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"I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue": In Search of Mornington Crescent (BBC Audio) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Humphrey Lyttelton & Team
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1 Oct 2007 BBC Audio
This is the most definitive and complete guide ever produced on one of radio's most popular and enigmatic games. Mornington Crescent is a game enshrined in many of the legends of our sceptred isle. Now, at last, the eminent broadcaster Andrew Marr peers - with the help of Humphrey Lyttelton, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer and many famous fans of "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" - behind the veil of secrecy which has until now surrounded it. In this extended hour-long special, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4, the myth and mystery of the ever-popular game is finally uncovered, with contributions from well-known experts and enthusiasts of the game: Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Gambon, Antony Worrall Thompson, Adam Hart-Davis and Barry Davies.Including extra unbroadcast material, the almost unbelievable story of this illustrious game is told via interviews with historians, scholars and members of the public. It is a fascinating documentary, both for Mornington Crescent novices as well as more seasoned players of the game. As if that wasn't enough, the Clue team also provides readings of four historical accounts on the subject: The Artful Dodgson, The Scandal of Mad Jack Camden, Game and Death On The Line. From Roman times to Chaucer and beyond, Mornington Crescent has become a legend at its own tube stop. Now, at last, its true history can be told.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184607195X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846071959
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Samantha sends you her compact discs 24 Oct 2007
I was initially dismayed listening to this 2-CD set. What is a serious and extremely complex game appears to have been turned into an excuse for jokes and general silliness instead of a, hopefully, straightforward explanation of the Game itself.

But gradually, the light dawned. In effect, this is a good-natured comedy, very much along the lines of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue' (where most of us first experienced MC), but....with significant clues laid out along the way. I don't want to give too much away, but listen carefully and you will hear, early on Disc 1, a 'member of the public' say, when asked what he knew of Mornington Cresent-The Game, -'Oh, I think it's something to do with the Tube Map'. Ha! The first clue indeed. To confuse things, there's a lot of nonsense about the ancient history of MC, whereas of course the game, as we know it now, dates from the late nineteenth century. N.F.Stovold's name appears (sigh) many times have we heard this? It really will be very confusing for newcomers to Mornington Crescent. This despite, or maybe because of, the best efforts of Andrew Marr, Adam Hart-Davis, Dame Judi Dench and, .. Barry Cryer. Amongst others.

But stay with it, for on disc 2, under the guise of four short tales all involving MC, yet more clues emerge. I will say no more than this; in the first story, our Humph tangentially alludes to Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Caroll)- a mathematical genius naturally drawn to the Game's complexities, and a man with Tractarian sympathies.

And so it goes on.

I would like to do my own bit to help newcomers play in the common Regional variations of Mornington Crescent.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best radio comedy in the world - EVER! 11 Oct 2007
I've done a few reviews. I've liked some stuff, hated others. Someone might read them and take heed of what I say. Most of you won't. BUT IF YOU DO NOTHING ELSE GET EVERY SINGLE "I'M SORRY I HAVENT A CLUE" PRODUCT and prepare to laugh your naughty bits off. Listen to it on BBC Radio Player. Buys the books. Listen to it again and again. IT NEVER LET'S YOU DOWN.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 4 Feb 2014
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This was a real disappointment! I bought it for my husband as he loves Sorry I haven't a Clue but this was really boring.It didn't even raise a smile.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 28 Jun 2013
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Possibly not absolutely vintage 'Clue' material, but there are moments of genius nonetheless. Certainly worth having if you are an established fan.
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