The Info List - Richard Osman

Richard Thomas Osman (born 28 November 1970) is an English television presenter, producer, comedian and director. He is the creator and co-presenter of the BBC One
television quiz show Pointless.[2] He also presents the BBC Two
quiz show Two Tribes and is a team captain on the comedy panel show Insert Name Here. Osman had worked at Hat Trick Productions before becoming creative director of the television production company Endemol UK, executive producing shows including Prize Island for ITV.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Television 2.2 Writing

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Television

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Osman was born in Billericay, Essex, and grew up in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. His mother is a teacher. Osman attended Warden Park School in Cuckfield. Whilst still at school he got his first broadcasting experience, as a regular contributor to Turn It Up, an open-access music show which went out every Sunday evening on BBC Radio Sussex (the show was also notable for giving early broadcast experience to BBC news journalist Jane Hill
Jane Hill
and radio DJ Jo Whiley). From 1989 to 1992, Osman studied Politics and Sociology
at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a contemporary of Pointless co-presenter Alexander Armstrong, who read English Literature.[3][4] Career[edit] Television[edit] Since 2009, Osman has co-presented the BBC One
teatime quiz show Pointless
with host Alexander Armstrong. He created the show where he is jokingly known as Armstrong's "pointless friend". Having previously worked exclusively in behind-the-camera roles, Osman got the job as co-presenter/assistant when he pitched the idea for the show to a panel of BBC daytime heads, taking the role of the assistant in the demonstration.[5][6] Osman has also worked as executive producer on numerous other shows, including Deal or No Deal, Channel 4
Channel 4
comedy panel game 8 out of 10 Cats and satirical comedy 10 O'Clock Live. He created the short-lived 2013 ITV gameshow Prize Island.[7] Osman's other credits include Whose Line is it Anyway?, Total Wipeout
Total Wipeout
and the game show 24 Hour Quiz. He has appeared six times on Have I Got News for You: as a guest in December 2012, April 2013, April 2014, October 2015 and December 2017; also as the host in October 2013.[6][8][9] Osman has also appeared multiple times on Would I Lie to You? and Let's Play Darts. In 2014, Osman began presenting a new BBC Two
quiz show called Two Tribes. A second series began airing in February 2015.[10] Since October 2014, Osman guest presented numerous episodes of The One Show. Since 2016, Osman has been a team captain on the BBC Two
comedy panel show Insert Name Here, hosted by Sue Perkins. A second series was commissioned to begin airing in January 2017. In February and December 2016, Osman presented Dragons' Den: Pitches to Riches, two special episodes which looked back over the past thirteen series of Dragons' Den on BBC Two. Since 2016, Osman has presented Child Genius on Channel 4.[11] Osman appeared on Comic Relief 2017 with his World Cup of Biscuits. This involved polling Twitter
to find the best British biscuit. The chocolate digestive won.[12] In April 2017 Osman appeared in the first episode of the third series of Murder in Successville. Writing[edit] Osman acts as script editor for BBC One's Total Wipeout
Total Wipeout
and in 1999, created and wrote the Channel 4
Channel 4
sitcom Boyz Unlimited with David Walliams and Matt Lucas. In 2005, Osman co-created and co-wrote the animated Channel 4
Channel 4
sitcom Bromwell High.[13][14][15] The 100 Most Pointless
Things in the World was published in the UK by Coronet, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, in October 2012. Personal life[edit] Osman is a season ticket holder at Fulham F.C.[16] and has two children from a previous relationship; a daughter and a son. His elder brother Mat is a founding member and bassist in the band Suede and produced music for 8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
and You Have Been Watching! On 6 December 2011, Osman became an "unlikely heartthrob" after winning Heat's Weirdest Crush Award.[17] Filmography[edit] Television[edit]

Year Title Role Channel Notes

1998–1999 If I Ruled the World Creator, producer BBC Two 2 series

2009– Pointless Co-presenter BBC One
(2011– ) BBC Two
(2009–11) 18 series

2011– Pointless
Celebrities Co-presenter BBC One 10 series

2013 Prize Island Creator ITV 1 series

2012– Have I Got News for You Guest presenter/guest panellist BBC One Numerous episodes

2014– The One Show Guest presenter 7 episodes

2014–2015 Two Tribes Presenter BBC Two 2 series

2014 Not Going Out Himself/cameo role BBC One 1 episode: "Pointless"

2015 Let's Play Darts Participant / Commentator BBC Two Charity series

Danger Mouse Professor Strontium Jellyfishowitz CBBC Voice only

2016 Dragons' Den: Pitches to Riches Presenter BBC Two 2 episodes

Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Spokesperson of the United Kingdom BBC One, EBU Annual programme

Taskmaster Contestant Dave Series 2

2016– Insert Name Here Team captain BBC Two 3 series

Child Genius Presenter Channel 4 Series 4–

2017 The Fake News Show Team captain 1 series

Channel 4's Alternative Election Night Co-presenter

2017– Richard Osman's House of Games[18] Presenter BBC Two 1 series (+1 upcoming series)


^ Graham, Alison (10 June 2013). " Pointless
star Richard Osman on the show that made him a TV heart-throb". Radio Times. Retrieved 4 September 2013.  ^ "Endemol UK – Pointless". Retrieved 6 April 2016.  ^ Gilbert, Gerard (10 March 2012). "Pedigree chum: Is Alexander Armstrong the poshest man in comedy?". The Independent. Retrieved 26 March 2013.  ^ "Richard Osman: Alexander Armstrong
Alexander Armstrong
is cleverer than me but he's a bit posh". Metro. 23 October 2012.  ^ Meltzer, Tom (4 June 2013). "Pointless: Alexander Armstrong
Alexander Armstrong
and Richard Osman on TV's favourite quiz". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2013.  ^ a b Osman, Richard (6 July 2011). "Pointless: How I became the co-host". BBC.  ^ Eames, Tom (25 June 2013). "Emma Willis show 'Prize Island' to be axed by ITV?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 July 2015.  ^ "BBC Daytime re-commissions Pointless". BBC Press Office. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2015.  ^ "Richard Osman". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.  ^ Wightman, Catriona (23 April 2014). " Pointless
star Richard Osman to host new BBC quiz show Two Tribes". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 July 2015.  ^ Sam Warner (1 March 2016). " Richard Osman is hosting the new series of Channel 4's Child Genius". Digital Spy.  ^ Richard Osman [@richardosman] (25 March 2017). "And, of course, congratulations to our winner, the Chocolate Digestive! #wcob" (Tweet) – via Twitter.  ^ "'Total Wipeout' (2009) Overview". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.  ^ " Boyz Unlimited (TV Series 1999–) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.  ^ " Bromwell High
Bromwell High
(TV Series 2005–)". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.  ^ Lawrenson, Mark (17 March 2013). "Mark Lawrenson's Premier League predictions". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2015.  ^ "'Pointless' Co- Presenter Richard Osman Named 2011's Top Weird Crush". HuffPost. 6 December 2011. 

"Interview: Alexander Armstrong
Alexander Armstrong
on bringing variety back to Saturday night TV". The Scotsman. 26 July 2011.  Pointless, 16 March 2011. "The Heat Weird Crush 2011". heatworld.com. 

^ "Richard Osman's new quiz show House of Games revealed". Digital Spy. 18 June 2017. 

External links[edit]

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