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.

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From an Australian format by Working Dog Productions.

See also

Weaver's Week review


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