We have provided full studio and technical support for all 18 series of Remarkable Television’s BBC One quiz show, Pointless.
The production recorded series 16, 17 and 18 with us in our 7,550 sq ft Stage 8 at Elstree, between February and September 2016. This three series residency totalled 165 daytime episodes and 45 celebrity episodes.
We’ve been with Pointless since their very first series and in April 2016 the production reached its landmark 1000th episode. By the end of series 18, this number reached 1158.
Pointless records using an eight camera set-up, comprising a 15ft jib and seven pedestal cameras and make full use of Stage 8’s HD galleries. The 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.
The hosts of Pointless Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman on set in Elstree
During their residencies at Elstree, 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.
“Pointless keeps coming back because of the honesty, the dedication and the relationship we have with BBC Studioworks” John Ryan, Pointless Executive Producer.
First airing 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 answering general knowledge questions with the aim of finding the most obscure answers to score low and win big.
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