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Never Mind the Full Stops

Never Mind the Full Stops
Presented by Julian Fellowes
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 22
Production
Executive producer(s) Martin Scott
Katie Taylor
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Four
Original run 11 May 2006 (2006-05-11) – 24 April 2007 (2007-04-24)
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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.

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.

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 list

# 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 Liddle
4 1 June 2006 Jessica Fellowes
Gyles Brandreth
Sue Carroll
Roger McGough
5 8 June 2006 Julia Hartley-Brewer
Hugh Dennis
Andy Zaltzman
Roger McGough
6 15 June 2006 Hardeep Singh Kohli
Graeme Garden
Janet Street-Porter
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 Perkins
Daisy Goodwin
Simon Hoggart
10 13 July 2006 Bonnie Greer
Arthur Smith
Victoria Mailer
Rob Deering

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