Running Time 5hrs 30mins
12 classic episodes of the much-loved BBC Radio comedy game chaired by Nicholas Parsons.
Twelve archive editions of the the much-loved BBC Radio 4 panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons.
Having matured like a fine wine for over 50 years, Just a Minute continues to improve with age. A full-bodied, cheeky little number, it’s both sparkling and robust, and ideal for almost every occasion. A few bottles of the finest have been brought up from the cellar for this vintage collection.
In these twelve humorous, enlightening and previously unpublished editions — harvested from between 1972 and 2004 — players once again attempt to speak without hesitation, repetition or deviation from the given subject. Challenges fly thick and fast under the unflappable adjudication of Nicholas Parsons.
Seasoned players Kenneth Williams, Peter Jones, Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud and Paul Merton compete alongside guests including Tim Rice, Sheila Hancock, Michael Palin, Jenny Eclair, Tony Hawks, Ross Noble, Ray Alan, Rob Buckman, Barry Cryer, Wendy Richard, Jeremy Hardy, Richard Stilgoe, Steve Frost, Graham Norton, Liza Tarbuck, Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Julian Clary.
Which players will be allowed time to breathe uninterrupted, as they demonstrate they have the nose for a corking finish?
Find out as we play Just a Minute!
Please note: Contains mild innuendo. The humour in these programmes sometimes reflects the era in which they were first broadcast.
26 September 1972
Featuring Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams
10 February 1976
Featuring Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Michael Palin, Kenneth Williams
20 February 1979
Featuring Ray Alan, Peter Jones, Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams
22 January 1980
Featuring Rob Buckman, Clement Freud, Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams
3 April 1985
Featuring Barry Cryer, Peter Jones, Tim Rice, Kenneth Williams
23 February 1991
Featuring Peter Jones, Tim Rice, Wendy Richard, Richard Stilgoe
11 February 1995
Featuring Jeremy Hardy, Tony Hawks, Peter Jones, Derek Nimmo
1 February 1999
Featuring Jenny Eclair, Steve Frost, Peter Jones, Tim Rice
11 March 2002
Featuring Clement Freud, Sheila Hancock, Paul Merton, Graham Norton
7 July 2003
Featuring Clement Freud, Sheila Hancock, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Paul Merton
18 August 2003
Featuring Jenny Eclair, Clement Freud, Tony Hawks, Ross Noble
16 August 2004
Featuring Julian Clary, Clement Freud, Paul Merton, Liza Tarbuck
Nicholas Parsons (Reader)
Nicholas Parsons was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, in 1923 and moved to London with his family at the age of eight. His career in entertainment spanned eight decades and, in 2004, he was awarded an OBE for his services to drama and broadcasting. He died in January 2020 after a short illness.
Paul Merton (Reader)
Paul Merton was born in 1957, long before such things were fashionable. He spent his first eight years living within cheering distance of Fulham Football ground at Craven Cottage although he can’t remember any cheering. Upon
leaving school with two ropey A Levels and a CSE Grade 5 Maths, Paul enlisted in the Civil Service where he survived for two and a half years. He made his stand-up debut at London’s Comedy Store in 1982 where his policeman on acid routine regularly stopped the show. In 1985 he joined the Comedy Store Players, an improvised comedy group which led, in 1988, to him appearing on Whose Line is it Anyway? for the first few series before he couldn’t stick it anymore.
He has appeared on Have I Got News For You as a team captain since 1990 and is also proud of his other long running gig, Radio 4’s Just a Minute.
Other TV highlights include his eponymous surreal sketch series from 1991-3; interviewing Spike Milligan in what was to be his last major television appearance as host of Room 101; and making several programmes about early
cinema, including The Birth Of Hollywood which he co-wrote with his wife, Suki Webster.
He still performs with the Comedy Stores Players every Sunday.
Ross Noble (Reader)
Ross Noble is a world-renowned multi-award winning stand-up comedian. He’s appeared on numerous television and radio programmes, and was voted number 10 in Channel 4’s top 100 stand ups. He regularly tours sell-out shows in the UK and internationally and has a huge army of loyal fans.
Michael Palin (Reader)
Michael Palin has written and starred in numerous TV programmes and films, from Monty Python and Ripping Yarns to The Missionary and The Death of Stalin. He has also made several much-acclaimed travel documentaries, his
journeys taking him to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. His books include accounts of his journeys, novels (Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth) and several volumes of
diaries. From 2009 to 2012 he was president of the Royal Geographical Society.
He received a BAFTA fellowship in 2013, and a knighthood in the 2019 New Year Honours list. He lives in London.
Jeremy Hardy (Reader)
Jeremy Hardy is of the UK’s best loved stand up comedians. His live work has included Just for Laughs and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he won the prestigious Perrier Award, the acclaimed film Jeremy Hardy versus the Israeli Army, as well as numerous sell out tours. He regularly appears on BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Just a Minute and News Quiz.