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Environmental honour for TV quiz Pointless

Published 14/07/2016

Pointless presenters Richard Osman and Alexander Armstrong
Pointless presenters Richard Osman and Alexander Armstrong

TV show Pointless has been awarded full marks for reducing its environmental footprint by Bafta.

The BBC One show scored the top three-star rating in Bafta's albert certification scheme, which recognises and champions sustainability in the industry, by introducing practices including moving to an online contestant application process to save 20,000 printed sheets of paper.

Hosts Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman recorded a thank you message, in which they surveyed the crew to ask what percentage effort they would put in during their next series to keep up the better practices in a homage to the show's format.

Unfortunately, they would not have scored a pointless answer as they answered 100%.

Osman joked that the set was sadly "coal-fired".

"We're boasting about our carbon footprint and there's all these electrical things going, 'duh-ding', laughed Armstrong

The show has also committed to reusable water bottles for crew, biodegradable catering supplies, hybrid production vehicles, and switching off computers when not in use.

Hayley Vermeulen, production executive at Pointless' makers Remarkable Television, said: "Bafta's albert is a hugely important initiative and we are delighted that we have been awarded their highest accolade of three stars.

"Our industry still has a fair way to go in reducing carbon emissions and we are dedicated to employing best practice to minimise environmental impact."

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