Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stage Is Set but Sandi's Not Giving Away a Clue; the Stage Version of One of Radio Four's Ever-Popular Panel Shows Is Coming to Wearside. SAM WONFOR Hears from Its Guest Host, Sandi Toksvig and Offers Readers the Chance to Be in the Audience

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stage Is Set but Sandi's Not Giving Away a Clue; the Stage Version of One of Radio Four's Ever-Popular Panel Shows Is Coming to Wearside. SAM WONFOR Hears from Its Guest Host, Sandi Toksvig and Offers Readers the Chance to Be in the Audience

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Byline: SAM WONFOR

WHAT a great job it must be to be involved in the making of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

Since its launch in 1972, the selfstyled antidote to the panel shows it was created to parody, has been delighting its fans with the most fun of remits: basically to see a chairman giving four people a list of silly things to do - some of which will have a musical accompaniment, courtesy of Colin Sell.

Affectionately known as 'Clue' by the many who love it, the BBC Radio Four show was inimitably chaired by Humphrey Littleton until his death in 2008.

After a year of guests hosts, Jack Dee has been at the helm in the years since, although it won't be him taking charge of proceedings when the stage version kicks off its 2015 dates at the Sunderland Empire on January 8. That honour will fall to Sandi Toksvig, comedian, writer and regular presenter of the channel's News Quiz. Sandi will be joined by the show's familiar faces Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Jeremy Hardy.

Here's what she had to say when she was asked some questions: Q: What have you done with regular Chairman Jack Dee? A: I had him sent on a herring awareness course in the Lofoten Islands. It's rather intense and he won't be back for some time.

Q: You've appeared as a guest on Clue in the past. How do you feel about taking over the chair for this tour? A: It was only a matter of time. The truth is I don't really like sitting with the other panellists as some of their conditions are catching.

Q: You're a brilliant host of The News Quiz, how will chairing Clue be different? A: I'm going to be using a different chair. It's subtle, but those of us who are in the chairing business know it can make for a marked variation in style.

Q: What are your favourite rounds and are there any rounds you'd want to join in? A: There are rounds? I wonder if I ought to read the rules.

Q: Will (longtime fictional scorer) Samantha be on tour with the show? A: I have spent many years leading up to this moment and I don't believe it would be possible to manage without Samantha. She is the ying to my yang, the crumble to my apple, the yodel to my Swiss holiday. …

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