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


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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:
"This courtroom is a mochrie!" 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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Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:12 (Season 1 DVD rating) | UK:12 (season 2 DVD rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the mid-1990s, the series filmed occasional episodes in the United States. The popularity of these outings led to an American version of the series being launched in 1998. The final season of the British program was in fact filmed on the set of the American version. By that time, aside from the host the majority of the performers were American (including the musician), with only the occasional British performer guest-starring, whereas initially it had been very much the other way around.See more »
Quotes:
Clive Anderson:The Biggest Jerk in the World.
Josie Lawrence:Tony?
[Tony gives her a look]
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
"This courtroom is a mochrie!", 8 February 2008
Author: kclambeth from United Kingdom

I am so glad DAVE started playing these as i had only seen the US version and clips on youtube until then.

It is one of the most hilarious shows on TV and far superior to the US version; don't get me wrong, i do like the American one but got bored of the same performers each time, it became real repetitive. The skill of the improvisation is amazing in the British version especially in the dreaded hoe-down.

What i like most about this version is the versatility of the performers, you had Brits, Americans, Canadians, Australians and maybe more that i can't even think of. Each of the performers had their own individual talents; Josie Lawrence and Mike McShane naturals at 'song styles' whilst Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie worked great together in 'scene to music' or 'sound effects'.

My favourtite player is Tony Slattery as he always has me in stitches but everyone is brilliant including Josie, Mike, Ryan, Colin, Steve Frost, Paul Merton, Jim Sweeney, Niall Ashdown and many more.

My other favourite player is Greg Proops, he has such wit and the banter between him and Clive Anderson is very funny. I love Clive as the host, he his so sharp witted (unlike Drew Carey who makes me want to switch off the TV every time he speaks) There is a huge selection of games too,some of my favourites being 'film and theatre styles', 'Party quirks', 'bartender' and 'superhereos'. There are some dodgy ones though (i'm not keen on 'moving people' or 'helping hands' much) but the games and players are always different so you never get bored.

I hope it keeps playing on the DAVE channel so others who missed it first time round can see it now.

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