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RADIO SEASON 59 2011

Season length:
Eight shows.

Chairman:
Nicholas Parsons.

Regular Panellist:
Paul Merton (all shows).

Guest Panellists:
Tony Hawks (two shows), Sheila Hancock (two shows), Graham Norton (two shows), Gyles Brandreth (two shows), Sue Perkins (two shows), Julian Clary (two shows), Ross Noble (two shows), Liza Tarbuck (two shows), Marcus Brigstocke(two shows), Shappi Khorsandi(two shows), Rick Wakeman (two shows), Terry Wogan (two shows).

Making A Debut:
Rick Wakeman, Terry Wogan.

Commentary:
Some very funny teams as the show stuck to its London venue for the whole season, the first time in 20 years. Paul finished a year without missing a show, the first time this had occurred since Kenneth Williams in 1987.



753/59/1
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Broadcast date: 7 February 2011.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Shappi Khorsandi, Rick Wakeman.

Whistle Blower: Sarah Sharpe.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Dear listener, how bankers could restore their reputation, a rock and roll lifestyle, my best impression, the price of milk, through my telescope, page three.

Winner: Gyles Brandreth.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 801st appearance, Paul Merton's 255th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 54th appearance, Shappi Khorsandi's 8th appearance, Rick Wakeman's first appearance.

754/59/2
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Broadcast date: 14 February 2011.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Sue Perkins, Marcus Brigstocke.

Whistle Blower: Sarah Sharpe.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Hope over expectations, twenty-four hour news, emergency stop, rubbish, celebrity spotting, rulers, wags.

Winner: Sue Perkins.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 802nd appearance, Paul Merton's 256th appearance, Sheila Hancock's 87th appearance, Sue Perkins's 37th appearance, Marcus Brigstocke's 12th appearance.

755/59/3
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Broadcast date: 21 February 2011.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Tony Hawks, Ross Noble, Liza Tarbuck.

Whistle Blower: Sarah Sharpe.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: On Valentine's Day I received, quantitive easing, my favourite cartoon, cravats, the big top, a shaggy dog story, celebrity status, elephants.

Winners: Tony Hawks and Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 803rd appearance, Paul Merton's 257th appearance, Tony Hawks's 109th appearance, Ross Noble's 34th appearance, Liza Tarbuck's 23rd appearance.

756/59/4
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Broadcast date: 28 February 2011.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Graham Norton, Julian Clary, Terry Wogan.

Whistle Blower: Sarah Sharpe.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: The history of the world, a limerick, my name in lights, glued to the box, the dictionary, a great catch, a voyage of discovery, how Id like to be remembered, Charles Dickens.

Winner: Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 804th appearance, Paul Merton's 258th appearance, Graham Norton's 76th appearance, Julian Clary's 35th appearance, Terry Wogan's first appearance.

757/59/5
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Broadcast date: 7 March 2011.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Shappi Khorsandi, Rick Wakeman.

Whistle Blower: Sarah Sharpe.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Musicals, my secret identity, photography, why babies cannot be astronauts, anagrams, day dreaming, on the fiddle, the oddities of the English language, getting found out.

Winner: Rick Wakeman.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 805th appearance, Paul Merton's 259th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 55th appearance, Shappi Khorsandi's 9th appearance, Rick Wakeman's 2nd appearance.

758/59/6
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Broadcast date: 14 March 2011.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Sue Perkins, Marcus Brigstocke.

Whistle Blower: Sarah Sharpe.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: How Id describe myself to an alien, hob-nobbing, the avant garde, my love of the absurd, the Aztecs, winter sports, how to cope with a bore, my garden shed, anything and everything.

Winners: Marcus Brigstocke and Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 806th appearance, Paul Merton's 260th appearance, Sheila Hancock's 88th appearance, Sue Perkins's 38th appearance, Marcus Brigstocke's 13th appearance.

759/59/7
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Broadcast date: 21 March 2011.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Tony Hawks, Ross Noble, Liza Tarbuck.

Whistle Blower: Sarah Sharpe.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Regents Park, if I were rich, great strides, faux pas, Moby Dick, histrionics, man flu, the theory of relativity.

Winner: Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 807th appearance, Paul Merton's 261st appearance, Tony Hawks's 110th appearance, Ross Noble's 35th appearance, Liza Tarbuck's 24th appearance.

760/59/8
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Broadcast date: 28 March 2011.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Graham Norton, Julian Clary, Terry Wogan.

Whistle Blower: Sarah Sharpe.

Producer: Tilusha Ghelani.

Venue: London.

Subjects: National treasures, going on tour, a figure of speech, my disastrous trip to the zoo, being framed, innuendo, skeletons in my cupboard, close relations, the worst book I ever read, dough.

Winner: Graham Norton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 808th appearance, Paul Merton's 262nd appearance, Graham Norton's 77th appearance, Julian Clary's 36th appearance, Terry Wogan's 2nd and final appearance.

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