I'M SORRY I HAVEN'T
appearing on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue have hardly
changed over the years, and as such they have become institutions in their own
A former Grenadier Guardsman trumpeter, he is now an acclaimed jazz
player with his own band, the Humphrey Lyttelton Band. He was once a
cartoonist on the Daily Mail.
the stand-in chairmen
Following the loss of Humph in
2008 a number of people have chaired the show. They include:
let’s meet the teams
On the Chairman’s
Not an Ex Goodie, comedy writer, after dinner speaker, and
generally humorous person. Used to be Chairman as well during the first series,
alternating with Humphrey. For some reason, the other team members think he has
a drink problem.
Ex Goodie, occasional actor, and comedy writer.
And on the
Ex Goodie, and
available for panto.
For many years Willie Rushton was the partner for Tim Brooke-Taylor.
Sadly, Willie died in 1997, and many fans of the show miss him very
Willie’s untimely death, Tim has been partnered by a variety of comedians
in each series. Also over the years, if anyone was unable to appear on the show
due to other commitments, various people have stepped into the breach. They
are, in no particular order:
Musical comedian with a very popular (and good) one man show. Star of
Channel 4’s Black Books.
Nurse turned alternative comedienne.
Scottish impressionist and comedian particularly noted for his political satire.
Comedian, actor and satirist.
Talented Welsh comedy actor, does a lot of voice acting for
animations and commercials, but probably best recognised from Marion and
Scottish comedian, actress and writer.
You all know who. One of the original contestants.
actor and comedian, famous for his deadpan delivery.
Iranian-English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and TV producer.
One of the funniest people from the 70s and 80s on radio and
Comedy writer and actor, best known for Cabin Pressure and his sketch show, John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme.
Comedian and actor. Renowned for his singing ability, although this
is usually cunningly hidden by making him sing such songs as If by
Comedy writer and performer responsible (along with others) for such
TV and Radio hits as Drop the Dead Donkey, The Million Pound Radio
Show, and Old Harry’s Game.
Comedian. Like Stephen Fry, he is renowned for his singing ability on
Comedian. Famous for hitching around Ireland with a
Comedian recognisable by his huge collar. Originally a doctor, he
made his breakthrough at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1992 and since has
had successful series on Radio 4 and Channel 4.
One of the original panellists. Also appeared in I’m Sorry
I’ll Read That Again, Monty Python, Hitchhiker’s
Guide to the Galaxy, and more.
Comedy writer and actor - I mean an actor who also writes
comedy, although he may do comedy acting as well. Anyway, you get the
Stand-up comedian. Regular team captain on BBC 2’s Never
Mind the Buzzcocks.
English comedian and actor with appearances in TV shows and films, as well as radio shows.
Comic actor and stage, screen, and television director. Most famously
known as co-writer of Yes Minister and Yes Prime
Comedian. Likes football. A regular panellist on various radio shows
as well as presenting MacAulay &
Comedian. A regular on Have I Got News For You on BBC
Comedian. One half of That Mitchell and Webb Look and
Comedy Store player, film actor/writer, and general funny
Very funny, multi award winning, stand up comedian with a strong line
One of the original panellists. Member of the Goodies, and
avid bird watcher.
Stand up comic and comedy writer. Sadly, she died in her prime
unexpectedly in February 2007. She will be sorely missed.
Cartoonist. Does occasional stints on Countdown on Channel
Multi-talented comedienne, also currently chairperson of the News
Quiz on Radio 4.
Multi-talented comedienne, famous for many things including the TV
and stage show Dinnerladies.
Always willing to do their bit
on the desk next to the Chairman. They are:
The lovely Samantha is the
regular scorer on the show. I have yet to find a picture that can do her
Sven occasionally assumes
Samantha’s position. He is originally from Sweden and was recommended by
Samantha. He came to the UK as part of a Chippendale style dance troop, but now
runs a boarding house somewhere in Brighton.
In the late 80s gave a hand
keeping the teams points up when Samantha was unavailable.
at the piano
Always banging away during the
and general musical person. He is currently the Head of Music at the East 15
Acting School in Essex.
Colin Sell’s stunt double - he was one of the founder
members of the Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band. He also worked on Monty
Python and formed the Rutles. He did a marvellous version of
Urban Spaceman in a game of Pick Up Song and was within
gnat’s pizzicato of his own recording! Occasionally stands in for Colin
Matthew Scott occasionally deputised
for Colin Sell during the 80s. He is currently Head of Music at the National
Theatre in London, and also teaches at the University of Southampton and at
Denis studied at the Guildhall School of Music and went on
to become Britain’s most accomplished writer of TV music, including the
themes from Black Beauty, Worzel Gummidge, and
Lovejoy. With countless film and TV credits and appearances, his
glittering career eventually presented Denis the ultimate professional
challenge - standing in for Colin Sell.
Deputised for Colin Sell in a couple of shows in 1978.
Whenever a title or name is to be guessed by the teams, the Mystery
Voice reads it out to the radio listeners, while the audience are told the
answer via the laser display board.
Does the introduction and wind up to each broadcast. He is a former
An ardent fan from North Wales who frequently writes to the BBC
causing a bulge in the mail bag. She even occasionally writes about
I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.
Resident commentator to the Armitage Shanks Series
competition. You can also hear him presenting the Everyman’s Guide to
Morningtion Crescent on the second ISIHAC audio
behind the scenes
Iain Pattinson (since 1993)
Robert Fraser Steele