Alexander Armstrong admits pretending he’s had hard day to wife: ‘Beginning to unravel’

Saturday Kitchen: Alexander Armstrong discusses Pointless

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Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong, 51, has candidly revealed he’s “kind of had the easier job” during lockdown in comparison to his wife Hannah Bronwen Snow. The star, who juggles his jobs on the BBC show, which he co-hosts with Richard Osman, and his presenting role on Classic FM, admitted he often feels compelled to “pretend” to his other half that he’s had a hard day at work, while she took charge of homeschooling duties.

Alexander and Hannah share four sons, six-year-old Henry, Patrick, 12, Edward, 10, and Rex, 15.

The actor gave a rare insight into his home life with his family, as he admitted homeschooling “was beginning to unravel at the edges” for them before schools reopened earlier this month, as lockdown rules began to ease.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with, Alexander divulged: “I think everyone’s got a bit bored of it [lockdown] and homeschooling really was beginning to unravel at the edges. 

“The teachers have been amazing, so our kids had a really good schedule of stuff to do.

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“But we’ve got a six-year-old, so I think the phonics and the maths, my wife has been all over that.

“I’ve actually been going to work during nearly all of lockdown, because I’ve been doing a radio show at the weekend.

“So I’ve kind of had the easier job, I’ve left her in charge of the homeschooling.”

He then chuckled before admitting: “I have to go back home and pretend I’ve had a really hard day’s work doing Classic FM and Pointless, when in fact I know exactly who has been doing all the heavy lifting. 


“She’s over the moon now, obviously, the schools are back.”

Alexander also shared that he and his family are very conscious of sticking to environmentally friendly practices at home.

However, the couple’s dedication to recycling has come at the expense of their youngest son, whose wardrobe is full of hand-me-downs from his cousins.

Alexander explained while sharing his support for Smart Energy GB’s study into damaging eco-behaviour on TV: “Devout recyclers, we are!

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“I come from a large family, so nearly all their clothes have been worn by their cousins before they were worn by them.

“And because there are four of them, our kids, our poor old youngest, he gets clothes that have been worn by most of the country, I think, before they get to him!” the star quipped.

Meanwhile, Alexander went on to detail his concerns about working with Pointless co-host Richard on other projects outside of the hit BBC game show.

He revealed: “I’d love to [work with Richard outside of Pointless]. 

“I think in time we probably will, I wouldn’t want Richard to get bored of me.

“We spend a lot of the year together and the nice thing is we, genuinely, in nearly 12 years of Pointless, we have never had a cross word with each other. 

“I dare say we spend an awful lot of time in each other’s company, it’s very intensive, quite high pressured work, the turn arounds are very quick and there are quite a lot of demands on us.

“We’ve got to be on the balls of our feet and yet we don’t rub each other up the wrong way, we get on perfectly well.”

Alexander is working with Smart Energy GB to highlight the small steps Brits can take to do their bit for the environment, such as managing their energy use with a smart meter. For more information visit

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