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Just A Minute: The Best Of 2010 (BBC Radio 4 Comedy) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408467356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408467350
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Four specially selected episodes of Radio 4's much-loved Sony Radio Academy Award-winning 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2010
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This is great stuff. I will not bore anyone with a synopsis of this long running panel show as other reviewers cover that perfectly well ( not that they are in any way or shape boring about it) except to point out that it relies on the improvisational skills , verbal dexterity and sheer mental brio of the four contestants and although everything they attempt does not always come off the fact that mostly it inspires some excellent comic gems showcases how good most of them are.
For the purposes of this CD there are four episodes on two discs. Paul Merton is the only regular on the panel while Nicholas Parsons is the regular presenter/chairperson .Other guests include Josie Lawrence , Ross Noble , Gyles Brandreth, David Mitchell , Charles Collingwood, Sheila Hancock Chris Neill, Shappi Khosandri ,Julian Clary and Tony Hawks.
The stand outs for me are Noble, Hawks and Clary ( who memorably when after claiming he plays rugby when grilled by Merton on what position he plays instantly retorts "Hooker " , which is very much in keeping with his arch carry -on persona ) but everyone plays their part.
Not entirely convinced it will reward repeated listens but for a one-off listen this CD is tremendous fun. Worth 120 just a minutes of anybody's time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2011
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Length: 6:34 Mins
The BBC's 'Just A Minute: The Best of 2010' audiobook is a light hearted compilation of four separate sessions from this hugely popular and long-running comedy game show series.

The rules are simple:

There are four panellists (one of which is always Paul Merton). A subject matter is announced by the chairman (Nicholas Parsons) and the panellist in the hot-seat must talk for 60 seconds on that particular subject matter without repeating any words, deviating from the subject or pausing. If a fellow contestant believes someone has paused, repeated or deviated from the subject at hand, then can challenge them, and if the challenge is successful then they are flung into the hot-seat for the remaining time that is left (even if it's only 0.5 of a second!!!). The winner is the person who is in the hot-seat when the time finally runs out.

Obviously with a panel made up of of comedians participating in the game, the outcome is always humorous; awash with witty anecdotes and jovial challenges.

The double-CD 'Best Of' presentation includes the following shows:

25th January 2010 featuring:
Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, David Mitchell & Julian Clary

16th August 2010 featuring:
Paul Merton, Charles Collingwood, Josie Lawrence & Chris Neill

1st February 2010 featuring:
Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Tony Hawks & Ross Noble

23rd August 2010 (Edinburgh Festival Live Special) featuring:
Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Shappi Khorsandi & John Bishop

The comedy comes thick and fast throughout the four 30 minute long episodes. Highlights are the witty performances of Gyles Brandreth, David Mitchell & John Bishop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sir Barnabas VINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2010
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Well, let's face it, if you're thinking of buying this then you probably know what you are getting. One of the BBC's longest running and best loved comedy shows where four panellists, under the chairmanship of the inimitable Nicholas Parsons, are charged with talking for 60 seconds on a specified subject "without repetition, hesitation or deviation".

Aside from regular panellist Paul Merton, guests include the likes of Julian Clarey, David Mitchell, Tony Hawks, Sheila Hancock, Charles Collingwood, Josie Lawerence, Chris Neil, Ross Noble, Shappi Khorsandi and John Bishop.

Generally speaking I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to fans of the show, but given the price, a meagre four episodes doesn't strike me as great value for money when you can 14 discs and 16.5 hours of At Home: A Short History of Private Life: Complete and Unabridged (BBC Audio) for less than twice the price (I know it's not a direct comparison, but you get the point).

Anyway, the said four episodes are presented on two discs with some very brief programme notes and has a running time of two hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Loughridge VINE VOICE on 15 Dec. 2010
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I love Just a Minute, have done for years, although I haven't listened to it much recently. I was rather excited to get this, and to remember those days of discovering Just a Minute all those years ago.

It lived up to my memories more or less - not quite as funny as some of the earlier years with experts like Clemnent Freud. Paul Merton, however is still his usual zany brilliance, and some of the newcomers like Tony Hawks and Ross Noble are right up there with the best.

This contains four complete episodes, rather than the best snippets of the series. Each is half an hour long, and broken up into tracks for each topic/round. Full marks to BBC for making sure that the track info was available via iTunes so that everything was nicely named when I imported it to my iPod.

Programmes 3 and 4 are the best of the four episodes. Ross Noble is superb, and John Bishop makes a great debut. The sheer speed of Merton's comments, and the appreciation of his colleagues makes this a real treat.

One caveat - it was marred for me by the innuendo on some of the programmes. Yo me, it is a cheap and easy form of humour for those who can't be bothered to think. When you hear the quality of Merton's ripostes and Ross Noble's flight of fancy about moles, there is no need for such crassness. Thankfully it is in the minority.
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