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Summary

Nicholas Parsons introduces four archive episodes of the ever-popular comedy panel game. 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 began, as chairman and occasionally as player, introduces this sparkling quartet of editions and provides fascinating background information on the game, as well as memories of its players and its devisor, Ian Messiter.

©2004 BBC Audiobooks LTD (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks LTD

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Not the best but still entertaining

I dont listen to radio so all of this was new to me. I do appreciate quick wit, genuine talent and being amused however and this ticks them all. Not sure it's good to have the more modern ones included, the early ones as is often the case, are by far the best. Kenneth William's was a legend. Great easy listening anytime. Lousy rendition of Chopin and piano playing of the Minute Waltz but that is not the key.

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Lovely

the bridged sections from Nicolas Parsons really add to this collections interest. a good investment.