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Mark's Guide to Whose Line is it Anyway?


Episode Guide

Series Two (1989-90)

2.01 / 2.02 / 2.03 / 2.04 / 2.05 / 2.06 / 2.07X / 2.08 / 2.09
2.10 / 2.11 / 2.12 / 2.13 / 2.14 / 2.15 / 2.16C / 2.17C
(C = Compilation, X = Christmas Edition)


2.01

First Broadcast: November 10, 1989 - Intro
Greg Proops, Josie Lawrence, Tony Slattery, Mike McShane
  1. Authors: "Rambo had a sore toe and he was stopped for drunk driving". Greg - Earl Hamner, Jr., Josie - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Tony - Air Hostess Training Manual, Mike - The Rosetta Stone.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Two inventors with their invention - Greg & Tony. Macbeth, Disaster, Carry On (Tony) and Cookery Show (Greg).
  3. Film and Theatre Styles: A theatrical agent discovering a star in the street - Josie & Mike. Religious, Tarzan, Children's Television.
  4. Song Styles: Hosepipe/Garden Hose. Mike (Blues), Josie (Edith Piaf).
  5. World's Worst: Person to be marooned on a desert island with.
  6. Rap: Cooking.
  7. Explanations: The existence of God. Tony & Josie - Two 6-year-olds, Greg & Mike - two American construction workers.
  8. American Musical: Making chocolate cakes, flying to Paris, and doing the washing up.
Winner: Greg Proops.
Credits: As Elvis Costello.


2.02

First Broadcast: November 17, 1989 - Intro
Archie Hahn, Josie Lawrence, Tony Slattery, John Sessions
  1. Authors: "Sheep Rearing in the Orkney Isles". Archie - Mickey Spillane, Josie - Lewis Carroll, Tony - type of person who mistranslates European pornography, John - Liverpool Poets.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Patient going to see a doctor - Josie & Tony. Surrealist, Epic (Gone with the Wind), Greek Tragedy, Cartoon.
  3. Film and Theatre Styles: Complaining to a waiter - Archie & John. Disney Wildlife, American Soap Opera.
  4. World's Worst: Person to be an entertainer at a childrens' party.
  5. Sound Effects: Cleaning up. Tony acts, Archie SFX.
  6. Song Styles: Ironing Board. Josie (Reggae), John (Leonard Cohen).
  7. Party Quirks: Tony hosts. Josie - thinks she is a man, Archie - TV Evangelist, John - Astronaut.
Winner: Tony Slattery.
Credits: "Night Thoughts".


2.03

First Broadcast: November 24, 1989 - Intro
Ron West, Griff Rhys Jones, Paul Merton, John Sessions
  1. Authors: "An Englishman and an Australian batsman meet Captain Pugwash". Ron - William Goldman, Griff - Edward Lear, Paul - Nostradamus, John - Philip Larkin.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: The last two people on earth - John & Griff. Noel Coward, Spaghetti Western, Silent Movie.
  3. Film and Theatre Styles: In a joke shop - Ron & Paul. Andy Warhol, Rocky XX, Tom & Jerry, Horror.
  4. World's Worst: Entertainment act.
  5. Props: John & Paul - Bouncy ball, Ron & Griff - Hoop.
  6. Remote Control: Wildlife. Ron - Twilight Zone, Griff - In At The Deep End, Paul - Points of View, John - Tutti Frutti.
  7. Party Quirks: Ron hosts. Paul - Must name a fish in every sentence, Griff - slowly turning into a dog, John - Bavarian Folk Dancer.
Winner: Griff Rhys Jones.
Credits: As Frankie Howard.


2.04

First Broadcast: December 8, 1989 - Intro
Greg Proops, Josie Lawrence, Paul Rider, Mike McShane
  1. Authors: "The Temptation of Going to the Supermarket and Meeting an Old Lady". Greg - Cherokee Oral Tradition, Josie - D.H. Lawrence, Paul - Ted Hughes, Mike - Hollywood Gossip Columnist.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: A couple on their wedding anniversary - Paul & Josie. Spaghetti Western, Silent Movie, Children's Programme.
  3. Film and Theatre Styles: Two surgeons - Greg & Mike. Soap Opera, Horror.
  4. Song Styles: Food processor. Mike (Rock & Roll), Josie (Spanish Flamenco).
  5. World's Worst: Thing to say at a wedding.
  6. Props: Greg & Josie - white bag on a string, Paul & Mike - hinged cake racks.
  7. Party Quirks: Greg hosts. Paul - Male Model, Josie - Over Enthusiastic, Mike - Writes Commercials.
  8. Musical: Smoking, having a curry and becoming Prime Minister.
Winner: Mike McShane.
Credits: As Brian Blessed.


2.05

First Broadcast: December 15, 1989 - Intro
Ryan Stiles, Sandi Toksvig, Tony Slattery, John Sessions
  1. Authors: "A Shopping Trip to buy Moby Dick". Ryan - Author of a Cosmopolitan Magazine-type thing, Sandi - Ed McBain, Tony - Sunday Colour Supplement Gadget Catalogue, John - Virginia Wolfe.
  2. Tag: Starts with John in Yoga position, Ryan on all fours.
  3. Expert: Tony interviews Ryan, an expert on (the metamorphosis of) frogs.
  4. Interview: Sandi interviews Zeus (John) - Desert Islands Discs.
  5. World's Worst: Person to lead an army into battle.
  6. Props: John & Sandi - gate, Ryan & Tony - diving flipper.
  7. Party Quirks: Sandi hosts. Tony - Character from "The Great Escape", Ryan - Thinks he is an insect, John - Pretentious student poet.
  8. Remote Control: Sheep shearing. Ryan - The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, Sandi - Body Matters, Tony - Jim'll Fix It, John - The Sky At Night.
Winner: Tony Slattery.
Credits: As David Attenborough.


2.06

First Broadcast: December 22, 1989 - Intro
Ron West, Jimmy Mulville, Paul Merton, John Sessions
  1. Authors: "Goat Herding in Lemington Spar". Ron - DC Comics, Jimmy - Sigmund Freud, Paul - Edgar Allen Poe, John - The Diaries of Andy Warhol.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: One (of Ron & Paul) asking the other for their daughter's hand in marriage. Sam Peckinpah, Slapstick/Keystone Cops, One Woman Show, Coming Soon Trailer.
  3. Film and Theatre Styles: Two people planning a bank robbery/raid - Jimmy & John. Music Hall, Medieval Mystery Play, Come Dancing, Nativity.
  4. Interview: Ron interviews Neptune (John) - Literary Magazine.
  5. Interview: Paul interviews Claudius (Jimmy) - DIY Magazine.
  6. World's Worst: Chat-up Line.
  7. Props: Paul & John - surfboard, Ron & Jimmy - smoking pipe/horn.
  8. Film Dub: Paul & Ron.
  9. Party Quirks: Paul hosts. Ron - Nine Year Old Genius, Jimmy - S.A.S. Commando, John - Australian Soap Opera Actor.
Winner: Ron West
Credits: As somebody on Death Row.


2.07 (Christmas Edition)

First Broadcast: December 29, 1989 (Running Time: 45 minutes) - Intro
Greg Proops, Josie Lawrence, Paul Merton, Sandi Toksvig, Tony Slattery, Mike McShane
  1. Authors: "Santa gets lost on the London Underground". Greg - C. Clement Moore, Sandi - Jane Asher's Book of Party Cakes, Tony - Child's Letter to Santa, Mike - Robert Heinlen.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Carol Singer arriving at somebody's house - Josie & Paul. Hitchcock, Pantomime, Science Fiction, Disaster.
  3. Film and Theatre Styles: Child (Greg) meeting the real Santa (Mike). Romance, Western, Laurel & Hardy, Beach Movie.
  4. Song Styles: Crackers. Mike (Jazz), Josie (Swiss Yodelling), Mike & Josie (Music Hall).
  5. Rap: Hangovers.
  6. Party Quirks: Sandi hosts. Greg - Verbalises all his thoughts, Paul - True Love on the 12th Day of Christmas, Tony & Josie - Front & Back end of a Pantomime Horse, Mike - US TV Christmas Special.
  7. World's Worst: Person to come and visit you when you're in hospital at Christmas.
  8. Props: Paul & Mike - Japanese folding fans, Josie & Sandi - Paper Christmas tree, Greg & Tony - Christmas Pudding.
  9. Musical Producers: Swimming, overeating, and stuffing. Paul & Sandi discuss, Josie, Mike, Tony & Greg perform.
Winners: Everybody
Credits: As Christmas Carollers.


2.08

First Broadcast: January 5, 1990 - Intro
Ryan Stiles, Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Mike McShane
  1. Film and Theatre Styles: The first two people on Earth - Josie & Neil. Gangster, Science Fiction, Neighbours, Western.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Two people on a plane - Ryan & Mike. Tennessee Williams, Horror, War and Peace, Vaudeville.
  3. Song Styles: Cheese Grater. Mike (Boogie Woogie), Josie (Kurt Weill).
  4. World's Worst: Person to be auditioning to be in a "soap suds" commercial.
  5. Props: Neil & Mike - film canister, Ryan & Josie - tubular bin.
  6. Film Dub: A couple of flatmates talking about two extra friends who will be joining them in the house.
  7. Party Quirks: Neil hosts. Ryan - Bad stand-up comedian, Josie - Thinks she's come to a prenatal class, Mike - Rock band roadie.
  8. American Musical: World War II Aeroplanes, a caretaker in a school, and winning the pools.
Winner: Ryan Stiles
Credits: As Clint Eastwood.


2.09

First Broadcast: January 12, 1990 - Intro
Archie Hahn, Jonathan Pryce, Paul Merton, John Sessions
  1. Authors: "Death of a Dog at the British Grand Prix". Archie - Alice Walker, Jonathan - The Diaries of Noel Coward, Paul - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, John - J.R.R. Tolkien.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Interrogating a prisoner - Jonathan & John. Open University, Checkov, Science Fiction B Movie.
  3. Film and Theatre Styles: Going to see an undertaker - Archie & Paul. Batman, Thunderbirds, Pathe News.
  4. Props: John & Paul - Strainer, Archie & Jonathan - bag with tube attached.
  5. Sound Effects: Starting/Working on a car. Paul acts, Archie SFX.
  6. Interview: Archie interviews Moses (John) - Hard Hitting Documentary.
  7. Film Dub: "Supermarket" - Paul & Jonathan.
  8. Party Quirks: Paul hosts. Archie - Jealous Lover, Jonathan - A Pirate, John - Sumo Wrestler.
Winner: Archie Hahn
Credits: As an American Gangster Movie.


2.10

First Broadcast: January 19, 1990 - Intro
Lee Simpson, Jan Ravens, Tony Slattery, Mike McShane
  1. Authors: "A Dabchick by the Riverbank (Meets a Speech Therapist)". Lee - T.E. Lawrence, Jan - The Duchess of York, Tony - A Package Holiday Brochure, Mike - Joseph Wambaugh.
  2. That'll Be Charlie Now: In a hotel reception. Lee, Jan & Tony discuss Charlie (Mike) - smokes 147 a day, has a pustulating sore on his nose, exposes himself to women (and men), spits in people's ears and sucks it out, grabs hold of men's (and women's) nipples and twists them.
  3. Film Dub: Two people on their honeymoon - Tony & Jan.
  4. Song Styles: Sink plunger. Mike (Motown).
  5. World's Worst: Things to say/do when making love.
  6. Rap: Banking.
  7. Party Quirks: Tony hosts. Lee - Thinks he's in a play rehearsal, Jan - Air Hostess, Mike - Thinks he's Scarlet O'Hara.
  8. American Musical: Pulling out weeds in the garden, walking in the mountains in Northern Italy, and swimming.
Winner: Lee Simpson
Credits: In Shakespearian style.


2.11

First Broadcast: January 26, 1990 - Intro
Josie Lawrence, Arthur Smith, Sandi Toksvig, Mike McShane
  1. Film and Theatre Styles: One (of Josie & Arthur) interviewing the other for a job as a butler. Gangster Movie, Pantomime.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Housewife coming home to find a plumber up to his knees in water - Sandi & Mike. (Fado?) Farce, Sado Masochist, Rocky Film, James Bond Film.
  3. Film Dubbing: Returning home from holiday - Arthur & Sandi.
  4. Song Styles: Lemon Squeezer. Mike (Heavy Metal), Josie (Bob Dylan folk song).
  5. World's Worst: Person to go on holiday with.
  6. Props: Sandi & Mike - blue goop, Josie & Arthur - inflatable number 8.
  7. Party Quirks: Sandi hosts. Arthur - Shady Dealer (Spiv), Josie - Schoolgirl from a girl's comic, Mike - Possessed by the devil.
  8. Musical Producers: Bricklaying. Sandi & Arthur discuss, Josie & Mike perform.
Winner: Arthur Smith
Credits: As Sydney James.


2.12

First Broadcast: February 9, 1990 - Intro
Mike McShane, Chris Langham, Sandi Toksvig, John Sessions
  1. Authors: "Flash Gordon going to Shangri-La". Mike - Dr Seuss, Chris - Jack London (in big print for the older reader), Sandi - Joy Francis, John - Alan Bennett.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: A headmaster and pupil - Chris & John. Berkoff, Hammer Horror, Roman Epic, Thunderbirds.
  3. Film and Theatre Styles: Boss (Mike) falling in love with his secretary (Sandi). Fly on the Wall Documentary, Tarzan, Beach Movie, Film Noire.
  4. World's Worst: Person to go up into space.
  5. Props: John & Sandi - giant furry mushroom, Mike & Chris - Chinese paddle fan.
  6. Film Dub: A couple arguing over what to have for dinner - Sandi & Chris.
  7. Tag: Starts with John lying face down, Chris bending over, on one foot.
  8. Party Quirks: Sandi hosts. Chris - Finds everything baffling, Mike - Eskimo, John - Society Wit.
Winner: Mike McShane
Credits: In as many foreign accents as possible.


2.13

First Broadcast: February 16, 1990 - Intro
Greg Proops, Josie Lawrence, Tony Slattery, John Sessions
  1. Film and Theatre Styles: Arguing over the state of the bathroom - Josie & Greg. Flintstones, Robin of Sherwood, Home Movie, Burlesque.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Pawn Brokers - Tony & John. Shakespeare, 1960s Michael Caine, "Bearded Collie" (invented by an audience member), James Bond.
  3. Song Styles: Fish Slice. Josie (Ballad love song).
  4. World's Worst: Person to be arriving at a party.
  5. Rap: Dental Hygeine.
  6. Party Quirks: Tony hosts. Greg - Robot, Josie - Peter Pan, John - A 60s Rock Musician.
  7. Advertisement: Odour Eaters - John (religious/ominous music).
  8. American Musical: Riding horses, a car crash, and going to see a film.
Winner: Josie Lawrence
Credits: As a schoolmarm. (includes every single name!)


2.14

First Broadcast: February 23, 1990 - Intro
Ron West, Sandi Toksvig, Tony Slattery, Rory McGrath
  1. Authors: "Annie the Orphan, Get your Rifle". Ron - Kurt Vonnegut, Jnr., Sandi - Enid Blyton (Sr.), Tony - The Marquis de Sade, Rory - Desmond Morris (the 3rd).
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Taking an animal to the vet - Ron & Sandi. Horror Movie, American Gangster, Walt Disney, Western.
  3. Film and Theatre Styles: Two commandos in a submarine - Tony & Rory. Farce, Jackanory, Thunderbirds, Advert.
  4. Interview: Tony interviews Snow White (Sandi) - Rock magazine/fanzine.
  5. Interview: Rory interviews Rasputin (Ron) - TV-AM interview.
  6. World's Worst: thing to say/be/do at a funeral.
  7. Props: Tony & Sandi - horn, Rory & Ron - basket.
  8. Film Dub: Sandi & Ron.
  9. Party Quirks: Tony hosts. Ron - "You think you are a reptile", Sandi - "You are having a secret affair with the host", Rory - Accident-prone.
Winner: Sandi Toksvig
Credits: As Mae West.


2.15

First Broadcast: March 2, 1990 - Intro
Josie Lawrence, Paul Merton, Tony Slattery, Mike McShane
  1. Authors: "A Day at the Seaside in Singapore having a Hungarian Meal". Josie - Nursery Rhymes, Paul - Yakoshimo Okomo, Tony - ITV Continuity Announcer, Mike - Mark Twain.
  2. Film and Theatre Styles: Cindarella meeting the Fairy Godmother - Josie & Paul. Kung Fu, Oscar Wilde, 3-D, Billy Smart's Circus.
  3. Film and Theatre Styles: Mike recruiting Tony for his Magnificent Seven. Amateur Dramatics, Easy Rider, Tennessee Williams.
  4. Song Styles: Toaster. Mike (Gospel), Josie (Motown).
  5. World's Worst: Person to be stuck in a lift with.
  6. Party Quirks: Tony hosts. Paul - Obsessed with trivial facts, Josie - Cave Woman, Mike - Narrating the party.
  7. Rock Opera: Carpentry, washing the car and Rugby (with Paul as 'Sponge Man').
Winner: Mike McShane
Credits: As though he's just won an Oscar.


2.16 (Compilation)

First Broadcast: March 9, 1990 - Intro
Josie Lawrence, Mike McShane, Paul Merton, Neil Mullarkey, Greg Proops, John Sessions, Tony Slattery, Arthur Smith, Ryan Stiles, Sandi Toksvig
  1. Film and Theatre Styles: Two drivers who've knocked into each other with their cars - Sandi & Mike. War Film, Agatha Christie, Science Fiction.
  2. Song Styles: Food Processor. Mike & Josie (Love Duet).
  3. Tag: Starts with Josie ("changing a lightbulb") and Neil ("brushing his teeth"). Ryan also appears.
  4. Interview: John interviews Peter Pan (Paul) - NME.
  5. Rap: Vets - Ryan, Josie, Neil, Mike.
  6. Props: Paul & Mike - net, Josie & Tony - wicker basket/trolley.
  7. Song Styles: Fish Slice. Josie (Hymn).
  8. Party Quirks: Sandi hosts. Tony - slowly inflating, Ryan - does everything twice, John - Roman emperor.
  9. Film Dub: Two people going to see a film - Sandi & Arthur.
  10. American Musical: Driving a car, going skiing, and getting up in the morning - Greg, Josie, Tony, Mike.


2.17 (Compilation)

First Broadcast: March 16, 1990 - Intro
Archie Hahn, Josie Lawrence, Mike McShane, Paul Merton, Greg Proops, Jonathan Pryce, John Sessions, Tony Slattery, Arthur Smith, Ryan Stiles, Sandi Toksvig
  1. Film and Theatre Styles: A couple meeting on a blind date - Ryan & Sandi. Mel Brooks, Andy Warhol, Dog Film (misheard audience suggestion), Shakespeare, Woody Allen.
  2. Song Styles: Lemon Squeezer. Josie & Mike (Lloyd Webber Duet).
  3. That'll Be Charlie Now: At a train station. Josie, Paul & Tony discuss Charlie (Mike) - every time you say the word 'train' he starts to run an aerobics class, grinds up against people whose names start with the letter J, throws up into a galvanized bucket when he sees someone called Tony, spouts forth in a heroic style as if he's making a big speech, tries to swallow his own foot.
  4. Interview: Tony interviews Noah (Greg) - Children's programme.
  5. Rap: Dustmen - Josie, Arthur, Sandi, Mike.
  6. Bits That Went Wrong:
    • Rap: Royalty - Mike.
    • Story: An audience member suggest Norfolk as the country to set the story in.
    • Rap: John - "Pinstripe ripe ripe... no, can't do it".
    • Intro: Clive - "Hello and welcome to WLiiA? and this tonight... errrgghh!"
    • Authors: Paul - "A zebra from Windsor Safari Park makes an interesting point. He says that in the IRA coverage recently on the... oh f*** off!"
    • Rap: Fishing - Josie & Clive.
  7. Song Styles: Ironing Board. Josie (Jazz).
  8. Film Dubbing: Somebody taking a driving test - Paul & Tony.
  9. Party Quirks: Paul hosts. Archie - Lounge Singer, Jonathan - Mad Highland Dancer, John - A character from "The Great Escape".
  10. Musical Producers: Hairdressing. Tony & Paul discuss, Josie & Mike perform.