Pointless guest hosts: Gyles Brandreth, Sally Phillips and Vick Hope join the line-up
Pointless has unveiled a new line-up of guest hosts, including Gyles Brandreth, Sally Phillips and Vick Hope.
The popular daytime BBC One quiz was fronted by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman from its debut in 2009 until last year, when Osman announced he was stepping down to focus on his crime-writing career.
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Since then, rather than go with a permanent replacement the show has opted for a series of guest hosts, drawing in big name fans to pose the questions.
Broadcaster Brandreth, actor Phillips and presenter Hope have been announced alongside a number of other famous guests.
They include chef and broadcaster Andi Oliver, and comedians Nish Kumar, Lucy Porter, Ria Lina and Rose Matafeo.
Pointless' new guests will join a previous cast of famous hosts that has included Sally Lindsay, Lauren Laverne, Stephen Mangan, Konnie Huq, Alex Brooker and Ed Gamble.
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Pointless host Armstrong said: "It has been a really fun process sharing the hosting with so many different guests. They have all brought their own styles and senses of humour, keeping the show fresh and exciting every time and I can’t wait to welcome more celebrity hosts to the show this year."
Guest host Oliver added: "Oh I’m SO excited to be getting to sit in the famous chair next to the delicious Alexander Armstrong! I’ve been on both ends of the pointless scale, winning AND being booted off first! So I’m rather thrilled that this time I’ve been invited to be in the comfy seat! Sign me up!"
Brandreth said: "As a little boy, I dreamed of being one of Santa’s little helpers. I have to tell you, being Xander’s little helper is even more fun. It’s like Christmas every day. I love it."
Phillips said: "I am so looking forward to trying Richard Osman’s big shoes on and being the answer police on Pointless. I am certain the power of the Pointless laptop will go to my head, and I will become insufferable, which I am also really looking forward to."