Well I think most people enjoy things going wrong and will have found it refreshing seeing that process, the game isn’t getting additional padding out for this being included in the edit the slot would have been the same length as it would have always been.
Well, indeed, light entertainment is inherently pointless so it doesn't matter what happens on the show as long as it's entertaining. It's like the argument that the Strictly results are "padded out" - they could do it in five minutes if they wanted, but they don't, because it's a piece of entertainment, not a bit of admin to be got over with as quickly as possible. I don't believe the audience sits there looking at their watches going "Come on, come on, get on with it".
There was another interesting bit quite early on in Deal or No Deal when a box fell off the table and came open, so they had to stop the game and shuffle them all around. Like that, this was left in the finished programme, despite the fact they made no reference to it after the incident so it could easily have been edited out, but it wasn't, because it was a bit of a novelty. That kind of thing helped to cement it as a more unusual type of game show, not slick like all the other ones.
Noel was always a big one for that kind of thing, too, on Telly Addicts he would always get excited when the teams would break any kind of record or something would happen for the first time "in the modern history of Telly Addicts", as he used to say. He loved that kind of thing.
I always love it when a game show can spin off into strange directions. I always used to love it on Fifteen to One when the game ran short and William G Stewart would take a bit of time to discuss some aspect of the game's mechanics or the show's production. That of course span off into the Fifteen to One Scrapbook they once did which was a whole show devoted to answering viewers' letters about things that had come up in the show. I love that kind of thing. I love how Pointless has been going so long it's generated so many running jokes and statistics that they've been able to spin off several books from it.