Annually Retentive

Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive

Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive is a BBC Three television show, which first aired in the UK in July 2006. It concerns the making of a comedy panel game show called Annually Retentive, themed around historical events, and hosted by Rob Brydon. The show is deliberately parodic, as Brydon plays a hyper-realised (and exaggeratedly nasty) version of himself, while the game show blatantly steals ideas from other, similar shows such as Have I Got News For You and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

Its "show within a show" format is reminiscent of The Larry Sanders Show which explored the blurring of reality and fantasy except with the focus of a talk show as opposed to a panel game. The show cuts between fictionalized scenes that see Brydon and the producers making the panel game, and scenes from the game show itself. These latter segments were filmed in full, as if Annually Retentive were a real show, in front of live audiences at BBC Television Centre who, initially, were not made aware of its intentionally derivative and uninspired nature. A good portion of the game show segments were scripted; however, the panellists were allowed to 'play out' the game as if it were real, and occasionally improvise.

The two team captains are Dave Gorman and Jane Moore.

Each episode was made available to UK viewers to watch on the BBC Three Website a week before it aired. A second series began airing on Monday 30 April 2007 at 10.30pm, the 'gameshow' portion was filmed on the 11 and 12 January 2007.

The first series has been released on DVD.

Dave Gorman has stated that a third series of the show is doubtful.

Episodes guide

Series 1

Air date Episode number Dave Gorman's team Jane Moore's team Also featuring
July 11, 2006 1 Richard Bacon and Gail Porter David Mitchell and Lucy Porter Jonathan Ross
July 18, 2006 2 Steve Furst and John Inverdale Alistair McGowan and Dominik Diamond David Walliams
July 25, 2006 3 Josie D'Arby and Robert Webb Russell Brand and Marcus Brigstocke
August 1, 2006 4 Boyd Hilton and Ronni Ancona Jo Brand and Paul Foot Kirsten O'Brien and Dave Chapman
August 8, 2006 5 Alexei Sayle and Dave Berry Omid Djalili and Bob Mills Sir Elton John, Kirsten O'Brien and Dave Chapman
August 15, 2006 6 Trisha Goddard and Rob Deering Gyles Brandreth and Sue Perkins

Series Two

Air date Episode number Dave Gorman's team Jane Moore's team Also featuring
April 31, 2007 1 Rhys Thomas and Abi Titmuss Richard Herring and Jimmy Carr Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford
May 7, 2007 2 "Weasel" (a bearded BBC studio employee who stood in for June Sarpong after she failed to appear) and Phil Hammond Jennie Bond and Chris Corcoran Claudia Winkleman and Anton du Beke
May 14, 2007 3 Richard Park and Olivia Lee Griff Rhys Jones and Paul Ross Rhys Ifans
May 21, 2007 4 James Corden and Hal Cruttenden Robin Ince and Dave Johns Jimmy Carr
May 28, 2007 5 Frankie Boyle and Kate Lawler Russell Howard and Rory Bremner Tim Key
June 4, 2007 6

  • For episode six the usual gameshow format was changed to show Brydon appearing in a mock-episode of the BBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" series.

Regular cast

Hosted by


Despite the fact that Rob Brydon can perform an uncanny imitation of BBC Radio 2's DJ Ken Bruce, it is actually Ken Bruce's voice that can be heard on the radio.


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