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Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK)

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK)
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Premiere September 23, 1988
Finale July 2, 1998
Creator Dan Patterson & Mark Leveson
Host Clive Anderson
Network Channel 4
Style 30 minute improv comedy
Company Hat Trick Productions
Seasons 10
Episodes 136
Origin UK

Whose Line Is It Anyway? is a game show hosted by Clive Anderson. Four contestants, usually professional comedians, play through various games which require improvisation. For example, "Party Quirks" required one of the contestants to welcome guests (the other three contestants) to their party and guess what the guest is supposed to be (e.g., a depressed clown). Another popular round, "Hoedown", required all contestants to make up a Western-style song on the spot. Points were awarded seemingly randomly by Anderson. The winner(s) of the show got to read out the closing credits in the style of Clive's choosing.

The show originally started on BBC Radio 4, but was transferred to television and broadcast by Channel 4. The show eventually made its way to the US as well, initially hosted by Clive in a series of specials by Channel 4, before finding a permanent place on the ABC network in a new version hosted by Drew Carey. See Whose Line Is It Anyway? (USA) for more information.

Contents

Cast

Person Role Duration
Main Cast
Richard Vranch Musician 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
John Sessions Contestant 1 2 3
Ryan Stiles Contestant 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Colin Mochrie Contestant 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Josie Lawrence Contestant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Paul Merton Contestant 1 2 3 4 5
Rory Bremner Contestant 1 6 8 9
Tony Slattery Contestant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Mike McShane Contestant 1 2 3 5 6 7 9
Greg Proops Contestant 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sandi Toksvig Contestant 2 3
Jim Sweeney Contestant 3 4 5
Steve Steen Contestant 3 4 5
Steve Frost Contestant 4 5 6 7 8 9
Chip Esten Contestant 4 6
Brad Sherwood Contestant 4 9 10
Niall Ashdown Contestant 7 8
Caroline Quentin Contestant 7 8

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
Channel 4
Season One September 23, 1988 December 16, 1988 13
Season Two October 10, 1989 March 16, 1990 17
Season Three January 18, 1991 May 10, 1991 17
Season Four January 24, 1992 April 17, 1992 13
Season Five March 5, 1993 April 30, 1993 9
Season Six July 1, 1994 September 9, 1994 11
Season Seven July 28, 1995 October 13, 1995 12
Season Eight July 5, 1996 December 6, 1996 14
Season Nine July 3, 1997 November 13, 1997 19
Season Ten April 22, 1998 July 2, 1998 11

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete Seasons 1 & 2 March 27, 2007 4

External Sites