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RADIO SEASON 72 2015

Season length:
Eight shows.

Chairman:
Nicholas Parsons.

Regular Panellists:
Paul Merton (all shows), Gyles Brandreth (four shows).

Guest Panellists:
Sheila Hancock (two shows), Graham Norton (two shows), Tim Rice (two shows), Liza Tarbuck (two shows), Pam Ayres (two shows), Marcus Brigstocke (two shows), Alun Cochrane (two shows), Mike McShane (two shows), Lucy Beaumont (two shows), Susan Calman (two shows).

Making A Debut:
Lucy Beaumont, Susan Calman.

Commentary:
A very strong season under new producer Victoria Lloyd with very strong panels and a great start from Susan Calman.



849/72/1

Broadcast date: 18 May 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Graham Norton, Tim Rice, Liza Tarbuck.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: English sparkling wine, muesli, the rain in Spain, the Colosseum in Rome, the Eden project, rhyming slang, the wow factor, crowís feet.

Winners: Paul Merton and Tim Rice.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 917th appearance, Paul Merton's 343rd appearance, Graham Norton's 96th appearance, Tim Rice's 47th appearance, Liza Tarbuck's 35th appearance, first show produced by Victoria Lloyd.

850/72/2

Broadcast date: 25 May 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Alun Cochrane, Susan Calman.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Nelsonís column, youth and experience, a crash course, Alice in Wonderland, a nodís as good as a wink, the War of the Roses, Samuel Pepys, laughing in the face of danger, a Cockney sparrow, Easter eggs, the white cliffs of Dover.

Winner: Gyles Brandreth.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 918th appearance, Paul Merton's 344th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 90th appearance, Alun Cochrane's 20th appearance, Susan Calman's 1st appearance.

851/72/3

Broadcast date: 1 June 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Pam Ayres, Mike McShane.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: The first cuckoo, sleeping like a baby, airport security, Ravelís Bolero, a piece of cake, counting your chickens, being hoist with your own petard, Jacques Cousteau, tea for two.

Winner: Sheila Hancock.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 919th appearance, Paul Merton's 345th appearance, Sheila Hancock's 101st appearance, Pam Ayres' 24th appearance, Mike McShane's 3rd appearance.

852/72/4

Broadcast date: 8 June 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke, Lucy Beaumont.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Saint Patrick, TV dinners, meeting your match, teacherís pet, catch 22, beat boxing, your recommended daily amount, the honourable gentleman, visual comedy, baby boomers, Tutankhamun.

Winner: Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 920th appearance, Paul Merton's 346th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 91st appearance, Marcus Brigstocke's 22nd appearance, Lucy Beaumont's 1st appearance.

853/72/5

Broadcast date: 15 June 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Graham Norton, Tim Rice, Liza Tarbuck.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: The Cornish pasty, home improvement, Che Guevara, how to eat an oyster, making a good impression, Blackpool Tower, English breakfast, the first man on the moon, my only regret.

Winner: Graham Norton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 921st appearance, Paul Merton's 347th appearance, Graham Norton's 97th appearance, Tim Rice's 48th appearance, Liza Tarbuck's 36th and last appearance.

854/72/6

Broadcast date: 22 June 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Pam Ayres, Mike McShane.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: A hat-trick, how to talk to children, Greeks bearing gifts, raising the roof, the land of Nod, the Taj Mahal, free spirits, Mrs Beeton, the mother of all invention, marmalade.

Winner: Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 922nd appearance, Paul Merton's 348th appearance, Sheila Hancock's 102nd appearance, Pam Ayres's 25th and last appearance, Mike McShane's 4th and last appearance.

855/72/7

Broadcast date: 29 June 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke, Lucy Beaumont.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Received pronunciation, hand-me-downs, facial hair, my favourite game, Galileo, up the garden path, rules of engagement, a fork in the road.

Winner: Gyles Brandreth.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 923rd appearance, Paul Merton's 349th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 92nd appearance, Marcus Brigstocke's 23rd appearance, Lucy Beaumont's 2nd and last appearance.

856/72/8

Broadcast date: 6 July 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Alun Cochrane, Susan Calman.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Frozen peas, book-keeping, splitting the bill, the old bull and bush, the sound of bow bells, Napoleon, how to light a fire, a scenic route, the Albert Hall, my worst habit.

Winner: Gyles Brandreth.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 924th appearance, Paul Merton's 350th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 93rd appearance, Alun Cochrane's 21st and last appearance, Susan Calman's 2nd appearance.

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