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Introduced as "the antidote to panel games", it consists of two teams of two comedians O Sal Da Terra - Orlando Morais - Sete Vidas silly things to do" by a chairman.
The 50th series was broadcast in November and December After a period of split chairmanship in Drop Dead Legs - Van Halen - 1984 first series,  Humphrey Lyttelton "Humph" served in this role from the programme's inception until his death in A panel game with no competition was not itself a new idea: the BBC had a history of successful quiz shows designed to allow witty celebrities to entertain where winning was not important.
Dave Lee, who was bandleader on I'm Sorry I'll Read That Againwas at the piano and a number of rounds were introduced by a short phrase of music. Since then the fourth seat on the panel has featured a variety of guest comedians. The show has over two million listeners on Radio 4 and its recording sessions typically fill seat theatres within a week of being advertised. Although there are twelve Clue shows broadcast per year these are the result of just six recording sessions, with two programmes being recorded back-to-back.
The show was recently voted the second funniest radio programme ever, after The Goon Show. It has a large following among professional comedians such as Armando Iannucciwho turned down opportunities to work on it as he preferred to remain a listener. Humphrey Lytteltonprimarily known as a jazz trumpeter and bandleader, was invited to be chairman because of the role played by improvisation in both comedy and jazz music.
He claimed the secret was just to read what was in front of him without understanding why it was funny. He adopted the grumpy persona of someone who would really rather be somewhere else, which he attributed to worrying that, surrounded by four professional comedians, he would have nothing worthwhile to chip in. He did occasionally depart from the script, however, often bringing the house down with an ad-lib.
On 18 April the producer of I'm Sorry I Haven't A ClueJon Naismithannounced that, owing to hospitalisation to repair an aortic aneurysmHumphrey Lyttelton would be unable to record the scheduled shows and that they Cheddar Gorge - Various - Im Sorry I Havent A Christmas Clue have to be postponed.
The final show of the Best of tour Cheddar Gorge - Various - Im Sorry I Havent A Christmas Clue 22 April would be presented by Rob Brydon. In the Clue mailout for September Naismith stated: "Despite the rumours, we've made no decisions about possible replacements for Humph, and are unlikely to make any decisions this year at least.
Certainly I don't envisage us selecting anyone on a permanent basis for several series. The first new shows would be hosted by rotating guest presenters similarly to the format of Have I Got News for You before a permanent replacement host In A Trance - Mark Richardson / James Lawson - Hard Trance EP decided. Every series since then has been chaired by Dee.
However, Colin Sell now usually fills this role. He is often the butt of jokes about his musical ability to which he is unable to respond as he Teenarama - The Records - Paying For The Summer Of Love no microphone. Lyttelton's band also appeared on a couple of Christmas specials. It was chosen by David Hatch. Guests have included: . Raymond Baxter was occasionally drafted to commentate on sessions of Mornington Crescent and also presented the one-off special Everyman's Guide to Mornington Crescent.
A episode featured a round of Useless Celebritiesa parody of Pointless Celebritiesand featured Richard Osman as the co-presenter this was broadcast three years before Osman appeared on the panel.
A episode featured a spoof of The Chase which I Remember You - Skid Row - Skid Row Anne Hegertyone of the Chasers from the show. On one occasion Humph announced that they had a very distinguished actor as a guest who would join in the game of Mornington Crescent.
When the game started, after great ceremony, the penultimate player, the last of the panellists, won on his first move, thus denying the distinguished guest the opportunity to make a single move. The chairman apologised but explained that this was an unavoidable possibility and the guest left without having uttered a word.
The show was allegedly inundated with complaints at the treatment of Sir Alec Guinness as on the actual recording Lyttelton can be heard to say, "Well I'm very sorry about that. Rather unfortunate. We would like to go on and ask you a few things about what you're doing currently, Sir Alec, but we do have to hurry on to the next game.
Since 18 May in the same episode as Kenny Everett made his debut the show has included a fictional and completely silent scorer "whose job is eased by the fact no points are actually awarded", usually "the lovely Samantha" who sits on Humph's left hand.
There is a seat with a microphone next to the Chairman which is "used" by Samantha. During the introductory music Humphrey Lyttelton would stand up and "help" Samantha into her seat. In practice the seat and microphone were only used by the producer to welcome the audience, to introduce the participants and to give any other information to the audience such as the expected date of broadcasting, and to supervise re-recordings of fluffs made in the programme.
Lyttelton would describe Samantha's social activities, usually in an apology received from the unseen character who had been detained, often with a "gentleman friend". His comments included sexual innuendo and double entendreslike "Samantha likes nothing better than a little potter in the woodshed in the morning", though many were far more daring and explicit. During early episodes of Samantha's appearance on the show, it was not completely clear that she was a fictional character, garnering complaints about the sexist and humiliating treatment she received.
Producer Jon Naismith recalled "when we [Naismith and Iain Pattinson] took over the show we used to get quite a few letters accusing us of sexist references to Samantha"  the character was named after the page 3 topless model Samantha Fox. Samantha has sometimes been replaced by a Swedish stand-in, Svenor occasionally another substitute, Monica. In an episode in November both Samantha and Sven were present but occupied with each other and unable to award points. The programme's scoring is completely nonexistent.
Most of the show is scripted, but in rounds such as "Sound charades", where one team of panellists have to Theme From Jaws - The Film Symphonic Orchestra Flying Band - Best Of Screen the charade of the other team, the answer may be obvious usually a pun but the opposing team are now actually not told the answer. In recording, it has taken them many minutes to come up with the correct answer, most of which has to be edited out before broadcast.
In rounds in which the panel must not see what the audience sees, there is the "advanced laser display-board" actually a sign with the answer written on, held by Jon Naismithsometimes described in more elaborate terms and "so generously funded by our hosts" but these of course do not exist: they are conveyed to "listeners at home" by the "mystery voice", alluding to the s radio programme Twenty Questions. A regular feature on the programme, preceding the game Mornington Crescent, is a fictional letters section which begins with the chairman's comments "I notice from the sheer weight of this week's postbag, we've received a little over no letters" and "I see from the number of letters raining down on us this week that the Scrabble factory has exploded again".
The invariably single letter each week is from "A Mrs Trellis of North Wales ", one of the many prompts for a cheer from the audience, whose incoherent letters usually mistake the chairman for another Radio Cheddar Gorge - Various - Im Sorry I Havent A Christmas Clue presenter or media personality.
My aunt told me that, but then all my new wallpaper fell off. The chairman introduces Cheddar Gorge - Various - Im Sorry I Havent A Christmas Clue show with remarks such as:.
Tonight, we promise you a nail-biting contest. Which will be followed by a nose-picking contest. Hastings joined with Romney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich to form a brotherhood of coastal towns inintended to defend England from any cross-Channel invasion; they took the crest of a running horse rampant and stable door bolted. The Dorset coast is also famous for its sedimentary deposits dating from the Eocene Age, and the curious still come here Með Þér - Bubbi Morthens - Sögur af ást, landi og þjóð 1980-2010 search of fossils and even obscure little-known dinosaurs Let's meet the teams As I introduce the teams today I must say we couldn't have asked for four better comedians.
So that's answered your next question A few have been played only once, either because the joke works only once or because they were not particularly successful.
The panellists play as individuals or as two teams. Each began by performing a mime illustrating their occupation, giving a cryptic clue to the panel appearing to a radio listener as a short silence punctuated by exclamations from the panel and laughter from the studio audiencebefore fielding apparently serious questions from the teams e.
Musical games often involve incongruities such as singing "One Song to the Tune of Another" or playing a song using only a swanee whistle and a kazoo. In "Just a Minim" — a parody of Radio 4's Just a Minute — panellists must sing a specified song avoiding repetition, deviation, or hesitation: the chosen songs often have extremely repetitive lyrics.
Humour is derived from wordplay  such as puns or mockery of styles of speech. For example, in a round based on suggesting television programmes from biblical times:. In " Uxbridge English Dictionary " the panellists contribute humorous redefinitions of words; "Puny: the Roman Catholic equivalent of tennis elbow ". More puns are found in the "Arrivals at the Ball" section, of the form "Mr and Mrs X and their son or daughter According to Tim Brooke-Taylor twenty per cent of the show is ad-libbed.
According to Willie Rushton, it is more like fifty per cent, but he didn't think that a bad thing. The show draws to a close with the chairman imparting some final words of wisdom intended to evoke time, destiny, fate and eternity, undercut with silliness. For example: " And so, as the hunter of time blasts the moose of eternity, and the dairy counter worker of fate sighs and grabs her mop Most of the humour is detached from the real world. Steve Punt cites it as one of his favourite radio shows because "there's no points being made or targets being attacked.
The show does occasionally comment on the Im In Love (Johnny Vicious Club Mix) - Veronica - Im In Love world, though from an innocent perspective.
The game "Complete George Bush Quotes" was once played, in which the teams had to supply endings for phrases that George Bush had begun see Bushismthe teams complaining that they couldn't be any funnier than the original. At the close of one show, the chairman asked the teams to read the cuttings that they had brought along with them, in the manner of fellow Radio 4 show The News Quiz.
The teams proceeded to read their cuttings, but only to themselves, followed by some interested murmurs from the teams and much laughter from the audience. Self-deprecation forms a big part of the show's humour. It frequently pokes fun at itself and its supposed low quality. For example, Lyttelton was heard to exclaim at the end of a round:. According to Willie Rushton, "The show gets quite filthy at times, but the audience love it.
The mere mention of Lionel Blair will often bring roars of laughter in anticipation of an outrageous double-entendre based on his supposed homosexuality he is not gay. The game "Wobbling Bunnies" was introduced several times by Humph, often with eager anticipation by the panel and audience, but time pressures always meant the Cheddar Gorge - Various - Im Sorry I Havent A Christmas Clue was never actually played.
Graeme Garden and Barry Cryer frequently play the characters of two Scots, Hamish and Dougal, whose skits usually begin with the phrase "You'll have had your tea? The characters were developed into their own Radio 4 show, Hamish and Dougal.
Another long-running gag involves one of the panellists putting forward a challenge of "hesitation" when another panellist leaves a long pause in the middle of speaking, a reference to Radio 4's other long-running panel show Just a Minute. Likewise, occasionally on Just a Minutea panellist will make a challenge of "Mornington Crescent".
Chairman Jack Dee frequently pokes fun at Just a Minuteparticularly its chairman Nicholas Parsons, whom he mimics in constantly emphasising the long experience of some panellists, and the fact that the programme can be heard all over the world. Excluding compilations and repeats, this totals episodes, including series 70,71 and Some early episodes of the series, including the first, were wiped in the late s.
Following the BBC's Treasure Hunt appeal for missing material inseveral shows were recovered from off-air recordings made by listeners. Ultimately, a complete archive barring the opening music in places was assembled, though the quality was somewhat poor for early episodes. While the broadcast shows are recorded on location, this was the first ISIHAC touring stage show in the show's year history. It was a best of show, featuring favourite rounds from the past 35 years, and the guest panellist was Jeremy Hardy.
The shows were not recorded for broadcast on Radio 4, although it was suggested that Cheddar Gorge - Various - Im Sorry I Havent A Christmas Clue may be recorded for release as part of the BBC Radio Collection. An extended version was released on DVD on 10 November The regular panellists decided to continue the annual stage tour despite Lyttelton's death, with Jack Dee one of the 51st series' hosts as chairman for the tour shows.
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