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  • Ian Messiter

    Just a Minute was devised by the late Ian Messiter, who came up with the idea on the top of a number 13 bus, where he suddenly remembered the ordeal of speaking for one minute without hesitation or deviation being meted out by one of his school masters to his class. This challenging task is hilariously attempted by a host of top comedians and entertainers in these four great shows from 2005. Panellists include Paul Merton, Graham Norton, Clement Freud, Linda Smith, Tony Hawks, Sue Perkins, Stephen Fry, Jenny Eclair, Julian Clary, Ross Noble, Lisa Tarbuck, Tim Rice and Wendy...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    Just as uproariously funny and terrifically popular today as when it first began on BBC Radio 4 in 1968, Just a Minute challenges contestants to speak for one minute on a given subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation. Its mix of irreverent fun and ferocious competition has always attracted stellar names from the world of comedy and theatre, all of whom pit their wits and their wit against regular players including Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Derek Nimmo, Peter Jones and Paul Merton. Among the guests in these four archive programmes are Peter Cook, Barry Took, Victoria Wood, Wendy Richard and Stephen Fry. Nicholas Parsons, who has been at the helm of the series since it...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    Just as uproariously funny – and terrifically popular – today as when it first began on BBC Radio 4 in 1967, Just a Minute challenges contestants to speak for one minute on a given subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation. Its mix of irreverent fun and ferocious competition has always attracted stellar names from the world of comedy and theatre, all of whom pit their wits and their wit against regular players including Kenneth Williams, Paul Merton, Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud and Peter Jones. Among the guests in these four archive programmes are Maureen Lipman, Geraldine Jones, Sheila Hancock, Alfred Marks, John Junkin and Tim Rice. Nicholas Parsons, who has been at the...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    This special celebratory selection of episodes marks the 40th anniversary of Just a Minute, and features episodes from each decade of the programme's history - the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Nicholas Parsons introduces each episode and provides fascinating background information on the game, as well as memories of its players and its devisor, Ian Messiter. As funny and popular today as when it first began in 1967, Just a Minute challenges contestants to speak for one minute on a given subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation. Regular players include Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Derek Nimmo, Peter Jones and Paul Merton. Among the guests who also pit their wits - and...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    In a special hour-long commemorative edition, panellists Paul Merton, Clement Freud, Graham Norton and Sheila Hancock are asked to speak for one minute on subjects set by members of a specially invited audience - amongst whom are previous Just a Minute players, including Pam Ayres, Gyles Brandreth, Jenny Eclair and Ross Noble. In addition to this, two previously unreleased instalments of the show are included on this release. From the archives comes a classic edition featuring Kenneth Williams, Barry Cryer, Clement Freud and Elaine Stritch, whilst an episode first broadcast in 2003, with players Paul Merton, Ross Noble, Linda Smith and Clement Freud, brings the celebrations up to date. ...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    Just as uproariously funny - and terrifically popular - today as when it first began on BBC Radio 4 in 1967, Just a Minute challenges contestants to speak for one minute on a given subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation. Its mix of irreverent fun and ferocious competition has always attracted stellar names from the world of comedy and theatre, all of whom pit their wits - and their wit - against regular players including Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud and Peter Jones. Nicholas Parsons, who has been at the helm of the series since it began, as chairman and occasionally as player, introduces this sparkling quartet of editions and provides fascinating background...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    Just as uproariously funny and terrifically popular today as when it first began on BBC Radio 4 in 1967, Just a Minute challenges contestants to speak for one minute on a given subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation. Its mix of irreverent fun and ferocious competition has always attracted stellar names from the world of comedy and theatre, and in this case Sheila Hancock, Lance Percival, Wendy Richard, Tommy Trinder, Stephen Fry and Jan Ravens pit their wits and their wit against regular players Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud, Peter Jones and Paul Merton. Nicholas Parsons, who has been at the helm of the series since it began, as chairman and occasionally as...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    Four of the best episodes from 2006 of the much-loved, long-running comedy panel game. With Nicholas Parsons in the chairman's seat, Just a Minute is the unfailingly witty series in which a variety of guest players attempt to speak for one minute on a given topic - without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Panellists in these four shows include Paul Merton, Clement Freud, Stephen Fry, Tim Rice, Liza Tarbuck, Kim Hesketh-Harvey, Chris Neill, Pauline McLynn, Julian Clary, Graham Norton, Pam Ayres and Marcus...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    ‘Welcome to Just a Minute! And as The Minute Waltz fades away... please talk for 60 seconds on a random subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation...’ First broadcast in 1967, Just a Minute is one of the longest-running radio comedy shows. A national institution, it is also loved and listened to all around the world. In these four episodes, attempting to talk non-stop for sixty seconds are regulars Paul Merton and Clement Freud, with a host of special guests including Jenny Eclair, Maria McErlane, Chris Addison, Marcus Brigstocke, Maureen Lipman, Pam Ayres, Julian Clary, Gyles Brandreth and Graham Norton. Long-suffering host Nicholas Parsons controls the proceedings (and...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    Just as uproariously funny - and terrifically popular - today as when it first began on BBC Radio 4 in 1967, Just a Minute challenges contestants to speak for one minute on a given subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation. Its mix of irreverent fun and ferocious competition has always attracted stellar names from the world of comedy and theatre, all of whom pit their wits - and their wit - against regular players including Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud and Peter Jones. Guests include Paul Merton, Barry Cryer, Libby Purves, Miles Kington and Maureen Lipman. Each episode is preceded by extracts from a fascinating conversation between Nicholas Parsons and Paul...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    First broadcast in 1967, Just a Minute is one of the longest-running radio comedy shows. A national institution, it is also loved and listened to all around the world. These four episodes find regulars Paul Merton and Clement Freud attempting to talk non-stop for sixty seconds, along with special guests Graham Norton, Gyles Brandreth, Phill Jupitus, Jenny Eclair, Marcus Brigstocke, Tony Hawks, Sue Perkins, Julian Clary and Chris Addison. Among the subjects hilariously tackled are the Scottish play, the A to Z, an infinite number of monkeys, Leonardo da Vinci, The Famous Five, discovering America, Adam’s apple, the end of time and little green men. Join host Nicholas Parsons and the...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    Just as uproariously funny and terrifically popular today as when it first began on BBC Radio 4 in 1967, Just a Minute challenges contestants to speak for one minute on a given subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation. Its mix of irreverent fun and ferocious competition has always attracted stellar names from the world of comedy and theatre, all of whom pit their wits and their wit against regular players including Kenneth Williams, Paul Merton, Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud and Peter Jones. Each episode is preceded by extracts from a fascinating conversation between Nicholas Parsons and Paul Merton, in which they good-humouredly reflect upon the enormous appeal of the game, the...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    ‘Welcome to Just a Minute! And as The Minute Waltz fades away... please talk for 60 seconds on a random subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation...’ First broadcast in 1967, Just a Minute is one of the longest-running radio comedy shows. A national institution, it is also loved and listened to all around the world. These four episodes find regulars Paul Merton and Clement Freud attempting to talk non-stop for sixty seconds, along with special guests Gyles Brandreth, Jack Dee, Pam Ayres, Sir Tim Rice, Tony Hawks, Liza Tarbuck, Sheila Hancock, David Mitchell, Josie Lawrence and Sue Perkins. Among the subjects hilariously tackled are tomboys, my secret vice, charisma, hot...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    Just as uproariously funny – and terrifically popular – today as when it first began on BBC Radio 4 in 1967, Just a Minute challenges contestants to speak for one minute on a given subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation. Its mix of irreverent fun and ferocious competition has always attracted stellar names from the world of comedy and theatre, all of whom pit their wits – and their wit – against regular players including Kenneth Williams, Paul Merton (here making his first ever appearance), Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud and Peter Jones. Including these guests in the four archive programmes: Geraldine Jones, Alfred Marks and Tim Rice. The programmes are from 30...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    Happy birthday, Just a Minute! Nicholas Parsons is joined by a host of panellists for this celebratory series commemorating 45 years of the popular panel game. In the first episode, Paul Merton, Ross Noble, Jenny Eclair and Gyles Brandreth are all asked to talk on the same subjects that were given out in the very first series in 1967. The next five episodes see guests Sue Perkins, Julian Clary, Charles Collingwood, Liza Tarbuck, Josie Lawrence and Kit Hesketh-Harvey battling it out for verbal supremacy. These are followed by two shows recorded in Mumbai, featuring regulars Paul Merton and Marcus Brigstocke alongside Indian comedians Cyrus Broacha and Anuvab...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    Nicholas Parsons is once again in the chair for this complete series of the popular BBC Radio 4 panel game. Featured in these eight episodes are panellists Paul Merton, Shappi Khorsandi, Tony Hawks, Graham Norton, Julian Clary, Gyles Brandreth, Sheila Hancock, Josie Lawrence, Phill Jupitus, Rick Wakeman, Pam Ayres and newcomers Russell Kane, Miles Jupp and Jason Byrne. Will they manage to talk for sixty seconds on a given topic without hesitation, repetition or deviation? Listen and find...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    Nicholas Parsons chairs this complete series of the devious BBC Radio 4 word game. Featuring in these eight episodes are panellists Paul Merton, Graham Norton, Gyles Brandreth, Jenny Eclair, Sue Perkins, Liza Tarbuck, John Sergeant, Ross Noble, Tony Hawks, Sheila Hancock, Shappi Khorsandi, John Bishop, Fred MacAulay and Stephen K. Amos. Topics include 'What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?'; 'How to Audition'; 'Two to Tango'; 'My Inner Monologue' and 'The Person to My Left'. Enjoy the hilarity as they attempt to talk for sixty seconds on these subjects - and more - without hesitation, repetition or...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    The long-running radio panel game challenging contestants to speak for sixty seconds on a range of topics without hesitation, repetition or deviation is back for another series. Featuring in these eight episodes are panellists Paul Merton, Tony Hawks, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Julian Clary, Sue Perkins, Gyles Brandreth and Sheila Hancock. As ever, Nicholas Parsons is at the helm as hilarity...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    The Best of 2012 includes two very special episodes from the award-winning show. In the first, which celebrates Just A Minute's 45th anniversary, Paul Merton, Ross Noble, Jenny Eclair and Gyles Brandreth are given subjects from the first series in 1967, such as When I Wear A Top Hat, The English Nanny, Knitting A Cable Stitch Jumper, How To Perform A Cornish Floral Dance - and Derek Nimmo! Plus, there's a special from Mumbai, which features Indian comedians Cyrus Broacha and Anuvab Pal. Regulars Marcus Brigstocke, Julian Clary, Sue Perkins, Greg Proops and Tony Hawks welcome relative newcomers Richard Herring and Paul Sinha to give the game a go. So join host Nicholas Parsons and the...read more

  • Ian Messiter

    Question: What do you do with the hole in a doughnut? Answer: Try to talk about it for a whole minute without repetition, deviation or hesitation - and without coming to blows with fellow panellists! That's the challenge that has awaited scores of guests on Just a Minute over the years. To celebrate its Silver Jubilee, four of the game's best known players - Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Derek Nimmo and the irrepressible, not to say uncontrollable, Kenneth Williams - respond to some pretty silly topics with hilarious results in two complete programmes of this much loved radio series. In addition, such talented talkers as Peter Cook, Stephen Fry, Sheila Hancock, Paul Merton and Victoria Wood...read more