Pointless flower question sees Haughlty and Walsham-le-Willows friends lose out

Best friends Tom Barker and Benny Mansfield
Best friends Tom Barker and Benny Mansfield
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Best friends Tom Barker and Benny Mansfield had hoped for ‘manly subjects’, not questions on literature and flowers, when they appeared as contestants on a game show that aired this week.

The dynamic duo beat two other teams to make it through to the head-to-head round in the BBC quiz show Pointless, but they were unsuccessful securing a place in the final, narrowly missing out on a chance to win a £4,250 prize jackpot.

Mr Barker, from Haughley, confesses to knowing ‘useless bits of knowledge on things you wouldn’t necessarily need to know’ but said questions asked on the day centred around subjects he would not have picked.

The 31-year-old farm trader said: “To end up on a show we really like watching was just brilliant and, regardless of going out, it was a pretty fun experience all round.”

The pair’s vetting process took around 10 months and included telephone and video interviews as well as a mock show before they were finally offered a place.

Filming was done in May and the show, which rewards obscure knowledge, aired for the first time on Monday.

Mr Mansfield, a former Bury Free Press sales representative, said: “It was a bit of fun. Tom got married this year and I’m getting married next year – he’s my best man – so we thought, before we tie the knot, we’d give it a go.”

“We got through to the head-to-head, the last round, and went out on some stupid question about flowers,” said the 33-year-old from Walsham-le-Willows, who would have preferred questions on ‘manly subjects’ like geography or football.

“All in all I thought we did ourselves proud,” he said, adding that the couple who won were ‘very intellectual’ and ‘deserved winners’.

As they did not make the final, Mr Barker and Mr Mansfield were able to appear in a second show, which is expected to air towards the end of October.