What’s My Line? 1951

Now here’s a panel show that’s had a few outings over the years.  What’s My Line? was a panel game based on the US version of the same name.

There have been 12 series with over 400 episodes over the years.  What’s My Line? first appeared on BBC TV in 1951, presented by Eamonn Andrews.  It ran until 1963 before being revived again in 1973 again on the BBC, this time BBC2 where it ran for 2 series until 1974.  David Jacobs was the host.

Ten years later the show bounced back onto our TV screens in 1984, this time it was ITV and fronted by original host Eamonn Andrews, after his death in 1987 Penelope Keith picked up hosting duties for part of 1988 before Angela Rippon took the helm until 1990 when ITV dropped the show.

It became the show that never gave up as in 1994 What’s My Line? was back for a final 2 series, hosted by Emma Forbes it was shown on two ITV regional stations HTV and Meridian.

The program’s final appearance to date was a one-off for BBC Four in 2005 as part of a season on British culture of the 1940s/50s. Hugh Dennis hosted.

What’s My Line? is said to have been the inspiration behind another popular panel show; Whose Line Is It Anyway?


A celebrity panel of four ask questions to work out the occupations of the show’s guests from their mimes.








Hosted By

Eamonn Andrews
David Jacobs
Penelope Keith
Angela Rippon
Emma Forbes
Hugh Dennis


Channel:  BBCtv, BBC2, ITV, ITV (HTV and Meridian regions) and BBC 4
Created By: Mark Goodman and Bill Todman
Originally Transmitted: 1951 – 2005


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