Now comfortably into the Jack Dee era, this latest collection (selected by producer and "mystery voice" Jon Naismith) is the usual mixture of clever word play, silliness and filthy jokes with occasional musical accompaniment.
The three regulars (Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke Taylor and Graeme Garden) are in pretty good form, with Garden in particular coming up with some very clever responses. The usual rounds (Mornington Crescent, Uxbridge English Dictionary, One Song to the Tune of Another, Sound Charades) are present and correct and are as enjoyable as ever. New rounds, including 84 Chicken Cross Road, Complete Bellocs and Grassington's Got Talent, give a bit of variety (within the overall descriptor of "silly things to do") and generally keep the standard up.
As with others in the series, this latest selection comprises four shows, each with a different guest joining Jack and the regulars. This time the guests are Rob Brydon, Jeremy Hardy, Victoria Wood and Ross Noble. As with the previous volume, Brydon is on very sharp form in the wordplay, and his rendition of "My Old Man's a Dustman" to the tune of "Windmills of Your Mind" is another highlight. Hardy, almost a regular these days, is rather more downbeat than usual and Wood sounds slightly out of her comfort zone, but Noble is at his absurdist best and the rest of the panel are happy to go along with him.
A welcome further addition to the library.