Whodunnit? (UK TV series)

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Whodunnit?
Genre Game show
Created by Jeremy Lloyd
Lance Percival
Written by Jeremy Lloyd
Lance Percival
Presented by Shaw Taylor (1972: Pilot)
Edward Woodward (1973)
Jon Pertwee (1974-8)
Starring Regular Panellists
Anouska Hempel
Patrick Mower
Theme music composer Simon Park
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 50
Production
Running time 45 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Thames
Distributor FremantleMedia
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original release 15 August 1972 (1972-08-15) – 26 June 1978 (1978-06-26)
Chronology
Related shows Whodunnit? (US version)

Whodunnit? was a British television game show that originally aired on ITV as a pilot on 15 August 1972 hosted by Shaw Taylor and then as a full series from 25 June 1973 to 26 June 1978 first hosted by Edward Woodward in 1973 and then hosted by Jon Pertwee from 1974 to 1978.

Format[edit]

Each week it featured a short murder-mystery drama enacted in front of a panel of celebrity guests who then had to establish who the murderer was. Anouska Hempel and Patrick Mower became permanent panellists from series 3 onwards, with two guest celebrities each episode. The panel members could interview the remaining characters, with the proviso that only the murderer could lie. Each panellist could also request to see a short replay of one section of the initial drama, which would often include events as they occurred and flashbacks as seen and narrated by individual suspects. At the end the compere would reveal the murderer with the catchphrase "would the real whodunnit please stand up?".

Sets[edit]

Whodunnit? originally adopted a conventional panel-game studio layout, but from series 3 onwards used the murder scene itself as the set.

DVD releases[edit]

All six series of Whodunnit? have been released on DVD by Network Distributing.

DVD Title Discs Year Episodes Release date
Complete Series 1 2 1972-1973 7 31 January 2011
Complete Series 2 2 1974 7 13 August 2012
Complete Series 3 3 1975 10 4 June 2012
Complete Series 4 2 1976 7 25 March 2013
Complete Series 5 1 1977 7 27 April 2015
Complete Series 6 3 1978 12 16 October 2017
The Complete Series 13 1972-1978 50 16 October 2017

Transmissions[edit]

Series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
Pilot 15 August 1972 1
1 25 June 1973 30 July 1973 6
2 24 June 1974 29 July 1974 6
3 14 July 1975 15 September 1975 10
4 28 June 1976 9 August 1976 7
5 13 June 1977 25 July 1977 7
6 3 April 1978 26 June 1978 12

Specials[edit]

Date Entitle
26 December 1974 Christmas Special

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