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I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: A Third Treasury

Specials and Spin-offs from the BBC Radio 4 Comedy
Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

A sparkling collection of specials and spin-offs from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy show, plus two tributes to the legendary Humphrey Lyttelton. 

This third and final Clue treasury features a panoply of specials based around the perennial ‘antidote to panel games’. In the mix are I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Christmas Clue, featuring the team’s unique interpretation of A Christmas Carol; Humph in Wonderland, in which they venture down a rabbit hole; and In Search of Mornington Crescent, in which Andrew Marr peers behind the veil of secrecy surrounding that illustrious game. 

Also included are two shows commemorating the programme’s inimitable original host, the late, much-missed Humphrey Lyttelton. In Chairman Humph, presented by Stephen Fry, friends and admirers including Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden recall Humph’s numerous Clue highlights, while in Humph Celebration Concert, Stephen Lyttelton introduces an exceptional evening of music and comedy celebrating his father. Finally, arriving just after they’ve had their tea are all three series of spin-off comedy The Doings of Hamish & Dougal.

Among the performers in this superb collection are Willie Rushton, Sandi Toksvig, Andy Hamilton, Rob Brydon, Linda Smith, Jeremy Hardy, Jack Dee, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Gambon and Alison Steadman. 

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Wish I read the tag line

I was expecting another collection of ISIHAC gems - but instead it starts off with Xmas Specials; then a couple of tributes to Humphrey Littleton before changing to a compilation of “The Adventures of Hamish and Dougal”

I would have preferred another set of ISIHAC episodes.

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Disappointing.

I was really looking forward to listening to this as I love I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue but there were far too many off-shoots in it, which were only mildly amusing and instantly forgettable.

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Great! My review includes my own chapter index

Like some other reviewers, I much preferred the previous 2 ISIHAC treasuries which were mostly regular episodes, apart from the briliant 'Everyman's Guide To Mornington Crescent' in the first treasury, and the sublime 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Desert Island' in the second treasury.

This third treasury is different in that it only includes 2 regular ISIHAC episodes, and those 2 have Christmas-themed rounds. The rest are Christmas Pantomime style episodes, tributes to Humphrey Lyttelton who sadly died in 2008, a second 'Mornington Crescent' special, 4 rather odd comic short stories read by the ISIHAC team, as well as the complete 3 'Hamish and Dougal' series and 2 specials.

Personally, I still very much enjoyed this, however, I think for me, the main problem with this third treasury is the usual Audible bugbear in that the chapters are just numbered with no headings, so that a hotch-potch collection like this is difficult to navigate.

Here, then, I include my own annotated bookmarks, which I gleaned from the synopsis, Wikipedia and ISIHAC fan site that had a link from the Wikipedia ISIHAC article, as well as obviously listening to the audiobook. I hope this is useful to those ISIHAC fans put off by the eclectic nature of this audiobook, and I apologise in advance if I have included any inaccuracies:

Chapter 1: 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Christmas Clue', 2003 'A Christmas Carol' Panto episode: Part 1 of 2
Chapter 2: A short jazz interlude, then 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Christmas Clue': Part 2 of 2
Chapter 3: A Christmas Special ISIHAC episode (I don't know the year), featuring Willie Rushton (so pre-1996)
Chapter 4: 1999 Christmas Special ISIHAC episode, with guest panellist Stephen Fry
Chapter 5: 'Humph in Wonderland', 2007 Christmas Panto episode
Chapter 6: 'In Search of Mornington Crescent', 2005 mockumentary, presented by Andrew Marr
Chapter 7: First of 4 comic shorts: 'The Artful Dodgson', a spoof Charles Dickens/Lewis Carroll biog, read by Humph
Chapter 8: Short story 2 of 4: 'The Scandal of Mad Jack Camden', a regency satire, read by Barry Cryer
Chapter 9: Short story 3 of 4: 'Game', by 'Somerset Mornington', read by Tim Brooke-Taylor
Chapter 10: Short story 4 of 4: 'Death on the Line' by 'Agatha Crescent', read by Graeme Garden
Chapter 11: 'Chairman Humph: A Tribute' (2008), presented by Stephen Fry: biog, ISIHAC clips, and panellist chat
Chapter 12: Humph Celebration Concert (2010): tributes, comedy as well as some lengthy jazz pieces, part 1 of 2
Chapter 13: Humph Celebration Concert, part 2 of 2
Chapters 14 to 17: 'You'll Have Had Your Tea: The Doings of Hamish and Dougal', Series 1 (2002),
starring Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Alison Steadman and Jeremy Hardy
Chapters 18 to 23: 'Hamish and Dougal', Series 2 (2004)
Chapter 24: 'Hamish and Dougal' Hogmanay Special (2004),
with guests: Humph, Jim Naughtie, Sandi Toksvig, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Colin Sell
Chapters 25 to 30: 'Hamish and Dougal' Series 3 (2006)
Chapter 31: 'Hamish and Dougal' Burns Night Special (2007)

I hope that other Audible listeners find this index list useful.




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Good old Clue

Among other things, this has Humph in Wonderland, the tribute concert for Humph, the Christmas Carol version of ISIHAC and the complete Hamish and Dougal series.

A treasury indeed!

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The team at their best.. Christmas episodes funny

another excellent selection of the shows by Chairman Humph , his tribute concert was funny and the musical tributes were outstanding

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dissapointed

Not quite what I was expecting, should really have been called "A Tribute to Humph" loved his humour but sadly not a Jazz fan. Sorry not for me.

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Dishonest title.

One good episode and some jazz and a different show. Not what it claims to be at all.

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not up to much

I love listening to I'm Sorry, but if this is the best they have after over 40 years I am sorry but I cannot recommend this to anyone.

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Excellent and timeless

Catching up on all the episodes i missed on the radio. Just as good if not better to listen to now.
Thank you

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It's great - just ensure you've read the details

A lot of the lower reviews for this are because approximately half the chapters are not standard ISIHAC episodes. These other chapters include "You'll have had your tea", Mockumentaries, and the 2010 celebration concert to Humphrey.

These are all great - and the audiobook title does note this includes extras - however maybe it could have better articulated this point so people don't misunderstand what they're purchasing