Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK) - Season 1

Channel 4 (ended 1998)




Episode Guide

  • Pilot: Jon Glover, Jimmy Mulville, Josie Lawrence, John Sessions
    The pilot episode, featuring a rare appearance by Jimmy Mulville.
  • Series 1 Compilation 2
    The second compilation of the season.
  • Series 1 Compilation 1
    Seating Order: None. Film and Theatre Styles: Josie goes to Paul's complaints department to return a faulty purchase. Styles: German expressionism, Hammer horror, Whitehall farce, and Disney. Jealous husband Archie comes home to find his wife's lover, John. Styles: Rambo movie, Greek tragedy and Kung Fu. Every Other Line: Paul wants Jonathan to fix his TV set; Jonathan reads from the play Robin Hood: The Truth Behind The Green Tights. The end line is 'It's only cotton wool.' Song Styles: Josie sings about a toothbrush in gospel style. Props: The teams are: Tony and Josie with a large outdoor ashtray John and Mike with a piece of white plastic with a string. Film Dub: Stephen and Josie talk about decorating the room. Party Quirks: Tony hosts: Josie: thinks she hears voices Mike: a kiss-o-gram John: a Cub Scout leader. Opera/Musical: About the life of audience member Pat, a guard on the Northern Line. Paul is Pat, with John, Josie and Archie as passengers; including being a guard on the Northern Line, making instant mashed potatoes and smoking. Winner: None Credit Reading: None.moreless
  • Stephen Fry, Josie Lawrence, Enn Reitel, John Sessions
    Seating Order: Stephen, Josie, Enn, and John. Authors: Reading The Day I Became A Merchant Banker are: Stephen: 1001 Arabian Nights Josie: Mary Shelley Enn: Dashiell Hammett John: Frank Richards. Story: Participating in Tarzan And The Lager Louts are: Stephen: Narrator John: Tarzan Josie: Jane Enn: A lager lout Moral: Don't put all your eggs in one basket. World's Worst: Thing to say to a member of the Royal Family. Props: The teams are: Enn and Josie with a long purple plastic pipe Stephen and John with a red ball ringed with a yellow plastic ring. Different Games: Different games are played by different pairs in this round: Couples: Enn tells John's fortune as the following couples: Dustin Hoffman (Enn) and Sir Laurence Oliver (John) Edward Fox (Enn) and Donald Sinden (John) Sir Alec Guiness (John) and Vincent Price (Enn) Sean Connery (Enn) and Dame Edna (John) Fred Flintstone (Enn) and Barney Rubble (John) Ronald Reagan (Enn) and Mikhail Gorbachev (John) Wrong Theme Tune: Josie and Stephen do a documentary on contraception to the music of a children's show. Rap: About sheep. Winner: Stephen Credit Reading: Stephen as an American announcer.moreless
  • Mike McShane, Josie Lawrence, Tony Slattery, John Sessions
    Seating Order: Mike, Josie, Tony, and John. Authors: Telling the story Night Of The Crumpet are: Mike: Louis L'Amour Josie: the Brothers Grimm Tony: Dr. Alex Comfort, author of The Joy Of Sex John: William Faulkner. Film and Theatre Styles: Josie is trying to murder her husband, Mike. Styles: Russ Mayer, film noir, Star Wars and Gilbert and Sullivan. Tony goes over to neighbor John's house to borrow some coffee. Styles: Stock exchange information film, escape movie and restoration comedy. World's Worst: Person to win an Oscar. Remote Control: Talking about hedgehogs are: Mike: Miami Vice Josie: Treasure Hunt Tony: Game For A Laugh John: Floyd On Fish. American Musical: All four do a musical based on the life of audience members Simon, Phil and Laurence, including playing football, being stopped by the police and waking up. Winner: Mike Credit Reading: Mike as Jimmy Stewart.moreless
  • Richard Kaplan, Griff Rhys-Jones, Paul Merton, John Sessions
    Seating Order: Richard, Griff, Paul, and John. Authors: Reading Kurt Waldheim's War Diaries are: Richard: Raymond Chandler Griff: John Milton Paul: Sunday Sport John: Freidrich Nietzsche. Film and Theatre Styles: Big businessman Richard buys out Paul's little sandwich shop. Styles: Spaghetti Western, Monty Python and horror. John is going on vacation and shows Griff the big red nuclear button. Styles: Laurel and Hardy, Arthur Miller, whodunit and Swedish erotica. World's Worst: Person to be President of the United States. Props: The teams are: Paul and Richard with a white foam rubber doughnut John and Griff with a small sink plunger. Remote Control: Talking about traffic are: Richard: an American game show host Griff: One Man And His Dog Paul: a cop show John: Noggin The Nog. Party Quirks: Paul hosts: Richard: from Mission: Impossible Griff: a bad ventriloquist John: from the future. Winner: John and Griff Credit Reading: John and Griff as Griff.moreless
  • Tony Slattery, Jonathan Pryce, Rory McGrath, John Sessions
    Seating Order: Tony, Jonathan, Rory, and John. Authors: Telling the story of Stanley The Stockbroker and The Day Of The Big Bang are: Tony: Dennis Wheatley Jonathan: Egon Ronay Rory: Jose Luis Borges John: Robert Louis Stevenson. Film and Theatre Styles: Loan shark Tony talks to debtor Jonathan. Styles: Japanese noh theater, bedroom farce, amateur dramatics and Gilbert and Sullivan. John crashes into police chief constable Rory's car. Styles: Punch and Judy, Brecht, and black and white minstrels. World's Worst: Person to meet on a blind date. Props: The teams are: Rory and Tony with a star-shaped green piece of foam rubber John and Jonathan with a white piece of pipe. Different Games: The different games played in this round are: Advertisement: Doing ads are: Tony for BMW to soft, sexy music John for hairpieces to suspensful music. Film Dub: Rory is a hotel guest who complains to hotel manager Jonathan. Remote Control: Talking about pornography are: Tony: Star Trek Jonathan: Call My Bluff Rory: breakfast television John: The Phil Silvers Show. Winner: Rory Credit Reading: Rory as his own mother.moreless
  • Graeme Garden, Jan Ravens, George McGrath, John Sessions
    Seating Order: Graeme, Jan, George, and John. Authors: Reading a different version of Sleeping Beauty are: Graeme: J.B. Priestly Jan: Pam Ayers George: Roget's Thesaurus John: D. H. Lawrence. Storyteller: Telling the story A Day In The Life Of A Rubber Duck are: George: Narrator Pam: a little girl with a huge rubber duck Graeme: her grandfather John: Keith Richards Moral: A rolling stone gathers no moss(or merse). Props: The teams are: George and Graeme with a red plastic bendy toy Jan and John with a curtain rod with ribbons on it. Party Quirks: Graeme hosts: George: an alien Jan: thinks its her house John: a leprechaun. Different Games: The different games played in this round are: Every Other Line: Graeme is a pilot in trouble needing to be talked down by John, the air traffic controller; John reads from the play Hay Fever by Noel Coward. The end line Graeme is working towards is 'Don't accept lifts from a stranger.' Film Dub: Jan and George after a night on the town. American Musical: The life of audience member Andrew is featured with puberty, coming to see a television show, and making a cup of tea. Winner: Jan Credit Reading: Jan as Paula Yates.moreless
  • Josie Lawrence, Jonathan Pryce, Paul Merton, John Sessions
    Seating Order: Josie, Jonathan, Paul, and John. Authors: Reading A Day In The Life of a Horny Llama are: Josie: Agatha Christie Jonathan: the King James Bible Paul: a DIY Handbook John: Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Film and Theatre Styles: Josie and Paul are Jack & Jill. Styles: Spaghetti Western, pantomime, German art film and James Bond. Jonathan reports a crime to John. Styles: Samuel Beckett, pirate film, comedia del arte and John Le Carre. World's Worst: Actors to audition for Romeo and Juliet. Different Games: The games played in this round are: Song Styles: Singing about a television set are: Josie in heavy metal style John in folk style. Film Dub: Paul books a holiday from Jonathan over a scene from the film Plan 9 From Outer Space. Party Quirks: Paul hosts: Josie: a superhero Jonathan: an exorcist John: thinks he's underwater. Winner: Josie Credit Reading: Josie as an angry viewer.moreless
  • Tony Slattery, Betty Thomas, Paul Merton, John Sessions
    Seating Order: Tony, Betty, Paul, and John. Authors: Reading Jack and The Beanstalk are: Tony: William Burroughs Betty: Mickey Spillane Paul: Barbara Cartland John: Anthony Burgess. Film and Theatre Styles: Homeowner Paul complains to builder Tony. Styles: Greek tragedy, Hollywood epic, musical and soap opera John and Betty are a husband and wife arguing about a map. Styles: Ealing comedy, mime, Method acting and Bogart film. Props: The teams are: John and Tony with a red Slinky Paul and Betty with a small white steel rack. Different Games: The different games played are: Every Other Line: Paul briefs John on a mission; John reads every other line from the play 'The Poison Party' by F. Slavin Smith while Paul must work to the end line, 'Oh, dear, I've lost my shoe!' Film Dub: Tony and Betty are a husband and wife arguing over to watch on television. Party Quirks: Paul hosts: Tony: has no backbone Betty: an investigative journalist John: an intrepid explorer. Winner: John Credit Reading: John as Anthony Hopkins.moreless
  • Stephen Fry, Peter Cook, Josie Lawrence, John Sessions
    Seating Order: Stephen, Peter, Josie, and John. Authors: Reading A Day At The Races are: Stephen: John Le Carre Peter: rock biographer Albert Goldman Josie: the writers of articles for women's magazines John: Ernest Hemingway. Film and Theatre Styles: Parlimentary candidate Stephen canvasess at Peter's house Styles: Shakespeare(unofficially), farce, travelogue, and gangster movie. John and Josie break up. Styles: Shakespeare, British war movie, and blue movie. Props: The teams are: Peter and John with a yellow ball with a hole in the top Stephen and Josie with a large piece of bubble wrap. Panel: All four do a panel show with various props about smoking. They are the following characters on Ask The Panel: Clive: Host Stephen: Richard(but likes to be called 'Dick'; wearing a tea cosy and sunglasses) Peter: Yassir Arthur(wearing a captain's hat and a feather boa) Josie: Trixie(wearing a babushka and holding several wigs) John: comedian Tommy Timpkins(wearing a racing cap). Rap: About having a baby. Winner: Peter Credit Reading: Peter as a New York cab driver.moreless
  • Archie Hahn, Rory Bremner, Jimmy Mulville, John Sessions
    Seating Order: Archie, Rory, Jimmy, and John. Authors: Reading A Day at the Seaside are: Archie: Truman Capote Rory: Clive James Jimmy: Dylan Thomas John: James Joyce. Film and Theatre Styles: Archie is sacking Jimmy. Styles: Godfather, Austrailian soap opera, and horror. Used car salesman John tries to sell Rory a car. Styles: Amateur dramatics, Brazilian soap opera, and Noel Coward. World's Worst: Person to comfort you on your deathbed. Props: The teams are: Archie and John with a hair dryer Rory and Jimmy with an orange and white traffic cone. Different Games: The different games played in this round are: Sound Effects: Jimmy is working in the garden with Archie providing his sfx Couples: Rory and John are at a laundrette as the following couples: Charles(John) and David(Rory) Attenbourough Prince Charles(Rory) and Lady Diana(John) Mel Smith(Rory) and Griff Rhys-Jones(John) Ronald(John) and Nancy(Rory) Reagan Torville(Rory) and Dean(John). Winner: Rory Credit Reading: Rory as Barry Norman.moreless
  • Archie Hahn, Josie Lawrence, Paul Merton, John Sessions
    Seating Order: Archie, Josie, Paul, and John.

    Authors: Reading Through The Garden Gate are:
    Archie: Stephen King
    Josie: Louisa May Alcott
    Paul: the author of the Janet and John books
    John: Charles Dickens.
    Different Games: Two different games are played in this round:
    Sound Effects: Paul gets up in the morning and gets dressed; Archie provides the sfx
    Song : Singing about telephones are:
    Josie in Sondheim br /> John in reggae
    World's Worst: ITN newscaster auditions.
    Props: The teams are:
    Archie and Josie with a large stethoscope
    John and Paul with a black waffle-shaped piece of foam.
    Party Quirks: Paul hosts:
    Josie: an agony aunt
    Archie: a werewolf
    John: a theatre director.

    Winner: Archie
    Credit Reading: Archie as an American sports commentator.moreless
  • Comic Relief Special
    Stephen Fry, Josie Lawrence, Paul Merton, and John Sessions play Authors and Props.
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