December 12 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 22, 2013
The self-proclaimed antidote to every panel show will deliver some Norfolk squit in aid of the EDP We Care Appeal when it makes its annual reappearance for a festive broadcast.
The Should the Team Think? show will return to Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre next month, to record the quiz with a Norfolk twist ahead of its broadcast on BBC Radio Norfolk over the Christmas period.
The four panellists, including Norfolk’s mardler-in-chief Keith Skipper, will compete for chuckles as they navigate rounds including Call Me an Old Bluffer, Just a Minute and a Half, Would I Fib to You?, and the limerick challenge, where they are asked to compose witty ditties using Norfolk place names.
This year’s show will have a strong newspaper flavour in honour of first-time panellist Nigel Pickover, the editor of the EDP.
He said: “I had a ring-side seat at last year’s show, which was absolutely side-splitting, and now I can’t wait to join the panel myself. I’m sure we will have some great fun celebrating our wonderful county, while raising money for a fantastic cause, and what better location than Cromer Pier, a great north Norfolk destination?”
Mr Pickover will fill the seat last occupied by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, who last year joined the panel for a special event to mark Mr Skipper’s 50th year of celebrating everything Norfolk.
Mr Skipper said: “One of the first things Nigel did when he became editor last year was to come to the last show. He claimed he laughed the whole way through, so we decided to get him on the panel this year.”
He added: “It’s a send-up of all the panel games in history. It offers a very good excuse to get rid of a lot of old Norfolk squit that has been simmering away over the year.”
Olly Day, a local entertainer who is spending his fifth year doing the Christmas end-of-the-pier show in Cromer, will also sit on the panel, along with BBC Look East’s Carol Bundock.
David Clayton, editor of BBC Radio Norfolk, will attempt to keep order as chairman, and said the programme had echoes of a 1950s programme Does the Team Think?, which was created as a light-hearted counterpoint to Any Questions?
Should the Team Think? has its origins in pub talk two decades ago, and a discussion about what to do about a serious debate programme Radio Norfolk held in village halls across the county which suffered from poor audiences.
The BBC men thought about combining the serious work with a fun panel show recorded on the same evening, and a show was born.
Mr Clayton said: “We dared each other to do it, and then we put it on. I remember standing in the wings in Hunstanton saying ‘I hope this works’. We have been doing this panel game for over 20 years. We retired it three years ago, but we brought it back because of public demand. It’s based on every other panel game you have ever seen, but with a Norfolk twist.”
Last year’s show raised £4,258 for the We Care appeal, and organisers are seeking a sponsor for this year’s event. Call 01263 768339.
The show will take place on Friday, October 11. Tickets, which cost £12.50, are on sale from the Cromer Pier box office, cromer-pier.com or 01263 512495.