I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue - In The Press
Innuendo has a long, illustrious history in British comedy - as Jack Dee's critics should know.
Written by Shazia Mirza. The Guardian, 20th July 2014
I've been listening to Clue since it started, back in the Seventies. I have often wept with laughter at it but I think it reached a natural end when Humphrey Lyttelton died in 2008. Radio 4's then controller, Mark Damazer, thought otherwise and with reason. He noted how newer listeners to Radio 4 love it. New listeners, younger listeners are what every network controller wants. So it's probably irrelevant that, to me, Clue now sounds grubby, knowing, well-thumbed, heavy-handed. I hated Susan Calman on Monday singing Horny to the tune of Leaning on a Lampost. I winced at the lists of rude sweets. The studio audience loved it all. The very word "cock", even in blameless context, sent them into gales of laughter. Baffling.
Written by Gillian Reynolds. The Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2014
Last week it was announced that four sad people with no sense of humour, no discernable social skills, no life, no experience and no self-awareness had complained to the BBC about the lovely Samantha. For those of you who don't listen to Radio 4, (shame on you!), Samantha is the non-existent scorer on the epic long-running comedy panel show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. She appears in name only and her gentle but often slightly risqué exploits are relayed each week for the listener.
Written by Paul Blanchard. The Huffington Post, 25th June 2014
As BBC Radio 4 agrees not to tone down I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, here are some of the show's smutty Samantha jokes over the past four decades.
Written by Olivia Goldhill. The Telegraph, 20th June 2014
Jack Dee has allegedly threatened to quit as chairman of the long-running comedy panel show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue after he was ordered to tone down his smutty jokes.
Written by Alasdair Glennie. The Daily Mail, 20th June 2014
Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jeremy Hardy and Jack Dee are taking the beloved radio show on the road. Here's some facts about them.
Written by Brian Donaldson. The List, 28th January 2014
There are the kind of jokes that often would make a Christmas cracker blush, but if you're in the right mood, it's hard not to find groans transformed into belly laughs by the relentless wordplay in I'm Sorry I Haven't Got A Clue. Tim Brooke-Taylor's contribution to this week's new dictionary definitions round helped wrap up the end of the 60th series (60th!) with a typically silly riff.
Plans for a TV version of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue were dropped - because executives thought the teams were too old.
Chortle, 27th January 2013
It is the end of an era: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue is to lay off the jokes about Lionel Blair.
Chortle, 18th December 2012
Tony Hawks, playing I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue sings Gangnam Style.
Audio Boo, 27th November 2012
No disrespect to Eton schoolboys or Ai Weiwei ("Gangnam Style is YouTube's most-viewed", 26 November), but surely the highest accolade that can be bestowed on Psy's Gangnam Style is to have the viral dance track included on Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Last week's hilarious rendition by Tony Hawks as part of "pick up song" is a classic.
As the long-running Radio 4 show returns, the stalwart panelist celebrates the late Humphrey Lyttelton, his replacement Jack Dee - and the importance of silliness.
Written by Barry Cryer. The Radio Times, 12th November 2012
The late Humphrey Lyttelton once wrote: 'As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness. It preserves the soul from desiccation.' No radio show has aided that cause greater than I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.
The Daily Mail, 24th September 2012
Veteran comic broadcaster Tim Brooke-Taylor recalls his 40 years on Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue...
Written by Neil Tweedie. The Telegraph, 9th January 2012
Writer, comedian and former Goodie Graeme Garden, 68, lives in Oxfordshire with his second wife Emma.
The Telegraph, 14th August 2011
There is no better place to seek out a little light relief than I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, now incredibly in its 55th series. Doubtless many long term fans of the show who still pine for Humphrey Lyttelton as chair, but Jack Dee does a fine job, especially when he throws in a few dry asides.
The main problem I have with I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue as a reviewer is that it's impossible to review such a classic show, one which has been on the air for nearly 40 years. What can you say about it that hasn't been said already?
Video of Nicholas Parsons being inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame.
Written by Steve Bowbrick. BBC Radio 4 Blog, 29th October 2010
The regeneration of the host of I'm Sorry I Haven't Got A Clue is complete: Jack Dee has finally fully transformed into the grouch we know and ... the grouch we know. Just A Minute returns next week, a handover Jack celebrated with a game entitled Just A Minim - "the teams' musical version of the longrunning wireless favourite hosted by Nicholas Parsons. I never miss him."
Jack Dee has been winning hearts and minds as the new host of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Enough words have been spoken about the totemic Humphrey Lyttelton, so I'll not weigh them up here. But on the self-titled "antidote to panel games", Dee is the perfect antidote to the cloying comfiness of the audience clapping along to "one song to the tune of another". You're left with the distinct impression that he's flashing them a trademark pitying sneer, and it's like a palate cleanser, allowing you to enjoy the craftsmanship of panelists Cryer, Garden, Brooke-Taylor and, this week, Toksvig.
The grumpy comic has taken over from the late Humphrey Lyttleton and proved a hit. But are some presenters simply irreplaceable?
Written by Ryan Gilbey. The Guardian, 5th July 2010
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is a sad show now, the ghost of what it was. I never thought the day would come, and I really wish it hadn't, but I sat through last night's start to the new run with one smile and a single snigger.
Written by Gillian Reynolds. The Telegraph, 22nd June 2010
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue returns with Jack Dee in the chair solemnly reading his script and distributing questions. The audience (in Cheltenham) roar their appreciation throughout. In fact, the Clue participants seem under the dangerous delusion that they're at some private party rather than doing a radio show.
Pub close to I Haven't Got A Clue Tube station is renamed after jazz musician.
Written by Dan Carrier. The Camden New Journal, 27th May 2010