Pet peeves bound for Room 101


Room 101 (Friday, January 24, BBC One, 8.30pm)

What’s It All About? There must be some mild-mannered, easy-going celebrities who get the call to appear on Room 101 and then have to wrack their brains to come up with just one thing that they hate so much, they’d happily banish it to an Orwellian torture chamber.

But as Frank Skinner returns for a new series of the comedy show, he can be assured that at least one of his guests has given plenty of thought to the subject, and has a very long list just waiting to go.

That’s because the first episode features Richard Osman, who in 2012 teamed up with his Pointless co-host Alexander Armstrong to write a book entitled The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World.

However, he won’t get the chance to count them all down tonight, as the show has undergone some format changes since the old days, when original host Nick Hancock and his successor Paul Merton used to spend half an hour talking to one celeb about their pet peeves.

Since the revived show came back on to our screens in 2012 under Frank’s stewardship, each edition has featured three guests, who get to debate the subjects up for banishment among themselves.