A bumper collection of classic fun and games from one of BBC Radio 4's best-loved and most enduring comedy panel games.
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.
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"The funniest comedy quiz show of them all." (Sue Arnold, Observer)
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"Needed better care when assembling"
Bad enough that it sacrifices quality for quantity (I'll explain in a moment) but halfway through a rather disturbing limerick about Jimmy Saville undressing is started. Given what is now alleged about him its in supremely poor taste to select anything that mentions him, particularly with a sexual connotation.
As for the quantity it's not the amount of episodes but the fact that they've gone for breadth of guests rather than depth. The essence of any long running show is its ability to draw upon its history and for a comedy its endless depth of in-jokes. Guests like Harry Hill never really got the game and Sandi Toksvig and Stephen Fry pale in comparison to the original quartet. This isn't for new listeners but should be a reward, a treat for those who eagerly await the next dreaded variation on 'Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia'.
Its still worth buying though after Willie Rushton's final episode you can feel it die a little. Paul Merton and Jack Dee fit in admirably but it is a shame that after waiting for weeks to download this, only half of it was truly worth the wait. To quote another great show 'I've come all the way from Great Portland Street for this!'
"British humour at its finest"
A magnificent selection of the best half hours from the last 30 or 40 years.
Occasionally repetitive but in an enjoyable way. Spotting the repetition becomes a pleasure in itself.
"Good old fashioned gags and silly fun"
Didn't know what to expect when I bought this, but was pleasantly surprised, just good old fashioned silly fun and a poke in the eye at traditional panel games .
"A Real Treasury"
Fans of the show will not be disappointed, simply brilliant, Humph is Chairman throughout this collection, so none from the more recent series. Some absolutely classic moments, with Willie Rushton stealing the show in the earlier episodes. Jeremy Hardy and Tony Hawkes appear as guests in the later shows, along with Harry Hill, Stephen Fry and Paul Merton. That's about it for my review, but there's just time for a round of Fisherman's Songbook before I finish....
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