Tarby's Frame Game



Jimmy Tarbuck


Sharon Moulden

Voiceover: Tony Schaeffer


Yorkshire Television in assocation with Bernstein/Hovis Productions, Columbia Pictures Television and Action Time for ITV, 24 May 1987 to 7 July 1989 (36 episodes in 3 series)


The main point of this show was to work out a missing link between two words like this: GREEN ----- PARTY, where the missing word is HOUSE, Greenhouse and House Party. So bog-standard it hurts. Not too unlike the 'Answer Smash' round in Richard Osman's House of Games, except that the latter show actually joins the two phrases together, 'Tarby's Frame Game' always kept them separate.

There were three chances to guess the missing word in a frame, for 30, 20 and 10 points. The missing word in each case was the same, but they got gradually easier as the points dropped.

The end game was quite clever though, one member of the couple gets the middle words and has to construct the frame around it, their partner then has to guess the middle words from the words their partner has given them. If they got all five frames, they'd win a big prize; there'd be a half-decent consolation if not.

Theme music

Title Music composed by Glen Mason and Derek Austin. Incidental Music composed by Robert Hartley.


The three series of Tarby's Frame Game aired on all evenings of the weekend. The first series went out on Sundays at 7.15pm to fill the void for Catchphrase, the second series aired on Saturdays (initially 6.15, later moving to 7.30), and the third series on Fridays at 7.00pm.

Web links

Wikipedia entry

See also

The Common Denominator


Part 1 of an episode from 1987.


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