Win a Family Weekend Break with Lovereading and VisitWiltshire - click here for details...

tudor queens series join us on facebook hold back the stars
Search our site
The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft Read the opening extract of the brand new Elle Croft book before its publication on 25/01/2018

The Clue Bible: The Fully Authorised History of  I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, from Footlights to Mornington Crescent by Jem Roberts
  

The Clue Bible: The Fully Authorised History of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, from Footlights to Mornington Crescent

The Real World   Books for the Boys   
Download an extract Share this book

Lovereading view...

A celebration of “I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again” and “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue”, radio programmes that have seen the crème de la crème of British comedy writers contribute to and take part in. A definitive guide to the writers and work involved and with an abundance of material to use this is brilliant and hilarious homage to these institutes of radio.

Synopsis

The Clue Bible: The Fully Authorised History of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, from Footlights to Mornington Crescent by Jem Roberts

'It's a great missing piece of the jigsaw - people go on endlessly about Python and Peter Cook, which is all well and good but there's basically this great corpus of work stretching for decades - and consistently good. I mean very very few traditions...I can't think of one! I mean, Christ, it's forty-five years! A major piece of work, and universally loved.' So says John Lloyd, brains behind Blackadder , QI , Spitting Image , and so much besides - all shows with a massive debt to I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue . Together they form a body of work stretching across five decades, from Cambridge in 1960 to today's world-beating Antidote to Panel Games , a laughter-bringer which has inspired unparalleled adoration in millions over fifty series. The Clue Bible tells the whole story, from 'Footlights' to 'Broadway' to the ferret-filled madness of Radio Prune - comedy's answer to the rock & roll revolution of the sixties. Offering an exhaustive guide to the comedy world that brought us Mornington Crescent , besides episode guides, glossaries and rare facsimiles, the book will take the story right up to the present day, celebrating the lives of Willie Rushton, Sir David Hatch and of course, the irreplaceable Humphrey Lyttelton. With exclusive input from the Teams, plus Bill Oddie, Stephen Fry and many more, this is the long overdue authoritative, entertaining and above all, very silly lasting celebration of an unsung comic legacy that both shows so richly deserve.

Reviews

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. -- Christopher Matthew * Daily Mail * A gift for Clue obsessives * Sunday Times, 'Books of the Year' *


About the Author

Jem Roberts is a lifelong fan of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. He lives in Bath, where he runs the comedy sketch troupe The Unrelated Family, and plays the ukulele very badly.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

8th October 2009

Author

Jem Roberts

More books by Jem Roberts
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

jemroberts.com/

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Preface Publishing

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

The Real World
Books for the Boys

Humour
Radio

ISBN

9781848091306

It's the first site that I visit when deciding on the next set of books to buy. A particular treat is being able to download an extract.

Tessa Olson

The selections are so varied and the reader reviews are so helpful. A fantastic website for those who love books.

Ann Quintilla

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith

Thanks to Lovereading I have discovered new writers and read books I would never had looked twice at - and enjoyed them.

Angela Rhodes

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

Lovereading is a wonderful way to expand my literary horizons, discover inspiring authors & get the chance to read new novels first. #loveit

Zarina de Ruiter

Insightful reader reviews and unbiased recommendations. I don't know how I chose books before Lovereading! An essential for all book lovers.

Sarah Harper

Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools