Joker's Wild

1969 | United Kingdom

Simplicity was the keynote; place seasoned wits into a studio with a filing cabinet of funny stories, offer a card to one comedian and let him tell a joke. Then you tell the others that they must interrupt and finish the joke for the man who picked the card. Running for nine highly successful series, Jokers Wild was a lively, rapidly paced panel game in which two teams of top comics competed for laughs from the studio audience. Hosted by comedy Barry Cryer, the show's line-up often read like a Who's Who? of British comedy talent - John Cleese, Bob Monkhouse, Arthur Askey, Eric Sykes and Sid James being just a few of the famous players over the course of its six-year run.

 The first series, featuring Les Dawson, Ted Ray, Charlie Chester, Jimmy Edwards, Alfred Marks and Roy Hudd, originally screened in 1969, has been made available on DVD for the first time and includes the unscreened pilot episode.

Published on December 28th, 2018. (Network DVD & original TV Times article).