Four more extended episodes from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series, specially compiled by producer Jon Naismith
'ISIHAC is still unmissable. It remains the most thrillingly anarchic panel show in any media you care to name' Simon Mayo, Mail on Sunday
‘The funniest comedy quiz show of them all’ Sue Arnold, The Observer
The antidote to panel games returns with this sixteenth glorious collection, in which Jack Dee gives regular panelists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do. Joining them in this compilation are special guests Rob Brydon, Victoria Wood, Susan Calman and David Mitchell.
Highlights include Uxbridge English Dictionary, One Song to the Tune of Another, French Monopoly, Swanee Kazoo, Sound Charades, Pensioner’s Film Club, Complete Cats, 84 Chicken Cross Road, Hirsute Film Club, Unromantic Endings, Just a Minim, the delightful Add a Word, Ruin a Film and, of course, Mornington Crescent.
Get ready to chuckle along with the gang as they deploy the finest wit and wordplay, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha keeping score.
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In this fifteenth collection of the perennial antidote to panel games, regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden – and special guests Rob Brydon, Jeremy Hardy, Victoria Wood and Ross Noble – are given silly but hilarious things to do by chairman Jack Dee. So join Jack and company in these perennial favourites: ‘New Definitions’, ‘Swanee Kazoo’, ‘One Song to the Tune of Another’, ‘Sound Charades’ and last, but certainly not least, ‘Mornington Crescent.’ Other exciting rounds include ‘84 Chicken Cross Road', 'Complete Bellocs' and 'Grassington's Got Talent.' Listeners will know to expect inspired nonsense, pointless revelry and Colin Sell at the piano. Warning: some listeners may find the content offensive.
2 CDs. 2 hrs 30 mins.
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is the most listened to comedy programme on British radio. It regularly attracts an audience of 2.5 million listeners on Radio 4, a figure that would put it comfortably into the top ten programmes on BBC2 or Channel 4.
The format of the game is very simple: four players - Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke Taylor, Barry Cryer and a guest are given silly things to do by the Chairman Jack Dee, with Colin Sell setting some of them to music.
Clue continues to enjoy a long and successful run on BBC Radio 4, and in 2007 the show took on a new life with the first of many national tours, playing to 2500-seat theatres across the country.
With the 40th anniversary this autumn, the world of Clue continues to expand and evolve, constantly creating new games and welcoming a new generation of Clue players, attracting new fans along the way.
A collection of hilarious stories and eye-popping anecdotes from the nation's best-loved comedian
Barry Cryer is one of the most respected and admired writers and performers of his time. In a career spanning forty years, Barry has worked alongside the greatest producers and performers in show business: Tommy Cooper, Humphrey Lyttelton, Morecambe and Wise, Willie Rushton, Peter Cook, Kenny Everett, Rory Bremner to name but a few - this book is a veritable Who's Who of comedy.
From humble beginnings at the Windmill Theatre and Expresso Bongo, to The Frost Report, Call My Bluff and I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue, Barry recalls the good, the bad, and the downright ugly in his own inimitable style.
'Barry Cryer ...an anecdote jukebox whose whole life is basically one big chatshow.'
Hello there! You'll have had your tea? Dougal here. Well, here we go, with our wee book. It's a collection or pot pourri (I've no idea what Hamish means by that - it sounds like something to do with the Pope) of our activities or 'doings' in the village we call home, because that's exactly what it is.
Together with our housekeeper, Mrs Naughtie, and of course, the Laird who lives up at the big hoose and shoots grouse and other bottles of whisky, these are the actual scripts of our wee show which we performed on the wireless, when most of you were probably in bed!
Hamish and I have known each other all our lives - well, not yet, obviously! We have a very close relationship and also with each other. Mrs Naughtie been with us since we first met her at the Krankie Arms, where she was working as part-time barmaid and bouncer.
In addition to the scripts you'll find all kinds of other things tucked away under its kilt. There's a hectic social life in the village. You'll visit the 'bide a wee' café, proud possessor of three Michelin tyres. You'll have a conducted tour of the big hoose by Big Tam, our local guide (not during opening hours). You'll marvel at the site of the Battle of Auchtermuchty, now allotments. You'll peek into the Laird's social diary in 'oot and aboot' (40p at the post office). And a great deal more.
Well, I hope this wee note will make you hurry to the till and spend the terrible amount of money these wee books cost these days. But then again this particular wee book is Scotland's answer to Richard and Judy! Hurrah!
Away now ...
Humph in Wonderland stars chairman Humphrey Lyttelton in the title role, with Tony Hawks as the Narrator, Sandi Toksvig as the Queen of Hearts, Tim Brooke-Taylor as the Duchess, Graeme Garden as the Cook and Barry Cryer as Humpty Dumpty. Andy Hamilton also features as the Caterpillar, with Rob Brydon as the Mad Hatter, Jeremy Hardy as the March Hare, Jack Dee as the Cheshire Cat and Colin Sell as the White Rabbit. Among the fun and games are: 'Mornington Crescent', 'Swanee Kazoo', 'Cheddar Gorge', new definitions for the 'Uxbridge English Dictionary', as well as 'Recipes for Nigella Lawson’s Saucy Mouthfuls' (she makes a great sticky tart). Including 20 minutes of bonus material not heard on transmission, this thoroughly daft take on Lewis Carroll is also a fitting tribute to the late, and much-missed, Humphrey Lyttelton.
1 CD. 1 hr 10 mins.
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1972. The original and much-loved chairman was Hymphrey Lyttelton, who continued in the role until his death in 2008.The original regular members of the panel were Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and (until his death in 1996) Willie Rushton. Following Humph's death, the programme returned in 2009 with a rosta of chairmen, current of whom is the now regular Jack Dee.