I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, 1972 – Present

In Tribute To Barry Cryer Who Passed away Yesterday.

The long running BBC Radio Panel show that just keeps on running.  Developed from the long-running radio sketch show I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again and first broadcast in 1972, it was billed as  “the antidote to panel games”  To date (2022) it has clocked up 75 series.  There are usually two series of six episodes each year.

The show is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and is a repeats of older episodes often are aired on both BBC Radio 4 Extra and the BBC World Service.  The show has toured four times in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010

In the first series, the chairmanship was split.  From series 2 Humphrey Lyttelton (“Humph”) served in the role full time, having being part of the series 1, until his death in 2008.

In April 2008, following the hospitalisation and subsequent death of Lyttelton, recording of the 51st series was postponed.  The show recommenced in June 2009 with Lyttelton being replaced by a trio of hosts: Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Rob Brydon.  Jack Dee went on to host all episodes of the 52nd series later that year, a role he continues to the present day.


The format is very simple consisting of two teams of two comedians “given silly things to do” by a chairman.  The opposite team has to guess what they are trying to do.







Jack Dee (Host) (2009-present)
Humphrey Lyttelton (Host) (1972-2008)
Graeme Garden
Barry Cryer
Tim Brooke-Taylor
Willie Rushton (1974-1996)
Colin Sell
Various others over the years


Channel: BBC Radio 4, repeats and classic episodes BBC Radio 4 Extra
Original Transmission Dates: 11th April 1972 – Present


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