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Welcome Back

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-19

When this production was first announced I was concerned it would not work on audio. So much of The Goodies was visual humour but I am delighted to have been proven wrong.

It's a crackling script and a joyous listen that acknowleges the time passed between the end of the TV series and this story and also mixes contemporary issues into the plot.

Loved it and I hope we get more for the 50th anniversary next year.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

The Treasury Trilogy Is Complete

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-19

The third Treasury release from the Clue team compiles the various specials and spin offs that have been released over the years such as the Christmas Carol and Alice in Wonderland Specials, the tributes to the late Chairman Humph and You'll Have Had Your Tea - The Doing's of Hamish & Dougal.

Due to this this final collection is a bit less enjoyable than the other two Treasury collections, which featured mainly regular episodes of the show. For example, unless you are a jazz fan there are huge chunks of the Humph Celebration Concert that you'll never want to hear again. For someone, like me, hearing some of these releases for the first time it was nice to do so but I'm in no rush to listen to the collection again, unlike the other two Treasury releases, which are on almost constant rotation on my Audible app.

I did already own the three series of Hamish & Dougal and on the whole they are probably worth buying the third Treasury for on their own merits. As someone who has been in the audience for a recording when Hamish and Dougal have been together, hearing them in their own escapades is really enjoyable.

All in all, this third release is a nice to have rather than a must have but if you have the other two then you really do need the third to complete the collection.

Nearly 19 hours of chuckles

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-18

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue is the greatest comedy panel show of all time either on radio or on TV. A bold claim you might think but it's one I will fight tooth and nail to defend. On no other show do you get as many laughs per half hour of comedy, with the jokes coming thick and fast as the teams, under the guiding hand of a disinterested Humphrey Lytlleton, work their way through rounds that are best described as silly!

On this first treasury collection previously released individual volumes of classic Clue recordings have been collated to provide close to 19 hours of spirit lifting comedy. From the glorious One Song To The Tune Of Another to Late Entries To The [insert job here] Ball via Mornington Crescent, Pick Up Song, Uxbridge English Dictionary and Swanee Kazoo there really is something for everyone here.

What I particularly like about Clue is that the comedy isn't blue or in bad taste. Much of it is pun based or seaside postcard type of humour that obviously fits in well on Radio 4 but strikes a chord with most people. Everyone has their favourite panellist - mine is Graeme Garden who often lets the others get on with exchanging barbs until he cuts in with the funniest comment of the lot. I've attended six live shows of Clue in the past year and so it was a delight to finally see him live at the last of those. Barry Cryer and Tim Brooke-Taylor are dependable gag merchants and Willy Rushton, the much missed Willie Rushton I should say, has such a wonderful voice and dry wit. Following his death we are treated to a rotating fourth guest on this collection - all of whom are wonderful in their own way though Jeremy Hardy gets a special mention for his musical ability.

Great value, this should be in anyone's collection and so should the second Treasury volume. Superb. Simply superb.

The King of Panel Shows

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-17

As a (fairly) recent convert to Radio 4's comedy offerings the greatest joy has been discovering for the first time the King of panel games - I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. After endlessly listening to the first treasury collection earlier this year the wait for this second volume has been unbearable at times! I do not know of any other panel show that provides as many laughs per show as this one.

Humph may have been the master chairman but Jack Dee has been a more than able successor to his seat mixing the same biting wit Humph has with his deadpan delivery. I've had the pleasure of seeing the show live in the past 12 months - once in Halifax for a recording and once at the Lowry for the touring show and have not laughed as much.

This collection has been a great listen over the past couple of weeks since its release. A lot of the shows I have never heard before and the last couple of hours featuring the 30th anniversary recording, Clue Desert Island and the very first recording of the show was probably the highlight. Whether you are a Audible customer or not this collection is great value (better if a Audible member though!).

This and the first Treasury release are must buys.

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