History Series / TheyThinkItsAllOver

24th Nov '15 12:37:03 AM mlsmithca
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* SelfDeprecation: David Gower and Gary Lineker were the objects of constant streams of jokes during their tenures as team captains, but were quite happy to make some of those jokes themselves. David played up his perception as an UpperClassTwit (when Jonathan Ross asked if his house had ever featured on ''Through the Keyhole'', David said it had appeared instead on ''Across the Drawbridge'') and an inconsistent batsman, while Gary joined in the jokes about how he seemed to spend whole matches camped in his opponents' 6-yard box waiting for a cross he could tap into the goal (during a "Feel the Sportsman" featuring badminton players, he felt the net and said he felt right at home in front of a net, and could he stay there for the next 90 minutes?).
22nd Nov '15 7:54:40 PM mlsmithca
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** Gary's team won a Series 10 episode with Audley Harrison and Ashley Giles by the score 17-12. However, the following week, Nick Hancock announced that it had come to light that Rory [=McGrath=] had bribed the booker for "Feel the Sportsman" several weeks earlier to tell him who their subjects would be, and retroactively awarded the episode to David's team.
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** Gary's team won a Series 10 episode with Audley Harrison and Ashley Giles by the score 17-12. However, the following week, after "The Name Game", Nick Hancock announced that it had come to light that Rory [=McGrath=] had bribed the guest booker for "Feel the Sportsman" with champagne several weeks earlier to tell him who their subjects would be, and retroactively awarded the episode to David's team.
22nd Nov '15 7:30:34 PM mlsmithca
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** In a Series 9 episode with Shane Howarth and Rich Hall, Gary's team were the winners, but it was discovered that Rich Hall had sneaked a look at the cards for "The Name Game" before the round began, and David's team were declared the winners instead. At the next recording, Gary was replaced as team captain by his ''Series/MatchOfTheDay'' co-presenter Mark Lawrenson for, according to Nick Hancock, "bringing the programme into disrepute".
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** In a Series 9 episode with Shane Howarth and Rich Hall, Gary's team were the winners, but it was discovered that Rich Hall had sneaked a look at the cards for "The Name Game" before the round began, and David's team were declared the winners instead. At the next recording, Gary was replaced as team captain by his ''Series/MatchOfTheDay'' co-presenter Mark Lawrenson for, according to Nick Hancock, "bringing the programme into disrepute".disrepute". ** Gary's team won a Series 10 episode with Audley Harrison and Ashley Giles by the score 17-12. However, the following week, Nick Hancock announced that it had come to light that Rory [=McGrath=] had bribed the booker for "Feel the Sportsman" several weeks earlier to tell him who their subjects would be, and retroactively awarded the episode to David's team.

* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Especially when they're the subject of "Feel the Sportsman", as happened when serial sporting streaker Mark Roberts was David and Jonathan's subject in a Series 10 episode with Audley Harrison and Ashley Giles (his reproductive area was, of course, censored). Though they were unable to identify Roberts, it didn't take David and Jonathan long to realise there was something unusual about their guest, making them ''very'' reluctant to get too close.
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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Especially when they're the subject of "Feel the Sportsman", as happened when serial sporting streaker Mark Roberts was David and Jonathan's subject in a Series 10 episode with Audley Harrison and Ashley Giles (his (Roberts had already featured in "What's Going On?" after streaking at a Wimbledon singles match involving Anna Kournikova; his reproductive area was, of course, censored). Though they were unable to identify Roberts, it didn't take David and Jonathan long to realise there was something unusual about their guest, making them ''very'' reluctant to get too close.
21st Nov '15 4:54:38 PM mlsmithca
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* CouchGag: Nick Hancock would often include a topical gag at the end of each show (usually beginning with "We're all off to...") between thanking the panellists and signing off. Just to give a few examples: ** In a Series 5 episode with John Moloney and then-Minister of Sport Tony Banks MP, Nick joked that the latter's appearance on the programme might have repercussions by saying, "We're all off to see if Tony's still got a job." ** In a Series 9 episode with Nasser Hussain and James Hewitt, Nick acknowledged Hewitt's reputation as a serial womaniser (whose past loves included the late Diana, Princess of Wales) by saying, "We're all off home to our wives before James gets there." ** In a Series 12 episode with Ricky Tomlinson and David Elleray, Nick did a CallBack to a story about referees being prohibited from having marital relations the night before a match to keep them from being distracted on the pitch by saying, "It's Friday night, so we're all off to meet up with some referees' wives." ** In a Series 15 episode with guest captain Steve Davis (replacing David), Steve Rider, and Ronnie O'Sullivan, Nick did a CallBack to a story about a streaker at a snooker tournament who wore a Sven-Goran Eriksson mask by saying, "We're all off to confiscate Rory's Sven mask."

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* SigningOffCatchPhrase: Nick Hancock would end each show by thanking the panellists, possibly followed by a topical gag, and then he would deliver a TitleDrop by saying, "My name's Nick Hancock, they think it's all over, it is now."
21st Nov '15 10:33:28 AM mlsmithca
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* CheatersNeverProsper: The teams were not above bending or breaking the rules in the interest of getting points ([[RuleOfFunny especially if it provided laughs]]), but they weren't always allowed to get away with it.
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* CheatersNeverProsper: The teams were not above bending or breaking the rules in the interest of getting points ([[RuleOfFunny especially if it provided laughs]]), but they weren't always allowed to get away with it. Gary Lineker's team, especially Rory [=McGrath=], were by far the most frequent offenders.

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* CheatersNeverProsper: The teams were not above bending or breaking the rules in the interest of getting points ([[RuleOfFunny especially if it provided laughs]]), but they weren't always allowed to get away ** In a Series 13 episode with it.guest captains Matthew Pinsent (replacing David) and Steve Davis (replacing Gary) and guests John Francome and Jo Brand, Rory [=McGrath=] somehow knew the name of a Swedish comedy duo, and Nick Hancock announced the following week that "an independent investigation" had concluded that although there was no obvious evidence of cheating, precedent suggested that "Rory [=McGrath=] is a big fat cheating git." He retroactively awarded the episode to David's team.
20th Nov '15 11:45:30 PM mlsmithca
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* AccidentalMisnaming: In a Series 13 episode with Kevin Flynn and James Cracknell, Nick Hancock accidentally addressed Kevin as Mike - twice. When Kevin corrected him, David Gower "accidentally" addressed him as Mike as well. This became a RunningGag for the rest of the episode, and when Jonathan Ross accidentally referred to Gary Lineker's ''Series/MatchOfTheDay'' co-presenter as Mike Lawrenson, the production team decided to join in the joke as well and displayed the scores at the end of the first round as "03 Mike - Mike 03".
20th Nov '15 9:55:50 PM mlsmithca
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'''Rory [=McGrath=]:''' Come on, come on!
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'''Rory [=McGrath=]:''' Come on, come on!on!\\
20th Nov '15 9:55:25 PM mlsmithca
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* HurricaneOfPuns: A clip of cows re-enacting the Euro 2000 semi-final between Italy and the Netherlands in a Series 11 episode with Dion Dublin and Ralf Little sparked one of these: -->'''Gary Lineker:''' [[BestialityIsDepraved That's one of Rory's dreams, wasn't it?]] ''Cow''denbeath versus ''Udders''field! ''(audience cheers)''\\ '''Nick Hancock:''' It's Frisian out there! ''(mix of laughter and groans)'' I'm giving an example of the sort of stuff he would do, obviously I wouldn't ''choose'' to do that joke.\\ '''Jonathan Ross:''' But Nick, that wasn't a bad joke, but then you had to go and milk it.\\ '''Rory [=McGrath=]:''' Come on, come on! '''Nick:''' Well, at least I have the bottle! ''(thumps desk)'' That's enough!\\ '''Dion Dublin:''' Did we see Steve Bull in that clip, maybe?\\ '''Jonathan:''' You're joking, but that clip frightened the life out of me! That was like a frightening vision of the future where cows rule the world! Playing football with a giant ball made out of human skin! And watch a lovely light-hearted TV sports quiz like this one where everyone is a cow! Apart from me, because even in that world I could still get the cow ladies to lactate lovingly. ''(licks lips suggestively, then winks)''\\ '''Gary:''' Jonathan! Did you get the horn?\\ '''Jonathan:''' Bullocks!\\ '''Ralf Little:''' They watch ''They Think It's All Clover''.\\ '''Nick:''' Oh, please, God, let me die now!
20th Nov '15 9:10:31 PM mlsmithca
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* BitingTheHandHumour: One of the series' {{Running Gag}}s was Creator/TheBBC's steady loss of the broadcasting rights to most major sporting events to Creator/{{ITV}} and [=BSkyB=] (Gary Lineker was particularly put out when ''Series/MatchOfTheDay'' gave way to ITV's ''The Premiership'' in 2001), resulting in many jokes about the corporation being reduced to showing under-16s badminton, shove ha'penny, and the World Gurning Championships.[[note]] "Gurning" being a slang term for pulling a grotesque face; footage of the world championships was shown in a "What's Going On?" round for a Series 5 episode with Tony Banks and John Moloney.[[/note]] On several episodes, the panellists joked that the mass migration of sport broadcasts meant ''They Think It's All Over'' had become the BBC's flagship sport programme.
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* BitingTheHandHumour: One of the series' {{Running Gag}}s was Creator/TheBBC's steady loss of the broadcasting rights to most major sporting events to Creator/{{ITV}} and [=BSkyB=] (Gary Lineker was particularly put out when ''Series/MatchOfTheDay'' gave way to ITV's ''The Premiership'' in 2001), resulting in many jokes about the corporation being reduced to showing under-16s badminton, conkers (then-''Grandstand'' presenter Steve Rider joked that they only had highlights), the World Whistling Championship, shove ha'penny, and the World Gurning Championships.[[note]] "Gurning" being a slang term for pulling a grotesque face; footage of the world championships was shown in a "What's Going On?" round for a Series 5 episode with Tony Banks and John Moloney.[[/note]] On several episodes, the panellists joked that the mass migration of sport broadcasts meant ''They Think It's All Over'' had become the BBC's flagship sport programme.
20th Nov '15 9:05:41 PM mlsmithca
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* ThatCameOutWrong: One of the series' {{Running Gag}}s was the perception that golfer Colin Montgomerie had breasts. In a Series 15 episode with guest captain Steve Davis (replacing David), ''Grandstand'' presenter Steve Rider, and Ronnie O'Sullivan, Rider told a story about interviewing Montgomerie after a mediocre round at the PGA Championship at Wentworth just after he and his wife had had their second child. First, Rider said the aim of the interview was to portray "Monty" as a "rounded individual", and immediately apologised for his poor choice of words. He then recalled that he had asked Montgomerie if the new baby had disrupted his sleeping pattern. Montgomerie replied, "Oh, we've got all that sorted out... my wife breastfeeds up until 9:00, and then I take over." Rider concluded, "And you think, 'you try and help a fellow...'"
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