The thing that makes me laugh more often, for longer, and more uncontrollably than anything else is a show on BBC Radio 4 called “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue“. It’s not unusual for me to be crying or unable to breathe because of something that has been said. ISIHAC is a bit of a Marmite show … you either love it or you hate it. While I can understand people not liking Marmite (well, a bit … I love it) I can’t understand anyone not loving ISIHAC. The show is both silly and clever … very often at the same time. Many rounds on this ‘antidote to panel games’ don’t sound funny … until you hear the teams actually playing. You probably have to listen to three or four editions before you really ‘get’ it.

The line-up for many years:

Panellists Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Willie Rushton with chairman Humphrey Lyttelton (centre)

If you’ve never heard of the show, you can find out all about it by looking at the entries in the navigation bar above. There’s a description of each game – with some examples – under Games where you can also find out which shows they were played on. There’s a synopsis of each broadcast under Shows and under People you’ll find details both of the roles and of the individuals who have filled them.

The BBC have released several CDs from the show – specials, compilations, and whole editions. You can find out more about these under CDs

The Uxbridge English Dictionary

Chutney : No-man’s land between Chiswick and Putney”

Torture : Rather like a torch, but even more so”

Proletarian : Someone who only eats common people”

Twirled : Yorkshire”

AWOL : Dyslexic owl”

King’s Cross station : A royal lobster”

Ivy : Roman for four”

Tumbling : Jewellery for the belly-button”

Definite : The reason for not hearing proper”