Home TV by Decade TV Shows - 1970s Whodunnit?



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whodunnit4This highly popular, light-hearted panel game from Thames Television invited viewers to play detective every week between 1972 and 1978, pitting their wits against a panel of celebrity sleuths – hosted initially by Edward Woodward, and later by Jon Pertwee – to solve a fictitious murder mystery.

The show’s brilliantly original formula, devised by comedians Lance Percival and Jeremy Lloyd (and revived in the 1990s for Cluedo), presented short murder mystery dramas laden with clues to be pieced together by the panellists (including series regulars Patrick Mower and Liza Goddard), who would then question the characters involved and finally point the finger at the most likely suspect.

The clues fell thick and fast, but there were also many red herrings. Lively repartee was the order of the day.