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"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1988) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1988-1998


Overview

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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
Release Date:
23 September 1988 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Make it up. Make it quick. Make it funny!
Plot:
A British show in which actors and comedians improvise sketches in various "theatre-sports"-type games... See more »
Awards:
5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
Comic Josie Lawrence joins 'EastEnders'
 (From Digital Spy - Movie News. 14 January 2009, 4:32 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Improv at its best See more (33 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 36)
Clive Anderson ... Himself - Host (136 episodes, 1988-1998)
Richard Vranch ... Himself (87 episodes, 1988-1997)

Ryan Stiles ... Himself (76 episodes, 1989-1998)

Colin Mochrie ... Himself (57 episodes, 1991-1998)
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Series Directed by
Chris Bould (34 episodes, 1989-1992)
John F.D. Northover (23 episodes, 1993-1995)
Paul O'Dell (13 episodes, 1988)
Paul Wheeler (2 episodes, 1998)

Geraldine Dowd (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Mark Leveson (136 episodes, 1988-1998)
Dan Patterson (136 episodes, 1988-1998)
Ron West (11 episodes, 1998)

Series Produced by
Dan Patterson .... producer (136 episodes, 1988-1998)
Denise O'Donoghue .... executive producer (61 episodes, 1988-1998)
Anne Marie Thorogood .... associate producer (23 episodes, 1994-1995)
Ruth Wallace .... associate producer (11 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Original Music by
Philip Pope (136 episodes, 1988-1998)
 
Series Film Editing by
Mykola Pawluk (57 episodes, 1989-1995)
Mike Cross (7 episodes, 1988)
Josef d'Bache-Kane (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Production Design by
Graeme Story (57 episodes, 1989-1995)
Pip Gardner (30 episodes, 1988-1990)
 
Series Art Direction by
Eric Larson (1 episode, 1998)
 
Series Costume Design by
Jo Thompson (24 episodes, 1989-1991)
Denise Simmons (12 episodes, 1995)
John Hibbs (11 episodes, 1988)
Annie Symons (11 episodes, 1994)
Catherine Maher (8 episodes, 1991)
Jo Korer (2 episodes, 1988)
Tessa Phillips (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Makeup Department
Helen Speyer .... makeup artist (33 episodes, 1996-1997)
Eva Marieges Moore .... makeup artist / makeup designer (22 episodes, 1994-1995)
Ivana Primorac .... makeup artist (17 episodes, 1989-1990)
Christine Vidler .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 1988)
Morag Ross .... makeup designer (9 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Production Management
Carrie Fletcher .... production manager (17 episodes, 1989-1990)
Avon Harpley .... production manager (17 episodes, 1991)
Mary Bell .... production manager (12 episodes, 1988)
Pat Lees .... production manager (12 episodes, 1995)
Darina Healy .... production manager (11 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Art Department
Brian Lofthouse .... property master (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
Cathy Cosgrove .... production buyer (17 episodes, 1989-1990)
Tony Watts .... production buyer (17 episodes, 1991)
Vanda Vivian .... production buyer (13 episodes, 1988)
Gina Cromwell .... production buyer (12 episodes, 1995)
Terence Black .... production buyer (11 episodes, 1994)
Les Baker .... property master (6 episodes, 1995)

Harriet Porter .... production buyer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Richard Churchill .... sound supervisor (17 episodes, 1989-1990)
Mark McLoughlin .... sound supervisor (12 episodes, 1995)
Clive Hall .... sound supervisor (9 episodes, 1991)
Keith Mayes .... sound supervisor (9 episodes, 1994)
John Miller .... sound supervisor (8 episodes, 1991)
Chris Thorpe .... sound supervisor (3 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Sutcliffe .... lighting director (21 episodes, 1991-1995)
Johnny Halpin .... lighting director (17 episodes, 1989-1990)
Roy Easton .... senior cameraman (16 episodes, 1989-1990)
Martin Hawkins .... senior cameraman / senior camera operator (12 episodes, 1988)
John Fyfe .... lighting director (11 episodes, 1995)
Joe Maher .... lighting director (8 episodes, 1991)
Richard Wirth .... camera supervisor (8 episodes, 1991)
Rolie Luker .... camera supervisor (7 episodes, 1991)
David Fader .... camera supervisor (7 episodes, 1994)
Mark Barrett .... camera supervisor (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Alan Haddow .... camera supervisor (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Chas Watts .... camera supervisor (3 episodes, 1991)
Peter Edwards .... camera supervisor (3 episodes, 1995)
Tony Keene .... camera supervisor (2 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Editorial Department
Martyn Coates .... vision mixer (22 episodes, 1989-1991)
Josef d'Bache-Kane .... assistant on-line editor (20 episodes, 1988-1990)
Scott Hinchcliffe .... assistant editor (13 episodes, 1992)
Paul Wheeler .... vision mixer (12 episodes, 1995)
Roz Storey .... vision mixer (11 episodes, 1988)
Naomi Neufeld .... vision mixer (9 episodes, 1994)
Jackie Willie Griffith .... vision mixer (8 episodes, 1991)
Janice Reed .... vision mixer (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Sandra Vardy .... vision mixer (4 episodes, 1994)
Jacqui Watkin .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1988)
Peter Phillips .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1990)
Mike Cross .... video tape editor (2 episodes, 1998)

Jamie Boulton .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Richard Vranch .... composer: improvised music / musician (51 episodes, 1988-1997)
 
Series Other crew
Mark Leveson .... compiled by / devised by (136 episodes, 1988-1998)
Dan Paterson .... compiled by (136 episodes, 1988-1998)
Hilary Groves .... stage manager (39 episodes, 1988-1991)
Steve Bendelack .... title sequence / titles (34 episodes, 1989-1991)
Jane Bigger .... researcher (30 episodes, 1988-1990)
Nuala Alen-Buckley .... production accountant (28 episodes, 1988-1990)
Eilis Boland .... production assistant (23 episodes, 1994-1995)
Louise Grime .... stage manager (23 episodes, 1994-1995)
Alison McGregor .... production team (23 episodes, 1994-1995)
Ivan Douglass .... floor manager (17 episodes, 1989-1990)
Christine Moses .... production assistant (17 episodes, 1989-1990)
Thirza Philpott .... production secretary (17 episodes, 1989-1990)
Maria Britton .... researcher (17 episodes, 1991)
Debra Forward .... production accountant (17 episodes, 1991)
Karen Jackson .... production secretary (17 episodes, 1991)
Tobin Goffe .... title sequence / titles (14 episodes, 1994-1995)
Helen Gartell .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1988)
Wendy Hill .... production secretary (13 episodes, 1988)
Janet Stewart .... floor manager (12 episodes, 1988)
Mark Allen .... floor manager (12 episodes, 1995)
Ilya Colak Antic .... production team (12 episodes, 1995)
Zita Foley .... researcher (12 episodes, 1995)
Lorna Fossick .... production team (12 episodes, 1995)
Christine Hagon .... production team (12 episodes, 1995)
Anne-Marie MacLaughlin .... production team (12 episodes, 1995)
Alison McDonald .... production team (12 episodes, 1995)
Richard Osman .... program associate (12 episodes, 1995)
David Young .... program associate (12 episodes, 1995)
Emma Elsworth .... production team (11 episodes, 1994)
Belinda Harris .... researcher (11 episodes, 1994)
Polly Hope .... production team (11 episodes, 1994)
Jim Imber .... production team (11 episodes, 1994)
Rachel Lyon .... production team (11 episodes, 1994)
Adrian O'Brien .... production team (11 episodes, 1994)
Dick Hibberd .... studio supervisor (10 episodes, 1989-1990)
Nikki Cockcroft .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1991)
Deborah Young .... film research (10 episodes, 1995)
Russell Norman .... floor manager (9 episodes, 1994)
Rose Anderson .... production assistant (8 episodes, 1991)
Mike Armour .... floor manager (8 episodes, 1991)
Jessica Clifford .... production secretary (8 episodes, 1991)
Kelley Locher .... studio manager (8 episodes, 1991)
Helen Bennitt .... film research (8 episodes, 1995)
David McDonald .... floor manager (7 episodes, 1991)
Del Randall .... studio supervisor (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Hilary Bevan Jones .... floor manager (5 episodes, 1988-1998)
Iain McLean .... floor manager (4 episodes, 1994)
Peter Beaven .... floor manager (3 episodes, 1991)
Mark Anand .... assistant floor manager (3 episodes, 1997)
Tristram Shapeero .... audience coordinator (2 episodes, 1991)

Alan Conley .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Val Evans .... film researcher (unknown episodes)
Susan Gosbee .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Helen Manley .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Michael Matheson .... floor manager (unknown episodes)
Ruth Phillips .... researcher (unknown episodes)
Alexandra Pickering .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Paula Wilson .... production staff (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Runtime:
36 min (1 episode) | 24 min (135 episodes)
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Language:
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Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:12 (Season 1 DVD rating) | UK:12 (season 2 DVD rating)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Began as a radio program on BBC Radio 4 in 1987.See more »
Quotes:
Clive Anderson:[Tony Slattery sits down to do the bar scene] Now, Tony is angry about something...
Josie Lawrence:[sarcastically] Oh, this will be clean.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Just a Minute: Episode #3.6" (1995)See more »

FAQ

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Improv at its best, 22 August 2000
Author: sngbrd39 from US

As many people have pointed out before, this is one of the very few IMDb entries with absolutely no completely negative reviews. This honor is well deserved. IMHO, "Whose Line" is the funniest show on TV, and it's great that we are once again seeing the British version in America. I missed it the first time around, so it was a new experience to me when I sat in front of the TV on New Year's Day watching the marathon which heralded its return to Comedy Central. I had been hooked on the American version ever since it started, so I was curious as to how good the British ones were. I was not disappointed in the least. The British version is just as funny as the American, at times, even funnier. I just wish I understood more of the British references, like those to Jeremy Beatle or the movie "El Dorado" which I have yet to figure out.

It's kind of funny to see how the performers who we still see on the American version have changed and aged since the British ones. Josie Lawrence is the biggest example. When she made an appearance on the American "Whose Line", she had whacked off a lot of that long, beautiful hair of hers. Also, she looked a lot paler and her voice was deeper. Seeing these changes just testifies to the lasting power of the show, which barely missed a beat coming to America from England. May it be on as long in America as it was in England (even though its timeslot across from "Friends" won't help much)!

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