I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue - In The Press

Miles Jupp received Radio 4's greatest honour, a place on the panel of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, on Monday. He made his Radio 4 chairing debut three weeks ago on the current panel game It's Not What You Know (a grim trot round the circuit of comedy clichés) and is heir to the chair on The News Quiz. His breakthrough Clue moment came when playing a duck buzzer (the plastic toy that sounds like a kazoo but madder). His performance was exact in phrasing, rigorously executed. The fact that no one guessed the song he was performing ("Let It Go", from the movie Frozen) proved he understands the heart of this show. Now where do I get a duck buzzer...

Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph, 15th July 2015

Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden chat about ISIHAC, sexism and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Written by Kirstyn Smith. The List, 5th June 2015

It was possibly due to withdrawal symptoms that I found myself buying tickets for ISIHAC on tour; Sunday, August 9 is now ringed on the calendar.

I know exactly what we're going to get - four players being given silly things to do, some good old saucy, seaside postcard-style smut with the lovely (but imaginary) Samantha, and a litany of the grottiest puns ever.

Drew Allen, The Herald, 5th May 2015

There aren't many trips to the theatre that begin with a free kazoo, but I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue isn't your usual trip to the theatre.

Written by Steve Oliver. Nottingham Post, 8th March 2015

With a relentless barrage of hilarity for over two hours, the Sunderland audience was left helpless with laughter and although the vast majority seemed to be fans of the radio show, this is an excellent introduction to people unfamiliar with the joys of Clue.

Written by Mark Clegg. The Public Reviews, 9th January 2015

After complaints about sexism, BBC chiefs are taking a long, hard look at I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue's resident scorer, the lovely Samantha.

Written by William Langley. The Telegraph, 6th December 2014

In defense of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, and Samantha's right to sexual appetite.

Written by Kirstyn Smith. The List, 5th December 2014

Name: The Lovely Samantha. Age: 29.

The Guardian, 3rd December 2014

Samantha tells me that she has to nip off to a special Welsh Conservative Association dinner for their most senior MP, whose name is said to be almost impossible to pronounce. She's certainly found the longest standing Welsh member a bit of a mouthful.

Western Morning News, 2nd December 2014

The BBC has investigated after concern the imaginary character of "the lovely Samantha", the scorer on Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue is the victim of harmful sexist objectification, it has been disclosed.

Written by Hannah Furness. The Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2014

Last week's episode of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue contained the word "a---".

The Telegraph, 3rd August 2014

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.

"Adamant: the very first male ant. Buoyant: Adam Ant's son. Descant: an ant with an office job. Distant: an ant who's been slagged off. Equidistant: an ant who's been slagged off by a horse. Hydrant: an ant with three heads. Mutant: an ant who's lost his voice. Tyrant: an ant who works for Kwik-fit. Incessant: an ant who's sleeping with his sister."

Richard Vine, The Guardian, 20th December 2013


"Umm, de-de-de-dum-deh ..... Ealing Broadway."

"Ohh, ohh, ohh, ooohh."


"Oh, hold up, hold up."

"No, no, no, no, it's the western approach, it's wide open there now."


"Barons Court short."




"Can he do that?"

He surely can. This, ladies and gents of the non-I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue-listening order, is from a transcript of a charming game on the Radio 4 show, entitled "Mornington Crescent".

Charming, that is, for anyone who grew up listening to it with mummy and daddy and fell about to its whimsy; because if you come to it late and are trying to work out the rules, you'll be stymied: there are none. The players simply name stations on the Tube until one utters the Northern Line's least exciting stop. The skill comes in making it seem as though it's a game of strategy. Ha, and indeed, ha.

Now, the best of "middle-class humour", as diverse and hard to pinpoint as that might be, is fantastic. Michael McIntyre's observations are as smooth as Stewart Lee's battering of the mass market is acerbic. But this sort of "if you're not in the club, we're not telling you how to join" nonsense in the name of comedy flies in the very face of middle-class politeness.

Not that we care - never wanted to join your stupid club anyway.

*Walks off in huff*

Robert Epstein and Hugh Montgomery, The Independent on Sunday, 4th August 2013

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.

Gordon Williams, The Guardian, 26th November 2012

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

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