The Fully Authorised History of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: The Clue Bible from Footlights to Mornington Crescent Paperback – 2 Sep 2010
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"Were it not for Jem Roberts and his encyclopaedic knowledge of Clue - its dizzying array of antecedents, its career on radio and on the road and its inside information on the regular members of the cast, past and present - my memory of that particular show and of many another high spot, would be a lot hazier than it is now" (Daily Mail)
"A gift for Clue obsessives" (Sunday Times)
The official, definitive, exhaustive, complete history and doings of the antidote to panel games: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. With forewords by Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer.See all Product Description
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The author tries to make a case for ISIRTA being the greatest of all radio scripted comedy. Having been too young to have listened to it when first broadcast I have only encountered it far down the line via, the wonderful, BBC Radio 7. As the author writes in another context perhaps you had to be there at the time.
Of course after nearly 40 years Clue has undergone massive changes in style - if not in cast. Most of the early years got wiped by the BBC long ago but those episodes left are a much gentler affair than the current, barely broadcastable, riot with its systematic victimisation of Lionel Blair and the infliction of Jeremy Hardy's "singing" on an unsuspecting world. It was a succession of young producers - Perkins, Mayhew Archer on - who slowly transformed the game into what we know now. Jack Dee has the right personality and wit to keep it going.
I am sure some people saw this title and feared it was a cut and paste rush job to exploit the good will we all had for Humph. Nothing could be further from the truth, this book has clearly been pieced together by a decent writer over a long period and with significant input from most of those involved over the best part of 50 years. My one criticism is that the author likes everyone a little too much.Read more ›
I believe there are two types of people in the world - those who love 'Clue' and those who haven't discovered it yet. The former will adore this book and with any luck it will encourage the latter to seek out this comedy gem.
Clearly, many of the jokes and skits and (particularly) the Chairman's speeches are retold here, and these are more than welcome, but generally this is a written record taken from the mouths of the principal players, at great length, by Jem Roberts. Roberts has performed a great service to the cultural history of Britain, I'd say, if it didn't sound so po-faced.
The book divides into two sections (or, inevitably,"Testaments") the first dealing mainly with the radio show "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again" which led directly to The Goodies, Monty Python etc etc the second section is about "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue" itself.
Part 1 is a bit more of a critical appraisal than Part 2, which is unashamedly the work of a fan of the show. I found the "ISIRTA" bits if anything more interesting, since I knew nothing about this ground breaking show. Also, unlike the apparent serenity of the "Clue" regulars, the earlier show, featuring John Cleese and Bill Oddie, who both seem more than capable of butting heads with their old friends, comes accross as a bit more frazzled.Read more ›
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Hugely enjoyable read - especially for fans of the show. Get your tissues out towards the end though.Published 17 days ago by stew
Superfast delivery,book is a fantastic insight into the best radio comedies ever.Published 5 months ago by A. Morse
A seriously detailed history. Too detailed, if truth be told. A good editor would have slashed the first third right down, and let the latter parts of the story come alive. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Andy Powell
Consistently enjoyable history of the I'm Sorry phenomenon from Footlights to Humph's last stand, and a peek at the current state of affairs. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Impromptu
I really admire JB Robert's work on comedy - this book is absolutely saturated with his love of it. That sounds a bit gross actually. Where's Humpf?Published 21 months ago by Matthew Alford