If you are reading this, then you probably already have Just a Classic Minute 1 to 4. So what is different?
In the first place, these are 4 truly classic episodes - none of your curiousos such as when Kenneth Williams was chairman as in Just a Classic Minute 2. These episodes come from 1977 to 1988, and are just great.
Secondly, and very importantly, instead of an introduction to each episode by Nicholas Parsons, there are instead some long conversations between Nicholas and Paul Merton. Not only do they discuss the episode of JAM itself, but they also go much wider, and put different aspects, such as the role of women in the show, in greater context. This double CD set is worth getting, if only for these conversations.
Two excerpts from these episodes have appeared on the first compilation way back in 1992 called "Silver Minutes" (only available second hand on cassette, but very well worth listening to). However, if you have "Silver Minutes", then you obviously are the sort of collector who would want this because of the sheer quality of the episodes and the introduction.
Overall, get it! It's very well worth it, and long may there be additional releases of Just a Classic Minute.
As with previous editions in the series, this collection of Just a Minute episodes is a selection of four from across the decades of the long-running and successful Radio 4 comedy show, with some added commentary from Nicholas Parsons about each episode. This time Paul Merton joins Nicholas Parsons for those interludes, adding a welcome new angle as the Nicholas Parsons comments between episodes on previous volumes had started to get a little bit too similar to each other.
But of course the real fun comes from the episodes themselves, especially the one where Nicholas Parsons - briefly an impersonator early in his show business career - revives that skill to imitate Kenneth Williams, adding a moment of comic genius to that show.
We also get to enjoy an early example of the even more surreal than now Paul Merton along with a good spread of examples of how some new guests take to the show easily whilst others struggle. Of course even the experienced players find it tough at times and in one of the shows the others let Peter Jones struggle on with a subject deciding there were more jokes to be had in letting him repeat, deviate and hesitate as he dried up, rather than interrupting him. Even Nicholas Parsons joins in, only bringing the round to an end after 1 minute 15 seconds.
Excellent collection of Just a Minute classics with some humorous and informative introductions by Nicholas Parsons and Paul Merton. Well worth it - great to listen to in the car instead of all the current doom and gloom! Still funny after all this time - my kids enjoy them too.