- Call My Bluff
show_name = Call My Bluff
runtime = 30 minutes
Robin Ray Frank Muir Robert Morley Joe Melia
Arthur Marshall Bob Holness Alan Coren Sandi Toksvig Fiona Bruce Rod Liddle
country = UK
network = BBC2 (1965-88)
first_aired = BBC2 series:
17 October 1965
22 December 1988Special 16 April 1994BBC One series 13 May 1996– 17 July 2005|
"Call My Bluff" was a long-running British
game show(adapted for BBC televisionby Philip Hindin from a short-lived US Goodson-Todman show of the same title) between two teams of three celebrity contestants. The point of the game is for the teams to take it in turn to provide three definitions of an obscure word, only one of which is correct. The other team then has to guess which is the correct definition, the other two being "bluffs". It was brought back to BBC TV by producer Richard Lewis.
Examples of words used in "Call my Bluff", taken from a book published in connection with the show in 1972, are "Queach, Strongle, Ablewhacket, Hickboo, Jargoon, Zurf, Morepork" and "Jirble". "Queach", for instance, was defined as 'a malicious caricature,' 'a cross between a quince and a peach,' or 'a mini-jungle of mixed vegetation.' The first and second of those particular definitions are bluffs. The U.S. version ran from March-June 1965, broadcast on
NBC. Bill Leydenwas the host; Bill Wendellthe announcer. Despite its short run, Milton Bradley issued a home version board game during the summer of that year.
The show ran on
BBC 2from 1965 to 1988. The original host was Robin Ray, later succeeded by Joe Melia, Peter Wheeler and finally Robert Robinson. Robert Morleyand Frank Muircaptained the teams. Morley was succeeded by Patrick Campbell, who was in turn succeeded by Arthur Marshall. It finished after Marshall's death, although a general change in the tone and atmosphere of broadcasting at the time may also have affected its temporary demise.
The show was resurrected in 1996 after an 8-year rest (apart from one special edition for BBC2's thirtieth birthday in 1994), now as a daytime series on
BBC 1. Alan Corenand Sandi Toksvigbecame the team captains, and Bob Holnessreplaced Robinson as chairman.
In 2003, Toksvig was replaced by the journalist
Rod Liddle, and newsreader Fiona Brucetook the chair. The series finished again in 2005.
A similar gameshow ran on
MTV3in Finlandbetween 2001 and 2003, called "Kuutamolla" ("In the Moonlight"), except with fewer celebrities and a focus on anecdotes about the lives of the guests, rather than on word meanings.
"Call my Bluff" by Frank Muir and Patrick Campbell, published by Eyre Methuen, London, 1972.
*On the musical episode of "
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps" (more commonly known in the UK as "Two Pints") Donna Henshaw and Janet Keogh (played by Natalie Caseyand Sheridan Smith) Sing:-Smith - "Skankarific's not a word!"Casey - "It means teriffically skankified, it was on Call My Bluff"
* In the "Europe" episode of QI, Series E, a segment was featured entitled "Call My Euro Bluff", featuring stories about laws in the EU. The panel then had to decide whether each story was true or a "bløff".
Wordplay (game show)
* [http://www.ukgameshows.com/index.php/Call_My_Bluff "Call My Bluff"] at
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