Iain Pattinson wrote Humphrey Lyttelton’s scripts for I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue for the thick end of fifteen years. He didn’t bother with the clever end. Before writing for Humph, Iain supplied the chairman’s script for The News Quiz and many opening monologues for Loose Ends, also on BBC Radio 4. He was plucked from obscurity to write his first series of Clue in 1992 and subsequently went on to be plucked from obscurity twice a year thereafter to repeat the process. Since then he has also contributed to countless television and radio comedy shows. A list of performers of his scripts now reads like a ‘Y to Z’ of British comedy. Projects to which he has contributed have amassed four Sony Gold awards, A Bronze Rose of Montreux, a Viewers and Listeners’ award, a TRIC award and a Cycling Proficiency Badge.
The I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue team of Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor, in the company of their esteemed chairman Humphrey Lyttelton, have been recording their BBC radio show around the UK for longer than any of them can remember ... that's about a week - or twenty minutes in the case of Barry Cryer. At each venue Humph would present a short history of the location, written by Iain Pattinson, to the mutual delight of the audience, the team and their delightful scorer Samantha (who somehow always found time for a rewarding poke around the area's backstreets). We are privileged to present, in gazetteer form, the very best of Humph's local histories form Radio 4's multi award-winning 'antidote to panel games'. As accurate as Wikipedia and as comprehensive as Reader's Digest, this unique guide tells you everything you never knew you wouldn't ever need to know about the background and inhabitants of Britain's most prominent towns and cities. The intelligent reader will waste no time in adding it to their collection. Bristol It was from Bristol in 1497 that John Cabot set off to find a new route to the Spice Islands by sailing north-west. He instead discovered a strange, hostile world which he named 'Newfoundland', until the natives explained that they actually called it 'Swansea'. Nottingham It's well documented in official records that the city's original name was 'Snottingham' or 'home of Snotts', but when the Normans came, they couldn't pronounce the initial letter 'S', so decreed the town be called 'Nottingham'or the 'home of Notts'. It's easy to understand why this change was resisted so fiercely by the people of Scunthorpe. Brighton A settlement is first recorded in Brighton as long as ago as 3000 BC, when Celtic Druids practised their ancient worship of oaks, mistletoe and virgins, and indeed, oaks and mistletoe are still plentiful in Brighton.
For everyone who's ever wanted to attend a live recording of 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue', but never had the opportunity, here's your chance to catch the complete Clue experience. From out-takes and ad-libs to asides to the audience - including some very cheeky banter - here are all the bits you never get to hear on the radio, as well as all the puns, songs, silly games and sparkling comedy that you've come to expect from the Clue team. These two specially extended compilations, from 1995 and 1996, feature players Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Willie Rushton, with introductions by Clue producer Jon Naismith. Proceedings are chaired by the late, great Humphrey Lyttelton. They include all your favourite games: 'One Song to the Tune of Another', 'Cheddar Gorge', 'Sound Charades', 'Doctors' Song Book', plus there's 'Name that Barcode', 'Radio Times 2010', 'Celebrity Organs', 'Odd One Out', 'Stars in Their Ears' - and one that features a famous Underground station... So get behind the scenes with this release and find out just how much fun a Clue recording can be.
If you've ever wondered what it's like to attend a live recording of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, the antidote to panel games, now is your chance to discover how much fun they are! These two extended editions of the programme, from 1995 and 1996, offer an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes, in the company of players Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Willie Rushton and Jeremy Hardy. Hear Humph and the team setting up before and after a recording, catch the jokes intended only for the theatre audiences (including the naughty bits!), listen to Barry and Graeme as 'Alec and Denzil', early ancestors of their much-loved 'Hamish and Dougal' creations, and thrill to Jeremy Hardy's first ever attempt at singing on the programme... Clue producer Jon Naismith introduces each programme, with additional material provided by Mrs Trellis of North Wales. Warning: contains some swearing.
To celebrate thirty years of the extremely popular BBC Radio 4 comedy panel game, this release brings together two special editions - I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Anniversary Special and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Desert Island - alongside the first ever edition of the programme, originally broadcast on 11 April 1972. Whilst the anniversary special features the regular team of Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Humphrey Lyttelton plus guest Stephen Fry, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Desert Island features celebrity selections from the archives, chosen by such famous fans as Dame Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent and Germaine Greer.
Four more extended episodes from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series specially compiled by producer Jon Naismith This fourteenth collection of the antidote to panel games finds Jack Dee giving regular panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do - along with special guests Jeremy Hardy, David Mitchell, Marcus Brigstocke and Rob Brydon. Highlights include Sound Charades, Whose Duck Are You?, Complete Insults, Swanee Kazoo, Uxbridge English Dictionary, One Song to the Tune of Another, The Dog Lovers' Ball, Texting for Pensioners, Swankers, Unseen Prequels, Trail of the Lonesome Pun, Cheddar Gorge Experts and the inimitable Mornington Crescent. So get ready to laugh out loud as the gang indulge in more wonderful wordplay, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha, who's always ready to score. WARNING: some listeners may find the content offensive.