Pointless challenge for dad and son


A DAD and son team will be hoping to come out pointless as they appear on one of their favourite game shows next month.

Thomas Smith, 61, and his son Darren, 30, tried their very best to outscore their rivals with the most obscure answers as they spent the day in London filming BBC gameshow Pointless.

The show, which is hosted by Alexander Armstrong with the help of Richard Osman as his assistant, sees contestants answering questions which had previously been asked to 100 members of the public.

The object of the game, which is screened to millions of homes nationwide, is to score as few points as possible by giving answers which the public have not come up with.

And Thomas and Darren will be flying the flag for Hartlepool when the episode which they feature in is broadcast on BBC 1 in mid-November.

Thomas, a retired school teacher, told the Hartlepool Mail people will have to watch the programme to see how they fared against rival teams.

The dad-of-three said: “Obviously we aren’t allowed to say how we did on the programme until it has been broadcast, but it was a brilliant day.

“We have always been fans of the show so when we saw that auditions were taking place in Newcastle we decided to give it a go.

“Our audition did go really well so we were quite confident.”

Minor problems did arise for Thomas when it was revealed that the week they were set to feature on the show was the same week Thomas had a holiday booked in Cornwall.

But Thomas decided that was not going to stop him and he made his way north to the capital.

“I had to get a bus to Exeter which took about two hours and then from there into London, but it was well worth it in the end,” added Thomas, also a dad to Neil, 37, Russell, 34, and a granddad of seven.

Darren, a radiographer and dad-of-one who lives in the Clavering area of Hartlepool made his way to London on the train from Newcastle.

“I am quite looking forward to watching the show on television now,” added Thomas.

“It was really good fun taking part, the other teams were good company and Alexander Armstrong was very friendly, he made an effort with everyone.”

Pointless will not be the first time Thomas has appeared on TV.

He previously played the role of a teacher in Channel 4 programme That’ll Teach ‘Em, a series which followed 30 teenagers as they were taken back to a 1960s-style boarding school.

He added: “I enjoy having a go at things like this, I have already applied for another two shows.”