Cluedo (UK game show)

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Cluedo
Format Game show
Presented by James Bellini (1990)
Chris Tarrant (1991)
Richard Madeley (1992-3)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 24 (inc. 1 Xmas special)
Production
Running time 30mins (inc. adverts)
50mins (Xmas special)
Production company(s) Granada in association with Waddingtons Games and Action Time
Distributor ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original run 25 July 1990 (1990-07-25) – 24 May 1993 (1993-05-24)
Chronology
Related shows Cluedo (Australian version)

Cluedo was a UK television game show based on the board game of the same name. Each week, a reenactment of the murder at the stately home Arlington Grange of a visiting guest was played and, through a combination of interrogating the suspects (of whom only the murderer could lie) and deduction, celebrity guests had to discover who committed the murder, which of six weapons (not usually the original six from the board game) and in which room it was committed, whilst viewers were invited to play along at home.

Cast[edit]

Character Season 1 (1990) Christmas Special (1990) Season 2 (1991) Season 3 (1992) Season 4 (1993)
Mrs. Elizabeth Peacock Stephanie Beacham Kate O'Mara Rula Lenska Susan George Joanna Lumley
Col. Mike Mustard Robin Ellis David Robb Michael Jayston Lewis Collins Leslie Grantham
Rev. Jonathan Green Robin Nedwell Derek Nimmo Richard Wilson Christopher Biggins Nicholas Parsons
Prof. Peter Plum Kristoffer Tabori Ian Lavender David McCallum Tom Baker John Bird
Ms. Vivienne Scarlett Tracy Louise Ward Toyah Wilcox Koo Stark Lysette Anthony Jerry Hall
Mrs. Blanche White June Whitfield Joan Sims Mollie Sugden Pam Ferris Liz Smith
Host
James Bellini
Chris Tarrant
Richard Madeley

Controversy[edit]

In the 2nd episode of the 2nd season, Col. Mike Mustard murdered former comrade and property developer Sir Nigel Hussey (Ian McNeice) with a G string in the dining room. A short time later, the producers received a letter that was written by the family of one Felix Reese. Felix Reese was a taxi driver who was shot in the head by Leslie Grantham while he (Leslie Grantham) was a soldier who was situated in Germany. The Reeses found it distasteful that someone who performed an illegal killing as a soldier would be cast as someone who performed an illegal killing as a soldier.

Transmissions[edit]

Original series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 25 July 1990 29 August 1990 6
2 24 April 1991 5 June 1991 6
3 4 May 1992 8 June 1992 6
4 19 April 1993 24 May 1993 6

Specials[edit]

Date Entitle
26 December 1990 Christmas Special

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