Call My Bluff

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This article is about the UK game show. For the US game show, see Call My Bluff (U.S. game show). For the dice game, see Liar's dice.
Call My Bluff
Format Panel game
Presented by Robin Ray (1965-66)
Joe Melia (1966-67)
Peter Wheeler (1967-68)
Robert Robinson (1969-88, 1994 special)
Bob Holness (1997-2003)
Fiona Bruce (2003-05)
Angus Deayton (2011 special)
Starring Team captains
Frank Muir (1965-66, 1969-88 & 1994 special)
Robert Morley (1965-66)
Alan Melville (1966-67)
Michael Flanders (1966-67)
Drusilla Beyfus (1967-68)
Kenneth Horne (1967-68)
Patrick Campbell (1969-80)
Arthur Marshall (1980-88)
Joanna Lumley (1994 special)
Alan Coren (1997-2005)
Sandi Toksvig (1997-2003)
Rod Liddle (2003-05)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC2 (17 October 1965 - 22 December 1988, 16 April 1994)
BBC1 (9 May 1997 - 17 July 2005)
Original run 17 October 1965 (1965-10-17) – 17 July 2005 (2005-07-17)
Chronology
Related shows Call My Bluff (U.S. version)

Call My Bluff is a long-running British game show between two teams of three celebrity contestants. The point of the game is for the teams to take it in turn to provide three definitions of an obscure word, only one of which is correct. The other team then has to guess which is the correct definition, the other two being "bluffs". It was brought back to BBC TV by producer Richard L. Lewis.

Examples of words used in Call My Bluff, taken from a book published in connection with the show in 1972, are Queach, Strongle, Ablewhacket, Hickboo, Jargoon, Zurf, Morepork, and Jirble. "Queach", for instance, was defined as "a malicious caricature", "a cross between a quince and a peach", or "a mini-jungle of mixed vegetation". The first and second of those particular definitions are bluffs.

In May 2014 the quirks of the show were lampooned by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse in BBC Two's satirical Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos, where the show was given the name "Speech Impediment" and the word chosen for the panel was paedophile.[1]

The theme music for the show was Ciccolino by Norrie Paramor.[2]

Transmissions[edit]

BBC2 era[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 17 October 1965[3] 29 June 1966[3] 37[3]
2 2 October 1966[3] 14 April 1967[3] 26[3]
3 1 October 1967[3] 7 July 1968[3] 39[3]
4 24 April 1969[3] 28 May 1970[3] 57[3]
5 14 September 1970[3] 25 January 1971[3] 20[3]
6 14 June 1971[3] 7 February 1972[3] 34[3]
7 13 November 1972[3] 7 May 1973[3] 26[3]
8 3 September 1973[3] 28 January 1974[3] 22[3]
9 30 September 1974[4]  ??  ??

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