Three Little Words

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John Edmunds

Don Moss

Alan Taylor

Ray Alan


Hostess: Linda Hayden (Don Moss era), Sue Ann Snook, Barbie (Ray Alan era)


TWW/Harlech for ITV, 1967?-87?


Pairs of contestants (usually married couples) played this affable lunchtime (and teatime in latter years) quiz. In the style of the classic US panel game Password, (and also the British show of the same name), one member of the pair would have to describe a mystery word to their partner using up to three one-word clues (for 20, 15 or 10 points). The partner had a guess at the mystery word after each clue. After three clues were used up, the other team could guess it for 5 points.

Often the way the clues were said, in order to provide context to the clue, would prompt much hilarity. Another favorite tactic would be to inflect the last syllable to imply the first half of a phrase ("Zebraaaa..."), only for the partner to guess it wrongly. They'd often give the same first clue three times until the other person eventually got the right one. One thing they were not allowed to do was to give rhyming words as clues - Ray Alan certainly penalised contestants for doing so on at least two occasions in the latter years.

The winners played against a new team, winners staying on for up to six games. The prize was cold hard cash.


Roy Ward Dickson

Theme music

The Tony Evans Orchestra

Web links

One contestant's appearance experiences - with photo of host and hostess


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