Four of the finest episodes from 2007 of the much-loved
panel game hosted by Nicholas Parsons: "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..."
broadcast in 1968, 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.
host Nicholas Parsons controls the proceedings (and the unruly
panellists) while among the subjects tackled are 1066, Welsh
rarebit, Timbuktu, the aristocracy, my favourite sin, how
to be a thespian, public relations, forbidden fruit, taking
the waters and Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells.
all these episodes were recorded and broadcast between 16
July - 24 September 2007, there are no specific dates listed
on the CD's sleeve (which will no doubt have die-hard fans
up in arms. In fact, for some odd reason the sleeve notes
list these episodes as: "1, 4, 3 and 4" and they
also manage to get the running order wrong. Episode 2 (unhelpfully
listed as the first episode 4) should be episode 3, while
episode 3 should be episode 2. Not that it's overly important,
just a little shoddy on the part of whoever writes the sleeve
first episode stars Paul Merton, Clement Freud, Kim Hesketh-Harvey
and Maria McErlane. Highlights include a story about being
dressed as Humpty Dumpty at a kid's party, and Nicholas Parsons
not understanding that TV also stands for transvestite.
next episode includes Paul Merton, Clement Freud, Graham Norton
and Chris Addison. Highlights include Graham Norton talking
about meeting Judith Chalmers while on holiday.
up we have Paul Merton, Jenny Eclair, Julian Clary and Gyles
Brandreth. This episode is made all the more hilarious by
the fact that Brandreth is incredibly eager to win - to the
point of whinging all the time about why other people are
given bonus points.
we have Paul Merton, Maureen Lipman, Pam Ayres and Marcus
Bigstocke. Highlights include Merton's explanation on why
you should never take up the offer of an invite from Parsons
to spend some time at a castle for the weekend; and the idea
of driving crisp packets into hedges.
collection is a joy from start to finish, and it's good to
see that the format is as fresh today as it was way back in