AUDIO COMEDY
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
Volume 10

Starring: Humphrey Lyttelton, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor
BBC Audio
RRP: 12.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 405 67773 8
ISBN-10: 1 40567 773 2
Available 07 May 2007


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 tenth collection, the gang return for further moments of mayhem, puns and one-liners; not forgetting a healthy dose of innuendo and double entendre. Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden - and special guests 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...

The tenth volume of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue represents another four episodes of the classic long running Radio 4 quiz. There are plenty of bizarre and hilarious games to keep you laughing like a lunatic for the collection's duration.

There are even a couple of sci-fi games based on Doctor Who and Star Trek themes. The first game sees the contestants making up a lost correspondence between the Doctor and Davros. In this game each team member takes it in turns to utter one word from the letter - which is made up as they go along. The Star Trek round sees the teams creating their own sci-fi drama as sound effects are introduced to the action.

Guests on these four episodes include Jeremy Hardy, Ross Noble, Andy Hamilton and Rob Brydon, all of whom add much to the episodes - whether it's Hardy's singing, or Noble's twisted slant on the world. But, as usual, the regulars steal the show. There's a great running gag with Brooke-Taylor attempting to mention The Goodies at every opportunity - especially when he is accused of ripping-off Monty Python with his impression of a woman.

There are three rounds of Mornington Crescent, arguably the world's longest running in-joke, and Noble's introduction to the game is hilariously tongue in cheek. But I think my favourite round was the witty comebacks to cheese chat-up lines.

While it's pretty obvious that the majority of each show is carefully scripted, the panellists pull off the majority of the gags without it looking too obvious. There is the odd instance, usually with the guest, where it's obvious that the show is rehearsed before hand. But then no one should be surprised by this. Can you imagine what it would be like if they weren't, and the contestants were having an off day? The resulting show would be pretty dire.

Lyttelton is one of the few hosts that you'll witness on any show who is having just as much fun as the contestants, but then he's been doing the show for so long now that I suppose it's become second nature to him.

The sad loss of Willie Rushton is felt in this release. While the show is still fantastic I couldn't help but miss his input.

For anyone with a sense of humour (or without, for that matter) this is another must own collection from the BBC.

Darren Rea

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