1 9 8 5 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes
This short-lived BBC game show was devised and presented by eternal chat show guest Gyles Brandreth.
The game featured two teams of celebrities – captained by Lennie Bennett and Stan Boardman – who, armed with a secret phrase, pitted their wits against each other.
The contestants went into a cardboard (3rd class) railway carriage and acted out unscripted sketches which had to contain the secret phrase.
The object was to drop the phrase into the conversation so that the opposing team would have difficulty working out what the phrase was.
Most of them were so obvious that the contestants pretended to get it wrong to make it look harder. Meanwhile, the teams laughed at their own jokes in that delightful way showbiz folk have.
The show – made in the Beeb’s Manchester studios – was tucked away in the BBC’s twilight hour at 5.30, alongside re-runs of Dr Kildare. Nonetheless, it was watched by nearly seven million incredulous viewers.