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Pointless would be quite good fun wouldn't it? Wouldn't go on unless I had a teammate who knew loads about sport though.
Started a joint application with the gf as she's always banging on about how much she wants to be on it and retains information as "good Pointless knowledge" but she bottled out.
and looked like if Richard Osman got squashed.
I'm so, so good at it watching at home - it's my perfect level of trivia and half-remembered facts - but I never made it. Our college team's admission was basically a closed shop, and even though I aced the practice quiz, I only made the reserve squad (and then they weren't selected for TV anyway).
If anyone wants to come and watch it with me and get destroyed, you're very welcome.
Millionaire obviously seems to have the best reward, but the Lottery ones seem to have decent cash for exceptionally easy questions (Saturday night after all).
but not great at the rest of it.
think I'd be half decent on countdown. tend to do better than most of the people on telly (easier at home though innit)
which is odd cause I get the 9 letter word wheel in the i every day in seconds.
but the rest isn't so bad (unless it's a crucial conundrum). if you know your 25 and 75 times tables you're already ahead of some contestants who get on. so go for it, they're always happy to get applications!
there an e-mail address or something? might do it at lunch
they'll ring you at some point (possibly not for a few months) to arrange an audition, either in person depending on when/where they're doing auditions, or over the phone. the phone audition is terrifying - 5 letters rounds, 2 numbers, 2 conundrums. aim for 7s in the letters (there will be at least 2 rounds with a 9 in, but it's ok to miss them - I missed all 4 9s in my audition), to get one numbers spot on and one conundrum - that should be enough.
any ways to practice (online or whatever?)
if you have Java, apterous.org is by far the best option. I don't think anyone who's won a series for the past 12 series would have won if not for this site - it has a very comprehensive dictionary (no other CD games really do) and lively community. you get 30 trial games after which you need to pay a year's subscription, but it really is worth it if you want to improve. some really annoying people on there but some really great ones too (cough).
if you don't, crosswordtools.com/numbers-game/ is good for generating numbs games to practise with but you can only do so many a day before it says you need to sign up to it (you can just switch device and it'll let you use it again but migth be a bit annoying), and there's a PC programme called Anahack where you can learn words, it's a bit dull but effective if you can be bothered with it. there are lots of free apps and stuff but the dictionary is often dodgy af.
i'm not great at the rest either, probably would have got about as many points as the team that lost last night, although that's not saying a great deal.
Piece of piss.
It's just letters and numbers. Proper primary school level stuff.
but I can't do conundrums at speed.
And it seems like you get to go somewhere really nice to do it.
When it got to a steady hand one or something I'd be fucked though
Those Sony Walkmans are mine.
I'd be ace at that. Second choice would probably be Wheel of Fortune.
I maintain I'd be outstanding at it. Anything that's mostly just general knowledge I'd be good at, for some reason I only retain utterly useless information.
Want to go on Deal or No Deal so badly, litreally no talent needed whatsoever. Friend applied and didn't have a strong enough sob story for them to accept her. I'd probably make something up.
not bad for a few days spent getting pissed for free in Bristol.
Sounds like joining the dullest cult in the world.
(Never got further than standing behind a box for a week)
He made it sound really weird - the way they are all encouraged to be really needy and bond with each other.
He was also on Weakest Link and bombed hilariously.
I thought they all just stayed on there until they got a turn.
not great if you're using holiday from work to be there.
So wouldn't take that long, surely?
Some contestants seem to be on the show for a long time, do all these people take over a month off work?
We film 3/4 shows a day, 5 days a week for two weeks at a time. We film 15 shows a week. We do ask for a commitment for up to four weeks. Lucy Harrington attended a record breaking 50 shows our longest and one of our most loved contestants.
Apparently, and the average wait behind the box until being a contestant is 15-25 shows.
This was maybe the first or second series.
Perhaps they did it it differently then.
cause you have to act like the biggest tosser in the world, and also spend time with that Edmonds twat
but Channel 5's BrainTeaser looked like a complete piece of piss. Wanted to apply to go on it with my housemate but the application form was waaaaaaaaaaay too long for a lazy student to fill out.
All you have to do is say what you see - piece of piss that.
better than counting or spelling or whatever anyway
absolutely smash the repeats on Challenge - impressed some people when i was at uni by getting one without any letters having been revealed yet (singer/song - XXXX XX X XXXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX if you want a go).
reckon i'd be generally good on Pointless BUT i'd probably get a subject in round one that i don't know and have to guess and look a total muppet. and if i did get to the final, it'd be Spanish Pop, World Politics and Biology and I'd be screwed.
I could slag off the other 'contestants' when they open their boxes. I'd also open the boxes in order from 1 upwards
i believe you have to base every box opening on vague feelings that the other randoms have, and whether the west wing or whatever the fuck it's called has been against everyone this week, and which number represents the day that your mum's sister's friend's dog's cousin died on.
"Teams play one at a time. The child takes pieces of plastic French toast (which Dave always refers to as "toasty soldiers") and has to crawl through a series of gates that resembled a giant toast rack, while the adult, dressed as a chef (and has both legs bound together by a band commonly used for three-legged races) has to place pieces of toast on the gates to slow the child down. (Dave places a piece in prior to the start to show everybody how it was done.) At the end of the course, the child places the piece of French toast inside an egg cup. The child scores 10 points per piece of French toast in the egg cup, plus 10 points per piece of toast broken through while crawling through the gates(not counting pieces the child already broke through).
Time limit is 30 seconds"
it depends so much on the rounds though. There are some that'd just be absolutely impossible; and my worry is that I'd revise so much on stuff I don't know much about that they'd I'd draw blanks if there was a round really focused on my massive mega interests
and mistaking the primary objective with that of Pointless. Yes, it all seems like an amusing intertextual faux-pas at first; and you laugh it off with Les Dennis or Vernon Kay or whoever, and think "well, at least I came off endearingly on the telly, I s'pose! Didn't win the money; but I *did* win some cracking memories!"... but then you're in the car on the way to the train station... the rain taps on the windows, there's a cosiness to the inside of this cab and the warmth of the soft glow of the streetlights against the thick, dark grey clouds outside
YOU: You know Vernon Kay is a lot more harrowingly violent in person isn't he?
YOU: I said, Vernon Kay's a lot more harrowingly violent in person!
(silence for some time)
YOU: So Auntie Bertha, that was some good thinking in that second round. Silica gel. What a suggestion!
YOU: Hmm... and Cousin Frank, that was a really --
COUSIN FRANK: Does anyone hear anything?
AUNTIE BERTHA: Probably just the sound of the rain on the metal roof of the cab. I can't imagine what else you could be hearing.
YOUR MOTHER: There certainly was nobody speaking that I heard.
YOU: Mother... what is...?
YOUR FATHER: At the very least certainly not the voice of anybody I should particularly care to listen to
YOUR OWN YOUNG SON: You put it better than I ever could.
EVERYONE ELSE: (in unison) Indeed
I always fucking tear them apart when I'm watching and the prize money is pretty decent. Fucking Stephen Mulhern is insufferable though isn't he. Utter, utter stain