Extremely popular radio comedy. ISIHAC is a self-styled antidote to panel games, in which players are given silly things to do
- ISIHAC; Clue
- Panel Show
- 1972 - 2015 (BBC Radio 4)
- 459 (63 series)
- Humphrey Lyttelton, Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, William Rushton, Stephen Fry, Jack Dee, Rob Brydon, Bill Oddie, Jo Kendall, John Cleese
- Iain Pattinson
- British Broadcasting Corporation
This show started out as a spin-off from the BBC radio series I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again. The idea being that I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue was an unscripted version of the original.
ISIHAC is a parody of the traditional panel show, with games designed to humiliate and confuse. Points come for show's lovely (and fictitious) scorer Samantha.
Games include the self-explanatory "One Song to the Tune of Another"; mad word game "Cheddar Gorge"; "Sound Charades" (a game based on the TV show Give Us a Clue which differs in just three ways); "Word for Word", the opposite of word association; and the game based on the London Underground that is almost impossible to play - "Mornington Crescent".
Legendary host Humphrey Lyttelton presided over the first 50 series. In the series that followed the host's death the role of chairman was handed over to Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Rob Brydon. The trio took it in turns to present the show.
Jack Dee's episodes were generally the best received by the audience, and thus Dee has been installed as the new host.