Graeme Garden Says Long Runs Dilute “Sorry, I Have No Idea”

Graeme Garden says he has turned down several BBC proposals to make additional episodes of I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue – claiming it would “water down” the radio show.

he comedian invented the format for BBC Radio 4’s self-proclaimed “antidote to board games” 50 years ago.

The programme, which consists of two teams of comedians who have been given “silly things to do” by chairman Jack Dee, airs limited episodes despite its long-running success.


The Goodies stars Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor (Yui Mok/PA)

Garden, 79, told Radio Times: “We don’t do long series, six shows twice a year. That’s all.

“The BBC has often asked, ‘Can you do more?’

“And (producer) Jon Naismith always said no. And he’s right. It would dilute it.”

Garden is the last living panelist who helped make the show famous following the deaths of Willie Rushton, Humphrey Lyttelton, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Barry Cryer.

“The old guard has gradually slipped away.

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“It’s like a pat on the shoulder.

“You feel a little helpless.

“I find myself thinking, ‘Oh, I have to tell Barry that, or I have to tell Tim that.’

“And they’re not here.

“It’s very sad.

“It’s very flattering to think that the show we all sweated 50+ years ago has grown into this monster.

“It’s on stage when the audience claps and cheers at the announcement of a round’s name before we’ve even cracked the jokes.

“It’s nice to have that status,” Garden added.

The comedian rose to fame in the 1970s as a member of the comic trio The Goodies alongside Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie. Graeme Garden Says Long Runs Dilute “Sorry, I Have No Idea”

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