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  • Peter Berthoud

Twenty Questions - Series 1

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

Twenty Questions, The Ever Popular Radio Game, Pepys Party Games


First Published: 1953, Pepys Party Games

Illustrator or Designer: "Specially adapted by Maurice Winnick"


Contents: 12 Cards, 1 Rules Sheet.


Twenty Questions - Box Top

Twenty Questions - Box Top


Twenty Questions - Rules

Twenty Questions - Rules


Twenty Questions - Example Card No. 1

Twenty Questions - Example Card No. 1


The website UK Game Shows has details of the various versions of Twenty Questions that have been aired since the shows debut in 1947.


When the Pepys Party Game was first released in 1955 Gilbert Harding was the chair of the panel. His reign came to an end after he drunkenly finished one programme early with the words "I'm fed up with this idiotic game; as for the score, if you've been listening you won't need it; if you haven't, you won't want it. I'm going home.". The undated episode below was recorded in Brighton with Gilbert Harding in the chair.



Maurice Winnick is mentioned on the box and in the rules as the person responsible for adapting the Radio programme for this game. Maurice Winnick (1902-1962) was a dance band leader of the 1930s & 40s. He later became a broadcasting producer specialising in radio and TV gameshows. He imported Twenty Questions and acquired the rights for What's My Line from the US for the BBC. What's My Line was another Pepys Party Game.

Twenty Questions - Rules Back, with list of other games available.

Twenty Questions - Rules Back, with list of other games available.


The game bears no address and there is no mention of Castell Brothers.




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