Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK)

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK)
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The funniest improvisational show to hit UK (and later on US) screens. The show features four contestants playing games, with suggestions sometimes taken from the studio audience. The games include: Scenes From a Hat, Party Quirks, Hoedown, and Let's Make A Date. Whose Line is it Anyway? began as a radio show on BBC Radio 4 in 1987. It was moved to television a year later in 1988. Both shows were hosted by Clive Anderson. During the first season, the show featured one regular contestant (John Sessions) and three guest contestants. From the second season onward, the contestants rotated from episode to episode and have included Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Tony Slattery, Josie Lawrence, and Brad Sherwood, just to name a few. In 1998, episodes of the show were filmed in Hollywood to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary. Episodes of the show were also filmed in New York in 1991 and 1992. Beginning in 1998, a US version of the show was made for the ABC Television Network. The original ran on Comedy Central for many years. On April 3, 2006, Whose Line returned to American television on BBC America. Whose Line is It Anyway? currently airs on BBC America in the US. It also airs on The Comedy Channel in Australia. Here is a list of some of the people who appeared on the radio show but never made it on the TV show:

Lenny Henry

Dawn French

Nonny Williams

Hugh Laurie

Kate Robbins

Colin Sell (music)moreless

Clive Anderson

Clive Anderson

Host

Ryan Stiles

Ryan Stiles

Regular Performer

Colin Mochrie

Colin Mochrie

Regular Performer

Brad Sherwood

Brad Sherwood

Regular Performer

John Sessions

John Sessions

Regular Performer/Guest Performer

Tony Slattery

Tony Slattery

Regular Performer

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Thank You Dan Patterson

    10
    One of the many reasons the UK Version was better than the US one according to me is that it had more comedians, and they weren't the seat filler like in the US version. Be it, Jim Sweeney, Steven Steen, Stephen Frost, Sandi or the regulars Tony, Josie, Mike and Greg.. As far as Ryan and Colin are considered, they were new, so they had more ideas. Also, the quantity of games played were more in this version, so it was more fun. And personally, I like Clive more than Drew because of his quick wit. He would have been great as a contestant. I just don't understand why Richard Vranch didn't featured as an improviser. I've seen his acts in the Comedy Store Players videos, he's funny, and certainly better than few other contestants out there.moreless
  • This was a show I had randomly come across while channel surfing, and had managed to stick with me since. Like all stand up comedies, they do have their funny moments, and some of which is humour beyond me.moreless

    8.7
    Everything about this show is just on the spot humor, or at least that's what they claim. Just regular comedians who manage to keep half an hour of your day bright and happy. Though sometimes the context of it may be beyond me, overall, it was a show capable of hours of entertainment.



    You gotta love how they try with humoring the audience. I had watched most of the episodes, though its the same games most of the time, it never really gets boring. After a long day of school or any kind of trouble, it's always great to see that these 4 comedians never fail to make you laugh.moreless
  • One of my favorite comedy shows.

    9.9
    Whose Line Is It Anyway? is one of my favorite comedy shows there is out there. I it is basically four preformers who preform games. For example, the four preformers are: Stephen Frost, Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood, and Ryan Stiles

    and they play lets make a date which is a dating game show. And it is very awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

    a k a k k k s o l l i o a r w e r k g e r a s t y u i o s t k k k a s d f e g h i j kmoreless
  • One of the greatest television shows I ever grew up with!

    10
    When I was a child I was not allowed to watch overly mature television shows (with every right really!) this was one show I was allowed to watch and I absolutely adored it. The games were fantastic the regular comedians are geniuses and some of the jokes are still funny to this day. It's an ageless and timeless show that never ceases to put a smile on your face. It is very much a love it or hate it program there are no in between feelings. Personally I thought the chemistry between the comedians was spot on and their relationship with Clive was brilliant and it only blossomed as each season progressed.



    The United States version of this show doesn't even come close to the wit and dazzle that comes out of this show. The UK show outshines it by far.moreless
  • Its a game show, and the points don't matter.

    9.0
    The original improve comedy show, inspiration for the American version of the same name.



    Some people would say that the American version of this show was the better of the two. However, I personally find the original my favorite of the two. While they are basically the same show, I just found the variety of comedians to be better, and for the show to have an all around better quality for the most part.



    My recommendation: Unfortunately I do not think the UK version is aired on American television anymore. If you like the American version then take a look at the DVD release of the UK one as well.moreless
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    October 9, 2007 DVD Releases

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    March 27, 2007 DVD Releases

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    Comedy

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    Sketch, musical numbers, 80s, 90s, British TV