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  • Clueless Tim likes to be beside the seaside!

    Henry James

    BBC Radio’s multi award-winning antidote to panel games, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, returns to the Southport Theatre stage this week and panellist Tim Brooke-Taylor believes the seaside gigs are the highlight of the tour.

    Since its inaugural broadcast in 1972, Tim, who is 76 and is a former member of The Goodies, has been a regular panellist on the show.

    In 1963, he became President of Footlights, the revue club in which he wrote and performed with Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Jonathan Lynn and others. He toured extensively with the revue, Cambridge Circus, and the show went to Broadway. He then moved into television.

    He said: “I love seaside resorts and I can remember when we were last in Southport having a good time there, everything seemed to work out just right.

    “I come from Buxton in North Derbyshire so a trip to the seaside was a treat when I was younger.

    “The seaside resort stops are my highlights on the tour. We have just done a couple of shows at seaside towns, such as Margate, and they went well.”

    The format of ‘Clue’ is very simple: four players are given silly things to do by the chairman, from singing the words of one song to the tune of another, making up serial rhymes, or entering the mythic maze of Mornington Crescent, with Colin Sell setting some of them to music.

    The format of the touring show is a 'Greatest Hits' presentation, sourcing the very finest material from Clue's enormous archives.

    Tim said: “The tour is like working with friends and the good thing about 'Clue' is that fellow panellists are not trying to do you down, it is in everyone’s interests to keep the thing going. It works on a friendly competitive basis.”

    The show has been hosted by the late Humphrey Lyttelton and Jack Dee.

    ‘Clue’ is one of the longest running shows on Radio 4 and is as popular as Desert Island Discs and The Archers.

    Tim added: “The funny thing was when we did the first programme we thought it was truly awful. I remember going to the pub with Humphrey Lyttelton and saying to him will you promise we will never do this again.

    “Although 15 years later we would still say this to make sure that we were in our rightful place and did not take anything for granted.”

    l I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue is on at Southport Theatre tomorrow, Thursday, February 23.


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