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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: A Third Treasury

Humphrey Lyttelton (and others)

A sparkling collection of specials and spin-offs from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy show, plus two tributes to the legendary Humphrey Lyttelton.

This third and final Clue treasury features a panoply of specials based around the perennial ‘antidote to panel games’. In the mix are I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Christmas Clue, featuring the team’s unique interpretation of A Christmas Carol; Humph in Wonderland, in which they venture down a rabbit hole; and In Search of Mornington Crescent, in which Andrew Marr peers behind the veil of secrecy surrounding that illustrious game.

Also included are two shows commemorating the programme’s inimitable original host, the late, much-missed Humphrey Lyttelton. In Chairman Humph, presented by Stephen Fry, friends and admirers including Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden recall Humph’s numerous Clue highlights, while in Humph Celebration Concert, Stephen Lyttelton introduces an exceptional evening of music and comedy celebrating his father. Finally, arriving just after they’ve had their tea, are all three series of spin-off comedy The Doings of Hamish & Dougal.

Among the performers in this superb collection are Willie Rushton, Sandi Toksvig, Andy Hamilton, Rob Brydon, Linda Smith, Jeremy Hardy, Jack Dee, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Gambon and Alison Steadman.

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: A Second Treasury

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

Another bumper collection of classic fun and games from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy show.

‘Risky, rude, brilliantly written and superbly performed’ The Judges, Sony Radio Academy Award

This second treasury contains over 30 hilarious editions of the award-winning ‘antidote to panel games’, first published as I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Volumes 10 to 15, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue 'Live' Volumes 1 & 2, and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Anniversary Special.

Highlights include the first episode from 1972, a 30th anniversary double edition, two volumes of vintage 'Live' recordings (ad-libs, retakes, warm-ups and all), and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Desert Island, in which famous fans including Dame Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent and Germaine Greer choose their favourite 'Clue' moments.

The late Humphrey Lyttelton and Jack Dee preside over regular players Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Willie Rushton, plus guests including Jeremy Hardy, Ross Noble, Andy Hamilton, Rob Brydon, Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig, Tony Hawks, Linda Smith, David Mitchell, Marcus Brigstocke and Victoria Wood.

So get ready to laugh out loud as the gang indulge in more wonderful wordplay, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha, who’s always ready to score.

Duration: 22 hours and 30 minutes approx.

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Treasury

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

A bumper collection of classic fun and games from one of BBC Radio 4's best-loved and most enduring comedy panel games. ‘The funniest comedy quiz show of them all.’ Sue Arnold, Observer The inimitable Humphrey Lyttelton is in the chair for these 36 hilarious editions, collected together for the first time. He presides over regular players Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Willie Rushton; plus guests including Stephen Fry, Tony Hawks, Andy Hamilton, Paul Merton, Sandi Toksvig and Jeremy Hardy. Hear them having their wicked way with favourite rounds including One Song to the Tune of Another, Limericks, Sound Charades, Cheddar Gorge and Swanee Kazoo. The teams are helped along by lively audiences from a variety of British towns and cities and, as is customary on Clue, Colin Sell is at the piano and the lovely Samantha sits on Humph's right hand. Also included is a special episode, Everyman’s Guide to Mornington Crescent, which reveals the full and unexpurgated history of The Greatest Game on Earth; and Willie Rushton's last show, featuring an introductory tribute from Ned Sherrin. First published as I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Volumes 1 to 9, this feast of unrestrained revelry and inspired ad-libs is the authentic, award-winning antidote to panel games. Accept no substitutes! Duration: 18 hours approx.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue's Humphrey Lyttelton In Conversation: Play As I Please

BBC (and others)

Humph – bandleader, cartoonist, writer, chairman of BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, president of the Society for Italic Handwriting and doyen of jazz trumpeters. In conversation with June Knox-Mawer, Humphrey Lyttelton reflects on his extraordinary life; from schooldays at Eton and playing out ‘Roll Out the Barrel’ outside Buckingham Palace on VE Day, to the formation of his band in 1948 and his emergence as ‘the godfather of British jazz’. In his incredibly varied career he was a cartoonist for the Daily Mail, a journalist for Punch and even formed his own record company. In this recording he shares his joy of music with his beloved humour. It’s a wry, witty and wonderful story told in his characteristically urbane style and peppered with some of his own great jazz favourites.

2 CDs. 1 hr 54 mins.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Chairman Humph - A Tribute

BBC (and others)

BBC Radio 4 celebrates the remarkable life of Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz genius, radio legend and master of the breathtaking double entendre, as friends and admirers recall Humph’s highlights as chairman of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. Presented by Stephen Fry, this programme features clips from 36 years of Clue, plus specially recorded contributions from Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Andy Hamilton, Jeremy Hardy, Sandi Toksvig, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Germaine Greer, and Dame Judi Dench, plus I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue producer Jon Naismith, and Humph’s link writer Iain Pattinson. ‘He was a colossally good broadcaster possessed of a fantastic sense of timing’ - Mark Damazer, Radio 4 Controller. ‘A unique, irreplaceable talent’ - Mark Thompson, BBC Director-General. ‘Hooray for Humph’ - Times.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Humph In Wonderland

BBC (and others)

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 Christmas Clue

BBC (and others)

Originally broadcast on Christmas Day 2003, the I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Players present their unique interpretation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, starring Humphrey Lyttelton as Ebenezer Scrumph, Colin Sell as his downtrodden assistant Crotchet, and Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer as the Ghosts of Christmas Future, Present and P*ssed. This Yuletide extravaganza is not to be missed! Plus, there's a generous stockingful of silly games and pointless revelry from the merry gentlemen of the Clue team, including some memorable moments from the much-missed Willie Rushton. Join them for a feast of festive fun with all the seasonal trimmings.

2 CDs. 2 hrs 14 mins.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Anniversary Special

BBC (and others)

To celebrate thirty years of the extremely popular BBC Radio 4 comedy panel game, this release brings together two special editions - I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Anniversary Special and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Desert Island - alongside the first ever edition of the programme, originally broadcast on 11 April 1972. Whilst the anniversary special features the regular team of Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Humphrey Lyttelton plus guest Stephen Fry, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Desert Island features celebrity selections from the archives, chosen by such famous fans as Dame Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent and Germaine Greer.

2 CDs. 1 hr 53 mins.

Biography

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.