A Word In Your Era. Rory McGrath. Copyright: Channel X.

A Word In Your Era

BBC Two panel show. 8 episodes (1 series) in 1992. Stars Rory McGrath.

Series 1

1. Episode One

First broadcast: Sunday 27th September 1992

First of a historical comedy series in which Rory McGrath invites some of Britain's top comic talents to step back in time. Three guests are given the chance to become their favourite character from the history books. This week, John Wells is Queen Victoria, Helen Lederer is Enid Blyton and Jim Sweeney is Rasputin.


2. Episode Two

First broadcast: Sunday 4th October 1992

John Bird is Napoleon, Kathy Burke is Mona Lisa, and Kit Hesketh-Harvey is Vita Sackville-West.


3. Episode Three

First broadcast: Sunday 11th October 1992

This week Tony Slattery is Queen Boadicea, Ned Sherrin is Churchill and Helen Lederer is Elizabeth I.


4. Episode Four

First broadcast: Sunday 18th October 1992

Hugh Dennis is Noah, Nick Revell is Attila the Hun, and Alan Cumming is Mozart.


A Word In Your Era. Image shows from L to R: Nostradamus (Steve Steen), Mary Read (Helen Atkinson-Wood), Casanova (Steve Coogan). Copyright: Channel X.

5. Episode Five

First broadcast: Sunday 25th October 1992

Helen Atkinson Wood is the legendary female pirate Mary Read, Steve Steen is Nostradamus and Steve Coogan is Casanova.


6. Episode Six

First broadcast: Sunday 1st November 1992

Phil Pope impersonates Beethoven, Jan Ravens is Queen Guinevere, and Craig Ferguson is John Knox.


7. Episode Seven

First broadcast: Sunday 8th November 1992

Josie Lawrence impersonates Cleopatra, Helen Lederer is Florence Nightingale, and Hugh Dennis is King John.


8. Episode Eight

First broadcast: Sunday 15th November 1992

Patrick Barlow impersonates Christopher Columbus, Alan Cumming is Lord Baden Powell and Tony Slattery is ... Lassie?