Barry Cryer - Author

About the Author

Barry Cryer's writing credits include material for Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Bruce Forsyth, Rory Bremner and Jasper Carrott, to name but a few. As if this was not enough, he has also collaboratively penned series like Hello Cheeky! and appears regularly on I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, and Just a Minute. He delighted audience with his one-man show The First Farewell Tour. He was made an OBE for services to comedy in 2001.

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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 16

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue 16

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2018

Four more extended episodes from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series, specially compiled by producer Jon Naismith'ISIHAC is still unmissable. It remains the most thrillingly anarchic panel show in any media you care to name' Simon Mayo, Mail on Sunday'The funniest comedy quiz show of them all' Sue Arnold, The ObserverThe antidote to panel games returns with this sixteenth glorious collection, in which Jack Dee gives regular panelists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do. Joining them in this compilation are special guests Rob Brydon, Victoria Wood, Susan Calman and David Mitchell.Highlights include Uxbridge English Dictionary, One Song to the Tune of Another, French Monopoly, Swanee Kazoo, Sound Charades, Pensioner's Film Club, Complete Cats, 84 Chicken Cross Road, Hirsute Film Club, Unromantic Endings, Just a Minim, the delightful Add a Word, Ruin a Film and, of course, Mornington Crescent.Get ready to chuckle along with the gang as they deploy the finest wit and wordplay, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha keeping score.

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Treasury

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Treasury

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2016

A bumper collection of classic fun and games from one of BBC Radio 4's best-loved and most enduring comedy panel games. 'The funniest comedy quiz show of them all.' Sue Arnold, Observer The inimitable Humphrey Lyttelton is in the chair for these 36 hilarious editions, collected together for the first time. He presides over regular players Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Willie Rushton; plus guests including Stephen Fry, Tony Hawks, Andy Hamilton, Paul Merton, Sandi Toksvig and Jeremy Hardy. Hear them having their wicked way with favourite rounds including One Song to the Tune of Another, Limericks, Sound Charades, Cheddar Gorge and Swanee Kazoo. The teams are helped along by lively audiences from a variety of British towns and cities and, as is customary on Clue, Colin Sell is at the piano and the lovely Samantha sits on Humph's right hand. Also included is a special episode, Everyman's Guide to Mornington Crescent, which reveals the full and unexpurgated history of The Greatest Game on Earth; and Willie Rushton's last show, featuring an introductory tribute from Ned Sherrin. A feast of unrestrained revelry and inspired ad-libs, this is the authentic, award-winning antidote to panel games. Accept no substitutes! Duration: 18 hours approx.

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: The Best of Forty Years Foreword by Stephen Fry

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: The Best of Forty Years Foreword by Stephen Fry

Author: Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Jack Dee, Tim Brooke-Taylor Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2015

Know your Mornington Crescent from your Cheddar Gorge? Are you partial to a bad-tempered clavier? Would you like some unhelpful travel advice? Featuring the very best moments from a forty-year history of broadcasting, Stephen Fry introduces this indispensable companion to I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, the Radio 4 comedy series which attracts millions of listeners each week. Featuring hilarious excerpts from the show's favourite games including: The Uxbridge English Dictionary, Famous First Words, the Trail of the Lonesome Pun and Late Arrivals as well as much much more, this book is essential for Clue fans young and old. For those new to Clue, there's a Beginner's Guide on how to play Mornington Crescent and numerous games which are fun and easy to play at home and guaranteed to entertain.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2011

This thirteenth 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, Sandi Toksvig, Rob Brydon and David Mitchell. Highlights include 'Uxbridge English Dictionary', 'One Song to the Tune of Another', 'Sound Charades', 'Historical Voicemail', 'Bankers' Film Club', 'Sound Effects Storytime', 'Party Guests', '84 Chicken Cross Road', 'Trail of the Lonesome Pun', 'Greetings Cards', 'Unseen Prequels' and, of course, '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 for a quick score. 'Risky, rude, brilliantly written and superbly performed' - The Judges, Sony Radio Academy Awards.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2010

This twelfth collection of the antidote to panel games finds the late Humphrey Lyttelton giving regular panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do - along with special guests Jeremy Hardy, Sandi Toksvig, Tony Hawks and Linda Smith. Highlights include 'Play Your Chords Right', 'New Definitions', 'Naturists' Song Book', 'Inadvisable Openings', 'Sound Charades', 'One Song to the Tune of Another', '84 Chicken Cross Road', 'Uxbridge English Dictionary', 'Swanee Kazoo' and the incredibly popular 'Mornington Crescent'. So get ready to laugh out loud as Humph and the gang indulge in more wonderful wordplay, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha, who likes to keep each team abreast (with the scores). This is the last I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue compilation volume to feature Humphrey Lyttelton as host. 'Risky, rude, brilliantly written and superbly performed' - The Judges, Sony Radio Academy Awards.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: The Doings Of Hamish And Dougal Series 3

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: The Doings Of Hamish And Dougal Series 3

Author: Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2009

Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden star as Hamish and Dougal, with Alison Steadman as Mrs Naughtie, and Jeremy Hardy as the local Laird. Gambling Fever sees Hamish becoming addicted to gambling after winning a Sporran Cosy in the Glen MacLottery, while in There's Something About Mrs Naughtie, the lady comes into an inheritance and attracts the advances of Hamish, Dougal and the Laird. In The Subsidence Adventure, Hamish and Dougal advertise as 'builders to the gentry', while in Inverurie Jones and the Thimble of Doom, a treasure hunter plunders the local museum. Look Who's Stalking finds Hamish and Dougal employed as ghillies to the Laird's stalking party, and Porridge Votes sees the Laird standing in the local by-election - with Hamish and Dougal running against him. Also included are two festive episodes, Burns Night and the Hogmanay Special in which the duo are joined by Clue stalwarts Colin Sell and Tim Brooke-Taylor, and Humphrey Lyttelton makes a guest appearance as the Laird's butler.

Barry Cryer Comedy Scrapbook

Barry Cryer Comedy Scrapbook

Author: Barry Cryer, Philip Porter Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/10/2009

The Chronicles of Hernia

The Chronicles of Hernia

Author: Barry Cryer Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2009

A collection of hilarious stories and eye-popping anecdotes from the nation's best-loved comedian Barry Cryer is one of the most respected and admired writers and performers of his time. In a career spanning forty years, Barry has worked alongside the greatest producers and performers in show business: Tommy Cooper, Humphrey Lyttelton, Morecambe and Wise, Willie Rushton, Peter Cook, Kenny Everett, Rory Bremner to name but a few - this book is a veritable Who's Who of comedy. From humble beginnings at the Windmill Theatre and Expresso Bongo, to The Frost Report, Call My Bluff and I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue, Barry recalls the good, the bad, and the downright ugly in his own inimitable style. 'Barry Cryer ...an anecdote jukebox whose whole life is basically one big chatshow.' Guardian

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2009

This eleventh collection of the antidote to panel games finds the late Humphrey Lyttelton giving regular panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden silly things to do to - along with special guests Stephen Fry, Jack Dee, Rob Brydon and Jeremy Hardy. Highlights include 'One Song to the Tune of Another', '84 Chicken Cross Road', 'Sound Charades', 'Notes & Queries', 'Uxbridge English Dictionary', 'Tennis Chat-up Lines', 'Swanee Kazoo' and, of course, the brilliantly baffling, fiendishly funny 'Mornington Crescent'. So get ready to laugh out loud as Humph and the gang indulge in more wonderful wordplay, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha, who likes to sit on Humph's left hand. 'Risky, rude, brilliantly written and superbly performed' - The Judges, Sony Radio Academy Awards 'This sublimely humorous "e;antidote to panel games"e; was one of the funniest things on the radio' - Bournemouth Daily Echo.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2007

Often imitated but never bettered, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is the only authentic antidote to panel games. After 35 years on air, this hardy perennial continues to bloom with inspired ad-libbing and wickedly improvised fun. This tenth collection finds unflappable chairman Humphrey Lyttelton giving silly things to do to regular panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden, as well as special guests Jeremy Hardy, Ross Noble, Andy Hamilton and Rob Brydon. Highlights include old favourites such as 'One Song to the Tune of Another', '84 Chicken Cross Road', 'Sound Charades', 'New Definitions' and of course the brilliantly baffling, fiendishly funny 'Mornington Crescent'. So settle back and laugh yourself silly as Humph and the gang indulge in more organised mayhem and general hilarity, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha, who never fails to score. 'Risky, rude, brilliantly written and superbly performed' - The Judges, Sony Radio Academy Awards.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2005

Inspired nonsense and pointless revelry - it's time for another helping of the antidote to panel games, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. In this ninth collection, the gang return for further moments of mayhem, puns and one-liners; not forgetting a healthy dose of innuendo and double entendre. Regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden - and special guests Jack Dee, Jeremy Hardy and Tony Hawks - are given silly things to do by chairman Humphrey Lyttelton. So join Humph and company in these perennial favourites: 'New Definitions', 'Swanee Kazoo', 'One Song to the Tune of Another', 'Sound Charades' and last, but certainly not least, 'Mornington Crescent.' Other exciting rounds include 'Just a Minim', 'Swankers' and '84 Chicken Cross Road.' With the lovely Samantha, bringing up the rear with her laser display board, this compilation is especially for you, Mrs. Trellis of North Wales. 'Risky, rude, brilliantly written and superbly performed' - The Judges, Sony Radio Academy Awards.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Hamish And Dougal Series 2

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Hamish And Dougal Series 2

Author: Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

Hamish and Dougal - two of the most popular characters from 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue' - return in their second radio series, alongside Mrs Naughtie (Alison Steadman), and the local Laird (Jeremy Hardy). In 'The Vampire of the Glen', our heroes are suspicious after the Laird asks them to dig a hole in his allotment large enough for a coffin-shaped wardrobe, while in 'Fame Idol', Hamish and Dougal are anxious to enter 'Fay McAdemy', the famous Highland talent contest. A contest of a different kind is on the agenda in 'The Fitness Club', when the Laird challenges Dougal to a MacAthlon, an endurance test which involves swimming Loch Crankie, cycling to the bottom of Ben Kingsley, then running the length of Glen Close. The daffy duo try to discover the identity of the author of a series of unsettling anonymous letters in 'The Poison Pen Letters', and accidentally manage to hook the Loch Jaw Monster while out fishing in 'The Monster in the Loch'. And to round off proceedings, they find themselves stuck between floors in a trip to a well-known London department store in 'Trapped!' So curl up and have a cuppa with Hamish and Dougal - you'd be two teabags short of a full pot to miss out! Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden's skittish Scots are back with a second helping of crazy comedy in these six shows.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

Four hilarious episodes from the show that grabs listeners by the waist, swirls them round in time to a Strauss waltz, and then trips over the banana skin of convention. Laugh yourself silly with some of the most mind-stretching games ever to grace a quiz show: 'Cheddar Gorge', 'Gargle Gargle', 'Bedtime Stories', 'Good News Bad News', 'Tag Wrestling' and - not to be forgotten - 'Mornington Crescent'. The unflappable Humphrey Lyttelton presides over panelists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden and Barry Cryer who bring their own brand of wickedly improvised fun to the proceedings.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

The team are together again with more ponderous puns and wondrous witticisms than you can shake a feather duster at... The show where fun and laughter go together like a horse and marriage. Listen as two door-to-door salesmen try and sell dusters to Mr and Mrs Noah, or take a gander at some of the latest programmes featured in the 'Ancient Radio Times': 'Only Fools and Wooden Horses', 'Homer and Away' and 'This Morning With Castor and Pollux.' Here is more of the inventive ad-libbing that has made 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue' an award-winning show and cultural fixture, much like the bidet in France. This collection features Willie Rushton's final shows recorded in Cheltenham, Liverpool, Northampton and Cambridge. Ned Sherrin's foreword, which was broadcast at the time of Willie's last programme, is also included. It's the authentic antidote to panel games. They're game. Are you?

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

More hilarity from the show that sticks a red rose in its teeth, sweeps the listener into a lurid table-top flamenco and then gets out a pair of bongos for a rendition of 'Auld Lang Syne'. Chairman Humphrey Lyttelton, and regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden, are back with another dose of inspired ad-libbing. Joining them are guests Tony Hawks, Andy Hamilton, Fred MacAulay and Stephen Fry. Hear them having their wicked way with old favourites such as 'Mornington Crescent' and 'One Song to the Tune of Another' while ushering in new hilarity such as 'Ecclesiastical Chat-up Lines', the radio version of 'One Man and His Dog' and 'Whose Baby Are You?' It's the authentic antidote to panel games. Accept no substitutes. They're game. Are you?

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

Four more episodes from the show that holds a mirror up to nature and then proceeds to give it a rather embarrassing haircut. Here it is at last, by overwhelming popular demand - Everyman's Guide to 'Mornington Crescent', the full and unexpurgated history of the most addictive addition to Britain's cultural heritage. The mystery of this great and baffling game is finally solved with the help of Henry VIII, Claire Rayner, Shakespeare and Beryl Bainbridge. The unflappable Humphrey Lyttelton presides over panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden and Barry Cryer who bring their own brand of wickedly improvised fun to the proceedings. It's the authentic antidote to panel games. They're game. Are you?

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Christmas Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Christmas Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

Originally broadcast on Christmas Day 2003, the I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Players present their unique interpretation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, starring Humphrey Lyttelton as Ebenezer Scrumph, Colin Sell as his downtrodden assistant Crotchet, and Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer as the Ghosts of Christmas Future, Present and P*ssed. This Yuletide extravaganza is not to be missed! Plus, there's a generous stockingful of silly games and pointless revelry from the merry gentlemen of the Clue team, including some memorable moments from the much-missed Willie Rushton. Join them for a feast of festive fun with all the seasonal trimmings.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

Laugh yourself silly with this compilation of some of the most hare-brained, mind-stretching games ever to grace a quiz show: 'Cheddar Gorge', 'Gargle Gargle', 'Bedtime Stories', 'Good News Bad News', 'Tag Wrestling' and of course the legendary 'Mornington Crescent'. Spectacularly clueless as ever are Chairman Humphrey Lyttelton and panellists Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Willie Rushton (not forgetting the scorer, the lovely Samantha). It's the antidote to panel games. They're game. Are you?

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

It's the hardy perennial of panel games that's constantly in bloom, a brimful of the funniest punnings and wittiest one-liners around. Chairman Humphrey Lyttelton, and regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden, are joined by special guests Stephen Fry, Jeremy Hardy, Paul Merton and Sandi Toksvig. Hear them having their wicked way with old favourites such as 'One Song to the Tune of Another', 'Limericks' and 'Sound Charades' as well as the modern aural glamour of 'Stars in their Ears' or the totally hi-tech 'Spot the Website' round. Thrill to the late arrivals at a society ball for builders with Mr and Mrs Jay and their daughter Iris and, of course, Mr and Mrs Foursugarsin-Minelove and their daughter Olive! It's the authentic antidote to panel games. Accept no substitutes. They're game. Are you?

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is the authentic antidote to panel games; a hardy perennial which continues to blossom with puns, one-liners and general hilarity year after year. In this seventh collection of episodes, the gang are back once again for four doses of mayhem and inspired ad-libs. Chairman Humphrey Lyttelton takes charge of proceedings as regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden are joined by special guests Jeremy Hardy, Phill Jupitus, Andy Hamilton and Sandi Toksvig. Old favourites such as 'Mornington Crescent', 'Swanee Kazoo' and 'One Song to the Tune of Another' are this time joined by rounds including 'Italian Radio Times', 'Karaoke-Cokey', 'Sound Charades' and 'Musicians' Chat Up Lines'. Accept no substitutes!

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Author: Barry Cryer Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2004

Clued-up listeners will already be familiar with I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, the only authentic antidote to panel games. Ardent fans, and those with less well-indulged ears, are in for a treat with this eighth collection of episodes which, as ever, muddy the line between ad-lib and sheer mayhem. Chairman Humphrey Lyttelton once again takes charge of proceedings as regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden are joined by special guests Sandi Toksvig, Jeremy Hardy, Tony Hawks and Harry Hill. Old favourites such as 'Mornington Crescent', 'Cheddar Gorge' and 'One Song to the Tune of Another' are this time mixed in with rounds including 'DIY Costume Drama', 'Builder's Chat Up Lines', 'Ladies' Film Club' and 'Ornithologists' Song Book.' Accept no substitutes!

Pigs Can Fly

Pigs Can Fly

Author: Barry Cryer Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2004

Barry Cryer is a National Treasure - this is his brilliant collection of true, tall, stories from his fifty years in comedy.Throughout his career, Barry Cryer has collaborated with all the greats, from Max Miller to Tony Hancock, Bob Hope, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, John Cleese, Kenny Everett, Tommy Cooper, Spike Milligan, Morecambe and Wise ... in fact pretty well all the best comedians and comic writers since the mid-1950s. He has also collaboratively penned series like 'Hello Cheeky!', toured with Willie Rushton in their show 'Two Old Farts in the Night', and is a panellist on 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue'.This is his collection of completely true apocryphal stories from these fifty years, packed with jokes, fascinating asides and riveting portraits of the major figures in comedy.

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