Alexander Armstrong discusses how green the UK's TV shows are
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Alexander Armstrong, 51, has revealed he has some reservations about teaming up with his co-host Richard Osman, 50, on projects outside of their hit TV show Pointless. The comedian and presenter admitted that although he would “love” to work with Richard more, he is nervous about “pushing” his friendship with the author, as they already spend a great deal of time together already.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Alexander divulged: “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.
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“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.
“So the only thing I’d be scared of if we spend all of the year together, if we had some other project when Pointless wasn’t filming, two things would worry me.”
The actor went on to explain: “One, is that we might get bored of each other, which we haven’t yet so I don’t want to push it.
“And the second thing is, it might prevent Richard from writing more books and that would be a terrible thing, [his books are] unbelievable.”
It comes after Richard recently revealed that iconic director Steven Spielberg has bought the film rights to his debut novel, The Thursday Murder Club.
Discussing how proud he is of his pal, Alexander continued: “It’s just been so exciting, I’ve kind of witnessed the conception of his first book.
“He wouldn’t let me read it for ages and ages, but I loved it, I really loved it in fact, and I can’t wait for the next one, which comes out I think in April.”
Alexander went on to insist that although Pointless can be quite “pressurised” in terms of its filming schedule, he and Richard still really enjoy working on it together.
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He added: “So yeah, it’s been a lovely thing to be part of, Pointless, and it continues to be a lovely thing to be part of.
“It’s got a little bit of everything in it, it’s got a bit of excitement, a little bit of intrigue, a lot of quite clever quiz elements, it’s a very watchable quiz mechanic.
“And it’s got a lot of comedy in it as well because our question setters are very good at finding amusing things to keep everyone’s brains ticking over.
“And Richard is involved, which makes everything fun anyway.”
Meanwhile, Alexander has been encouraging households across the UK to become more eco-conscious while getting involved in Smart Energy GB’s new campaign.
It comes after it was revealed that 66 per cent of Britain’s most watched TV shows exhibit damaging eco behaviours, according to new research.
The television star said while discussing the campaign: “I think as many households as possible must try and install smart meters because this means that every household suddenly becomes much more plugged into their domestic consumption.
“And it’s a really clever way of keeping on top of your electricity use and making sure that, where possible, you turn your lights off.”
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 www.smartenergygb.org/greenonscreen
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