Tell the Truth (British game show)

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Tell the Truth
Created byBob Stewart
Presented byMcDonald Hobley (1957–58)
David Jacobs (1959)
Shaw Taylor (1961)
Graeme Garden (1983–85)
Fred Dinenage (1989–90)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3 (ATV era)
4 (Channel 4 era)
3 (TVS era)
No. of episodes76 (ATV era)
51 (Channel 4 era)
92 (TVS era)
Production
Running time30mins (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)ATV (1957–61)
LWT in association with Goodson-Todman Productions and Talbot Television (1983–85)
TVS in association with Mark Goodson Productions and Talbot Television (1989–90)
DistributorITV Studios
ABC Family Worldwide
Release
Original networkITV (1957–61, 1989–90)
Channel 4 (1983–85)
Picture format4:3
Original release17 September 1957 (1957-09-17) –
26 October 1990 (1990-10-26)
Chronology
Related showsTo Tell the Truth

Tell the Truth is a panel game show based on the US version, To Tell the Truth. It was originally aired on ITV and produced by ATV from 17 September 1957 to 6 September 1961. Hosted first by McDonald Hobley from 1957 to 1958, then by David Jacobs in 1959 and finally by Shaw Taylor in 1961, it was then aired on Channel 4. It was produced by LWT in association with Goodson-Todman Productions and Talbot Television from 17 April 1983 to 22 November 1985. During this time it was hosted by Graeme Garden and then finally aired back on ITV produced by TVS in association with Mark Goodson Productions and Talbot Television from 11 April 1989 to 26 October 1990, during which time it was hosted by Fred Dinenage.

Transmissions[edit]

ATV era[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 17 September 1957 9 September 1958 51
2 1 June 1959 7 September 1959 14
3 28 June 1961 6 September 1961 11

None of the ATV episodes survived.[1]

Channel 4 era[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 17 April 1983 3 July 1983 12
2 16 October 1983 1 January 1984 11
3 21 September 1984 25 January 1985 16
4 6 September 1985 22 November 1985 12

All 51 Channel 4 episodes survived.

TVS era[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 11 April 1989 2 June 1989 32
2 17 October 1989 1 December 1989 28
3 4 September 1990 26 October 1990 32

All 92 TVS episodes survived but they can't be re-aired due to an amount of paperwork missing from the company's distributor.[2]

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