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Old 04-04-2013, 23:20
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I like Alexander and Richard and the chemistry is spot on between them. It wouldn't be the same with anyone else. It's the best quiz show on TV and I'm surprised it's never won loads of awards.

But I really want to see a Pointless/Eggheads special. CJ has already been on, now I'd like to see the others have a go.
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Old 04-04-2013, 23:30
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I understand how the op feels, because I personally can't stand Noel Edmonds and DOND, which I have to watch once a week when I'm round at my sisters (well, I don't actually watch, I pick that time to do my crossword!) because they love it. But I wouldn't dream of having it on in my own house, I'd sooner stick pins in my eyes.

As for Alexander Armstrong, he's one of the highlights of my day and Pointless is one of my favourite programmes.

So if you don't like him op, watch something else.
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Old 04-04-2013, 23:32
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I understand how the op feels, because I personally can't stand Noel Edmonds and DOND, which I have to watch once a week when I'm round at my sisters (well, I don't actually watch, I pick that time to do my crossword!) because they love it. But I wouldn't dream of having it on in my own house, I'd sooner stick pins in my eyes.

As for Alexander Armstrong, he's one of the highlights of my day and Pointless is one of my favourite programmes.

So if you don't like him op, watch something else.
As much as Alexander may get on my nerves - please, please do not put him in the same category as Edmonds!
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Old 04-04-2013, 23:36
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I love Pointless (my niece has the boardgame and its good value for money at family get-togethers) however - even I have to admit - I'm beginning to get tired of Alexander. I loved him on the Armstrong & Miller Show and I liked him at the beginning of Pointless - but he really is doing the whole thing by rote and isn't bringing anything new to the table. His bits are totally boring (whilst I find Richard constantly entertaining and witty). I know that he is tied by constraints - but compare him to Bradley Walsh on The Chase - also bound by certain constraints and yet makes each and every show come across as fresh - he seems to have some personal input. I tire of Alexander's face when he KNOWS a contestant has got an incorrect answer and yet says 'lets see if its right' whilst looking at the camera in a smugger than smug way. You know when a contestant has got an answer wrong on The Chase (before the answer comes up) by the look on Bradley's face - but he doesn't do it in a smug way.

Anyway - I still like the show - but I think its largely down to the format and Richard Osman.
You're right...although I like him he's in danger of turning into a parody of himself
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Old 05-04-2013, 00:00
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I tire of Alexander's face when he KNOWS a contestant has got an incorrect answer and yet says 'lets see if its right' whilst looking at the camera in a smugger than smug way.
So true. Are we supposed to think 'Oh look, Alexander (sorry) 'Xander' knows the contestant is wrong. Isn't he clever'. And I can't abide the way Osman has to ask him if he knows the answers. He is unbelievably smug when he does.

Richard Osman is witty and amusing. Armstrong isn't. Osman could easily manage to show on his own and just interact with the contestants.
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Old 05-04-2013, 00:05
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Richard Osman is witty and amusing. Armstrong isn't. Osman could easily manage to show on his own and just interact with the contestants.
The BBC could save themselves a shitload of money by just having Richard do the show. I mean - why the hell does a show need TWO hosts!
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Old 05-04-2013, 00:13
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So true. Are we supposed to think 'Oh look, Alexander (sorry) 'Xander' knows the contestant is wrong. Isn't he clever'. And I can't abide the way Osman has to ask him if he knows the answers. He is unbelievably smug when he does.

Richard Osman is witty and amusing. Armstrong isn't. Osman could easily manage to show on his own and just interact with the contestants.
Perhaps you could tell us what you actually like about this programme?

What's the point in watching if AA gets your b/p up?
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Old 05-04-2013, 00:16
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Perhaps you could tell us what you actually like about this programme?

What's the point in watching if AA gets your b/p up?
You can still like a show whilst at the same time disliking the host!
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Old 05-04-2013, 00:19
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So true. Are we supposed to think 'Oh look, Alexander (sorry) 'Xander' knows the contestant is wrong. Isn't he clever'. And I can't abide the way Osman has to ask him if he knows the answers. He is unbelievably smug when he does.

Richard Osman is witty and amusing. Armstrong isn't. Osman could easily manage to show on his own and just interact with the contestants.
Do you never feel smug when you get something correct?
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Old 05-04-2013, 00:22
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The BBC could save themselves a shitload of money by just having Richard do the show. I mean - why the hell does a show need TWO hosts!
I love the banter between Alexander and Richard .. for me it wouldn't work as well without either of them
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Old 05-04-2013, 00:24
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I love the banter between Alexander and Richard .. for me it wouldn't work as well without either of them
I agree - in a way it takes two to tango! But - why can't AA be a bit more honest (and less scripted) as Bradley manages to be on The Chase?
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Old 05-04-2013, 00:31
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Perhaps you could tell us what you actually like about this programme?

What's the point in watching if AA gets your b/p up?
Kappers likes getting hot under the collar. Just see the thread on Richy-poos the Third's burial!
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:04
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I didn't think it was possible for someone to dislike him.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:10
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His smug, sneering, self-satisfied face makes watching 'Pointless' unbearable.

quite clearly you cant watch pointless or you would know that he gets bullied consistently by Richard contestants and probably audience members

i mean Richard wouldn't even befreind him !! what a git :'(
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:27
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You can still like a show whilst at the same time disliking the host!
If some actor or host drives me mad, I just don't watch the programme. I like the format of 9 Out of 10 Cats, but hate Jimmy Carr, so I don't put it on. To watch a show that drives you mad is mad in itself....

Kappers likes getting hot under the collar. Just see the thread on Richy-poos the Third's burial!
Yes, I've seen it PL. He certainly does doesn't he?
'Stinking Leicester' ?
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:46
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I didn't think it was possible for someone to dislike him.
Me neither.

I've liked him ever since I saw him in that (can't remember the name) drama with Caroline Quentin. He played her erring husband but still made the character likeable.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:33
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Aw, I like him. I can see how he could possibly come across as smug though.
I absolutely loved the recurring Armstrong & Miller sketch where he played an alcoholic detective who had an imaginary friend (a train-driver called 'Chuffy'?) Brilliantly surreal.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:40
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I seriously detest him and his mates in their unfunny sketches, series and stand ups. His adverts are cringy and aired to death, I like him as much as I like the Go Compare bloke, zilch.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:01
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Is it because of this why you dislike him too? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np4UztksdwU
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:29
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I seriously detest him and his mates in their unfunny sketches, series and stand ups. His adverts are cringy and aired to death, I like him as much as I like the Go Compare bloke, zilch.
I'm glad someone else agrees with me.

I think it's his overbearing, sneering smugness that I despise the most. Horrible. At least Osman convincingly comes across as sincere. Armstrong is so transparently fake when pretending to be interested in the contestants.
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Old 05-04-2013, 13:00
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I love Pointless (my niece has the boardgame and its good value for money at family get-togethers) however - even I have to admit - I'm beginning to get tired of Alexander. I loved him on the Armstrong & Miller Show and I liked him at the beginning of Pointless - but he really is doing the whole thing by rote and isn't bringing anything new to the table. His bits are totally boring (whilst I find Richard constantly entertaining and witty). I know that he is tied by constraints - but compare him to Bradley Walsh on The Chase - also bound by certain constraints and yet makes each and every show come across as fresh - he seems to have some personal input. I tire of Alexander's face when he KNOWS a contestant has got an incorrect answer and yet says 'lets see if its right' whilst looking at the camera in a smugger than smug way. You know when a contestant has got an answer wrong on The Chase (before the answer comes up) by the look on Bradley's face - but he doesn't do it in a smug way.

Anyway - I still like the show - but I think its largely down to the format and Richard Osman.
Agree. I think he's a really odd choice for the show and comes across almost as if he feels it's all beneath him. I liked his comedy stuff but Ben Miller has the real comedy chops in that duo. Also, re Bradley Walsh, he's very underrated. A natural! And so effortlessly warm and funny. I'm surprised he doesn't get more tv work. (or maybe he does and I'm just not aware of it?)
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Old 05-04-2013, 13:05
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If some actor or host drives me mad, I just don't watch the programme. I like the format of 9 Out of 10 Cats, but hate Jimmy Carr, so I don't put it on. To watch a show that drives you mad is mad in itself....
Did anyone say it was the show that drove them mad? Did they? I don't think they did! I like the format of the show and this is why I watch it. I can't stand Jimmy Carr much either - but I'd watch 8 Out of 10 Cats because I love Sean Lock and Jon Richardson.
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Old 05-04-2013, 13:11
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Did anyone say it was the show that drove them mad? Did they? I don't think they did! I like the format of the show and this is why I watch it. I can't stand Jimmy Carr much either - but I'd watch 8 Out of 10 Cats because I love Sean Lock and Jon Richardson.
Same with me. It's why I pause it for 15 minutes and then forward through all of Armstrong's drivel.
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Old 05-04-2013, 13:12
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Same with me. It's why I pause it for 15 minutes and then forward through all of Armstrong's drivel.
What do you do for the other 30 minutes then?
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Old 05-04-2013, 13:37
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Is it because of this why you dislike him too? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np4UztksdwU
Isn't he taking the pee out of all those pretentious male perfume ads tho'
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