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Description - I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue by BBC

Often imitated but never bettered, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is the only authentic antidote to panel games. After 35 years on air, this hardy perennial continues to bloom with inspired ad-libbing and wickedly improvised fun. This tenth collection finds unflappable chairman Humphrey Lyttelton giving silly things to do to regular panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden, as well as special guests Jeremy Hardy, Ross Noble, Andy Hamilton and Rob Brydon. Highlights include old favourites such as 'One Song to the Tune of Another', '84 Chicken Cross Road', 'Sound Charades', 'New Definitions' and of course the brilliantly baffling, fiendishly funny 'Mornington Crescent'. So settle back and laugh yourself silly as Humph and the gang indulge in more organised mayhem and general hilarity, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha, who never fails to score. 'Risky, rude, brilliantly written and superbly performed' - The Judges, Sony Radio Academy Awards. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 37 mins.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405677738
ISBN-10: 1405677732
Format: CD-Audio
(124mm x 142mm x 11mm)
Imprint: BBC Physical Audio
Publisher: BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
Publish Date: 7-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - BBC

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue was first broadcast on Radio 4 on Tuesday 11 April 1972, with a pilot edition which had been recorded in November 1971 under a working title of I'm Sorry They're At It Again. The panel consisted of the show's deviser, Graeme Garden, alongside Bill Oddie, Jo Kendall and Tim Brooke-Taylor. From the start, Clue's zany humour delighted listeners. Initial research revealed audience reactions such as 'teams were talented and amusing... an exceptionally fine quiz master - witty, relaxed and a good match for the teams.' One listener, however, complained that he 'hadn't a clue what it was all about' which, given the eventual title of the show, was perhaps an endorsement! The show's many years on air testify to its appeal, which owes much to the wit of the chairman, Humphrey Lyttelton. Humph, as he was affectionately known, was educated at Eton, and he trained at art college before joining the Daily Mail as a cartoonist. An ex-Grenadier Guardsman trumpeter, his reputation as a jazz player was legendary. The regular members of the panel - Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and, until his untimely death in December 1996, Willie Rushton - formed a perfect comic quartet. Tim and Graeme previously worked together on I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, the forerunner of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, whilst Barry and Tim appeared together on radio and television in Hello Cheeky. Their wholehearted enthusiasm for such games as Tag Wrestling, Wuthering Hillocks and Cheddar Gorge ensures constant hilarity on the panel and in the studio audience. Of course, the best-known game of all is Mornington Crescent, whose rules have eluded and baffled listeners for years. Other highlights include the lovely Samantha, and Colin Sell at the piano - who, according to Humph, is about to complete his latest album: 'All he needs is the latest set of prints back from Snappy-Snaps...' Humphrey Lyttelton, broadcaster, musician, presenter and master of the double entendre, died on 25 April 2008. After a long and understandable break, Radio 4's antidote to panel games returned on 15 June 2009 for its 51st series. Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Rob Brydon took it in turns to keep some kind of order, as they chaired this new series without the much-missed Humph, and later the same year Jack Dee took over as the regular host. The Official Stage Tour also continued in 2009 without Humph, with Jack Dee, Rob Brydon and others sharing the chairman's role. I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012.

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