Alexander Armstrong Asks The Audience: 'We have a chance to learn how Brits REALLY think!'
Alexander Armstrong reveals all about getting into the mindset of the British public for his interactive new gameshow Don’t Ask Me Ask Britain
Alexander Armstrong is at the helm of ITV’s fun live quiz Don’t Ask Me Ask Britain, which sees viewers give their opinion, via an app, on a variety of hot topics while celebrity panels, captained by Frank Skinner and Jonathan Ross, predict how they will vote.
TV Times put some questions of our own to Pointless host Alexander, 47, as the show continues this week…
What was the appeal of the series for you? “It is a dream because we have the opportunity to have a live instant referendum on any issue that we throw at our audience from topical questions of the day to ‘What should you do if you can’t flush away what you have left in the toilet at your in-laws’ house?’ So we are seeing where our nation’s morality lies too. It’s fascinating.”
Is this something politicians should watch to gauge public opinion? “Yes, because there are some interesting results. In the last few years, elections have resulted in some big surprises, which have gone against what pollsters have predicted, so here we have a chance to learn how Brits really think. Maybe I should hotfoot it down to No. 10 to have a pow-wow with Theresa May to talk through what we found. Perhaps I will get myself a red box!”
Has working on Pointless left you with a good measure of how people are likely to respond to a certain question? “Richard Osman is much better than I am at predicting likely outcomes. He will often play a live version of Pointless with our audience where he makes them guess how many people said Dancing Queen when they had to name an Abba song or how many people named Banquo as character in Macbeth? I’m less good at that.”
Are there any questions you’d like the public to decide on? “Yes! I want to find out which side of the bed I should sleep on. During a discussion recently I was told that I don’t sleep on the correct side of the bed for a man. I won’t reveal which side that is, but it is the same side of the bed as Homer Simpson. I think we need a consensus.”
What have you got coming up next? “I have been having a lovely time putting together a celebrity Full Monty troupe with Ashley Banjo. We have been training under Ashley’s expert guidance in all ways of striptease and we will be doing the Full Monty live at the London Palladium and on ITV. It’s all in aid of men’s cancer.”
Watch a trailer for Don't Ask Me Ask Britain
Don’t Ask Me Ask Britain screens on Tuesday, April 18 on ITV at 8pm
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Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.
Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.
Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.
In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.
By Grace Morris