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Just A Minute

[BZZZZZT] DeviationAND as the minute waltz fades away Radio Cream you have sixty seconds to talk about in this game, without repetition, hesitation or deviation, Just A Minute: Just A Minute is a long-running panel game where the wonderful chairman Nicholas Parsons [BZZZT: “He’s not wonderful”] invites four lovely players of this game, like the great Clement Freud, Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Paul Merton, Peter Jones, Gyles Brandreth, Julian Clary, Barry Cryer, Tony Hawks, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Tim Rice, Sue Perkins, Wendy Richard, Ross Noble, Graham Norton [BZZT: “You can’t just keep naming contestants”] to talk about a given subject for sixty seconds without repetition, hesitation or deviation, whoever’s speaking when they hear the whistle gets all the greatness and all the glory [BZZZT: “Repe… oh hang on, it was great and greatness”] and we’re indebted to Ian Messiter who created this ga*PHEEP*



  1. Des Elmes

    April 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    From 1973, here’s a round on That Place In Wales With That Really, Really Long Name:

    Nick doesn’t do the worst job pronouncing it, in all fairness.

  2. Palitoy

    April 10, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Has the lamentable, daytime TV version of ‘Just A Minute’ been rendered admissable to Cream Valhalla yet? I watched it through a fug of studentry, but recall and still cringe at the repeated booking of Wendy “Pauline Fowler” Richards on the TV version. Her inability to grasp the rules and possible educational gaps didn’t make her floundering comic in the way the producers perhaps conceived, but rather aroused sympathy, showcased her short temper and applied gravity to many a viewer’s jaw. Why clips of this effort, particularly Parsons’ preening impatience with Richards and, well, everyone around him – and Richards’ performance – has never made it into a ‘TV Hell’ list, boggles the mind.

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