As I’ve been working from home for the past few weeks, due to my leg being stuck in a cast, I’ve found myself getting increasingly addicted to game shows and quiz shows. There are the ones that I’ve always liked, such as QI, Countdown and University Challenge (getting one of Paxman’s questions right results in high fives in this house), as well as Only Connect, for the fiendish questions and Victoria Coren’s delightfully acerbic wit.
It seems the more convoluted a show is, the more I like it. Think Mitchell & Webb’s Numberwang or Bamboozle from the episode of Friends where Joey was auditioning to be the show’s host (I’ll take a Wicked Wango card!). If it’s a pain in the arse to explain, I’m in.
This is why I absolutely love Pointless. Not only do you have to give a correct answer, it has to be an answer that no one else would think of giving. We played the board game version of it recently with a group of friends and it was utter chaos. Half the room hadn’t a clue what was going on, but it was great fun nonetheless.
I’ll also find myself getting stuck into The Chase, which is great for quickfire question rounds, Breakaway, for people selling each other out for a few hundred quid and sometimes Eggheads, although it’s not often that I can stand the sight of CJ’s smug face.
So, do tell me I’m not alone in my love for ridiculous and complicated gameshows. Have you got any favourites? And do you hate CJ off Eggheads and his stupid shirts too or am I being unnecessarily mean?