Doncaster father and daughter bid for £4,500 jackpot on TV's Pointless quiz show

A father and daughter from Doncaster scored success when they went in search of a £4,500 jackpot on popular TV quiz show Pointless.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:52 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:56 am

Last night’s episode of the popular BBC One quiz show saw dad Ian and daughter Samantha bidding to win the top prize as they rattled through the rounds by answering questions on a variety of topics.

But despite making it to the final, the pair couldn’t quite land the big prize.

Ian, a retired postal delivery manager, who lives in Barnsley and Samantha, a community engagment officer for Doncaster Museums, were aiming to prove their ‘pointless’ knowledge on the show hosted by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman.

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Ian and Samantha were bidding for glory on TV's Pointless. (Photo: BBC).
Ian and Samantha were bidding for glory on TV's Pointless. (Photo: BBC).

In the first round, the pair got off to a bad start when naming countries with over five million live sheep – with Ian plumping for Chile, a wrong answer which scored 100 points.

However, Samantha, whose job entails showing off Doncaster’s Roman and mining historical exhibits in the community, saved the day, coming up with one point answer Peru which saw the pair into the second round.

That saw them having to name famous Jasons – and Ian’s answer of cricketer Jason Roy and Samantha’s answer of Take That singer Jason Orange was enough to take them though to the head to head.

Competing against fellow father and daughter team Nigel and Sam, it was the South Yorkshire pairing who won through, correctly identifying answers on trees and shrubs and things that include every vowel in their name to make it to the end of the teatime show.

First birch and then naming an altenative name for the Californian Redwood tree – sequoia – earned them a final spot, although they nearly missed out when naming films that begin with the words ‘The Man Who...’ their answer, David Bowie film The Man Who Fell To Earth losing out.

The final saw the couple answering questions on prog rock, attempting to name members of the band Yes, tracks on Pink Floyd’s best of album and acts on the 50 greatest prog rock albums of all time.

Telling host Armstrong they wanted to spend the jackpot on holidays and a Las Vegas trip, unfortunately none of their final round answers were pointless, meaning they missed out on the big prize, but won the ‘coveted’ Pointless trophy.