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Encyclopedia > Quote... Unquote
Quote... Unquote
Genre Panel game
Running time 30 minutes
Country Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Languages English
Home station BBC Radio 4
Starring Nigel Rees
Creators Nigel Rees
Narrated by (Readers)
Peter Jefferson
William Franklyn
Air dates 1976 to 
No. of episodes 410 so far
Opening theme Duddly Dell, written and performed by Dudley Moore
Website Quote... Unquote

Quote... Unquote is a good-humoured panel game broadcast on BBC Radio 4 based on quotations. Every episode since the beginning of the series in 1976 has been chaired by its inventor, Nigel Rees. Its 40th series was broadcast in 2007. Formerly broadcast on a Monday evening, it can now be heard in a new daytime midweek slot. A game show is a radio or television program, involving members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, playing a game, perhaps involving answering quiz questions, for points or prizes. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... old Radio 4 logo BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Nigel Rees (born June 5, 1944, near Liverpool) is a British author and presenter, best known for devising and hosting the Radio 4 panel game Quote Unquote and for his keen interest in the use and misuse of the English language. ... Peter Jefferson is a BBC Radio 4 continuity announcer. ... William Leo Franklyn (22 September 1925 – 31 October 2006) was a British actor, perhaps best known for voicing the Schhh. ... Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002), was an Academy-Award nominated British comedian, actor and musician. ... Quote Unquote Records is an internet-based independent record label founded and run by Bomb the Music Industry! and The Arrogant Sons of Bitches frontman Jeff Rosenstock. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A game show is a radio or television program, involving members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, playing a game, perhaps involving answering quiz questions, for points or prizes. ... old Radio 4 logo BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... For the Wikipedia quotation templates, see Category:Quotation templates. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nigel Rees (born June 5, 1944, near Liverpool) is a British author and presenter, best known for devising and hosting the Radio 4 panel game Quote Unquote and for his keen interest in the use and misuse of the English language. ...


The main part of the programme consists of a just-for-fun quiz where the chairman asks each of the four panellists in turn to identify where a certain quotation, phrase or saying comes from. In between these rounds, the panellists are asked to share some of their favourite quotations on a specified theme. Other parts of the programme are devoted to answering listeners' queries about the sources of quotations and the origins of everyday phrases and idioms.


The programme uses voice-over artists to read the quotations. In recent years the main reader was William Franklyn (who died in 2006) and then Peter Jefferson.


A number of notable comedy stars have produced the programme, including John Lloyd (Blackadder producer and devisor of QI), TV executive Geoffrey Perkins, Have I Got News for You producer Harry Thompson and satirist Armando Iannucci. John Lloyd (born 1951 in Dover, England; birth name: John Hardress Wilfred Lloyd), British comedy writer and producer. ... For other uses, see Blackadder (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see QI (disambiguation). ... Geoffrey Perkins has been a central figure in British comedy broadcasting. ... Have I Got News for You is a British television panel show; produced by Hat Trick Productions for the BBC. It is based loosely on the BBC Radio 4 show The News Quiz, and has been running since 1990. ... Harry Thompson (1960-2005) was a British comedy writer and producer. ... Armando Iannucci (born 1964, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish comedian, satirist and radio producer. ...


The programme's theme tune, between which snatches of quotations are inserted at the beginning of each show, is called "Duddly Dell", written and performed by Dudley Moore — the B-side of the single "Strictly for the Birds" (1961). Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002), was an Academy-Award nominated British comedian, actor and musician. ...


The show is regularly mocked on I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, another Radio 4 panel game, which shared the Monday 6:30pm timeslot, until Quote Unquote's demotion to lunchtime transmission. Notably, Clue's (fictional) correspondent Mrs Trellis of North Wales once wrote in saying that Quote Unquote always reminded her of the popular phrase "Dull as ditchwater". Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, sometimes abbreviated to ISIHAC or simply Clue, is a BBC radio comedy which has run since 1972-04-11. ... A demotion is the reduction of rank or position in an organizational hierarchy system. ...


External links

  • Nigel Rees' official Quote.. Unquote website
  • Radio 4's page

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