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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

First broadcast in 1972, the immensely popular Radio 4 panel game, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, represents for its loyal audience of two million regular listeners the epitome of English humour. Its cast of regulars, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer and chairman Humphrey Lyttelton (not forgetting the late and much-missed Willie Rushton), have been joined over the years by a host of prominent British comics, including Stephen Fry, Jeremy Hardy and Paul Merton.

The format is as silly as can be. The panellists are instructed to play a series of party games, such as gargling along to the melody of Brahms’ Lullaby, or delivering a summary of the second world war in the style of a parish magazine. Although there are scorers, most popularly “the lovely Samantha”, no points are awarded. The centrepiece of the show is the game Mornington Crescent, named after the Northern Line tube stop, the rules of which remain a mystery wrapped in an enigma.

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Your comments

This radio programme represents the English sense of humour with its wit, joy and just plain silliness.

Patrick Jennings

A Radio show which reveals to us all exactly what you can do with the english language. And anybody who can listen to it and not laugh has no sense of humour. Now, the late arrivals at the doctors ball.
David Hodson

All this show needs is a chairman who is an Old Etonian Ex-Guards Trumpet player..... Pure Englishness at it's best.

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