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
Genre Panel game
Presented by Robin Ray (1965-6)
Joe Melia (1966-7)
Peter Wheeler (1967-8)
Robert Robinson (1969-88, 1994)
Bob Holness (1996-2003)
Fiona Bruce (2003-5)
Angus Deayton (2011)
Starring Team captains
Frank Muir (1965-6, 1969-88 & 1994)
Robert Morley (1965-6)
Alan Melville (1966-7)
Michael Flanders (1966-7)
Drusilla Beyfus (1967-8)
Kenneth Horne (1967-8)
Patrick Campbell (1969-80)
Arthur Marshall (1980-8)
Joanna Lumley (1994)
Alan Coren (1996-2005)
Sandi Toksvig (1996-2003)
Rod Liddle (2003-5)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 25 (BBC2)
?? (BBC1)
No. of episodes 542 (BBC2)
469 (BBC1)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC2 (17 October 1965 - 16 April 1994)
BBC1 (13 May 1996 - 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.

Transmissions[edit]

BBC2[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 17 October 1965[1] 29 June 1966[2] 37[2]
2 2 October 1966[3] 14 April 1967[4] 26[4]
3 1 October 1967[5] 7 July 1968[6] 39[6]
4 24 April 1969[7] 28 May 1970[8] 59[8]
5 14 September 1970[9] 25 January 1971[10] 20[10]
6 14 June 1971[11] 7 February 1972[12] 34[12]
7 13 November 1972[13] 7 May 1973[14] 26[14]
8 3 September 1973[15] 28 January 1974[16] 22[16]
9 30 September 1974[17] 24 March 1975[18] 26[18]
10 29 April 1976[19] 12 August 1976[20] 16[20]
11 29 April 1977[21] 12 August 1977[22] 16[22]
12 22 March 1978[23] 2 August 1978[24] 18[24]
13 2 January 1979[25] 15 May 1979[26] 20[26]
14 13 January 1980[27] 30 March 1980[28] 12[28]
15 3 July 1980[29] 4 September 1980[30] 10[30]
16 13 February 1981[31] 26 July 1981[32] 20[32]
17 28 January 1982[33] 17 June 1982[34] 20[34]
18 11 April 1983[35] 4 September 1983[36] 20[36]
19 23 January 1984[37] 20 August 1984[38] 29[38]
20 19 October 1984[39] 21 December 1984[40] 10[40]
21 29 October 1985[41] 31 December 1985[42] 10[42]
22 8 January 1987[43] 28 May 1987[44] 20[44]
23 10 September 1987[45] 10 December 1987[46] 14[46]
24 14 April 1988[47] 16 June 1988[48] 9[48]
25 26 October 1988[49] 22 December 1988[50] 8[50]
One-off 16 April 1994[51] 1[51]

Almost every single one of the first 263 episodes from Series 1-8 have been wiped from the BBC archives. The episodes that survived in the archives are Episode 3 of Series 2, Episodes 5 & 38 of Series 4, Episodes 3-4 of Series 5 and Episodes 15-16 of Series 8.[52]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 17 October 1965". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 29 June 1966". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 2 October 1966". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 14 April 1967". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 1 October 1967". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 7 July 1968". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 24 April 1969". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 28 May 1970". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 14 September 1970". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 25 January 1971". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 14 June 1971". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 7 February 1972". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 13 November 1972". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 7 May 1973". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 3 September 1973". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 28 January 1974". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 30 September 1974". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 24 March 1975". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 29 April 1976". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 12 August 1976". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  21. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 29 April 1977". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 12 August 1977". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 22 March 1978". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 2 August 1978". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  25. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 2 January 1979". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  26. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 15 May 1979". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  27. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 13 January 1980". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  28. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 30 March 1980". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  29. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 3 July 1980". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  30. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 4 September 1980". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  31. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 13 February 1981". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  32. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 26 July 1981". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  33. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 28 January 1982". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  34. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 17 June 1982". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  35. ^ "Evening Times". Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  36. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 4 September 1983". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  37. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 23 January 1984". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  38. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 21 December 1984". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  39. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 19 October 1984". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  40. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 21 December 1984". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  41. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 29 October 1985". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  42. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 31 December 1985". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  43. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 8 January 1987". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  44. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 28 May 1987". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  45. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 10 September 1987". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  46. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 10 December 1987". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  47. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 14 April 1988". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  48. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 16 June 1988". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  49. ^ "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 26 October 1988". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  50. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 22 December 1988". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  51. ^ a b "Call My Bluff - BBC Two England - 16 April 1994". BBC Genome Project. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  52. ^ "Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine". Lostshows.com. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 

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