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Who Dares, Wins…

PAST-YOUR-BEDTIME BARBATHON with RORY “WHAT THE FUCK AM I DOING?” MCGRATH, JIMMY “OWN COMPANY” MULVILLE, PHILIP “DID THE MUSIC” POPE, TONY “BALDRICK” ROBINSON and JULIA “2.4” HILLS. First series blessed with episode titles such as Who Dares Wins A Week In Benidorm and Who Dares Wins Frank Bough’s Cardigan. Not bad sub-NOT THE NINE stuff: sarky pandas, coffee ads, SAS, “Who The Fuck Are You?” song, Hamlet ad with crucified Jesus, Robinson’s arse on stage in Emperor’s new clothes sketch.



  1. Lee James Turnock

    August 14, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I remember the spin-off Who Dares Wins book, which took the form of a mushy romantic novel called ‘Throbbing Torment’ which had been turned into a scrapbook with bits and pieces plastered all over every page, in the manner of the Goodies’ books. A nice idea, but it looked like it had been done on a budget of tuppence, and a combination of poor quality printing and rough arse-wipe paper rendered some of it all but unreadable.

  2. Tom Ronson

    May 8, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Originally planned for London Weekend Television under the working title QWERT (as in the first five letters on a typewriter keyboard) back in 1982, and yes, it was deliberately designed along the same lines as Not the Nine O’Clock News. The pilot episode from 1983 had Brenda Blethyn in the cast rather than Julia Hills. The team did a live stage tour in 1988 after the final series.

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