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 by||Julian Fellowes|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Executive producer(s)||Martin Scott|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||BBC Four|
|Original release||11 May 2006 –|
24 April 2007
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.
|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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