Alexander Armstrong addresses ‘demands’ on him and BBC’s Pointless co-host Richard Osman

Pointless: Alexander Armstrong ‘savours’ silent studio

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Presenter and actor Alexander Armstrong, 51, has revealed BBC’s Pointless is a “demanding” show to film. The star, who presents the hit quiz show alongside his co-host Richard Osman, 50, said that, fortunately, the programme’s hectic schedule hasn’t yet impacted his friendship with the author.

In an exclusive interview with, Alexander divulged: “I wouldn’t want Richard to get bored of me.

“We spend a lot of the year together and the nice thing is we, genuinely, in nearly 12 years of Pointless, we have never had a cross word with each other. 

“I dare say we spend an awful lot of time in each other’s company, it’s very intensive, quite high pressured work.

“The turn arounds are very quick and there are quite a lot of demands on us, we’ve got to be on the balls of our feet, and yet we don’t rub each other up the wrong way.

“We get on perfectly well,” the star insisted.

Despite the pressurised aspect of filming the BBC show, Alexander said that the unrehearsed nature of the show makes it slightly easier to work on.

The Armstrong and Miller Show star said that he enjoys joking around with Richard on set.

He revealed: “Quite often I can’t keep a straight face and there have been times where we’ve had to stop and I’ve had to regain my composure, but that’s the fun of it!


“By and large, none of us is particularly slick, so if something goes wrong in the show, we would much prefer that stayed in the edit. 

“Part of the fun of the show is that you can see the pair of us sometimes really struggling to hold it together, or really struggling to get through something that’s quite difficult. 

“I think for viewers, that’s much more entertaining than watching something that’s very polished. 

“The rough edges are what people are going to remember it for, and it means our daily schedule is much easier because we don’t waste any time having to rehearse anything.”

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Alexander also reflected on a surprising encounter he had with Queen Elizabeth II, 95. 

It comes ahead of the presenter’s new ITV show, The Queen and Her Cousins with Alexander Armstrong.

The presenter previously met the monarch in 2019 when he hosted her for a special rendition of Pointless.

The Queen joined members of the Women’s Institute to play the quiz with Alexander fronting it, and her team were declared the winners. 

He recalled: “It wasn’t really a full on Pointless, but I was giving a talk at the Sandringham WI.

“And sometimes at the Sandringham WI, the President of the branch comes along and joins the party, and on this occasion she did!

“It was quite the most wonderful memory and I’ll cherish it forever, being in a little village hall in the middle of rural Norfolk and there is the Queen amongst all the other WI members.”

Alexander added: “It was just wonderful and the most uproariously delightful thing to be part of, what a privilege.”

The Queen and Her Cousins with Alexander Armstrong airs tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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