It's Your Round - In The Press
Radio 4's It's Your Round, hosted by Angus Deayton, is another show that tests the knowledge of a group of eager-to-please comics, and is so aware of its shortcomings that this week's episode began with the disclaimer: "Any similarity between this and other panel games either past or present is something we hope you don't notice." Guests are asked to think up questions based on themes of their own choosing, thus saving producers the bother of hiring writers. This week, Will Smith, the stand-up rather than the Oscar-winning actor, masterminded a series of questions about his birthplace of Jersey, while the Australian comic Celia Pacquola got fellow contestants to pitch a charity through which they might rid themselves of their greatest irritations such as flip-flops or Jennifer Aniston, with Deayton audibly arching his eyebrows throughout. For the guests on the show it was doubtless filler for their CVs; for us it was mere filler.
It's Your Round marks a radio comeback for Angus Deayton. Deayton, like [Nicholas] Parsons, is a born host, an arch, deadpan foil to contestants' excesses. The twist in this format is that guests invent their own round, and in the first episode, Rufus Hound devised "Them Next Door" in which contestants had to guess famous neighbours from a sound recording. Sex Pistols and a sewing machine made Vivienne Westwood, "Nessun Dorma" and weeping meant Gazza, and the sound of complete silence suggested Charlie Chaplin. Miles Jupp dreamt up "What Does My Dad Know?" in which contestants guessed whether his father, a church minister, would have seen Titanic, or understand what an emo was.
A Radio 4 panel show? Your rehab is almost complete, Mr Deayton.
Written by Chris Maume. The Independent on Sunday, 20th February 2011
It's Your Round, a new late night Radio 4 quiz show where four contestants devise a round each. Presented by old hand Angus Deayton, it was a jolly listen, with most of the jolliness provided by Miles Jupp's dad, who gave the answers for Miles's round, and Rufus Hound, who has quite the most infectious chuckle on radio.
It's Your Round (Radio 4), a new panel game where contestants invent the rounds, sees Angus Deayton back presenting on the BBC, and sounding pleasingly like his old self.
Angus Deayton returns to the bosom of the BBC, taking the chairman's seat for this do-it-yourself panel game in which four comedians each make up rounds of quiz questions. Sara Pascoe, for instance, invents Come to Romford. The others all compete to compose advertisements for even naffer places, like London, Woking or Loftus, an Australian suburb with a tram museum and a very dodgy parking area. Stick around for the last round, where you have to guess if short sayings are headlines or cryptic crossword clues. It's quite hard but curiously attractive.
Former Have I Got News for You presenter to front It's Your Round, his first major radio comedy series in more than 20 years.
Written by Ben Dowell. The Guardian, 7th December 2010