We were discussing this on Twitter the other day.
Since Pointless, it has seemed impossible to get a quiz commissioned without a second host seemingly to provide facts and adjudication, which interestingly the host could absolutely do by themselves, and as someone to bounce off (which they can’t). Here at Bother’s Bar we call them “richardosmans” after Richard Osman.
But there were richardosmans before Richard Osman, but none have defined the genre in the same way.
Two very important questions: a) who was the first richardosman and b) can you still be a richardosman if you’re standing up and not behind a desk?
Some good names came up in the discussion – Tony Green from Bullseye and John Virgo on Big Break would seem to fill the role pretty well, but in standing up are they true richardosmans? Ditto Annette Lynton and Wincey Willis on Treasure Hunt (note: Anneka Rice NOT a richardosman). What about Eddie Waring and Arthur Ellis on It’s a Knockout?
So many questions, but what are the answers? Well done if you got them at home.