Harrogate couple scoop Pointless jackpot

Pointless winners Louise and Jon Skitt.  (130615M1)
Pointless winners Louise and Jon Skitt. (130615M1)

Hit TV quiz show Pointless was conquered by a Harrogate couple this week.

Louise and Jon Skitt scooped a £1,000 jackpot when they were welcomed by hosts Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman for the BBC show, in which contestants have to find obscure answers to questions.

100 people are asked the questions before the show, and contestants are looking for answers nobody gave. If 100 people gave the same answer, contestants will receive 100 points, and the idea is to collect the least number of points.

The couple raced through to the final in the first time of asking, answering questions about American Presidents, Formula One, pop music and the cartoon strip Charlie Brown.

And in the final round, asked to name a chemical symbol without the letter ‘I’, the couple answered Manganese, chemical symbol Cm, which was a pointless answer, winning them the jackpot.

They also got to take home a Pointless trophy each.

Louise said: “It was absolutely brilliant. I was nervous, but the whole experience was really good fun.

“Richard and Alexander were both really friendly, they were so chuffed for us when we won, they made lots of jokes and were very laid back.”

The couple, who have two daughters aged 11 and seven, didn’t revise for the show, correctly hoping their knowledge would see them through.

Louise explained: “We thought, we only know what we know, and went into the show with that attitude.

“We just wanted to do our best, and we went through to the final first time.”

Contestants have two chances to reach the final.

The show gave Louise a flavour of television, and she revealed it could tempt her to return. “I hadn’t done anything like it before, but I would be tempted to do it again, now I am over the fear factor” she said. “Jon appeared on Blockbusters when he was at school years ago!”