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31 Days In May: part 2

A quick one today.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the guests on an edition of Blankety Blank broadcast in September 1983. Who, however, sat where in those all important gantries (e.g. top left, bottom middle)?

Windsor Davies
Sandra Dickinson
Kenny Everett
Larry Grayson
Beryl Reid
Anneka Rice



  1. Anonymous

    May 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Larry Grayson – Top Left
    Beryl Reid – Top Middle
    Windsor Davies – Top Right
    Anneka Rice – Bottom Left
    Kenny Everett – Bottom Middle
    Sandra Dickinson – Bottom Right

    What a line-up!

  2. fl3m

    May 4, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Bearing in mind that Blankety Blank seating plan worked to a strict mathmetical formula, I would go with the following:

    TL: Davies
    TM: Reid
    TR: Grayson
    BL: Rice
    BM: Everett
    BR: Dickinson

  3. Anonymous

    May 5, 2008 at 11:20 am

    from Top left (as we see it):

    Windsor Davies, Larry Grayson, Beryl Reid

    Bottom left:

    Anneka Rice, Kenny Everett, Sandra Dickinson

    You’d think Grayson would be hosting himself wouldn’t you, considering…

  4. Ian Jones

    May 5, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Here we go:

    From top left –


    From bottom left –


  5. fl3m

    May 5, 2008 at 3:01 pm


    According to the TV Cream book, top right should be traditionally occupied by “youngish showbiz bloke” (eg Gary Davies). I’m not sure that Windsor Davies (who taught my dad P.E. by the way) fits into that demographic.

  6. Anonymous

    May 5, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    YES!!! Get in there!!!

  7. Steve Williams

    May 5, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Top left and top right seemed to be fairly flexible on the Blank, I think normally you’d have someone funny at top left – Barry Cryer or Lal – to get things off to a decent start, and then the top right would be sort of ballast. Didn’t always work like that, though, David Hamilton and DLT were regulars in top left.

  8. Miche

    May 5, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Screen left to screen right: (top) Davies, Dickinson, Grayson; (bottom) Reid, Everett, Rice.

  9. Chris Hughes

    May 5, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Top right is where Peter Powell was meant to be sitting when he ran in “late” on one episode and famously went arse over tit, I think on Children In Need night, That’s possibly where the ‘young showbiz bloke’ thing comes from.

    Top left was, as Steve said, typically the Cryeresque old-timer who’d usually give Tel/Les a bit of stick (during the era of the ready stick, they probably did that as a visual gag).

    That Serafinowicz/Pegg Comic Relief parody had Willie Rushton top left (“you’re skating on thin ice, Rushton”) which was fairly spot-on.

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