I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Volume 15 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Four more extended episodes from the multi-award-winning BBC Radio 4 series, specially compiled by producer Jon Naismith.
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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue was first broadcast on Radio 4 on Tuesday 11 April 1972, with a pilot edition which had been recorded in November 1971 under a working title of I'm Sorry They're At It Again. The panel consisted of the show's deviser, Graeme Garden, alongside Bill Oddie, Jo Kendall and Tim Brooke-Taylor. From the start, Clue's zany humour delighted listeners. Initial research revealed audience reactions such as 'teams were talented and amusing... an exceptionally fine quiz master - witty, relaxed and a good match for the teams.' One listener, however, complained that he 'hadn't a clue what it was all about' which, given the eventual title of the show, was perhaps an endorsement! The show's many years on air testify to its appeal, which owes much to the wit of the chairman, Humphrey Lyttelton. Humph, as he was affectionately known, was educated at Eton, and he trained at art college before joining the Daily Mail as a cartoonist. An ex-Grenadier Guardsman trumpeter, his reputation as a jazz player was legendary. The regular members of the panel - Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and, until his untimely death in December 1996, Willie Rushton - formed a perfect comic quartet. Tim and Graeme previously worked together on I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, the forerunner of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, whilst Barry and Tim appeared together on radio and television in Hello Cheeky. Their wholehearted enthusiasm for such games as Tag Wrestling, Wuthering Hillocks and Cheddar Gorge ensures constant hilarity on the panel and in the studio audience. Of course, the best-known game of all is Mornington Crescent, whose rules have eluded and baffled listeners for years. Other highlights include the lovely Samantha, and Colin Sell at the piano - who, according to Humph, is about to complete his latest album: 'All he needs is the latest set of prints back from Snappy-Snaps...' Humphrey Lyttelton, broadcaster, musician, presenter and master of the double entendre, died on 25 April 2008. After a long and understandable break, Radio 4's antidote to panel games returned on 15 June 2009 for its 51st series. Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Rob Brydon took it in turns to keep some kind of order, as they chaired this new series without the much-missed Humph, and later the same year Jack Dee took over as the regular host. The Official Stage Tour also continued in 2009 without Humph, with Jack Dee, Rob Brydon and others sharing the chairman's role. I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012.
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These four episodes series feature the regular panellists, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer who are joined by Rob Brydon, Jeremy Hardy, Ross Noble and Victoria Wood in their pursuit of extreme silliness. Games include: playing one song to the tune of another; Uxbridge dictionary; Mornington Crescent and many more of the the old favourites, along with a few intriguing and enjoyable new games.
Each episode lasts just over 35 minutes (the original 30 minute episode plus an extra 5 to 10 minute 'bonus section'; during which the panellists all do their best to make one another laugh ... and manage to make me do the same; to the extent that I kept having to sit in the car for another few minutes once I'd got home in order to hear just a little bit more!
Well worth a go!
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.
If you're a fan of the show, then you'll find all your favourite rounds here, including Just a Minim, Sound Charades, 84 Chicken Cross Road, and my personal preference Uxbridge English Dictionary - listen out for the teams' interesting new definitions of saveloy, bicker and dominion. Even a round that sometimes tries my patience, Mornington Crescent, has been enlivened by the addition of sat nav - which in the Swansea edition speaks with mouthy Welsh tones. If you're not a fan of the show, then I'm sorry, you haven't a clue what you're missing!
My only criticism of this volume is that surely a singer-songwriter like Victoria Wood could have been given a greater musical challenge than singing the words from "Roxanne" by the Police to the theme from "Neighbours". Still, this is more than made up for by hearing Graeme Garden singing "The Wheels on the Bus" to the tune of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind".
"I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue 15" helped me to while away 2 hours and 35 minutes that would otherwise not have been nearly as much fun.
As with previous CD compilations, this is a somewhat re-edited version presented as four programmes, kicking off with one blinder of an episode coming from Wales before settling down to being very funny rather than consistently hilarious in the later ones. And what a blinder the first one is, with Tim Brooke Taylor singing Fireman Sam to the tune of I Don't Know How to Love Him, Rob Brydon singing My Old Man's a Dustman to the tune of The Windmills of Your Mind, Rob Brydon correcting Jack Dee's Welsh pronunciation and a Welsh satnav ("Wow - Wales has a cinema!"). It may be the same old thing year after year, but when that same old thing is as funny as this, who cares?
Barry Cryer does indeed make me cry (with laughter) and Tim and Graham more than keep up with him.
Please, if you have any sense at all and would consider yourself with a GSH.....(in dating terms) then you have nothing to loose...go on ...have a belly laugh, you know you want too !!!! :)
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Haven't listened to this as bought as a present. It looks good quality and well packagedPublished 8 months ago by JT0160