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RADIO SEASON 73 2015

Season length:
Eight shows.

Chairman:
Nicholas Parsons.

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

Guest Panellists:
Susan Calman (three shows), Tony Hawks (two shows), Sheila Hancock (two shows), Jenny Eclair (two shows), Sue Perkins (two shows), Julian Clary (two shows), Josie Lawrence (two shows), Andy Hamilton (two shows), Josh Widdicombe (two shows), Janey Godley (one show), Joe Lycett (one show), Tom Allen (one show).

Making A Debut:
Tom Allen, Andy Hamilton, Josh Widdicombe.

Commentary:
A great season with strong casts and very good debutants. An oddity of the season was that one of the Edinburgh shows was played on a Monday morning in August and then played again a few months later as part of the regular season. There was no obvious explanation for this unless it was to mark my birthday!



857/73/1

Broadcast date: 5 October 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Janey Godley, Joe Lycett.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: Edinburgh.

Subjects: Street performers, going off the rails, my Edinburgh tattoo, the best thing about golf, Darby and Joan, the record Iíd like to break, cologne, staples, the producers, high fliers.

Winner: Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 925th appearance, Paul Merton's 351st appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 94th appearance, Janey Godley's 7th appearance, Joe Lycett's 4th and last appearance.



858/73/2

Broadcast date: 12 October 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Julian Clary, Josie Lawrence, Susan Calman.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: A room with a view, sellotape, recharging your batteries, the leaning tower of Pisa, the North Sea, hop picking, the Hippocratic oath, Lewis, a trip to Ikea, one over the eight, an Indian summer.

Winner: Julian Clary.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 926th appearance, Paul Merton's 352nd appearance, Julian Clary's 54th appearance, Josie Lawrence's 32nd appearance, Susan Calman's 3rd appearance.



859/73/3

Broadcast date: 19 October 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Tony Hawks, Gyles Brandreth, Sue Perkins, Andy Hamilton.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: South Pacific, Nelson Mandela, my favourite bedtime drink, conkers, the Post Office tower, red sky at night, harvest festival, life on Mars.

Winners: Tony Hawks and Sue Perkins.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 927th appearance, Tony Hawks's 133rd appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 95th appearance, Sue Perkins's 57th appearance, Andy Hamilton's 1st appearance.



860/73/4

Broadcast date: 26 October 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Jenny Eclair, Josh Widdicombe.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Caravanning, Guy Fawkes, what I like about cricket, Paddington, a day trip to Blackpool, Agincourt, my family tree, Kipling.

Winner: Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 928th appearance, Paul Merton's 353rd appearance, Sheila Hancock's 103rd appearance, Jenny Eclair's 65th appearance, Josh Widdicombe's 1st appearance.



861/73/5

Broadcast date: 2 November 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Julian Clary, Josie Lawrence, Susan Calman.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: The sky at night, Bourbons, Durdle Dor, the first cheque I wrote, the chicken and the egg, the haka, a road trip with Nicholas Parsons, Sauciehall Street, Elvis Presley, back to the future, Monte Carlo, my first bike.

Winner: Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 929th appearance, Paul Merton's 354th appearance, Julian Clary's 56th appearance, Josie Lawrence's 33rd appearance, Susan Calman's 4th appearance.



862/73/6

Broadcast date: 9 November 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Tony Hawks, Gyles Brandreth, Sue Perkins, Andy Hamilton.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Dropping a clanger, Genghis Khan, how to pass your driving test, Bristol fashion, the Pyramids, the worst thing I have ever eaten, the Lambeth walk.

Winner: Gyles Brandreth.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 931st appearance, Tony Hawks's 134th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 96th appearance, Sue Perkins's 58th and last appearance, Andy Hamilton's 2nd and last appearance.



863/73/7

Broadcast date: 16 November 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Jenny Eclair, Josh Widdicombe.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Festive spirits, the crucible, east enders, corn on the cob, my first tweet, moving the goal posts, clementines, swimming lessons, Charles Dickens.

Winner: Sheila Hancock.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 932nd appearance, Paul Merton's 356th appearance, Sheila Hancock's 104th and last appearance, Jenny Eclair's 66th appearance, Josh Widdicombe's 2nd appearance.



864/73/8

Broadcast date: 24 August 2015 and 23 November 2015.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Susan Calman, Tom Allen.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Victoria Lloyd.

Venue: Edinburgh.

Subjects: Whisky galore, climbing Arthurís seat, croissants, Richard the Third, star gazing, the story Iíll tell my grandchildren, pantomime dames, oven chips, bridges, the Loch Ness monster.

Winner: Gyles Brandreth.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 925th appearance, Paul Merton's 357th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 97th appearance, Susan Calman's 5th and last appearance, Tom Allen's first appearance.



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