I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue
The popular panel show ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’ has been delighting audiences since 1972. It has always been billed as ‘the antidote to panel games’, although the panel games to which it was originally an antidote are now long gone. The programme was devised as an alternative to I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again, the chaotic sketch show that ran from 1964 to 1973 starring John Cleese, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jo Kendall and David Hatch. The format of the game is very simple: four players are given silly things to do by the Chairman, with Colin Sell setting some of them to music.
Jazz legend Humphrey Lyttelton was the the first chairman, until his death in 2008. Over the years many well-known names have joined the team, including Jack Dee, who hosts the radio show and chairs the live shows, along with Rob Brydon and others. The world of Clue continues to expand and evolve, constantly creating new games and welcoming a new generation of Clue players, attracting new fans along the way.
The master of deadpan humour Jack Dee has been performing stand-up since 1986, when he attended an open mic at the Comedy Store. He garnered a British Comedy Award in 1991 for Best Stage Newcomer, which led to him bagging his own Channel 4 show, The Jack Dee Show, a year later.
Since then he has played to sell-out crowds at high-profile venues such as London Hammersmith Apollo and the London Palladium, as well as being a regular face on our screens appearing as a team captain on the BBC’s Shooting Stars, QI, and starring in his own sit-com, Lead Balloon. He is now the regular host of BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, filling the shoes of the late Humphrey Littleton.
Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor OBE is an English comic actor. He became active in performing in comedy sketches while at Cambridge University, and became President of the Footlights club, touring internationally with the Footlights revue in 1964. Becoming wider known to the public for his work on BBC Radio with I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again, he moved into television with At Last the 1948 Show working together with old Cambridge friends John Cleese and Graham Chapman. He is most well known as a member of The Goodies, starring in the television series throughout the 1970s and picking up international recognition in Australia and New Zealand. He has also appeared as an actor in various sitcoms, and has been a panellist on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue for over 40 years.
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One of Britain’s truly great comedy writers and performers, Barry Cryer has contributed to this country’s entertainment industry for over 50 years. He has written for some of our highest rated shows and for many of our most popular comedians. His wit, life experience and huge sense of the comedic is still enjoyed by millions – on radio, television and theatre performances.
He is perhaps best known for his regular appearances on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.
Tony Hawks is a TV and radio comedian and bestselling author. He is a regular guest on radio programmes including The News Quiz, Would I Lie to You, Just a Minute, and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, and recently has presented his own series on Radio 4, Tony Hawks’ Lost Weekends. He has also appeared on screen on Have I Got News For You, They Think It’s All Over, A Bit of Fry and Laurie and in various episodes of Red Dwarf.
Hawks is the author of the bestseller Round Ireland with a Fridge – the story of his absurd quest to hitch round the circumference of Ireland within a month… with a fridge. The book became a top 10 Sunday Times bestseller, was serialised on BBC Radio 4, and led to a six month TV advertising campaign for HARP Irish Lager. His second book Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, was also serialised on BBC R4. The story charts his latest foolhardy attempt to win a bet, which involved tracking down all the members of the national football team of Moldova and beating them at tennis one by one. Tony’s book was shortlisted for both the Samuel Johnson Prize (2000) for non-fiction writing and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize (2000). Both books have now been made into films.
Quick-witted comedian Jeremy Hardy started out in 1984, and in 1988 won The Perrier Award at the Edinburgh fringe. He is perhaps now best known for his radio work, which includes Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, The News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and You’ll Have Had Your Tea for BBC Radio 4. He made his television debut in Blackadder Goes Forth in 1989, and other notable television work includes Now Something Else with Rory Bremner, Saturday Live, Loose Talk, Jack and Jeremy’s Real Lives with Jack Dee and If I Ruled the World with Graeme Garden and Clive Anderson.
Known for his outspoken views on politics, Hardy was the subject of Leila Sansour’s feature documentary, Jeremy Hardy v the Israeli Army in 2003. He has written columns for The Guardian and Red Pepper and has written three books: When Did You Last See Your Father, a spoof childcare guide; Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, based on the radio series; and My Family and Other Strangers, an examination of his lacklustre ancestry.