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My Word!

Last Edited: 18202517-AugMayNovJun-20087 A Global British Comedy Collaborative document.

Edited by John Lucas

Table of Contents


Pilot 2

Series 1 (1957) 2

Series 2 (1957) 2

Series 18 (1968) 5

Series 19 (1968-69) 7

Series 24 (1973) 13

Series 25 (1974) 14

Series 26 (1975) 16

Series 27 (1976) 18

Series 28 (1977) 20

Series 29 (1978) 22

Series 30 (1979) 23

Series 33 (1982-3) 27

Series 34 (1983-4) 28

Series 35 (1984-5) 30

Series 36 (1985-86) 32

Series 37 (1987) 32

Index 37



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.
Panelists:

AF = Antonia Fraser

AM = Alfred Marks

ASJ = Anne Scott-James

BT = Barry Took

DN = Denis Norden

DP = Dilys Powell (1901-1995)

FM = Frank Muir (1920-1998)

IB = Isobel Barnett

IT = Irene Thomas

JW = John Wells

KW = Katherine Whitehorn

NS = Nancy Spain



Chairpersons (in order of appearance):

JA = John Arlott [1956-1957 only]

JL = Jack Longland (b.1905-d.1993)

JJN = John Julius Norwich

AF = Antonia Fraser

MOD = Michael O’Donnell


Compilers:

EJM = Edward J. Mason (not credited)

JL = Jack Longland

PM = Peter Moore


Producers:

TS = Tony Shryane

BJ = Bobby Jaye

PA = Pete Atkin


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.



Date

Episode

Program Details

Cast

Parameters

Location

S

06-Jun-1956

Pilot


Broadcast on the Midland Home Service, 7-7:30 pm













01-Jan-1957

Series 1 (1957)


S01e01

An edited repeat of the pilot episode




8-8:30 pm, HS







08-Jan-1957

S01e02
















15-Jan-1957

S01e03
















22-Jan-1957

S01e04
















29-Jan-1957

S01e05







8:40-9 pm, 20 min only







05-Feb-1957

S01e06
















12-Feb-1957

S01e07
















19-Feb-1957

S01e08
















05-Aug-1957

Series 2 (1957)


S02e01







7-7:30 pm, HS







12-Aug-1957

S02e02
















19-Aug-1957

S02e03
















26-Aug-1957

S02e04







8:05-8:25 pm, 2o min only







02-Sep-1957

S02e05
















09-Sep-1957

S02e06
















04-Oct-1957

S02e07







9:45-10:15 pm







11-Oct-1957

S02e08
















18-Oct-1957

S02e09
















25-Oct-1957

S02e10

































































































































































































































































































01-Jul-1962

S10e01

100th Edition -   "Seated one day at the altar" (Greg Linden)













08-Jul-1962

S10e02

"With all her faults, I love her still" (Greg Linden)













15-Jul-1962

S10e03
















22-Jul-1962

S10e04
















29-Jul-1962

S10e05
















05-Aug-1962

S10e06
















12-Aug-1962

S10e07

"Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner" (Greg Linden)













19-Aug-1962

S10e08
















26-Aug-1962

S10e09

"The age of chivalry is gone" (Greg Linden)













1962-1964

?

ABC #101


  • Vocabularies: marginalia, roboright, Erse, paravane

  • Verse: Gray’s “…Distant view of Eton College”, Gilbert Bab Ballads, Milton “Lysidas”, Shakespeare “Richard II”

  • Origins and derivations: put the kibosh on, lay by the heels, Baedecker rains, cast sheep’s eyes

  • “Two blacks do not make a white” (DN)/ “My bonny lies over the ocean” (FM)

DP, FM, NS, DN

JL

EJM, TS



ABC, 03-Jun-2004

27:43, 12995, m





MH D/L

G

1962-1964

?

ABC #102


  • Vocabularies: Janeite, about-sledge, dan, wertherism

  • Books and characters: Smee, Mr. Goldfinger, Mr. Slope, Abel Mankwitch

  • Poetry and verse: Marlowe “The passionate shepherd and his love”, Carroll “Bruno and Sylvie”, Rossetti “The blessed damoiselle”, Shakespeare “Henry VIII”

  • French and Latin sayings: cherche la femme, sic transit Gloria muni, mens sana in corpose sano, dulcie et decorum est

  • “The die is cast” (FM) / “Keep right on to the end of the road” (DN)

DP, FM, NS, DN

JL

EJM, TS



ABC, 10-Jun-2004

27:20, 12820, m





MH D/L

G

1962-1964

?

ABC #103


  • Vocabularies: romaunt, furbish, animacule, tort

  • Descriptions: gorgons, Don Juan, Peter Pan, Shakespeare

  • French and Latin tags: QED, if youth only knew…, O tempore o mores, morituri te salutem

  • Origins and Derivations: haversack, a decent chap, delirium, checkmate

  • “Sweet are the uses of adversity” (DN) / “The better part of valour is discretion” (FM)

DP, FM, NS, DN

JL

EJM, TS



ABC, 17-Jun-2004

27:42, 12989, m





MH D/L

G

1962-1964

?

ABC #104


  • Vocabularies: emeritus, perigee, salacious, telearchics

  • Who or What Was: Alatlanta, Atlantis, Bucephalus, Calypso

  • Origins and Derivations: to lay it on with a trowel, to sail the high seas, to feel hipped, to browbeat

  • Shakespeare: What You Will, Shakespeare’s children, plays with more than one part, a wound

  • “Here’s to the girl with the pair of blue eyes” (DN) / “I wonder who’s kissing her now” (FM)

DP, FM, NS, DN

JL

EJM, TS



ABC, 24-Jun-2004

27:42, 12989, m





MH D/L

G

1962-1964

?

ABC #105


  • Vocabularies: desiderata, ruth, siffleur, rumtum

  • Rigins and Derivations: hooligan, moonraker, namby-pamby, knickerbockers

  • Authors: George Eliot, Jack London, Harrison Amesworth, Thomas Hardy

  • Who/Why/Where: The bell in Edmonton, ate mince and quince with a runcible spoon, Walrus doubts the strand can be swept, Winnie the Pooh

  • “Oh what a beautiful morning” (FM)/ “Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean” (DN)

DP, FM, NS, DN

JL

EJM, TS



ABC, 01-Jul-2004

27:17, 12793, m





MH D/L

G

1962-1964

?

ABC #106


  • Vocabularies: gingival, flocsinocinihilipilification, meed, hymnody

  • Shakeperean first lines: Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Henry V, Merry Wives of Windsor

  • Verse and Poetry: Ode to a Nightingale by Keats, Time I’ve Lost in Wooing by Thomas More, Hamlet, Goldsmith about Garrick

  • Origins and Derivations: slough of despond, belfry, barracking, catchpole

  • “Slow and steady wins the race” (DN) / “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” (FM)

DP, FM, NS, DN

JL

EJM, TS



ABC, 08-Jul-2004

27:37, 12951, m





MH D/L

G

1962-1964

?

ABC #107


  • Vocabularies: rahat lakoom, jobation, fleming, hoky poky

  • Court questions: court cupboard, court plaster, court of pied power, court of love

  • Origins and Derivations: out Herod Herod, Clerk known as Nobby, italics, to peach on someone

  • Who/Why/What/Where: rook as parson, Great Plague, Tennyson’s “The Revenge”, Herrick’s “Julia”

  • “I will return” (FM)/ “Should auld acquaintance be forgot” (DN)

DP, FM, NS, DN

JL

EJM, TS



ABC, 15-Jul-2004

27:36, 12945, m





MH D/L

G

1962-1964

?

ABC #108


  • Vocabularies: hagiolatry, sabreur, indigene, gnosis

  • Verse and Poetry: Tennyson’s The Brook, Kingsley’s The Sands of Dee, Poe’s Annabelle Lee, Omar Khayaim

  • Origins and Derivations: for a song, backroom boys, to be made a cat’s paw, baggage

  • Call words: call a man out, call bird, call of the House, call day

  • “All quiet on the western front” (DN) / “A little more than kin and less than kind” (FM)

DP, FM, NS, DN

JL

EJM, TS



ABC, 22-Jul-2004

27:17, 12794, m





MH D/L

G


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