​It's One Year On From The 'Pointless' Answer That Instantly Ruined A Friendship

It's a year on from one of the best moments in British TV, in which a contestant on BBC game show Pointless made the biggest fail - much to the pure disgust of her less-than-impressed team mate.

Credit: Pointless / BBC

Students Sarah and Mariam appeared together on the popular show, which was broadcast at the beginning of January last year.

It was in the first category of round one - i.e. right at the beginning - that host Alexander posed a 'world geography' question.

"We gave 100 people 100 seconds to name as many countries that end with two consonants as they could," he said.

"We're looking for any country in the world whose usual short-form name in English ends with two consonants, please," added co-presenter Richard Osman. "As always by 'country' we mean the sovereign state that's a member of the UN in its own right."

He also added that there were a total of 18 viable answers to pick from, so there were a fair few answers that could work.

Armstrong turned to Sarah first, who explained she was a History student at York University, and that she was very involved in societies and 'stuff like that'. Smart girl, it seems. Sounds like she's got her head screwed on.

He then pressed her for an answer, to which she shrugged and said: "Paris?"

Credit: Pointless / BBC
Credit: Pointless / BBC

That's right, when asked for a country that ended in two consonants, she went for Paris.

"I don't know, I can't think of anything," she said pitifully. "I'm having a blank."

Meanwhile, friend Mariam looked like she wanted to punch her team mate in the face.

I mean, if looks could kill...

Credit: Pointless / BBC
Credit: Pointless / BBC

In fairness, Mariam didn't look exactly thrilled throughout any of Sarah's waffling, so maybe her pal getting the answer so incredibly wrong was merely the final straw.

Armstrong tried to make Sarah feel better, telling her not too worry and that it's always hard going first - but even he seemed unconvinced.

What about Ireland? Or Iceland? Egypt? Luxembourg? Or you know, just an actual country.

Turns out Sarah also has an A-level in geography, just to add insult to injury. Admittedly she didn't disclose what grade she got, though - probably for a very good reason.

We get it, the glare of studio lights can't exactly do wonders for your nerves, so it's expected that the pressure might get to you at some points. But this extreme case of the whole rabbit-in-headlights thing can't exactly have done wonders for that friendship. One hell of an awkward train ride home, we're betting.

Wonder if they're talking again yet?

Featured Image Credit: Pointless / BBC

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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