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I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue Profile

nicoleponsford | Monday October 03, 2011

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Hot Entries, Radio, Radio Comedy

  • Genre: Radio Comedy Panel Game
  • Running Time: 30 minutes
  • Home Station: BBC Radio 4, with repeats on BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC World Service and you can listen to an episode from 1982 on the BBC iPlayer
  • First Broadcast: 11 April 1972, only exception to series was 1998 and 2008 (Humph’s illness/ death)
  • Series Length: Normally 6 per series, with 1-2 series a year. Series are recorded with two programmes running back to back

  • Audience: Over 2 million listeners. Recorded in front of a live audience, normally 1,500 seat theatres sell out within a week of being advertised


Humphrey (Humph) Lyttelton (Chairman from 1972 until his death April 2008. He recorded the 50th series)

Then Stephen Fry, Rob Brydon and Jack Dee shared the role in 2009, for the postponed 51st series). Dee continued in the role for the 52nd series and for the next this year.

Chairman’s Script written by Iain Pattinson (1992 to present day).


Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Tim Brokke-Taylor and Wilie Rushton
John Cleese, Phil Jupitus, Paul Merton, Ross Noble, Victoria Wood, David Mitchell and Jo Brand.

Piano Accompaniment

It was Dave Lee, now Colin Sell.

Other Information

Voted second funniest radio programme ever after The Goon Show,  the show has won many awards including the Gold Sony Radio Comedy Award in 1995, 2002 and 2004.

The piano player does not have a microphone so can be the butt of jokes, without being able to respond.

The scorer has been a made up person since 1985. The joke being that they do not need someone to keep score. This fictional person has been called “the lovely Samantha?, “Margaret? after Mrs. Thatcher left office in 1990. Since then “Monica? and Swedish “Sven’ have also been scorers. 

Features on the show include ‘Mornington Cresent’ (a game with silly complex rules and meant to show the skill of the panelists; on the MCAS site the first rule of MC is “You don’t talk about MC?), ‘One...

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