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Richard Thomas Osman (born 28 November 1970) is an English television presenter, producer, novelist and comedian. He is the creator and former co-presenter of the BBC One television quiz show Pointless. He has presented the BBC Two quiz shows Two Tribes and Richard Osman's House of Games and been a team captain on the comedy panel shows Insert Name Here and The Fake News Show. He has made appearances on many British panel shows. Osman worked at Hat Trick Productions before becoming creative director of the television production company Endemol UK, producing shows including Prize Island for ITV and Deal or No Deal for Channel 4. He is the author of the crime novels The Thursday Murder Club (2020), The Man Who Died Twice (2021) and The Bullet That Missed (2022). Early life Richard Thomas Osman was born on 28 November 1970 in Billericay, Essex, to Brenda Wright and David Osman, and grew up in Cuckfield near Haywards Heath, West Sussex. When Richard Osman was nine years old, his father walked out on the family, which Osman says has created difficulty for the rest of his life. His mother went to teacher training college but, before she got a full-time job, making money to raise her two children was a challenge. His elder brother is musician Mat Osman, bass guitarist with the rock band Suede.Osman attended Warden Park School in Cuckfield. While still at school, he gained his first broadcasting experience, as a regular contributor to Turn It Up, an open-access music show which went out on Sunday evenings on BBC Radio Sussex (the show was also notable for giving early broadcast experience to BBC news journalist Jane Hill and radio DJ Jo Whiley). From 1989 to 1992, he studied Politics and Sociology at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a contemporary of Pointless co-presenter Alexander Armstrong, who read English. Television career Production Osman began his career working as executive producer on British game shows, including Channel 4 comedy panel game 8 Out of 10 Cats and satirical comedy 10 O'Clock Live. He was the creative director at TV company Endemol UK, pitching the idea for Pointless to the BBC, becoming its co-presenter with his former university friend Alexander Armstrong, when it launched in 2009. Osman created the short-lived 2013 ITV gameshow Prize Island. His other credits include Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Total Wipeout and the game show 24 Hour Quiz. As executive producer of 8 Out of 10 Cats does Deal or No Deal, it was Osman who revealed the identity of The Banker to be Deal or No Deal’s producer Glenn Hugill. Osman acted as script editor for BBC One's Total Wipeout and in 1999, created and wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Boyz Unlimited with David Walliams and Matt Lucas. In 2005, he co-created and co-wrote the animated Channel 4 sitcom Bromwell High.Osman left Endemol in 2020. Presenting and Pointless Since 2009, Osman has co-presented the BBC One teatime quiz show Pointless with host Alexander Armstrong. He created the show where he is jokingly known as Armstrong's "pointless friend". Having previously worked exclusively in behind-the-camera roles, Osman got the job as co-presenter/assistant when he pitched the idea for the show to a panel of BBC daytime heads, taking the role of the assistant in the demonstration.Osman guest hosted Have I Got News for You in October 2013. In 2014, Osman began presenting a new BBC Two quiz show called Two Tribes. A second series began airing in February 2015. From October 2014, he guest-presented numerous episodes of The One Show. Beginning in 2016, he was a team captain on the BBC Two comedy panel show Insert Name Here, hosted by Sue Perkins. A second series was commissioned to begin airing in January 2017. In February and December 2016, he presented Dragons' Den: Pitches to Riches, two special episodes which looked back over the past thirteen series of Dragons' Den on BBC Two. Since 2016, Osman has presented Child Genius on Channel 4. He appeared on the telethon Red Nose Day 2017 with The World Cup of Biscuits 2017. This involved polling with Twitter to find the best British biscuit. In April 2017 he appeared in the first episode of the third series of Murder in Successville. In 2017, Osman began hosting his show Richard Osman's House of Games. Each weekday, four panelists compete in general knowledge tests in a variety of entertaining games. Six series of the show have been made. In 2020, Osman created a spin-off show titled House of Games Night, which aired on BBC One on Friday nights. On 8 April 2022, Osman announced he would be leaving Pointless, after 1,300 episodes across 30 series. After his The Thursday Murder Club series received critical acclaim, he wished to spend more time as an author. He is, however, continuing to appear on the spin-off Pointless Celebrities. In a statement, he said, "Pointless has been a joy from start to finish, working alongside my friend Alexander Armstrong, backed by the most wonderful team, and for the best viewers in the world. I will miss everyone so much, but I'm thrilled I'll still be presenting the celebrity shows. I can't thank everyone enough for 12 amazing years." He will be replaced by a series of guest presenters throughout the year, with a permanent successor being chosen later in 2022. His co-host Armstrong said, "Daytime television's loss is international best-selling crime fiction's gain. I say that like it's a consolation - I'm going to miss the big man next to me Monday to Friday. But at least I still get him at weekends - and weekdays if you're watching on Challenge". Comedy Osman has made appearances on many panel shows, including Would I Lie to You?, Have I Got News for You, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, The Unbelievable Truth, QI, and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. In 2016, he was a contestant on the second series of Taskmaster and appeared on the darts show Let's Play Darts. Literary career Viking Press, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, acquired the rights to Osman's debut novel, The Thursday Murder Club, and one other novel, for a seven-figure sum in a 10-publisher auction in 2019. It was said that his first book would be published in autumn 2020, and the second the following year, as part of a crime series. His debut crime novel's release date was announced as 3 September 2020.The Thursday Murder Club is set in a luxury retirement village in Kent where four residents gather to investigate crime cases, including a "live" murder mystery. Osman said that he was "in talks" for a TV adaptation of his novel. Osman later confirmed that Steven Spielberg had acquired the book's film rights. The book has sold well over one million copies in the UK, and sold 45,000 UK hardback copies in the first three days after publication.Osman's second crime novel, The Man Who Died Twice, was published in May 2022. The third novel in the series, The Bullet That Missed, was published on 15 September 2022.Osman has disclosed that his Murder Club series will contain four nove.... Discover the Richard Osman popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Richard Osman books.

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  • The Family Gift synopsis, comments

    The Family Gift

    Cathy Kelly

    'Honest, funny, clever, it sparkles with witty, wry observations on modern life. I loved it' Marian KeyesAn uplifting story about one mother trying to hold it all together told wi...

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    About Time

    Jodi Taylor

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    Bodies from the Library 3

    Tony Medawar, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers, Anthony Berkeley & Nicholas Blake

    This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together 18 tales from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including uncollected storie...

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    The Echo Chamber

    John Boyne

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    Saving Time

    Jodi Taylor

    From the bestselling author of THE CHRONICLES OF ST MARY'S.Life is good for Team Weird, now heroes and fully fledged Time Police officers. Luke can't wait to bear arms. Jane has a ...

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    Another Time, Another Place

    Jodi Taylor

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    The Black Book

    Ian Rankin

    The fifth Inspector Rebus novel from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES'Ian Rankin is a genius' Lee ChildWhen a close colleague is brutally attacked, Inspecto...

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    The Appeal

    Janice Hallett

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    Bodies from the Library

    Tony Medawar, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, A. A. Milne, Nicholas Blake & Christianna Brand

    This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together 16 rare tales by masters of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a ne...

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    No Lovelier Death

    Graham Hurley

    'There is no one writing better police procedurals today.' Daily TelegraphTwo murdered teenagers. Both sides of the law are looking for the killer.But who will get there first?A te...

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    Wycliffe and How to Kill A Cat

    W.J. Burley

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    The Truth

    Peter James

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    The Falls

    Ian Rankin

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    Peter James

    Introducing policeman Glenn Branson...When actress Gloria Lamark takes her own life, her devoted son, Thomas, is heartbroken. Something must be wrong with a world in which such a t...

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    Just One Damned Thing After Another

    Jodi Taylor

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    The Fine Art of Invisible Detection

    Robert Goddard

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    Never Somewhere Else

    Alex Gray

    Discover your next reading obsession with this iconic first novel in Alex Gray's bestselling Scottish detective series. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Ann Cleeve...

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    The List

    Carys Jones

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    The Wintringham Mystery

    Anthony Berkeley

    Republished for the first time in nearly 95 years, a classic winter country house mystery by the founder of the Detection Club, with a twist that even Agatha Christie couldn’t solv...

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    A Catalogue of Catastrophe

    Jodi Taylor

    'Jodi Taylor is quite simply the Queen of Time. Her books are a swashbuckling joyride through History' C. K. MCDONNELL BOOK 13 IN THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING CHRONICLES OF ST M...

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    All Fall Down

    M. J. Arlidge


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    A Murder of Crows

    Sarah Yarwood-Lovett

    Dr Nell Ward is an ecologist, not a detective. But when she's the prime suspect in a murder, only her unique set of skills could help to clear her name... In the sleepy village of ...

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    Wycliffe and the Beales

    W.J. Burley

    A mysterious death ... an eccentric family living on the edge of Dartmoor ... And Chief Superintendent Wycliffe has one of his most complex cases to date.The Cornish Detective seri...

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    The Things We Never Said

    Susan Elliot Wright

    From the acclaimed author of The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood Everyone can change their life. But what happens when it hides a secret that changes everything? In 1964, Maggie wak...

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    Fallen Angel

    Christopher Brookmyre

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    Picture Perfect Frame

    Lynn Cahoon

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    The Life of Crime

    Martin Edwards

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    Plan for the Worst

    Jodi Taylor

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    Mystery in Provence

    Vivian Conroy

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    Loch Down Abbey

    Beth Cowan-Erskine

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    Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder

    T.A. Willberg

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    In a Cottage in a Wood

    Cass Green

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    All My Lies

    Sophie Flynn

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    The Stalker

    Alex Gray

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    The Secrets She Keeps

    Michael Robotham

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    Last Dance in Salzburg

    Vivian Conroy

    Agatha Christie meets Julie Caplin in this exciting new cosy crime series that captures the glamour of the 1930s with the gorgeous escapist destinations! Look out for more Miss Ash...

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    Last Seen in Santorini

    Vivian Conroy

    A gorgeous Greek islandA stranger in a veilAnd a fatal fall from the cliffs…Miss Atalanta Ashford is sightseeing near Venice when a mysterious veiled lady approaches her with the u...

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    The Car Share

    Zoe Brisby

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    Murder at the Seaview Hotel

    Glenda Young

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    The Long Knives

    Irvine Welsh

    The gripping second instalment in the CRIME trilogy, now a hit TV SeriesJustice can be a blunt instrument"Men like him usually tell the story. In business. Politics. Media. But not...

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    Even Dogs in the Wild

    Ian Rankin

    Someone knows where the bodies are buried...'Taut, dark and expertly crafted tale' [GUARDIAN] from the No.1 bestselling author of A SONG FOR THE DARK TIMES'No one in Britain writes...

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    Hard Time

    Jodi Taylor

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    Us Three

    Ruth Jones

    THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'A touching celebration of the beauty and endurance of female friendship. There is nothing mightier. Fact.' DAWN FRENCHThe new novel from Ruth Jo...

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    Resurrection Men

    Ian Rankin

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    Wycliffe and the Four Jacks

    W.J. Burley

    A murder committed in the night of dead. It's all a game for Detective Wycliffe to solve in a puzzling case.Writer David Cleeve lived exactly the way a bestselling novelist should ...