Across October and November 2017, the production recorded series 19 in our 8,000 sq ft Studio TC3 at Television Centre, and series 20 and 21 recorded in our 7,550 sq ft Stage 8 at Elstree between January and May 2018. This three series residency totaled 195 daytime episodes and also included the facilitation of 31 episodes of Pointless Celebrities.
We have facilitated Pointless since its very first series and in April 2016 the production reached its landmark 1000th episode, and when series 21 wrapped in May 2018, this number reached 1353.
“BBC Studioworks and Pointless have been together since the very first series. Pointless keeps coming back because of the honesty, dedication and trusted relationship we have with the Studioworks team” John Ryan, Executive Producer
Pointless records using an eight camera set-up, comprising a 15ft jib and seven pedestal cameras. Our sound and lighting galleries play a pivotal role in helping build the onset tension at key points in the show’s rounds, such as casting the spotlight on the countdown column to reveal when the contestants find a coveted ‘pointless’ answer.
During their residencies with us the Pointless production team adapt the ancillary facilities, which comprise production offices, green rooms and dressing rooms, to suit the show’s bespoke needs. The ‘questions room’, where the question setters and verifiers come together, is housed in a highly secretive dressing room.
First airing in 2009, Pointless is a ratings success in its teatime weekday BBC One slot and celebrity special weekend shows. Hosted by Alexander Armstrong, and his ‘Pointless friend’, Richard Osman, the quiz show sees four couples battle it out by answering general knowledge questions with the aim of finding the most obscure answers to score low and win big.