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Who could replace Richard Osman at Pointless?

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Richard Osman has announced he is leaving BBC One game show Pointless after almost 13 years to spend more time writing novels.

Co-host Alexander Armstrong will be joined by a number of guest presenters in the near future.

Here’s a look at the runners and drivers who could permanently replace Osman on the show.

– Susie Dent

Countdown star Dent, who appears in the Channel 4 show’s Dictionary corner, is the frontrunner, offering odds of 5/2, according to bookmaker Ladbrokes.

A trained lexicographer and etymologist, the 57-year-old has been a regular with Countdown since 1992 and has also published a series of annual Language Reports for Oxford University Press.

– Alex Horne

Comedian Horne, 43, is best known as the creator of the Bafta-winning TV series Taskmaster, which pits stand-ups against each other in bizarre and surreal challenges.

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He is also the presenter and bandleader of the comedy band The Horne Section and hosts their eponymous podcast.

Ladbrokes are offering odds of 7/2 on Horne.

– Victoria Coren Mitchell

Coren Mitchell has been the presenter of the BBC quiz show Only Connect since 2008, is a regular newspaper columnist and has authored a number of books.

The 49-year-old was previously a professional poker player and published a memoir about her experiences in 2009 called For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair With Poker.

She has odds of 9/2.

– Rachel Riley

Countdown co-host Riley, 36, could also be in the running to replace Osman at Pointless.

The mathematician and TV presenter, who replaced longtime Carol Vorderman on the show in 2009, is rated 5/1 by Ladbrokes.

– Paul Sinha

Nicknamed ‘The Sinnerman’, the professional quizzer rose to fame as one of the most impressive chasers on ITV show The Chase.

In 2019 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and in the same year he got married and became British Quiz Champion of the Year.

Ladbrokes offers him odds of 6/1.

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