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Audio Comedy Review


Just a Minute
Classic Derek Nimmo


Starring: Nicholas Parsons, Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Peter Jones and Paul Merton
RRP: £13.25
ISBN: 978 1 4084 7074 9
Available 02 February 2012

This title features four episodes of the ever-popular BBC Radio 4 panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons, which showcases one of the series' key players, Derek Nimmo. Derek Nimmo is one of Just a Minute's famous sparkling raconteurs, whose sharp wit and skill made him a pleasure and delight to listen to. These episodes showcase his highlights - the moments which reveal Derek Nimmo at the very top of his game. This collection includes shows from the 1980s and the 1990s, and features Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Kenneth Williams, Paul Merton, Richard Murdoch, Stephen Frost and Tony Slattery. Full of fast-paced, irreverent fun and ferocious competition, these four episodes are a goldmine of wonderful comedy nuggets from a fantastically funny comedian...

This 2-disc collection features four classic episodes of Just a Minute, and as enjoyable as they are, I take issue with the sleeve notes that these episodes see Derek Nimmo at the top of his game. I've heard much better Nimmo episodes than presented on this collection, but they are still enjoyable.

These are the same four episodes that form part of the episodes on the 11-disc Just a Minute: The Classic Collection release. However, this time around they attribute the right discs to Nimmo - in The Classic Collection they were labelled wrongly under the Clement Freud centred episodes.

As entertaining as these episodes are, personally I'd splash out another £12 a purchase the 11-disc Classic Collection.


Darren Rea

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