Thank God You're Here



Paul Merton


Regular guest: Hamish Blake

Ensemble cast: Tara Flynn, Cicely Giddings, Nick Haverson, Rufus Jones, Richard Katz, Dan Mersh, Aimee Parkes, Nick Waters


TalkbackThames for ITV1, 12 January to 16 February 2008 (6 episodes in 1 series)


Improvisation game. Four guests (plus the host) are placed, individually, into various scenarios of which they have no foreknowledge, in which they have to provide off-the-cuff responses to scripted prompts. At the end there is a group scenario and then the host declares a winner. They've rather missed a trick by not allowing the studio audience to vote for the winner.

The show has clear potential, but the rather rigid scenarios and one-contestant-at-a-time format stop it from being a proper Whose Line is it Anyway? for the new century, and to work properly it really needs to unearth some proper improvisatory talent. Hamish Blake, a frequent guest on the original Aus version but previously unknown here, is a regular in the first series and clearly the star of the show - but TGYH desperately needs a few more players of a similar standard if it's going to be as successful here as it's been down under.


From an Australian format by Working Dog Productions.

Web links

Wikipedia entry

See also

Weaver's Week review


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