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Encyclopedia > They Think It's All Over (TV series)
They Think It's All Over
Genre Quiz show, Comedy
Running time 30 minutes
Creator(s) Bill Matthews, Simon Bullivant
Starring Nick Hancock (host, 1995–2005)
Lee Mack (host, 2005–2006)
Original channel BBC One
Original run 1995 – 2006

They Think It's All Over (1995-2006) is the name of a British satirical game show with a sporting theme produced by TalkbackTHAMES and shown on BBC One. The show's name is taken from Kenneth Wolstenholme's famous 1966 World Cup commentary quotation, "they think it's all over...it is now!" and the show has heightened the popularity of the phrase. In 2006 the show was axed after 11 years of being on-air. [1]. Nick Hancock (born January 25, 1962, Stoke-on-Trent) is a British actor and television presenter. ... Lee Mack is an English stand-up comedian and television performer, easily recognisable because of his spindly, almost scarecrow-like frame. ... BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the primary channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... A game show involves members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, playing a game, perhaps involving answering quiz questions, for points or prizes. ... talkbackTHAMES is a British television production company, a division of FremantleMedia (part of the RTL Group). ... BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the primary channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... Kenneth Wolstenholme, DFC (born Worsley, Lancashire,. July 17, 1920; died March 25, 2002) was the original football commentator for BBC television in the 1950s and 1960s, responsible for the games most famous commentary phrase. ... 1966 was the year that the Football World Cup went back to the country that first conceived football: England. ... They think its all over is a catch phrase popular in England. ...



The show was originally presented by comedian Nick Hancock. Ex-England football team captain Gary Lineker and ex-England cricket team captain David Gower were the show's team captains from 1995 until they announced their retirement from the show in 2003. They were replaced as team captains by ex-England football goalkeeper David Seaman and ex-England cricketer Phil Tufnell. Former footballer Ian Wright took over from David Seaman in autumn 2004. From October 2005, Boris Becker replaced Phil Tufnell and Lee Mack took over from Nick Hancock as host. A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... Nick Hancock (born January 25, 1962, Stoke-on-Trent) is a British actor and television presenter. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Gary Winston Lineker, OBE (born 30 November 1960 in Leicester) is a former English international football striker who scored ten goals in two World Cups for the England national team and is currently a sports broadcaster for the BBC. He is also known for appearing in adverts for the Walkers... For the insect, see Cricket (insect). ... David Ivon Gower (born April 1, 1957) is a famous cricketer, former captain of the England side. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A football goalkeeper leaves the ground to parry a shot on goal In many team sports, a goalkeeper (termed goaltender, or goalie in some sports) is a designated player that is charged with directly preventing the opposite team from scoring by defending the goal. ... David Andrew Seaman MBE (born 19 September 1963 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire) is a former English football goalkeeper who played for several clubs, most notably Arsenal and most recently with Manchester City. ... Philip (Phil) Clive Roderick Tufnell (born April 29, 1966 in Barnet, Hertfordshire) is an English cricketer and television personality. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... For the host of Globe Trekker (Pilot Guides), see Ian Wright (traveller). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in October 28: Richard Smalley 26: Emil Kyulev 24: José Azcona del Hoyo 24: Rosa Parks 23: Stella Obasanjo 22: Liam Lawlor 22: Shirley Horn 20: Endon Mahmood 17: Ba Jin 10: Milton Obote 7: Charles... Boris Franz Becker (b. ... Lee Mack is an English stand-up comedian and television performer, easily recognisable because of his spindly, almost scarecrow-like frame. ...

Occasionally, a team captain was unable to appear on the show due to other commitments (for example David Gower going to commentate on the cricket for Sky Sports), so guest captains have been drafted in. Six times World Snooker Champion Steve Davis has been a guest captain, as have Matthew Pinsent, Mark Lawrenson, Mick McCarthy, Sam Torrance, Steve Backley, Sharron Davies, Linford Christie and Michael Johnson. Ian Wright also appeared as a guest captain before becoming a permanent team captain. Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels operated by British Sky Broadcasting. ... Steve Davis OBE (born August 22, 1957) is an English professional snooker player who was born in London and lives in Brentwood, Essex with his wife and two sons. ... Sir Matthew Pinsent (born 10 October 1970) is a British rowing champion and four-time Olympic gold medallist. ... Mark Thomas Lawrenson (born Preston, Lancashire, June 2, 1957) was a defender in the Liverpool and Irish football teams of the 1980s; he later became a prominent radio and television pundit for the BBC. // Mark Lawrenson began his career, as a 17 year-old, with his hometown club, Preston North... Michael Joseph McCarthy (born 7 February 1959) is a former professional football player who moved into club management with Millwall, the Republic of Ireland, Sunderland, and currently Wolverhampton Wanderers. ... Sam Torrance (b. ... Stephen James (Steve) Backley (born February 12, 1969) is a former British athlete specialising in the javelin. ... Sharron Davies, MBE (born November 1, 1962) is one of Britains most successful swimmers ever. ... Linford Christie, OBE (born April 2, 1960) is an former English athlete, and the only English man to win Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European 100 m gold medals. ... Michael Johnson Michael Duane Johnson, (born September 13, 1967), is a U.S. former sprinter who holds world records in the 200 m (19. ...

Each team also has a regular panellist. For the team which was originally captained by Gary Lineker this has been Rory McGrath since the show's inception. David Gower was originally teamed up with Lee Hurst. Lee left the show in 1998 due to ankylosing spondylitis (although he made a reappearance in 2004 on David Seaman's team) and was replaced for the next two series by a rotating line-up of comedians - Jonathan Ross, Jo Brand, Alan Davies and Phill Jupitus. Ross became the permanent panellist until leaving the show in 2006, and was replaced by Sean Lock for the World Cup and summer sports special editions. The third member of each team varies from week to week, and is usually a notable sportsperson or comedian. Rory McGrath (born March 3, 1956 in Cornwall) is a British comedian. ... Lee Hurst is a comedian who runs his own club, Lee Hursts Backyard Comedy club, in Londons East End. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Joanne Brand was born 3rd May 1957 in Hastings, East Sussex. ... Alan Davies, as seen in the Jonathan Creek TV series. ... Phill Jupitus (born March 6, 1962 in Newport, Isle of Wight) is a British comedian. ... Sean Lock (born 1963) is an English comedian. ... Qualifying countries The Italian team celebrating with the cup, July 9 2006 The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th staging of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international association football world championship tournament. ... Reefer Madness was issued in a Special Addiction as a reference to the cult films ironic appeal. ...


Throughout the series, the rounds have varied each week. Here are some of them.

  • Excuses, where the teams are shown a clip of a sportsperson or a team, and are asked what excuse they gave for a sporting or personal misdemeanour. Examples include Tommy Docherty explaining that Scotland lost 7-0 in the 1954 World Cup to Uruguay because "they were shattered just standing for the National Anthem", and Scottish tennis player Andy Murray claimed that he vomited on the court at the US Open in 2005 because he'd been drinking an isotonic drink to stop him from cramping, but he drank too much too quickly.
  • Celebrations, where the teams are shown a clip of a sportsperson celebrating in a fanciful way, and are asked what the celebration is in aid of. Examples include Arsenal striker Thierry Henry celebrating a goal by recreating the Budweiser "Whassup?" advert, and Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær celebrating a goal by recreating a pose of his boyhood hero Elvis Presley
  • Sporting Bluff, in which the teams are given three statements about a sportsperson and have to guess which one is true. For example, golfer Nick Faldo burst into tears on live television when he was either a) fined £50 for slow play; b) his wife had an affair with Noel Edmonds or c) he was teased about his haircut.
  • What's Going On?, where the teams are shown a sporting clip and are asked to decipher what's going on, quite literally. Examples include former cricket umpire Dickie Bird taking part in a photo opportunity with the Yorkshire players picked for the England cricket team, dressed in a chef's outfit and cooking them Yorkshire puddings, and serial practical joker (and Éric Cantona lookalike) Karl Power joining the Manchester United team for a photo before a Champions League match in 2001.
  • Photo-fit, where the teams are shown a picture of three sportspersons merged into one. The teams then have to guess who they are. Sometimes after the sportspersons are revealed, they are asked for the connection between them for a bonus point.
  • Author Author, in which the teams hear a quote, and have to guess which sportsperson said it. Quotes include former Liverpool FC manager Gérard Houllier on why he turns down offers of international coaching and a quote from athlete Roger Black's autobiography on his admiration of David Gower.
  • Sing When You're Winning, in which the teams must complete the lyrics to a chant performed by football fans or the Barmy Army.
  • Handbags, where the teams must work out the reasons of a rift between sportspersons. Examples of rifts include football team Peterborough United FC and Victoria Beckham over the rights to use the nickname "Posh", and athlete David Bedford and communications company InfoNXX over the 118 118 runners looking like him.
  • Grandstand, in which the teams are shown a bizarre multi-sport event and are asked to come up with events played in them. These include, the Eskimo Olympics, the Naked Olympics and the Tough Guy Sports.
  • The Treble, where the teams are shown three sportspersons and three items, and have to link each sportsperson to an item.
  • Electronic Pencil, where the teams are shown a sporting clip, which is stopped before the action gets exciting, and the teams have to draw where the sportsman or the ball is going to go. The round was dropped after series 2, but revived for the 100th show in 2001.
  • Injury Board, in which the teams pick a number between 1 and 12. Behind each number is a sports person and another person or item, and work out how the latter injured the former. Examples include Newbury rugby club and some Vaseline (to which guest Julian Clary suggested "maybe there was sand in it.") and Dennis Wise and a toilet seat.
  • Feel The Sportsman, one of the most popular rounds of the show, in which the regular panelists have to try to identify a mystery guest, or their sporting notability, by touch whilst blindfolded. Guests subjected to a groping include Will Carling, Ashia Hansen, Victor Obugu, Jonah Lomu, Andy Fordham and, of course, some female lacrosse, rugby and cricket players, especially when Rory McGrath is involved. One notable variant in 2001 saw the regulars feeling an animal, having been shown a clip of Sven-Göran Eriksson on the Italian version of the show in a "Feel the Animal" round. David Gower and Jonathan Ross correctly guessed their animal (a zebra) but Gary Lineker and Rory McGrath failed to get theirs (an alligator - they failed to even touch it), with McGrath removing his blindfold and running off the set in panic. Another famous example involved a slight change in the rules, in that Sharron Davies, who was a guest (rather than a regular) contestant took part in the feeling. The sportsman was her then husband Derek Redmond, whom she failed to recognise.
  • Claim To Fame, introduced in 2005, in which a sportsperson is subjected to a line of questioning by the panel. as to their claim to fame. Mystery people include Paul Barber, a member of the gold medal winning British 1988 Olympic hockey team, Judy Grinham, gold medal winning 100m backstroke swimmer at the 1956 Olympics, and Tommy Gemmill, one of the Celtic FC European Cup winning team of 1967.
  • The Physical Challenge, where the teams are subject to displaying their physique on an exercise bike, tricycle or other exercise apparatus. The harder they pedal, the faster an image appears on screen, and the teams have to name the image before moving onto the next one. The team captain starts off before a klaxon is sounded, then the regular sidekick takes over. Occasionally, the guests had a go. This round only lasted throughout the 2004 series.
  • The Name Game, in which the regular sidekick has to give clues about a famous sportsperson for the other team members to guess. Variants include the sidekick having to draw the clues, give clues as to team names, do impressions or a mime of the sportsperson.
  • Sporting Vogue, introduced in 2005, where the team captain has to strike a famous pose by a sportsperson for their teammates to guess.

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Show Trivia

The show has been said to be the sporting equivalent of the BBC's similarly satirical news quiz Have I Got News For You. However the sports show style tends to be more laddish and crude than its news counterpart, and many of the rounds are variations on the more family orientated sports quiz A Question of Sport. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... A Question of Sport is a long-running BBC quiz show which started on 5 January 1970 and continues to this day. ...

The show was originally produced for BBC Radio 5, where it was hosted by Des Lynam. BBC Radio Five Live is the radio service providing live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries. ... Desmond Michael Lynam (born September 17, 1942 in Ennis, Ireland) is an Irish-born British sports presenter and game show host on British television and radio. ...

In 1999 and 2001, as part of the BBC's Comic Relief broadcasts, one-off special programmes were made called Have I Got Buzzcocks All Over, which combined elements of the show with Have I Got News for You and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, with Angus Deayton as host. Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Never Mind the Buzzcocks is a comedy panel game show with a pop and rock music theme, produced by talkbackTHAMES for the BBC, and usually aired on BBC Two. ... Gordon Angus Deayton (born January 6, 1956) is an English comic actor and television presenter. ...

Kenneth Wolstenholme was reportedly unhappy with the use of the phrase for the title of the show.[citation needed]


After two specials in June 2006, the show was cancelled by the BBC. BBC One controller Peter Fincham (who worked for Talkback Productions when the show started) said the show had reached a "natural conclusion", adding "They Think It's all Over has had a great run on BBC ONE lasting 11 years. It re-wrote the rule book by bringing comedy and sport together in a fresh and anarchic way. It's featured a great range of comedians rubbing shoulders with Olympic gold medalists and world champions, and has been sheer unadulterated fun." At the British Comedy Awards on 13 December 2006, Jonathan Ross said he would love to give an award to whoever made the decision to cancel the show. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

DVD and video releases


  • They Think It's All Over - 10th Anniversary (2005)


  • They Think It's All Over - No Holds Barred (1996)
  • They Think It's All Over - Full Throttle (1997)
  • They Think It's All Over - Below The Belt (1998)
  • They Think It's All Over - Complete (1999)- Existing No Holds Barred and Below The Belt videos re-packaged as a double video set.
  • They Think It's All Over- Ungentlemanly Conduct (2000)

Other releases

  • The "They Think It's All Over" Annual (1997)- an annual which parodied the style of children's comic annuals.
  • They Think It's All Over (1998)- audiobook highlights compilation, part of the Canned Laughter series of releases.

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External link

  • UK Gameshows Page



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