My Word ran from 1956 to 1990. “Experimental” episodes were broadcast on the Midlands Service in June 1956. The first broadcast on the Home Service occurred on Tuesday, January 2, 19571 with chairman John Arlott, Frank Muir and Isobel Barnett vs. Nancy Spain and Denis Norden.
AF = Antonia Fraser
Explanation of dating and ordering: We do not have an official or authoritative episode list to serve as a guide for dating individual episodes. We have used a variety of clues to produce a draft ordering of the episodes:
We have used the copies of the Radio Times in Australiian and American libraries to define the series dates, lengths and participants.
Occasionally we are able to precisely date an individual show based on references to events chronicled elsewhere. Some of these references are Frank’s purchase of a villa in Corsica, Frank’s 25th wedding anniversary, and currency decimalisation. Sometimes a special venue or a participant substitution also provides a date.
A fairly well-defined pattern of alternating Denis or Frank going first suggests where series boundaries or missing episodes occur in the recordings available.
The repeat broadcast orders in Australia, New Zealand, and the US have been used as circumstantial evidence of the roder of original broadcasts. This is a large assumption – we know there are vagaries in the BBC Transcription Service order as originally distributed, in the US distribution channel (WFMT FineArts), and in the broadcast stations in Australia and the US.
THIS IS A DRAFT ORDERING OF EPISODES.
Corrections and suggestions are welcomed. Research by John Lucas, Martin Hood and Sandy Finlayson. Additional research, corrections and comments have been provided by Alexander Lucas, Jean-Joseph Cote, and Roger Bickerton.
Broadcast on the Midland Home Service, 7-7:30 pm
Series 1 (1957)
An edited repeat of the pilot episode
8-8:30 pm, HS
8:40-9 pm, 20 min only
Series 2 (1957)
7-7:30 pm, HS
8:05-8:25 pm, 2o min only
100th Edition - "Seated one day at the altar" (Greg Linden)
"With all her faults, I love her still" (Greg Linden)