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Mark's Guide to Whose Line is it Anyway?


Episode Guide

Clive's Intros - Radio Series

R.01 / R.02 / R.03 / R.04 / R.05 / R.06


R.01 - Guide

(Unknown): "We present Whose Line is it Anyway? And here's your chairman, Clive Anderson."
Clive: "Hello and welcome to Whose Line is it Anyway?, a program of skillful improvisation, spontaneous wit, off-the-cuff wisdom, and an introduction that's going to take some living up to. And now, on... as on any good radio panel game, and indeed on any bad one as well, we have four contestants. We have here tonight John Sessions, an actor and comedian frequently cast in TV, films and plays, and always cast in his own one man show. Stephen Fry, who was recently described as a Renaissance Man, by somebody with a very poor grasp of which century we're living in. And Dawn French, one half of French and Let... French and Saunders, she... she is of course otherwise known as Mrs Lenny Henry. And we also have Lenny Henry, otherwise known as Mrs Lenny Henry. Now this program is all about improvisation, we've got a number of games to play, and so why don't we play the first one? ... Well, why indeed."


R.02 - Guide

(Unknown - Nonny Williams?): "We present Whose Line is it Anyway? And here's your chairman, Clive Anderson."
Clive: "Hello, hello, and welcome to Whose Line is it Anyway?, a radio panel game of spontaneity, improvisation, and a half an hour of undiluted panic. This week on the programme we have our regulars, Stephen Fry and John Sessions, the somewhat more irregular Hugh Laurie, and the positively constipated Enn Reitel. Stephen Fry and John Sessions will need no introduction to anybody who knows them already. Hugh Laurie is Stephen Fry's partner on Saturday Live and a host of other comedy shows, so it's quite a coincidence he's turned up on this programme tonight. Enn Reitel, apart from appearing in Lucky Jim, and for a long run in Me And My Girl, is often heard giving voice to the puppets on Spitting Image. The games that we're playing are very very simple, I'll do my best to make them complicated for you."


R.03 - Guide

Stephen Fry: "We present Whose Line is it Anyway? And here's your chairman, Clive Anderson."
Clive: "Hello, hello, and welcome to Whose Line is it Anyway?, a programme of ready wit and spontaneity whose very title sounds like a piece of improvisation - albeit not a particularly good one. This week we have with us as usual John Sessions, the thinking man's Mike Yarwood. And Stephen Fry, the thinking man's John Sessions. Also Nonny Williams, the actress and writress. And last but not first, Jimmy Mulville, star of the cult Channel 4 late night comedy series, Who Dares Watch... Who Dares Wins."


R.04 - Guide

Stephen Fry: "We present Whose Line is it Anyway? And here is your chairman, Clive Anderson."
Clive: "Hello and welcome to another edition of Whose Line is it Anyway?, the radio improvisation programme. Once again we bring to the microphone the wittiest, funniest and cleverest talents available in the country today. But enough about me, let's introduce the contestants. As usual we have Stephen Fry, a man of many parts, some of which he'll be using in the course of the programme tonight. And John Sessions, our other regular, whose prodigious performing skills it would be impossible to describe... as well as he does. Joining them are actress and singer and TV personality Kate Robbins. And finally, I am pleased to welcome a very close personal acquantaince of mine, Griff Rhys Jones, whose comic partnership will Mel Smith has been frequently compared to that of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and not always unfavourably. Ladies and gentlemen, the contestants."


R.05 - Guide

Stephen Fry: "We present Whose Line is it Anyway? And here is your chairman, Clive Anderson."
Clive: "Alright, hello and welcome to Whose Line is it Anyway?. If you've heard the programme before, no doubt you'll be reaching for the off switch now, but you'll know that this is a programme of genuine improvisation and wit. The contestants themselves are, as usual, led by the game's resident maestro, Stephen Fry, together with our regular Mini Metro, John Sessions. Joining them this week, well now it isn't often we have a guest on the programme who is so good and popular with everyone that we want to have them back again. Indeed it hasn't happened yet, but nonetheless making a return visit to 'Whose Line' is Jimmy Mulville from Channel Four's 'Who Dares'. And I think he's in a couple of other TV programmes which are about to hit the fan... hit the screen at any moment. Our fourth man is not Anthony Blunt who for some reason is not available this evening, but a similarly satirical figure, the actor and distinguished purveyor of high-brow comedy, John Bird."


R.06 - Guide

Stephen Fry: "We present Whose Line is it Anyway? And here is your chairman, Clive Anderson."
Clive: "Hello, hello and welcome to Whose Line is it Anyway?, a radio programme of off-the-cuff inspiration, ad lib improvisation, extemporisation, and perhaps some other readings from Roget's Thesaurus. Well, this is the end of the series, so we all want to go out with a bang... but first we must do the show. As usual we ha... as usual we have participating Stephen Fry, the writer, humourist and all-round swot. And our other, our other stalwart, getting ready even now to wart our stals, the Battler of Largs himself, John Sessions. Now.. our two guests are Jon Glover of Weekending and Spitting Image fame, and finally a very popular lung impressionist, in the tradition of Mike Yarwood and Camille Pissarro, Rory Bremner."


Remainder to come...