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Babble

HOW TO fill half an hour of early evening Channel 4 telly quickly and cheaply: take two teams of reasonably erudite celebrities (WILLIE RUSHTON, GRAEME GARDEN, GYLES BRANDRETH, CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS, RULA LENSKA, SHIELA STEAFAL, BARRY CRYER, MELVYN BRAGG etc.), some hastily-concocted word games (e.g. names of counties hidden in monologues), and hey presto! Instant employment for PETER PURVES as quizmaster. It couldn’t fail…or could it? Much of the badinage seemed to be read off cue cards, which dulled the verbal to-and-fro a tad. Even JOANNA LUMLEY managed to memorise her little bit of spiel on CALL MY BLUFF, for God’s sake!

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  1. THX 1139

    July 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    “Babble Babble, Babble Babble!” went the theme tune. Basically a Radio 4 panel game on TV and looked it. I did like it, but my main memory is of the ad breaks where it was obvious nobody else was watching because there were no actual adverts, just a cheapo card with the word BABBLE bobbing back and forth in time with the music.

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