Whodunnit? (British game show)

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Whodunnit?
GenreGame show
Created byJeremy Lloyd
Lance Percival
Written byJeremy Lloyd
Lance Percival
Presented byShaw Taylor (1972: Pilot)
Edward Woodward (1973)
Jon Pertwee (1974-78)
Theme music composerSimon Park
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series6
No. of episodes48
Production
Running time45 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)Thames
DistributorFremantle
Release
Original networkITV
Picture format4:3
Original release15 August 1972 (1972-08-15) –
26 June 1978 (1978-06-26)
Chronology
Related showsWhodunnit?

Whodunnit? was a British television game show that aired on ITV from 15 August 1972 to 26 June 1978. The show originally aired as a pilot and hosted by Shaw Taylor, and then became a full series, with the first series being hosted by Edward Woodward and then Jon Pertwee took over hosting duties from the second series until the show's end.

Format[edit]

Each week it featured a short murder-mystery drama enacted in front of a panel of four celebrity guests who then had to establish who the murderer was.

The panel members could interview the remaining characters, with the proviso that only the murderer could lie. Each panelist 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. For series 1, the entire audience also took part in guessing the murderer was (with the winner winning a prop from the set). For series 2 and 3, four members of the audience formed a panel, but did not question the suspects, with the winner taking away a 'Whodunnit?' trophy (a magnifying glass in a frame). For series 4 and 5, the audience panel was dropped and a TV Times competition winner formed part of the main panel (taking away a prop from the set if they won the game). For series 6, they were dropped entirely.

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, for series 2 some episodes would use the murder scene for the panel part of the show, with this being full adopted for series 3 onwards

Transmissions[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
Special 26 December 1974 1
3 14 July 1975 15 September 1975 10
4 28 June 1976 9 August 1976 7
5 27 June 1977 25 July 1977 5
6 3 April 1978 26 June 1978 12

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 6 (+ pilot) 31 January 2011
Complete Series 2 2 1974 6 13 August 2012
Complete Series 3 3 1974-1975 10 (+ special) 4 June 2012
Complete Series 4 2 1976 7 25 March 2013
Complete Series 5 1 1977 5 27 April 2015
Complete Series 6 3 1978 12 16 October 2017
The Complete Series 13 1972-1978 48 16 October 2017

External links[edit]

See Also[edit]

Cluedo (British game show)