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- 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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Just A Minute: Clement Freud Classics Audio Download – Original recording
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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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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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For five decades, Clement Freud appeared as a guest on 'Just a Minute' and his deadpan voice and dry, sardonic wit has served as a perfect foil to the more high-spirited... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2012 by Captain Pike
This is a well presented CD of Just A Minute. Whether or not is justifies the "classic Freud" subtitle is debatable, but he is at least the only everpresent contestant on the 4... Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2012 by robotfish
On a positive note, the CD spans the ages, going back to the early days and contains many, now sadly missed, voices. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2012 by Schnuggles
There have been so many stellar guests appearing in Just a Minute that this series of highlighted names seems a very good idea. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2012 by Friarofdoom
It's hard to actually complain about any Just A Minute shows - they're just so very good and funny. So the first thing I should say is that I really did enjoy this CD which... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2012 by Caroline P.
They don't make 'em like Clement Freud anymore - such a wit and his timing was superb. These programmes take us to the very first edition to the last appearance of Clement. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2012 by M. A. Dunnington
These four episodes of Just a Minute star Clement Freud. Clement is superb; his wit, his style and his lugubrious voice stealing the show for me. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2012 by Richard M. Seel
`Just a Minute' is an incredibly simple and long running radio show that is also incredibly good fun. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2012 by Sam Tyler