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I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: The Best of Forty Years: Foreword by Stephen Fry [Hardcover]

Barry Cryer , Graeme Garden , Tim Brooke-Taylor , Jack Dee
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4 Oct 2012

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.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing (4 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848093926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848093928
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The funniest comedy quiz show of them all" (Sue Arnold The Observer)

"The national theatre of fun" (Gillian Reynolds Daily Telegraph)

"One day people will envy us for living through the years when this magnificent half hour enlivened every Sunday" (Sue Gaisford Independent on Sunday)

"The most genuinely and infallibly cheering programme on radio" (Nigel Andrew Daily Mail)

"Those who like radio shows to remain aural rather than visual, may feel they should give this solid compendium a wide berth. But they'll be missing a treat. I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue contains the best of 40 years of this most listened to comedy programme on British radio, and remains even after nearly 300 pages of photographic illustration and written explanation, something of an enigma. Of course, if you're a fan, the barmy goings on involving a quartet of players (Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and a guest) engages in quiz rounds of 'handy hints' (how can I ensure my lipstick lasts longer? Just do one lip), 'Pensioners Songbook' (I can see clearly now the specs have come.), 'Killer First Lines' (Waiting for Godot: 'Hello Godot.') and 'Mornington Crescent' (there never has been an explanation for this one) will be reassuringly familiar, a reminder that British comedy used to be funny. For those who happen on this book unawares, it'll open up a whole new world of (largely) oldie hilarity and excellent jokes" (The Lady)

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Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Jon Naismith, Iain Pattinson, Jeremy Hardy, Willie Rushden, Humphrey Lyttelton, Stephen Fry, Jack Dee, Phil Jupitus, Rob Brydon, Victoria Wood, Sandi Toksvig, Jeremy Hardy, John Cleese, are just a few of the great comedy names who have taken part in I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue on BBC Radio Four over forty years. Here are the best bits!

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer joy! 26 Oct 2012
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The wonderful wit is a sheer joy to read on a miserable, wet afternoon...get a cuppa and enjoy..the warmth of the jokes, the sheer brilliance will make you feel good. Would make an excellent Christmas gift.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth waiting 40 years 7 Nov 2012
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I have not laughed out loud for a very long time.
Something has to be very funny to get me to smile.
This is very funny even just reading it and not hearing it.
I actually had tears in my eyes from laughing.
Everyone is so clever and reading it enables you to
appreciate it even more as I'm sure you lose some
of the nuances just listening.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 4 Oct 2012
By gt
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I love comedy in all its forms and this is the most consistantly funny book I have ever read!A must for comedy fans with brains.An amazing collection of funnies.
There are many gems on every page,some I remember from the shows but most I am rediscovering. an absolute delight. My Christmas present problem is solved.
This review is short because I want to get back to reading the book which arrived this morning.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 25 Nov 2012
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Who could fail to love this book ? It's hilarious, brilliant - a great gift for anyone who has always adored the show. (R.I.P.Humph...still there in spirit !)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift 10 Nov 2012
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This book was a present to my husband and he is really enjoying it. He loves to read bits of it out loud. It was good value for money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 9 Nov 2012
By golly
Format:Hardcover
Leave on your coffee table for a good fun dip , ever wanted to crack mornington crescent .. Now is your chance !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and brilliant 4 Dec 2012
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Great read for cheering up winter afternoons. Would recommend to anyone who has enjoyed the radio shows and likes a good laugh.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Collectors Item 27 Nov 2012
By simonh
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue - The Best of Forty Years - is a MUST for all lovers of this great legend of radio entertainment broadcasting. Still as funny and relevant today as it ever was - long may it continue !
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This book was bought as a present, didn't know how it would go down. I needn't have worried he laughed as much, if not more than when listening to the radio program.
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