The Unbelievable Truth (radio show)

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The Unbelievable Truth
Genre Panel game
Running time 30 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 4
Starring David Mitchell
Creator(s) Graeme Garden
Jon Naismith
Writer(s) Iain Pattinson (Chairman's script, series 1-2)
Dan Gaster (Chairman's script, series 3-6 & 8-9)
Colin Swash (Series 7 onwards)
John Finnemore (Chairman's Script, series 7-8)
Producer(s) Jon Naismith
Recording studio Shaw Theatre, London
Air dates since 19 October 2006
No. of series 13 + pilot and 2 specials
No. of episodes 78
Opening theme "My Patch" by Jim Noir
Website BBC Homepage

The Unbelievable Truth is a BBC radio comedy panel game made by Random Entertainment,[1] devised by Graeme Garden and Jon Naismith.[2] It is very similar to the occasional I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue game "Lies, All Lies", which was first played in 1985.[3][4] The game is chaired by David Mitchell and is described in the programme's introduction as "the panel game built on truth and lies." The object of the game is to lie on a subject, whilst also trying to include the truth without being detected. The series was first broadcast as a pilot on 19 October 2006,[5] with the first actual series broadcast on 23 April 2007.[6] Its current, thirteenth, series began airing on 7 April 2014.[7]

The concept is similar to that of the radio panel game "Many a Slip", devised by Ian Messiter, which ended in 1979, in which contestants do the opposite - spot errors hidden in narrations of true facts.

Rules[edit]

The panel is made up of four players. In the game each of the panellists is given a subject on which they give a short lecture. Most of the lecture is composed of lies, but during the course of the speech the lecturer must try to smuggle five true statements past the rest of the panel. The challenging panellists must buzz in when they believe that what the lecturer is saying is true. They must state what they believe the fact was. If it was true, the challenger is awarded one point. If it was a lie, then they are deducted one point. One point is given to the lecturer for each truth they smuggle successfully without it being detected at the end of the lecture. The winner is the panellist with the most points.[8] A perfect score is 20 points (by hiding all five of their truths, and spotting the five truths in all three of the other players' routines without making any wrong challenges), plus additional points for "unintentional" truths revealed during the monologue. However, nobody has reached this score yet, and in fact many contests have been amusingly low scoring, with most panellists having a negative number of points due to high number of guesses. On occasion, panellists have included more than five truths during in their talk, often unintentionally, although Jo Brand included an extra fact about Henry VIII as she thought it was so fantastic.

Reception[edit]

Reaction to the show has been generally positive. Many reviews praised Mitchell's presentation of the programme, saying, "Mitchell's quick, intelligent wit gives it an edge that it would otherwise lack."[9] Elizabeth Mahoney in The Guardian enthused that "From the first moments of its plinky plonky theme tune, ‘The Unbelievable Truth’ is a delight... the success of the format isn’t about how convincingly you can spin a tall story, but how well you can sneak incongruous true facts into a lot of silly nonsense. The pleasure here – David Mitchell’s endearing squareness apart – is the depths to which this silliness sinks".[10] Jane Anderson in The Radio Times described the show as "the funniest thing I’ve heard on Radio 4 in years and I’m considering suing the network for irreparable damage to my sides"[11] and Chris Campling in The Times called it "The most consistently entertaining comedy panel show of the past few years" and praises David Mitchell's chairmanship.[12]

However, some critics have complained that the programme is "too scripted" and would benefit from more improvisation. One review said, "However most of the programme is essentially listening to four rather silly pre-scripted stories, as if it's story time at primary school, and as such the real facts are often rather easy to spot in comparison. It may [sic] have been more dangerous fun if the contestants were supplied with their facts to be smuggled just before going on air, to allow even the pretence of some improvisation."[13]

Ian Dunn for One Giant Leap also wrote a mixed review of the show saying that it, "may not be the best panel game in the world, but it is enjoyable. It is a way of merrily passing away half-an-hour."[14] He commented on how the show managed to be successful in the same slot as other Radio 4 panel games Just a Minute and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (ISIHAC), although he mentioned there was a connection between ISIHAC and The Unbelievable Truth as the latter is created by the producer and one of the regular panellists from ISIHAC. Dunn also referred to the lack of input from Mitchell despite him being well known for good performances on other panel games, saying: "This sadly means that Mitchell is almost redundant and is reduced to the roll [sic]) of an umpire."[14]

In The Guardian, Zoe Williams was critical of Mitchell, writing: "The Unbelievable Truth, for instance, should never have been recommissioned. It's only funny when Clive Anderson is speaking. They could more profitably devise a show that was just Clive Anderson, speaking. Its failures as a quiz are admirably demonstrated by the fact that the scoring is now inverse to the drollery, so that Clive scores no points at all, and Lucy Porter sometimes wins. I don't care about scoring when it's like I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and it's meant to mean nothing, but they can't all be spoof game-shows. Some of them have to be actual games that work."[15]

The BBC received "almost 50" complaints after Mitchell opened the 26 October 2009 episode with the line, "There is absolutely no truth in the rumour that the last line in Anne Frank's diary reads: 'Today is my birthday and my dad bought me a drum kit.' " Complainants branded the line "insensitive".[16]

Recent series of the show have been described in The Guardian, The Independent and The Daily Mail as a pick of the week, being "brilliantly chaired as ever by David Mitchell. More wide ranging and inventive than its TV equivalent ... this is a classic format which might well just last as long as say, Just a Minute, "[17] and Sarah Montague on Pick of the Week describing series six as "Radio 4 doesn't always get comedy right, but its comedy series The Unbelievable Truth is so funny that most presenters of this programme want to include a clip".[18] In addition, the show received the highest AI, or Appreciation Index, figures of any comedy show on Radio 4 for 2010,[19] and has been nominated for the 2011 Sony Radio Academy Awards.[20] It won the category of "Best Radio Panel Show" in the British Comedy Guide's 2011 awards.[21]

The show's accuracy was playfully rebuffed in an episode of the television programme QI, itself having been forced to accept corrections at times, when Mitchell, one of the panellists on the subject of film and fame (Series F, Episode 11), found himself supplying answers based on information gathered from The Unbelievable Truth. The answers received klaxons on QI, causing Mitchell to acknowledge that some of the show's "unbelievable truths [turn] out, unbelievably, to be untrue." Mitchell then added in comic resignation, "People give you this shit and you read it out", and later jokingly accused QI's host Stephen Fry of trying to "kill off the medium" of radio. The show was nonetheless praised by Stephen Fry and fellow panellist Emma Thompson.

QI and The Unbelievable Truth now have something of a running gag criticising each other's lack of accuracy. Mitchell in his scripted comments for Episode 6 of the twelfth series complained that QI had referred to a lavish mediaeval dinner as "serving '100 eaglets where it should have been '100 egrets'; it would be stupid to serve the offspring of eagles, whereas to serve up herons is far more sensible", and jokingly accused QI of getting "all its facts from Wikipedia".[22]

Theme tune[edit]

The programme uses the introductory riff from Jim Noir's song My Patch as its theme tune.

Recordings[edit]

Generally speaking, recording two episodes together takes about three hours. Free tickets can be applied for from the BBC website.

Scores[edit]

As in most British panel games, the scoring is not taken particularly seriously and the show is played for its comedy value and not as a point-scoring exercise. In an early edition of the show[citation needed] the panellist Graeme Garden was announced at the start as "the co-creator of the show, and tonight's winner".

The quirky scoring is part of the attraction of the game. While the maximum possible score is 20 (not including spotting truths accidentally included by the other panellists), contestants have many opportunities to lose points since they lose one for every incorrect challenge. The highest total score for any game was 9 by Lloyd Langford (in Series 13 Episode 2) and Graeme Garden (in Series 8 Episode 4), who also had the highest non-winning score of 6 (Series 1 Episode 6). The lowest game total was -6 in Series 4 Episode 4.

Of the forty-nine players who have appeared up to Series 6, the highest individual score is 11 by Graeme Garden in the pilot episode – Garden, who is the co-creator of the show, is also the most frequent player with 22 appearances.

Lucy Porter has 5 wins from eight appearances and therefore has a better win rate than Garden. She smuggled five facts past the panel in her discourse on Japan, in Series 12 Episode 4, leaving the host Mitchell to deprecatingly remark on the lack of knowledge the British have for other countries.

The most successful players are Sandi Toksvig and Simon Evans who both have a 100% winning records and average scores over 4, but have only played two and three games respectively. The least successful player is Adam Hills, who has recorded -6 which is the joint lowest ever score (with Tony Hawks and Arthur Smith), but has also failed to post a positive score in either of his two appearances and has an average of -4.

The only players to win with a score of 0 were Rhod Gilbert and Reginald D. Hunter who tied at the top in Series 4 Episode 1. Series 1 Episode 4 featured the only ever four-way tie, described by Mitchell as a scenario called: "Everyone getting three".

Jo Brand, Alan Davies, Phill Jupitus, Rhod Gilbert and Lucy Porter are the only players to have ever managed to smuggle all five true facts past their opponents, although in Brand's case in Series 1, Clive Anderson scored a point during her lecture thanks to an incidental bonus truth she had written in. Davies has managed all five twice, once in the New Year's special, and once in Series 7. Jupitus managed his shut-out in the second episode of Series 8, Gilbert in the second episode of series 10 and Porter as previously mentioned in the fourth episode of Series 12.

The German-born comedian Henning Wehn has a distinctive clipped German accent which he plays for comedy value. He tends to be given subjects that a stereotypical German would know nothing about, such as a sense of humour or, most recently (in Episode 6 of Series 12), "The British". Wehn rarely wins, but has the studio audience's sympathy with the British stereotype of backing the underdog; these stereotypes are played for laughs and are not meant or taken as racism. He also usually introduces his talk with a mention of how something was invented by Jesus.

Often attempts are made to hide the truths in lists. This can often lead to "points carnage" as the guests each guess the true item.

Episodes[edit]

Winners are highlighted in bold. As of Series 11, Tony Hawks is the only panelist to have appeared in every series; Graeme Garden has appeared in all series save for the tenth.

Pilot[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
Pilot 19 October 2006 Jeremy Hardy, Andy Hamilton, Neil Mullarkey, Graeme Garden Hair, Football, Cats, Bees

Series 1[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
1x01 23 April 2007 Tony Hawks, Frankie Boyle, Neil Mullarkey, Marcus Brigstocke Cats, Michael Jackson, Beards, Coffee
1x02 30 April 2007 Jeremy Hardy, Alan Davies, Jo Brand, Clive Anderson Human Body, Coca-Cola, Morris Dancing, Carrots
1x03 7 May 2007 Jeremy Hardy, Alan Davies, Jo Brand, Clive Anderson Chickens, London Underground, Queen Elizabeth I, Ancient Egyptians
1x04 14 May 2007 Sandi Toksvig, Dara Ó Briain, Jo Caulfield, Graeme Garden George W. Bush, Women, Ants, Olympic Games
1x05 21 May 2007 Frankie Boyle, Marcus Brigstocke, Tony Hawks, Neil Mullarkey Hemp, The Queen, Bras, Barcodes
1x06 28 May 2007 Jo Caulfield, Graeme Garden, Dara Ó Briain, Sandi Toksvig Prince Philip, Trousers, Rats, Denmark

Series 2[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
2x01 5 May 2008 Alan Davies, Simon Evans, Tony Hawks, Phill Jupitus Bears, Queen Victoria, Tennis, Beards
2x02 12 May 2008 Graeme Garden, Fred MacAulay, Michael McIntyre, Lucy Porter Sandwiches, Cows, Toilets, Giraffes
2x03 19 May 2008 Adam Buxton, Ed Byrne, Lee Mack, Tim Vine Hair, Kissing, Potatoes, Hedgehogs
2x04 26 May 2008 Alan Davies, Simon Evans, Tony Hawks, Phill Jupitus Frogs, William Shakespeare, Skateboards, Bananas
2x05 2 June 2008 Fred MacAulay, Graeme Garden, Michael McIntyre, Lucy Porter Beds, Sweden, Pigs, Leonardo da Vinci
2x06 9 June 2008 Adam Buxton, Ed Byrne, Lee Mack, Tim Vine Marriage, Left-handedness, Fleas, Napoleon Bonaparte

2008 Christmas Special[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
Sp. 15 December 2008 Graeme Garden, Jack Dee, Sean Lock, Armando Iannucci Christmas Trees, Charles Dickens, Turkeys, Father Christmas

Series 3[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
3x01 23 March 2009 Graeme Garden, Chris Addison, Clive Anderson, Lucy Porter Bicycles, Albert Einstein, Money, Penguins
3x02 30 March 2009 Tony Hawks, Simon Evans, Johnny Vaughan, Milton Jones Dogs, Iceland, Football, Charles, Prince of Wales
3x03 6 April 2009 Graeme Garden, Chris Addison, Lucy Porter, Clive Anderson China, The Postal Service, Moustaches, The Moon
3x04 13 April 2009 Jack Dee, Fred MacAulay, Will Self, Jeremy Hardy Smiling, Charles Darwin, Cucumbers, Dolphins
3x05 20 April 2009 Sue Perkins, Arthur Smith, Sean Lock, Miranda Hart Henry VIII, Cockroaches, Dancing, Cricket
3x06 27 April 2009 Fred MacAulay, Jack Dee, Will Self, Jeremy Hardy The Brain, Umbrellas, Alcohol, Cheese

Series 4[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
4x01 5 October 2009 Rhod Gilbert, Reginald D. Hunter, Shappi Khorsandi, Adam Hills Golf, Cats, Tea, Adolf Hitler
4x02 12 October 2009 Clive Anderson, Henning Wehn, Fi Glover, Dom Joly Baldness, Winston Churchill, Urine, Dwarves
4x03 19 October 2009 Tony Hawks, Arthur Smith, Phil Jupitus, Graeme Garden Teeth, Underpants, The Vikings, Birmingham
4x04 26 October 2009 Rhod Gilbert, Reginald D. Hunter, Shappi Khorsandi, Adam Hills Milk, Julius Caesar, Kissing, Kangaroos
4x05 2 November 2009 Clive Anderson, Henning Wehn, Fi Glover, Dom Joly Tobacco, Sausages, Frogs, Elvis Presley
4x06 9 November 2009 Tony Hawks, Arthur Smith, Phill Jupitus, Graeme Garden Beethoven, Wigs, Honey, The Telephone

2009 New Year's / QI Special[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
Sp. 28 December 2009 Rob Brydon, John Lloyd, Stephen Fry, Alan Davies Snow, Tax, Champagne, Tigers

Series 5[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
5x01 29 March 2010 Marcus Brigstocke, Henning Wehn, Lucy Porter, Graeme Garden Childbirth, Beer, Sleep, Sir Isaac Newton
5x02 5 April 2010 Tony Hawks, Arthur Smith, Phill Jupitus, Catherine Tate Hats, Pigeons, Hairdressers, Lord Nelson
5x03 12 April 2010 Fred MacAulay, Susan Calman, Liza Tarbuck, Charlie Brooker Skiing, Cleopatra, Elephants, Chocolate
5x04 19 April 2010 Marcus Brigstocke, Henning Wehn, Lucy Porter, Graeme Garden Soap, Pudding, Rabbits, Taxis
5x05 26 April 2010 Tony Hawks, Arthur Smith, Catherine Tate, Phill Jupitus Ostriches, Toast, Red, Spectacles
5x06 3 May 2010 Fred MacAulay, Liza Tarbuck, Susan Calman, Charlie Brooker Ducks, Mozart, Make-up, Thomas Edison

Series 6[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
6x01 27 September 2010 Chris Addison, Susan Calman, Rufus Hound, Armando Iannucci Henry Ford, Biscuits, Rain, Squirrels
6x02 4 October 2010 Tony Hawks, Henning Wehn, Graeme Garden, Arthur Smith Nudity, Shoes, Walt Disney, Cakes
6x03 11 October 2010 Rhod Gilbert, Tom Wrigglesworth, Lucy Porter, Kevin Bridges Spiders, Mushrooms, Eggs, Edinburgh
6x04 18 October 2010 Chris Addison, Susan Calman, Rufus Hound, Armando Iannucci Clocks & Watches, Funerals, Goldfish, Joseph Stalin
6x05 25 October 2010 Tony Hawks, Henning Wehn, Arthur Smith, Graeme Garden Noses, Apples, Lord Byron, Fishing
6x06 1 November 2010 Rhod Gilbert, Tom Wrigglesworth, Kevin Bridges, Lucy Porter Bells, Mrs. Beeton, Donkeys, The Police

Series 7[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
7x01 4 April 2011 Marcus Brigstocke, Lucy Porter, Alan Davies, Jack Dee Flies, Breasts, Enid Blyton, Curry
7x02 11 April 2011 Henning Wehn, Sue Perkins, Clive Anderson, Graeme Garden Dogs, The Sun, Lewis Carroll, Lobsters
7x03 18 April 2011 Tony Hawks, Charlie Brooker, Arthur Smith, Rhod Gilbert Mice, Television, Sir Walter Raleigh, Soup
7x04 25 April 2011 Marcus Brigstocke, Lucy Porter, Alan Davies, Jack Dee Dieting, Snakes, Eyes, Cutlery
7x05 2 May 2011 Clive Anderson, Henning Wehn, Sue Perkins, Graeme Garden Sheep, Furniture, The Ancient Greeks, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
7x06 9 May 2011 Rhod Gilbert, Arthur Smith, Tony Hawks, Charlie Brooker Badgers, Ears, Divorce, Ice Cream

Series 8[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
8x01 26 December 2011 Lee Mack, Graeme Garden, Jack Dee, Rufus Hound Reindeer, Pantomime, Christmas Decorations, The Box
8x02 2 January 2012 Mark Watson, Henning Wehn, Ed Byrne, Phill Jupitus The Olympics, Blood, Bees, Butter
8x03 9 January 2012 Tony Hawks, Tom Wrigglesworth, John Finnemore, Alan Davies Hamburgers, Snoring, Crocodiles, Pens
8x04 16 January 2012 Jack Dee, Lee Mack, Graeme Garden, Rufus Hound Boy Scouts, Nuts, Florence Nightingale, Circuses
8x05 23 January 2012 Alex Horne, Henning Wehn, Roisin Conaty, Mark Watson The Romans, Chickens, Sweets & Confectionary, Competitions
8x06 30 January 2012 Tom Wrigglesworth, John Finnemore, Alan Davies, Tony Hawks The Radio, Pasta, Flowers, Wool

Series 9[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
9x01 2 April 2012 Tony Hawks, Lucy Porter, Graeme Garden, Arthur Smith Parrots, Breakfast, Insurance, Oliver Cromwell
9x02 9 April 2012 Tom Wrigglesworth, Henning Wehn, Danielle Ward, John Finnemore Smoking, Football, China, Pandas
9x03 16 April 2012 Marcus Brigstocke, Miles Jupp, Susan Calman, Alan Davies Swimming, Bread, Hotels, Foxes
9x04 23 April 2012 Arthur Smith, Tony Hawks, Lucy Porter, Graeme Garden Barbie Dolls, Restaurants, Feet, Garlic
9x05 30 April 2012 Danielle Ward, Henning Wehn, John Finnemore, Tom Wrigglesworth Bats, Cars, Samuel Johnson, Oranges
9x06 7 May 2012 Miles Jupp, Susan Calman, Marcus Brigstocke, Alan Davies Goats, Singing, Glue, Painting

Series 10[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
10x01 31 December 2012 Tony Hawks, Lucy Porter, Ed Byrne, Charlie Higson Pies, Dancing, Worms, James Bond
10x02 7 January 2013 Lloyd Langford, Henning Wehn, Celia Pacquola, Rhod Gilbert Wine, Queen Elizabeth II, Bathtubs, Wind
10x03 14 January 2013 John Finnemore, Henning Wehn, Holly Walsh, Arthur Smith Boris Johnson, Computers, Oscar Wilde, Wasps
10x04 21 January 2013 Tony Hawks, Lucy Porter, Ed Byrne, Charlie Higson Gambling, Teeth, Tortoises & Turtles, Lemons
10x05 28 January 2013 Lloyd Langford, Celia Pacquola, Phill Jupitus, Marcus Brigstocke Tomatoes, Koalas, Boats, Cheese
10x06 4 February 2013 Arthur Smith, Henning Wehn, Holly Walsh, John Finnemore Simon Cowell, Beards, Camels, Germany

Series 11[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
11x01 8 April 2013 Lloyd Langford, Henning Wehn, Katherine Ryan, Graeme Garden Sharks, Photography, Sugar, Jeremy Clarkson
11x02 15 April 2013 Rhod Gilbert, Richard Osman, Lucy Beaumont, John Finnemore Moles, Cabbages, Trains, BBC
11x03 22 April 2013 Tony Hawks, Lucy Porter, Mark Watson, Ed Byrne Monkeys, Fingers, Windows, Horns
11x04 29 April 2013 Henning Wehn, Katherine Ryan, Graeme Garden, Lloyd Langford Geese, Horses, Advertising, Madonna
11x05 6 May 2013 Richard Osman, John Finnemore, Lucy Beaumont, Rhod Gilbert Octopuses, Aeroplanes, Armadillos, Socks
11x06 13 May 2013 Ed Byrne, Mark Watson, Lucy Porter, Tony Hawks The French, Lions, Grass, Pianos

Series 12[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
12x01 30 December 2013 Arthur Smith, Henning Wehn, Bridget Christie, Ed Byrne Poison, Etiquette, Jelly, David Mitchell
12x02 6 January 2014 Marcus Brigstocke, Holly Walsh, John Finnemore, Rufus Hound Eton, Babies, Russia, Hats
12x03 13 January 2014 Henning Wehn, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Graeme Garden, Jeremy Hardy Trees, Spain, Doctors, Newspapers
12x04 20 January 2014 Lloyd Langford, Lucy Porter, Tom Wrigglesworth, Fred MacAulay Women, Japan, Owls, Potatoes
12x05 27 January 2014 Marcus Brigstocke, Holly Walsh, John Finnemore, Rufus Hound Board games, Salt, Guinea pigs, Actors
12x06 3 February 2014 Jeremy Hardy, Graeme Garden, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Henning Wehn The Clergy, Beetles, Novels, The British

Series 13[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
13x01 7 April 2014 Alex Horne, Lucy Beaumont, John Finnemore, Jack Dee Birds, Witches, Pubs, Shoes
13x02 14 April 2014 Lloyd Langford, Katherine Ryan, Jon Richardson, Graeme Garden Whales, Canada, Pigs, Buses
13x03 21 April 2014 Alex Horne, Lucy Beaumont, John Finnemore, Jack Dee Legs, The Internet, Dogs, The Middle Ages
13x04 28 April 2014 Lloyd Langford, Katherine Ryan, Jon Richardson, Graeme Garden Wales, The Mouth, Fish, Perfume
13x05 5 May 2014 Tony Hawks, Susan Calman, Phill Jupitus, Miles Jupp The Brain, Victorians, Toads, Cooking
13x06 12 May 2014 Tony Hawks, Susan Calman, Phill Jupitus, Miles Jupp School, Bears, Underwear, Bottles

Series 14[edit]

Episode First broadcast Guests Subjects
14x01 29 December 2014[23] Susan Calman, Lloyd Langford, David O'Doherty, Josh Widdicombe
14x02 5 January 2015[24] Ed Byrne, Richard Osman, Holly Walsh, Henning Wehn
14x03 12 January 2015[25] Graeme Garden, Sarah Millican, Arthur Smith, Sandi Toksvig
14x04 19 January 2015 Susan Calman, Lloyd Langford, David O'Doherty, Josh Widdicombe
14x05 26 January 2015 Ed Byrne, Richard Osman, Holly Walsh, Henning Wehn
14x06 2 February 2015 Graeme Garden, Sarah Millican, Arthur Smith, Sandi Toksvig

International versions[edit]

Members from the Australian comedy group The Chaser, including Craig Reucassel, Andrew Hansen and Julian Morrow, have produced a TV series based on the British series.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

Specific

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  2. ^ Radio Times, 14–20 October 2006
  3. ^ "Isihac Games – Series Info". G0akh.f2s.com. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  4. ^ The Fully Authorised History of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: The Clue Bible ... By Jem Roberts, P.408
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  9. ^ Widdicombe, Henry (23 April 2007). "The Unbelievable Truth". Such Small Portions. Retrieved 10 September 2007. 
  10. ^ Mahoney, Elisabeth (30 March 2010). "The Unbelievable Truth – Radio review". The Guardian (London). 
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  14. ^ a b Dunn, Ian (24 March 2009). "Radio Review: The Unbelievable Truth". One Giant Leap. Retrieved 24 March 2009. 
  15. ^ Williams, Zoe (25 March 2009). "Radio head". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  16. ^ Elgot, Jessica (4 November 2009). "Peep Show's David Mitchell in Anne Frank row". Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  17. ^ The Daily Mail, TV Guide 27/09/2010
  18. ^ Pick of the Week, Radio 4, broadcast 10/10/2010
  19. ^ BBC MC&A, 18/03/2011
  20. ^ Sony Radio Award Nominations 2011
  21. ^ The Comedy.co.uk Awards 2011 - British Comedy Guide
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  26. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/comedians-the-chaser-are-filming-a-panel-show-for-their-former-nemesis-channel-seven/story-fn9k9n4t-1226243857292

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