Former Pointless host Mark Humphries says he wanted 10 to move the struggling game show to a later timeslot but that the biggest problem was in condensing is format to 22 minutes for a 6pm timeslot.
Speaking to told Mumbrellacast he says he had already resigned from SBS when he landed the role at 10, but it was a speedy timeframe between his final audition to production with little time to bond with co-star Andrew Rochford.
“Andrew and I had so little time together. Suddenly we were doing promotional photos, recording promos when we hadn’t even recorded an episode. Some of the kinks of the show were still being worked out. Because they had taken a 45 minute format and condensed it to 22 minutes some chunks had to go. They were still working that out when I got there,” he says.
“It was really hectic. If memory serves me in the first week we were doing those sorts of things and we were recording episodes the following week. So it was straight into the deep end.”
Humphries said he was encouraged by producers to play with the script after several weeks, but acknowledges, “If I have any regrets I didn’t feel confident coming in and putting my spin on things straight away. I felt like a ‘nobody’ and this was an established format. So I didn’t want to rock the boat or anything. It was only as I got more comfortable I toyed around with the introductions.
“The biggest problem was time… not enough time to incorporate the comedy I would like to, or in fact the comedy we had filmed. It was so tight. It was an inevitability of condensing that format.”
The show ran for 10 months on 10 with the network acknowledging its audience was too niche for the timeslot.
“I would have loved 10 to put us on at 9:00 or something,” Humphries suggests.
“When it came to filming, I have a very Blankety Blanks-style and sometimes I like to push it out of the 6pm family timeslot. What would have made the most sense is if the ABC had done it in the first place. I might be wrong about this, and I’m open to being corrected, I get the impression ABC can’t give money away on quiz shows.”