1 9 6 4 (UK)
8 x 30 minute episodes
Devised by David Croft and aired on the BBC, this was an unscripted 30-minute comedy series in which the five members of the cast were presented with cards bearing the characters, situations and first lines which would form the basis of that week’s show.
From then on the rest was up to them as they improvised for laughs.
The performers were Betty Impey, Peter Reeves, Anne Cunningham, Victor Spinetti and Lance Percival and the card giver (known as Boss Man) was Jeremy Hawk. The music was supplied by John Barry.
The series only ran from April to June before disappearing from screens but was revived years later in a somewhat altered form for BBC radio before returning to television as Whose Line Is It Anyway in which different guest performers each week would improvise short sketches suggested by a live studio audience.