Tuesday, 27 December 2016
572 Whose Baby ?
First viewed : Autumn 1982
This isn't the sort of thing you'd want to admit to watching but at least once, we chose it in preference to Tomorrow's World as a prelude to Top of the Pops.
The show was in its fourth season though they were widely spaced given that the show was entirely dependent on the celebrity birthrate. The first two were in 1973 with David Nixon as host and the third was in 1977 with Roy Castle. This fourth one had smarmy, unfunny Leslie Crowther in the chair . The format was very simple, a panel of guests had to guess the famous parent ( shown to the audience ) of a baby within a certain amount of time by putting questions to the host . The celebrity would then reveal themselves.
By this season the producers had given themselves more room for manoeuvre by having grown-up offspring coming in and answering the questions for themselves though that made it much easier for the panel and doubtless their identity was often twigged straight away ( or even known beforehand ) by a panellist who then eked out the time with pointless questions.
The one I remember featured the daughter of comic actor Arthur English who'd made some tabloid headlines the year before by fathering her at 61 with his second wife who was 36 years younger. The couple split four years later and English died in 1995 when the girl, Clare- Louise, was 14. Despite being partially deaf, she is now a working actress.
Whose Baby ? changed hosts the following year with Bernie Winters taking over until the show's demise in 1988.