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Audio Comedy Review


I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
Volume 13


Starring: Jack Dee, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor
RRP: £13.25
ISBN: 978 1408 427293
Available 02 June 2011

This thirteenth collection of the antidote to panel games finds Jack Dee giving regular panelists, 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 'One Song to the Tune of Another', 'Swanee-Kazoo‎' and, of course, 'Mornington Crescent'...

The thirteenth volume of I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue includes another four episodes of the comedy panel game with a difference. Humphrey Lyttelton is sadly missed, but Jack Dee does an admiral job of sitting in Humph's chair on all four episodes. It's a little sad, because at the back of your head you can clearly hear Humph's voice reading the lines given to Dee.

We usually receive CDs of these releases for review, but are now being sent the MP3 downloads. While it's the way that people tend to want to buy their music and audio books these days, the problem is that more often than not you don't receive any additional information. The CD sleeves usually give the date of the recording as well as the original broadcast date. Sadly this is something you don't get with the downloadable version.

Thankfully were are told at the start of each episode where the team are and so I can tell you that these four episodes were recorded in Newcastle, Carlisle, the Old Vic Theatre in London and Chichester. Guest panelists joining Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden include Jeremy Hardy, Sandi Toksvig, Rob Brydon (who himself has hosted the show since Humph's passing) and David Mitchell.

Highlights in this collection include the automated electronic voice prompt on 'Mornington Crescent', an argument that has to be settled by digging out the original rules in another game of 'Mornington Crescent'; David Mitchell singing 'Whiter Shade of Pale' to the theme of The Muppet Show; and the definition for "Newcastle", which was: "To drop an atom bomb on Piers Morgan".

One slight issue I had with the recording is that the last 10 minutes of the fourth episode had some sound distortion. Otherwise this is another enjoyable collection.


Darren Rea

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