Pointless: Stephen Mangan confirms he'll be back co-hosting in 2023

Virgin Radio

8 Dec 2022, 10:50

Stephen Mangan

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Good news Pointless fans! Stephen Mangan will take to the desk once again in 2023.

He confirmed the news to virginradio.co.uk and other press while on the red carpet for National Lottery’s Big Bash on Tuesday (6th December).

Stephen has been one of a few guest co-hosts to join the series following the departure of Richard Osman, who announced his exit in April. Stephen sat alongside Alexander Armstrong for episodes which aired in October.

The Episodes star was among good company in the rotating co-host list for series 28, which included Ed Gamble, Konnie Huq, Sally Lindsay, Alex Brooker and Lauren Laverne.

While keeping quiet about potentially being Richard’s permanent replacement, Stephen did share that Pointless fans can catch him yet again on the show next year. 

He told virginradio.co.uk: “You will see more of [me on] Pointless. I just recorded a few more episodes the other day.

“I love it. I love working with Alexander Armstrong. He's an old friend of mine. It's just good having all the answers to the questions in front of your laptop makes you sound really smart. I'm all for that.”

It seems like 2023 will be a busy year for Stephen, who added: "I'm writing in my next kids novel, and we've got another series of Portrait Artists of the Year. There's a very exciting drama happening, but I can't tell you about it yet, so it's all happening."

Stephen and his fellow guest co-hosts took over from Richard for series 28, after the House of Games star stepped away after 13 years. 

In a statement announcing his guest role, Stephen said in May: “I am incredibly excited to be joining my old friend Xander on such an iconic show. What could possibly go wrong...?”

Richard has been part of Pointless since 2009 and has appeared in nearly 30 series and 1,300 episodes. 

The game show has been a triumph for the BBC since its inception, with January’s series gaining a peak audience of 2.8m viewers. It was also BBC One’s number one highest rating daytime quiz and game show in 2021 and 2022.

It’s been a busy time for Richard, who recently announced he’d tied the knot with Doctor Who star Ingrid Oliver.

The telly presenter shared the wonderful news with fans via Twitter, with a loved-up photo of the newlyweds leaving their ceremony. 

In the beaming photo, Richard is walking hand-in-hand with his new wife, and captioned the snap: “The most magical, joyful day on Saturday with my beautiful wife @ingridoliver100.

"Surrounded by wonderful friends and family, a day full of love and laughter. We're so, so happy.”

Pointless continues weekdays at 5:15pm on BBC One.