What's My Line? Series 1
Updated: Dec 24, 2022
Whats My Line? Voted the Best Ever Party Game on TV., Series 1, Pepys Party Games
First Published: 1953, Pepys Party Games
Illustrator or Designer: "Specially adapted by Maurice Winnick"
Contents: 12 cards and 1 Certificate. 1 Rules Sheet.
What's My Line? - Box Top
What's My Line? - Rules
What's My Line? - Certificate
What's My Line? - Sample Card Front
What's My Line? - Sample Card Reverse
What's My Line was a popular BBC Panel Show that initially ran for over 400 episodes between 1951 and 1962. The website UK Game Shows has many photos, anecdotes and details of the original show and its various revivals. One regular panellist and stand in host was Gilbert Harding who had a Pepys Party Game based on another of his programmes "Gilbert Harding’s The Last Word".
Maurice Winnick is mentioned on the box and in the rules as the person responsible for adapting the TV 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. Twenty Questions was another Pepys Party Game.
An episode from 1957 with Eamonn Andrews hosting:
What's My Line - Rules Back, with list of other games available.
The game bears no address and there is no mention of Castell Brothers.