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The Unbelievable Truth

The Unbelievable Truth

  • Radio panel show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2006 - 2022
  • 171 episodes (28 series)

David Mitchell hosts this Radio 4 panel game built on truth and lies. Contestants must try and smuggle truths into lie-filled speeches.

  • Due to return for Series 29

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Series 1, Episode 6

Sandi Toksvig talks about her native Denmark, Dara O'Briain looks at rats, Jo Caulfield discusses Prince Philip and Graeme Garden chats about trousers.

The Truths

Sandi Toksvig - Denmark

- The Danish for "timetable" is "fartplan". Found by Graeme.

- Danish bacon is so popular there are now five pigs for everyone person in Denmark. Found by Jo.

- Many people think Denmark is a very small country. Found by Graeme. Accidentally included by Sandi.

- The Danish call Danish pastries "Vienna bread". Found by Dara.

- In the past, Denmark has had kings called Harold Bluetooth and Sweyn Forkbeard. Successfully smuggled.

- Greenland is part of Denmark. Successfully smuggled.

Dara O'Briain - Rats

- In Edinburgh, a Victoria Wine off-licence was held up by a man using a rat as a weapon. The attempt failed and the rat is now the shop's pet. Found by Graeme.

- Jimmy Cagney never said, "You dirty rat." He actually said, "You dirty yellow-belled rat." Found by Sandi.

- Contrary to the old wives tail, if corned a rat will not go for the throat. Successfully smuggled.

- Rats will gnaw anything, including wood and cables. They have been blamed for a quarter of all fires. Successfully smuggled.

- Rats laugh if tickled. Successfully smuggled.

Jo Caulfield - Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

- Prince Philip was born on the dining room table in his parent's house in Corfu. Found by Graeme.

- Prince Philip was at one time fifth in line to the Greek throne. Found by Sandi.

- Prince Philip's sole inheritance was a few old suits and a shaving brush. Successfully smuggled.

- Prince Philip once remarked to the President of Nigeria who was dressed in traditional African robes: "You look like you're ready for bed." Successfully smuggled.

- In 1995, a German newspaper claimed Prince Philip had 24 illegitimate children, but they later discovered he actually had 24 godchildren. Successfully smuggled.

Graeme Garden - Trousers

- In Massachusetts, it is illegal for a goat to wear trousers. Found by Sandi.

- In 1930s New Zealand farmers trying to stop ragwort got into trouble when weed killer got mixed with the fibres in their trousers, causing them to explode. Found by Jo.

- The most expensive pair of jeans cost $10,000 a pair and are studded top-to-bottom with crystals. Found by Sandi.

- In May 2004, Louisiana state legislator Derek Shepherd proposed a bill that would make it a crime to wear one's trousers below the waistline in public, exposing the skin or intimate clothing. Found by Dara.

- No Pants Day is an official holiday observed by several Western countries, celebrated on the first Friday in May, where it is encouraged to wear no trousers. Successfully smuggled.


- Sandi Toksvig: 7 points
- Graeme Garden: 6 points
- Dara O'Briain and Jo Caulfield: 2 points

Broadcast details

Monday 28th May 2007
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

David Mitchell Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Graeme Garden Guest
Dara O Briain Guest
Sandi Toksvig Guest
Jo Caulfield Guest
Writing team
Iain Pattinson Writer
Production team
Jon Naismith Producer

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