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February 04, 2007

A threesome of note!

When this week's show begins, it will be the 28th occasion that Sir Clement Freud, Paul Merton and Graham Norton have appeared on the same show together - that's almost half of the total shows Graham has done.

They're far and away the most frequent trio of those still alive. Well behind are Clement, Paul and Tony Hawks on 17, Clement, Paul and Julian Clary on 13, Clement, Paul and Stephen Fry on 10, and Clement, Paul and Liza Tarbuck on 10.

They're always interesting together - Clement said once in an interview that the reason he kept doing the show was that he always enjoying competing with Paul and Graham - they were the two he singled out.

I think I'm right in saying that Paul and Graham - for a time the two biggest TV comics in Britain - have never appeared together except on JAM. Graham has never done any of Paul's other shows, Paul has never appeared on any of Graham's other shows. Their styles are completely different - I think both might realise the other is capable of comedic feats the other just couldn't achieve...

Here's a list of the shows which have had Clement, Paul and Graham together - they have been together at least once in every year since 1997.

1997 - two shows with Peter Jones
1999 - three shows with Fred MacAulay, one show with Richard Morton, two shows with Linda Smith
2000 - one show with Ross Noble, one show with Greg Proops.
2001 - two shows with Sue Perkins, two shows with Barry Cryer, two shows with Linda.
2002 - two shows with Sheila Hancock, one show with Liza Tarbuck.
2003 - one show with Sheila Hancock (35th anniversary special), one show with Liza, one show with Linda.
2004 - one show with Linda.
2005 - two shows with Linda.
2006 - two shows with Jenny Eclair.

For those interested the top 10 trios in JAM history are...

Clement, Peter and Kenneth Williams 140
Clement, Kenneth and Derek Nimmo 139
Kenneth, Peter and Derek 88
Clement, Peter and Derek 82
Kenneth, Derek and Sheila 40
Clement, Kenneth and Andree Melly 39
Clement, Kenneth and Sheila 38
Kenneth, Peter and Sheila 37
Clement, Peter and Paul 36
Clement, Derek and Andree 30

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please identify the episodes that Fry has been on. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you-- a threesome of thanks.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Dean said...

Please email me at dbedford@ihug.co.nz - I am happy to get this info for you but I don't want to fill the comments with it.
Thanks.

2:49 PM  

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