Richard Osman tells Rachel Horne he bumped into her husband
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Mr Osman returns to screens tonight for his BBC Two programme Richard Osman’s House of Games at 6pm. Every day this week celebrity contestants Michelle Collins, Joanne McNally, Bill Turnbull and Reginald D Hunter have taken on a series of quiz rounds selected by Mr Osman. At the end of each show a daily winner is selected while the scores are also tallied across the week, with the overall champion crowned tonight.
Mr Osman will also feature on Channel 4 show The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice at 8pm on Channel 4.
The companion show of the iconic baking programme sees comedian Jo Brand chat with a panel of celebrity Bake Off fans to unpack the best bits from the show.
Mr Osman is best known for being the creator and co-presenter of the immensely successful BBC One quiz show Pointless which has had peak audience figures of over seven million viewers.
As a key cog in one of the broadcaster’s flagship shows, it came as a surprise when Mr Osman gently mocked the BBC’s impartiality stance on social media.
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Last September the BBC’s newly appointed Director-General Tim Davie doubled down on the broadcaster’s “commitment to impartiality” amid rows over left-wing comedy and the Last Night At The Proms.
Mr Davie said: “I do hear questions about whether due impartiality is deliverable, even desirable, in these more polarised, divergent times.
“Importantly, it is not simply about left or right.”
The Director-General then signalled a crackdown on outspoken employees, and said that new social media rules would be “vigorously enforced”.
He added: “If you want to be an opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media then that’s a valid choice, but you should not be working for the BBC.”
Days later, Mr Osman shared a story about Mr Davie’s firm stance on staff posting views on social media, and tweeted: “I will never be silenced.
“Jaffa Cakes are biscuits.”
Mr Osman has long maintained that Jaffa Cakes were in fact biscuits and has defended his position in a number of light-hearted debates with Twitter users.
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In 2017, he even ran a World Cup of Biscuits on social media as part of Red Nose Day, and told PA news agency: “No one will ever, ever offer you a slice of Jaffa Cake.
“If you turned up at your nan’s house and she offered you a slice of Jaffa Cake you’d be very, very surprised.”
He added: “The EU said a biscuit when it’s stale goes soft, and a cake goes hard, which is why they say Jaffa Cakes aren’t biscuits.
“But my personal opinion is, if you are leaving Jaffa Cakes long enough to go stale then I’m not interested in your opinion on biscuits.”
The BBC is currently undergoing a major reshuffle of senior BBC on-air staff, amid accusations of bias from across the political spectrum.
The broadcaster’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg is reportedly in talks to step down from her role and become presenter of the Today programme.
Meanwhile Jon Sopel is stepping down as North America editor and will be returning to the UK, with BBC Scotland editor Sarah Smith believed to be replacing him.
Mr Sopel’s return to the UK means he could be a candidate for the BBC political editor role, having been linked with the job in 2015.
Watch Richard Osman’s House of Games tonight on BBC Two at 6pm.
Watch The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice tonight at 8pm on Channel 4.
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