BBC One orders three more series of hit quiz show Pointless

Pointless - Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman

BBC One has announced that hit gameshow Pointless and its spin-off Pointless Celebrities have been recommissioned for 228 new episodes.

The order comprises three series totalling 204 episodes of the daytime version, which achieved its highest ever ratings of 5.2million viewers last November.

There will also be 24 new Celebrity specials, which have attracted up to a whopping 7.8million viewers in their primetime Saturday night timeslots.

Comedian Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman - creative director of Pointless producers Endemol - will remain as its presenters.

Executive producer James Fox said: "We're extremely proud of the success of Pointless, which has become a juggernaut hit for BBC One.

"In the upcoming episodes, viewers can expect many more obscure facts as well as a host of surprises, including Alexander and Richard's attempt at creating the 2014 UK entry to the Eurovision Song Contest."

BBC commissioning editor Pam Cavannagh added: "It is great to see Pointless go from strength to strength, pulling in stellar ratings for BBC One in both its weekday and prime time Saturday night spot."

In December, Tellymix went behind the scenes at the Pointless studio, where Fox told us that he believes the show can keep running as its team continues to "find new ways of asking questions".

A Pointless mobile app is expected to launch in the UK later this month.

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