of them would have won you the money.
Boney M, Detroit Spinners,
Don Maclean, ELO, Fern Kinney, Gary Numan, Johnny Logan, Johnny Mathis,
Odyssey, Olivia Newton-John, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart,
Rose Royce, The Pretenders, The Shadows,
lots of pointless answers there.
And The Empire Strikes Back.
Anthony Daniels, who plays C3PO, is a pointless answer.
Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, John Ratzenberger,
Michael Sheard, who's Mr Bronson in Grange Hill.
In fact, everybody in that film was a pointless answer,
apart from Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher,
Alec Guinness, Peter Mayhew and Dave Prowse.
So lots of pointless answers out there.
So tough in that 60 seconds.
Thank you very much, Richard. And thank you, Nicky and Rob.
I'm so sorry you didn't win our jackpot today.
That will roll over onto the next show,
when we will be playing for £2,250.
Join us then to see if someone can win it.
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.