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Alessandra Kelley
09-15-2013, 05:51 AM
Good heavens, is there nowhere to find a dvd of the original, best, brilliant UK version of "Whose Line is it Anyway"?

(I have zero interest in the pale American imitation with Drew Carey.)

I would love to see me some classic Clive Anderson, Sandy Tocsvig, Mike McShane, Tony Slattery, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Styles, all the wonderful comedians and that fella whose name I can't remember who always improvised the most amazing music for the regulars to compose spur of the minute songs to.

Any idea why there is no video of it available?

bearilou
09-15-2013, 05:57 AM
this thread is relevant to my interests.

RedRajah
09-15-2013, 06:45 AM
Well, the first 2 seasons of it are on DVD (http://www.amazon.com/Whose-Line-Is-Anyway-British/dp/B000KJU1FK/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1379213034&sr=8-6&keywords=whose+line+is+it+anyway+seasons+1-8+box+set) and being sold by Amazon...

Alessandra Kelley
09-15-2013, 07:26 AM
Well, the first 2 seasons of it are on DVD (http://www.amazon.com/Whose-Line-Is-Anyway-British/dp/B000KJU1FK/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1379213034&sr=8-6&keywords=whose+line+is+it+anyway+seasons+1-8+box+set) and being sold by Amazon...

Ahem. (clears throat, blows pitch pipe) Squee!

Thank you, RedRajah. For some reason my Google-fu completely failed me.

Josie Lawrence, John Sessions, Paul Merton, hooray!

It's been donkey's years since I watched it, but I can still in my mind's ear hear Josie Lawrence singing about a lemon squeezer in folk music style, or poor Sandy Tocsvig gamely trying to belt out gospel.

I remember in one of my favorite moments Stephen Fry in "The World's Worst Thing to Say When Being Introduced to the Queen" drawing himself up to his full aristocratic height and saying with a gentle smile in the plummiest of posh accents, hand extended, "Well, you're really just a middle-class German family, aren't you?"

Alessandra Kelley
09-15-2013, 07:56 AM
:eek: Gaah! Seventy dollars? For two seasons?

I mistook the prominently displayed $14.85 for the price. I didn't realize it was what Amazon would pay you for selling it a used copy (well, I say pay, but really it's just a gift card).

Crikeys. You can get all of Monty Python for less than that.

I guess I'll just wax nostalgic for some of my favorite moments. Remember the time Mike McShane and Josie Lawrence improvised a broadway musical about knitting wigs for intimate regions?

Nualláin
09-15-2013, 08:19 AM
I remember in one of my favorite moments Stephen Fry in "The World's Worst Thing to Say When Being Introduced to the Queen" drawing himself up to his full aristocratic height and saying with a gentle smile in the plummiest of posh accents, hand extended, "Well, you're really just a middle-class German family, aren't you?"

There was a "Questions Only" round where the scene was supposed to be people in ancient Rome... And Stephen started asking the other contestants questions in Latin. I was in tears.

"Nonne caelum bonum est?"

Sophia
09-15-2013, 12:39 PM
[...] and that fella whose name I can't remember who always improvised the most amazing music for the regulars to compose spur of the minute songs to.

" ... and Richard Vranch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Vranch) at the piano." :)

I still have the book I bought as a teenager that detailed how to play the game with a group of friends. Just reading it is belly laugh-inducing. :)

If you have a multi-region DVD player, I could post the first two seasons (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Whose-Line-Is-It-Anyway/dp/B000V6AEYK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379233832&sr=8-1&keywords=whose+line+is+it+anyway+box+set) to you. (£8 new, from a seller on that page).

RedRajah
09-15-2013, 05:27 PM
Sorry, Alessandra. We ended up buying the discs a few years back, so I didn't recall it being THAT pricy... :(

bearilou
09-15-2013, 05:33 PM
:eek: Gaah! Seventy dollars? For two seasons?

Poke around in their used section. I'm seeing a used - like new with the seller being at 100% approval selling for ~$40.00

Alessandra Kelley
09-16-2013, 04:23 PM
" ... and Richard Vranch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Vranch) at the piano." :)

I still have the book I bought as a teenager that detailed how to play the game with a group of friends. Just reading it is belly laugh-inducing. :)

If you have a multi-region DVD player, I could post the first two seasons (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Whose-Line-Is-It-Anyway/dp/B000V6AEYK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379233832&sr=8-1&keywords=whose+line+is+it+anyway+box+set) to you. (£8 new, from a seller on that page).

Richard Vranch, thanks!

The man was a genius. The audience would call out musical styles for improvisational songs and he'd pick up his guitar or keyboard and just ... provide something, in the right style, for the performers to sing to.

As for videos, I won't worry about them. I'm enjoying remembering my favorite moments.

Remember when John Sessions had to make up a folk song about television sets?

He didn't get any musical accompaniment, so he just held his nose for the proper nasal drone and started skipping around in a morris-dance-like circle singing:

"... He danced round the television set!
He drank real ale and a ridiculously long pipe was hanging from his mouth.
His girlfriend her name was Betty.
She changed it into Dandelion Stalk 'cos she was a wanker like him.
And they danced round the television set! ..."

Alessandra Kelley
09-25-2013, 07:03 AM
Whose Line fan "Mark" has transcribed a lot of the song lyrics, sorted by subject:
http://www.whoseline.net/show/trans/song.html