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By Kathy on 07-25-12
It's not Humph, but Jack Dee is great!
We are fans of the "Britcom" on TV, and having spent a fair amount of time in the U.K. over the last 15 years, are BBC radio 4 listeners. At the urging of British friends, we got into the Haven't a Clue series more than a decade ago.
It is called the antidote to panel games,. Unlike radio in the U.S. there are a number of quiz and panel type shows on radio on BBC. The chairman for nearly 40 years was Humphrey Littleton, who was beyond delightful. After his death, we assumed that the show was gone forever. Wrong!
The show consists of rounds of very silly things such as One Song to the Tune of Another, a personal favorite in our house, and Sound Charades, which can range from incredibly clever to just plain silly. Another fave is the Uxbridge Dictionary, where new definitions for common words are created. "Copulate---police didn't show up."
Mornington Crescent is the one which gets the most applause from the audience. If you have never listened to this show, you must know that the whole game is a total fabrication, and in that lies the fun. It sounds really dumb until you just go with the flow.
The show is not politically correct; the bias is certainly liberal, but hey, it's a silly show, so don't get up tight if you tend toward the more conservative, as we do. Most everyone comes in for jokes on this show. Yes, sometimes it is rather off color, with plenty of double meanings thrown in. This, however is very common even in older shows.
Humph, as chairman, had a very droll delivery, which made his bawdy comments sound oh, so innocent. Jack Dee's delivery is quite deadpan, which works. He was a guest on the show many times, and so has a familiarity with the format, and obviously loves it. We're so glad the Haven't a Clue is back with us, though there will never be another Humphrey Littleton.
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