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Just A Minute: Clement Freud Classics Audio Download – Original recording

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 1 hour and 52 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Original recording
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Jun. 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00883GVF4

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By Post Scriptum TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 July 2012
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I'd note one caveat about this collection: as any fan of Just a Minute will know, there are so many individual rounds in which Clement Freud shone it would not be difficult to cherry pick the very best and include them in this sort of commemorative double CD. This, however, is not such a collection.

What one gets instead is a set of four self-contained episodes - from 22 December 1967, 8 December 1976, 7 April 1990 and 20 December 1999 - in which Freud features amongst all of the other participants. This does not mean that the CDs are not entertaining and interesting (I genuinely enjoyed them all, and even though I've collected hundreds of episodes of JAM, I didn't have the 1967 pilot show, so that was a welcome bonus), but it does mean that, in my humble opinion, an opportunity has been lost. To call a collection 'Classic Freud,' and then include episodes in which the likes of Derek Nimmo, for example, dominate just as much, if not more than, Freud himself, seems a bit perverse, given, as I said, there are so many brilliant rounds in the archives that showcase Freud's special genius for playing this game. It's good that the BBC wants to release special tribute collections to the greatest exponents of JAM, but it's a pity that it has undermined that plan by re-packaging whole episodes instead of concentrating on the individual star in question (after all, one individual seldom dominates an entire show, but will produce one round every now and again that is breathtakingly funny, erudite, eccentric and/or outrageous).

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Just A Minute has been going for over 40 years and is one of the rare examples of a panel game that hasn't lost its way or outstayed its welcome. For people of my age, the classic line up consists of Peter Jones, Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams and Clement Freud. All these have now passed and the show continues on Radio 4 with latter day stars such as Paul Merton and Sue Perkins.

This two cd collection follows a fairly recent format of seemingly showcasing a particular participant, or so you think from the cover image. Disappointingly, however, this isn't a well thought out compilation of Clement Freud's best moments but merely a collection of four episodes apparently chosen at random, spanning the years of his appearances on the show; the very first episode is here, which is of more than curiosity value, showing how rules were not immediately adhered to that strictly, and also how Nicholas Parsons relaxed his propah BBC approved pronunciation as the years went on.

The episodes are funny enough in themselves but I'd argue that they don't showcase Clement Freud's contributions any better than those of the other panel members. As such, the title and packaging are a bit misleading; however the programmes still make a boring morning commute go rather more merrily.
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An odd one, this. While some panel shows can have a life on CD, it's usually the ones that have enough freeform comedy like I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue that tend to fare the best because the rules are loosely enforced (and occasionally incomprehensible) in the pursuit of comic gold. Unfortunately, with Just a Minute the whole point is the rigorous enforcement of the rules, and the constant repetition - without repetition - of the same basic round, which can get a bit samey after four episodes. And this is a collection of complete episodes rather than highlights, meaning that there are plenty of slow patches between the good bits. The best of this collection is the very first episode, with the rivalry between the deadpan Freud and the vocally gymnastic Derek Nimmo already firmly in place - Freud's reason for interrupting Nimmo is almost worth the price of the disc on its own. But while Freud gets his moments, there's little sense that this is collecting his finest minutes or interruptions, with the more than able guests like Kenneth Williams, Paul Merton and the much-missed Linda Smith getting their share of the laughs. But having listened to it once, it's hard to imagine that it's something you're likely to want to listen to again, making it one for the show's fans rather than the casual comedy fan. Not something you're likely to listen to more than once
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By AquaViola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Oct. 2012
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This is a collection of four episodes from Just a Minute which include Clement Fraud.

The first programme, 22 December 1967 (Beryl Reid, Wilma Ewart) is wonderfully anarchic, as the rules are more loosely interpreted, because it is from the second series.

In the second one, 8 December 1976, Clement is so hot that Nicholas says at one point, "Welcome to the Clement Fraud show", and Kenneth Williams goes over the top, with Ray Alan.

In the third show, 5 January 1991, Paul Merton picks up on Clement's habit of talking about race horses.

In the fourth show, 20 December 1999 (Graham Norton, Linda Smith) Paul says that there would be too much happiness and gaiety if Clement went to Disneyland :-), and Graham Norton talks for 53 seconds on "split infinitives", despite not knowing what they are.

Overall, very funny. But for just a few pounds more (especially when bought used) you can buy Just a Minute: The Classic Collection (Radio 4 Classic Collection), which has 11 CDs including the two reviewed here. I would recommend buying the larger collection, but these two are also good (just poorer value).
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