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Another classic from Yorkshire Television, this hilarious and unusual game show series was guaranteed to give viewers a laugh a minute . . . literally.
The teeming working men’s clubs in the North fo England – and especially in Yorkshire – had long afforded a good living for legions of entertainers, some of whom rose to star status.
Quick-witted Leeds-born Barry Cryer would select a random topic, challenge a comic to tell a joke based on it, and strive to control six wisecracking comedians from the realms of clubland.
If one of the opposition thought he knew the gag, he could interrupt by pressing an alarm, then he would have to complete it.
There was also a solo spot where a comic was required to extract as many laughs as possible from the audience in minute-long patter sessions.
The guest line-up included the big names of British comedy at the time such as Ted Ray, Les Dawson, Arthur Askey, Ray Martine, Alfred Marks and Clive Dunn