Never Mind the Full Stops

Never Mind the Full Stops is a British television panel game based on the English language, its idiosyncrasies, and its misuse. It is hosted by the British actor, author and Oscar-winning screenwriter, Julian Fellowes. Each episode lasts 30 minutes. The series was filmed in March 2006 at Channel 4's studios in Horseferry Road, Westminster. It was originally broadcast on BBC Four, and aired on BBC Two from 9 October 2006.

Never Mind the Full Stops
Presented byJulian Fellowes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes22
Production
Executive producer(s)Martin Scott
Katie Taylor
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkBBC Four
Original release11 May 2006 (2006-05-11) –
24 April 2007 (2007-04-24)
External links
Website

Two teams of two people are faced with various questions and challenges concerning English grammar, spelling and usage. The show is divided into rounds, with themes such as identifying the famous author of a badly spoken sentence (John Prescott was one of those picked on in the first episode) and correcting the punctuation in a written sentence. There is also a quick-fire round with questions such as "What is a malapropism?" Points are awarded throughout the show to determine the winning team.

Each show starts with the host giving a 'difficult-to-spell' word and an example mnemonic to help remember that spelling, and by the end of the show the panellists have to have devised their own. In episode one Julian Fellowes gave the example arithmetic: A Rat In The House Might Eat The Ice Cream; and Ned Sherrin's version (which earned his team the win as the final points were tied) was: As Richard Interred The Head Master Every Tiny Infant Cheered. By the end of series 1, even Julian Fellowes had realized that these so-called mnemonics were invariably harder to remember than the spellings – particularly as they were rarely related to the words in question.

Another round featured a film of someone speaking a very obscure UK dialect (often on the verge of extinction), and the teams would have to try to guess what had been said.

The programme's name is derived from that of the long-running pop music panel game Never Mind the Buzzcocks, which is itself taken from the title of the Sex Pistols album, Never Mind the Bollocks.

Episode listEdit

Episode number Air date Team to host's right Team to host's left
1 11 May 2006 Carol Thatcher & Ned Sherrin Janet Street-Porter & David Aaronovitch
2 18 May 2006 Nina Wadia & John Sergeant Tim Brooke-Taylor & Rod Liddle
3 25 May 2006 Bonnie Greer & Dave Gorman Eve Pollard & Rod Liddle2
4 1 June 2006 Jessica Fellowes & Gyles Brandreth Sue Carroll & Roger McGough
5 8 June 2006 Julia Hartley-Brewer & Hugh Dennis Andy Zaltzman & Roger McGough2
6 15 June 2006 Hardeep Singh Kohli & Graeme Garden Janet Street-Porter2& Lembit Opik
7 22 June 2006 Sue Perkins & Nicholas Parsons Pam Ayres & Rob Deering
8 29 June 2006 Jilly Cooper & Paddy O'Connell Marina Hyde & Simon Fanshawe
9 6 July 2006 Henry Blofeld & Sue Perkins2 Daisy Goodwin & Simon Hoggart
10 13 July 2006 Bonnie Greer2 & Arthur Smith Victoria Mailer & Rob Deering2

2 Second appearance.

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