Advantages Side-splittingly funny
Disadvantages May irritate those who don't appreciate in-jokes / double entendre
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Ahh... Good old '...Clue'. The highlight of my Monday evening, and unfortunately, if the rest of the week is such, my week. Ditto month. While this may say something abuot the interest level of my life, I believe it may have something owed to the sublime quality humour of the show.Clue is currently aired on Radio 4 on Mondays at 6.30, with a repeat the following sunday, at 12.30pm. It is on rotation with other comedy shows such as Just a Minute. Archive repeats to be found on BBC7, at irregular times.
The show was broadcast on the Tuesday 11th April 1972, hosted by Humphrey Lyttleton, who still hosts the show today. The original line-up of players was Graeme Garden (show devisor), Bill Oddie, Jo Kendall, and Tim Brooke-Taylor. Bill Oddie and Jo Kendall were replaced by regulars Barry Cryer and Willie Rushton. Also, during the first series Cryer and Lyttleton alternated their roles as Chairman, before the latter took over the host's chair on a permenant basis. Sadly, in 1997, Willie Rushton died, and since then, the fourth position has been filled by guest participants, who range from Bill Bailey to Paul Merton via Stephen Fry.
Samantha: The scorer on the show, known by all as "The lovely Samantha". Often leaves early for a rendez-vous with a 'gentleman friend', leading to an innocent activity punned by Lyttelton into some sort of double entendre. Oddly enough she hasn't aged in the 30+ years of the show's existence...Mrs Trellis: Regular correspondant to the show, from North Wales. Her letters generally appear before the infamous game of Mornington Crescent.
One Song to the Tune of Another
There have been far too many games played by the teams over the years to list, but here are the main ones, with a little bit of explanation to those of you uncultured (*ahem*) enough to have not yet listened to the show.
Bizarrely complicated game, and yet the most well known amongst hardcore fans and occasional listeners alike. Players take it in turn to name London Underground stations with the objective being to 'get to' Mornington Crescent. However, rules, sub-rules and variations (Take the Slough version, where half way through playing it was pointed out there was no Mornington Crescent in Slough) make the game an art for the team-players! Attempts have been made to detail the rules online, a google search for Mornington Crescent could tell you more about the game than you could read in a lifetime.
The teams take it in turns to play well-known songs using only a swanee whistle and a kazoo.
The objective of this game is to create a story with one word at a time, but whoever dares to finish a sentence is interrupted by Lyttelton's horn and is eliminated from the game.
In JokesOther than the non-existent Samantha, Sell-baiting and Imaginary letters from listeners in North Wales, the operative term is innuendo. The show is filled to the brim with double entendres, which, if aired on television would probably not make the pre-watershed airwaves. However, it is true to say that the majority of jokes are not crude on face value and it is the audience's "imagination" that turns it on its head. That and its history have kept clue on the Radio4 airwaves. There's something quite comforting about releasing the dirty old man within for half an hour a week.
Some jokes are kept specifically for the live audience, such as the claim to having a "laser display board" to show the audience a word that the panellists cannot see or hear. In fact, it is a man running accross the stage with it written on a piece of card.Seeing the Show
However, fear not if you can't make a live show. "...Clue" is here to stay on our airwaves, digital and analogue. This,and it's eternal quality, is down to one reason; the show is made by people who genuinely enjoy their roles, bringing out their silly side and generally making fools of themselves for our amusement.
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