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Just A Minute: The Best Of 2007 (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged


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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405677503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405677509
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Four of the finest episodes of the much-loved panel game hosted by Nicholas Parsons.

About the Author

The formula for this long-running and popular radio panel game was devised in the early 1950s by Ian Messiter, a Light Entertainment producer who was on the staff of the BBC from 1942 to 1952. Although Just A Minute was Messiter’s preferred name for the show, the Head of Light Entertainment thought this too slick - and insisted the show be called One Minute, Please.

The idea came from a humiliating experience that Messiter had suffered as a schoolboy at Sherborne. The 13-year-old had been staring out of the window, daydreaming during a Latin class. Suddenly the Latin master, Parry-Jones, told him to come up to the front of the class and repeat what had just been said without hesitating or repeating himself. Of course he couldn’t, and the resultant caning in front of the class provided a lasting lesson.

In that first show Roy Plomley acted as Chairman, with Gilbert Harding, Kenneth Horne and Reggie Purdell pitting their wits against Yvonne Arnaud, Valerie Hobson and Nan Kenway. One Minute, Please was responsible for introducing the versatile talents of the artist, tuba player and raconteur Gerard Hoffnung to a wider audience. It was on the show that Hoffnung first told his famous Bricklayer Story, which was used to warm up the audience before the start of the programme.

In 1952 Messiter left the BBC and set up a commercial radio station in Johannesburg. According to Ian’s wife Enid Messiter, it was here that Just A Minute first went on air in the format we know. Ian Messiter produced and chaired the programme, and Enid herself played Chopin’s Minute Waltz for these South African recordings.

In 1967 the Messiters returned to England, and a pilot edition of Just A Minute was proposed to Roy Rich, then Head of Light Entertainment for BBC radio. The pilot was made, but initially rejected. Producer David Hatch threatened to resign unless it was offered to BBC Radio 4 planners. It was, and the rest is history. In addition to the radio series, there have been several TV series on both ITV and BBC.

For many years the regular panellists included Clement Freud, Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams and Peter Jones. As their numbers dwindled in the early 1990s, however, an increasing number of guests joined the show. Paul Merton has become a mainstay of latter-day Just A Minute, while many others now form a pool of semi-regular contestants. In 2003 the programme won a Gold Sony Radio Academy Award, and in 2012 it celebrated its 45th year.

With Nicholas Parsons at the helm for its entire tenure, Just A Minute has been a continually popular feature of the Radio 4 schedules. Decade after decade it has succeeded in both finding new fans and pleasing its legion of loyal older ones.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Fiona Wilton VINE VOICE on 2 Jun 2009
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I love just a minute - so this is always going to be a hit with me. This disc contains probably the funniest exchange between Paul Merton and Clement Freud ever - it's all sparked by Herbaceous Borders - but I'll leave it at that because I wouldn't want to spoil it!
I think this would make a great gift for anyone who like a good laugh - definately something for everyone.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AquaViola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Oct 2007
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My only criticism about this two CD set is that it contains complete shows, as I could hear them in that form on BBC 7; I would have preferred the best rounds of just a minute throughout 2007, regardless of which edition they were on.

That apart, the show is still as funny as it has been several decades. It is clearly Paul Merton's comic masterpiece, and Nicholas Parsons can give as good as it gets, being the recipient of many a cruel jibe.

My favourite moments of this release include the times when the subject was not: appearing as a TV on stage; how to be a lesbian; what you used to get when you telephoned Hastings 1066; having a panel of the right age for Nicholas Parsons; and going to a Scottish castle with Nicholas and his friend Roger Senseless.

Long may the show continue.
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By Richard Kelly on 7 July 2014
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excellent laughs
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By David Coates on 23 Jun 2013
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Simply hilarious. Classic stuff from plenty of the old favourites. Merton and Freud genial. Kit Hesketh-Harvey excellent too. The Last Resort and How To Be A Thespian among the best tracks but all are great. A bargain too
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By ant on 2 April 2010
I'm a great fan of Just a Minute and wish that all the episodes were available to purchase. Sadly only four episodes a year are let out on CD so get them while you can!
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