Alexander Armstrong on relationship with Pointless’ Richard Osman: ‘Don’t want to push it’

Alexander Armstrong on relationship with Pointless’ Richard Osman: ‘Don’t want to push it’


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Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman have been friends since they met while studying at Cambridge University. The pair went on to turn their friendship into a working relationship as they teamed up to host hit BBC game show Pointless together in 2009.

However, Alexander recently revealed his fears of “pushing” his friendship with presenter turned author Richard too far if they branched out and worked together on other projects outside of the programme.

When quizzed on whether he and Richard would like to collaborate on other shows alongside Pointless, the actor divulged in an exclusive interview with “I’d love to. I think in time we probably will.”

However, detailing his reservations, Alexander admitted: “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.

“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 star explained: “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.”

Richard has become a successful author in recent years and iconic director Steven Spielberg has now bought the film rights to his debut novel, The Thursday Murder Club.

Continuing to praise Richard’s writing talents, Alexander revealed he had an early insight into the “conception” of his first book.

The comedian gushed: “It’s just been so exciting, I’ve kind of witnessed the conception of his first book. 

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“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.”

It comes after Richard previously spoke out to defend his Pointless co-host Alexander’s “privileged background” during a discussion about wealth in the world of TV.

“Xander is very aware of the privilege he had,” Richard explained to Radio Times.

“He’s a completely decent human being and he’s been nothing but kind to me.

He continued: “If ever there’s trouble, Xander is there for me. He will have my friendship and respect until my dying day.”

In August 2010, Armstrong featured in an episode of BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are?, where he discovered that he was a descendant of William the Conqueror.

His father is also distantly related to William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong, and his mother has ties with the wealthy McCausland family.

The star was also shocked to learn that he also had royal connections going back as far as King Edward III.

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