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Useless: Norwich man Ed wins BBC game show jackpot

12:15 25 May 2022

4:41 PM May 25, 2022

A Norwich man has won over £9,000 while appearing on BBC game show Pointless.

Ed, who grew up in the city and went to Notre Dame High School, appeared on the show on Tuesday, May 24.

Useless, now in its 27th series, is hosted by Richard Osman and Aleander Armstrong and puts arcane lore to the test.

Contestants must give the most unpopular answers to the questions to get the lowest possible score, based on how many audience members said the same thing.

In the final round, the finalists must come up with a useless answer that no one else has said.

Ed, who competed alongside his friend and housemate, said: “I met Manny when he moved into our flat in Clapham and we became good friends.

“He was supposed to continue with another friend but that was during the pandemic, around September 2020, so they changed the rules.

“You can only go to someone you live with.

“He said ‘Does anyone want to go to Useless?’ and I volunteered.”

After their initial appearance was postponed to 2020, the couple finally appeared on the show in November 2021.

And in the space of a single episode, the duo, who currently live and work in London, have fought their way to the final round.

The unnecessary question for the £9,500 jackpot was the words ending in ‘bby’, ‘ddy’ and ‘ggy’.

The pair’s winning pointless response was the word “smoggy.”

But they kept their victory a secret until the episode aired this month.

Ed added: “It was pretty surreal sitting in the studio in person.

“We worked very well as a team and in the end I managed to get us through.

“When the countdown [in the final round]I was dubious.

“You can see my reaction when we won the jackpot was pure surprise. It was amazing.

“Overall it was a very good experience.”

Before winning the prize, Ed said he would use the winnings to travel to South America.