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Encyclopedia > Just a Minute
Just a Minute
Genre Panel game
Running time 30 minutes
Country Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 4
Starring Nicholas Parsons
Creator(s) Ian Messiter
Producer(s) Tilusha Ghelani
Air dates 22 December 1967 – Present
No. of episodes 664 as of 18th January 2007 and not including TV version
Opening theme The Minute Waltz by Frédéric Chopin
Website Just a Minute

Just a Minute is a BBC Radio 4 radio comedy panel game which has been running continuously since its first broadcast on December 22, 1967. A game show is a radio or television program, involving members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, playing a game, perhaps involving answering quiz questions, for points or prizes. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Christopher Nicholas Parsons OBE, normally known as Nicholas Parsons (born October 10, 1923) is a British actor, radio and television presenter. ... Ian Cassan Messiter (Born 2 April 1920 in Dudley, Worcestershire, died 22 November 1999 in London) was a BBC Radio producer, and the creator of the panel game Just a Minute. ... Tilusha Ghelani is a BBC Radio producer who is particularly associated with light entertainment programmes. ... December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The Waltz in D flat major, opus 64, No. ... The only known photograph of Frédéric Chopin, believed to have been taken by Louis-Auguste Bisson in 1849. ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Radio comedy, or comedic radio programming, is a radio broadcast that may involve sitcom elements, sketches, and many other forms of comedy found on other mediums. ... A game show is a radio or television program, involving members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, playing a game, perhaps involving answering quiz questions, for points or prizes. ... December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...

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History

Originally known as One Minute Please, and with slightly different rules, the premise of the game came to Ian Messiter as he rode on the top of a number 13 bus, recalling a Latin master (Parry Jones) from his school days who punished him with the task of speaking for sixty seconds without hesitation or deviation. To this, he added a rule disallowing players from repeating words (other than those in the subject title), as well as a scoring system based on panellists' correct and incorrect challenges. Ian Cassan Messiter (Born 2 April 1920 in Dudley, Worcestershire, died 22 November 1999 in London) was a BBC Radio producer, and the creator of the panel game Just a Minute. ... London Buses route 13 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London. ...


The show's theme music is Frédéric Chopin's piano Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1, nicknamed the "Minute Waltz". The only known photograph of Frédéric Chopin, believed to have been taken by Louis-Auguste Bisson in 1849. ... The Waltz in D flat major, opus 64, No. ...


The show broadcast on 10 July 2006 featured the highest scorer, Paul Merton, with a record-shattering 24 points (beating his previous record of 23 points). Generally, however, the points are de-emphasised for the "value to the show" as Nicholas Parsons, the host, often puts it. Still, many competitors (Merton and also Clement Freud chief among them) are extremely competitive and often say things just to get bonus points. is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Paul Merton (born Paul Martin 9 July 1957[1]) is an English actor, deadpan comedian and writer, who is best known as a panellist on the BBC TV show Have I Got News for You and Radio 4s Just a Minute, as well as Channel 4s Whose Line... Christopher Nicholas Parsons OBE, normally known as Nicholas Parsons (born October 10, 1923) is a British actor, radio and television presenter. ... Sir Clement Freud Sir Clement Raphael Freud (born April 24, 1924) is a British writer, broadcaster, and politician. ...


Rules

The four panellists are challenged to speak for one minute on a given subject without "repetition, hesitation, or deviation". Over the years, the application of these rules has changed:

  • "Repetition" originally meant not repeating a particular idea or concept, but is now understood to prevent repetition of any word or phrase, although challenges based upon very common words such as "and" are generally rejected except in extreme cases (for example, when repeated half a dozen times or more). Words contained in the given subject are exempt unless repeated many times in quick succession. Disagreements often occur over such things as plurals and different forms of verbs: the rulings do not seem to be consistent. Repeating the same word but pronouncing it differently (as Ross Noble did with "Diplodocus" on the 11 September 2006 episode) does not count as repetition. The general rule as stated by Nicholas is that Just a Minute is a radio show so they must go on sounds alone, which is why saying "BBC" is considered repetition.
  • "Hesitation" is watched very strictly: even a momentary pause before resumption of the subject can give rise to a successful challenge, as can tripping over one's words. Even pausing during audience laughter or applause is not usually permitted.
  • "Deviation" originally meant only deviating too far from the subject, but is now more broadly interpreted, allowing speakers to be challenged for "deviating from the English language as she is spoke", "deviation from grammar as we understand it", deviating from the truth, and sometimes even logic, although some of these are applied inconsistently. For example, in one episode broadcast in 2005, Paul Merton was not challenged for deviation even though he claimed that sudoku was "invented by a man called Alf Roberts", who "used to be the mayor in Coronation Street, but he got fed up of that" and had also been "a car, an opera singer and also a plate of beans".

A panellist scores a point for making a correct challenge against whoever is speaking, whilst the speaker gets a point if the challenge is deemed incorrect. However, if an "incorrect", but witty, interjection amuses the audience, both the challenger and speaker may possibly gain a point, at the chairman's discretion. A player who makes a correct challenge takes over the subject for the remainder of the minute, or, more likely, until he or she is correctly challenged within the rules of the game. A panellist can also score point(s) if he is the person speaking when the 60 seconds expires. A point is always awarded when speaking for the entire minute without being challenged. Species (type) Hatcher, 1901 (Gillette, 1991) Lucas et al. ... September 11 is the 254th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (255th in leap years). ... A sudoku puzzle. ... Alf Roberts was a fictional character in Coronation Street. ... Coronation Street is an award winning British soap opera. ...


The difficult part of the game is to continue to speak within the three cardinal rules for any substantial length of time, whilst remaining coherent, and hopefully also being amusing. The points system means that great rewards may go to those who make entertaining challenges, even if they do not speak for very long. An often rewarding time to challenge is a few seconds before the minute ends. Here, one could get a point for a challenge, not have to speak very much, and get another point for speaking "as the whistle sounds".


The game is scored and a winner declared, but the attraction of the show lies less in the contest than in the humour and banter of its participants.


The structure of the first season in 1967 was slightly different. There were three panellists and a chairman, with the latter position 'rotating' each week and the previous incumbent joining the panel. The four contributors were Clement Freud, Kenneth Williams, Andre Melley and Nicholas Parsons. In addition to the repetition, hesitation, deviation rules, there would be occasional rounds where individual words like 'An', 'A' or 'The' would be prohibited.


Participants

The long-suffering but quick and good-natured host of Just a Minute is Nicholas Parsons. He has held this position since the show's inception, although on occasion he has swapped the chair with contestants including Clement Freud and Kenneth Williams. Ian Messiter also chaired on one occasion in 1977, when Clement Freud arrived late and Nicholas Parsons was required to take his place on the panel. Christopher Nicholas Parsons OBE, normally known as Nicholas Parsons (born October 10, 1923) is a British actor, radio and television presenter. ...


Until 1989, Ian Messiter sat quietly on the stage with a stopwatch and blew a whistle when the speaker's minute was up. He was replaced by a series of different whistleblowers for a decade until Janet Staplehurst became permanent whistleblower in 1999, before retiring at the end of the first 2006 series. Charlotte Davis is the current whistleblower. Messiter continued to be involved with the show, setting the subjects until his death in 1999. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...


For the first few decades of the programme the four regular competitors were:

  • Clement Freud, a favourite strategy of whose is to slowly rattle off entertaining lists, and to challenge with only a few seconds to go;
  • Derek Nimmo, who frequently improvised descriptions of his experiences abroad, usually on a theatrical tour;
  • Peter Jones, who once said that in all his years of playing the game, he never quite got the hang of it. He also, to quote Nicholas Parsons, "let others do most of the work before coming in with witty comments and ripostes";
  • Kenneth Williams, the "star of the show", whose flamboyant tantrums, arch putdowns, and mock sycophancy made him the audience favourite. He often stretched out his speeches by extending every syllable to breaking point (some words lasting for up to 3 seconds).

Of these four, Freud is still alive and on, and the show now varies its line-up with a wide selection of regular competitors, including: Sir Clement Freud Sir Clement Raphael Freud (born April 24, 1924) is a British writer, broadcaster, and politician. ... Derek Robert Nimmo (September 19, 1930 - February 24, 1999) was a British character actor, particularly associated with upper-class silly-ass roles. ... Peter Jones in an episode of Rumpole of the Bailey Peter Jones (June 12, 1920 – April 10, 2000) was an English actor, born at Wem in Shropshire. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

  • Paul Merton, who often wins by challenging just before the whistle, and by accruing many bonus points, "because the audience liked his interruption", witty comment or challenge. He appears so often he could be considered to be a regular along the lines of the original "Gang of Four". Merton often launches into flights of fancy, such as claiming to have had odd occupations or to have experienced significant historical events.
  • Graham Norton, who weaves elaborate monologues with innuendo.
  • Tony Hawks, who appears almost as often as Merton (and has indeed been the most senior member of the panel on several shows in recent years) and like Merton, often delves into the surreal.

Other frequently recurring panellists include: Paul Merton (born Paul Martin 9 July 1957[1]) is an English actor, deadpan comedian and writer, who is best known as a panellist on the BBC TV show Have I Got News for You and Radio 4s Just a Minute, as well as Channel 4s Whose Line... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tony Hawks is a British comedian and author. ...

  • Stephen Fry, who, when transgressing, is often quick to challenge himself before anyone else can do so. Within the game's rules, he then wins the right to continue speaking.
  • Chris Neill, who has been producer of many shows, who like Graham Norton adds innuendo into his speeches, but is also very honest and ends up telling everybody when he makes a mistake.
  • Kit Hesketh-Harvey, who delves into the world of fantasy and create lyrics and poems.
  • Ross Noble, using his trademarked stream-of-consciousness Geordie delivery to great effect.
  • Julian Clary, who also uses a camp delivery and can turn even the most harmless subjects slightly rude.
  • Gyles Brandreth
  • Sue Perkins
  • Tim Rice
  • Maria McErlane
  • Stephen Frost
  • Jenny Eclair and
  • Linda Smith (until her death in 2006)

This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Chris Neill is a British comedian who features regularly on BBC Radio 4. ... Kit Hesketh-Harvey is a British comic performer and scriptwriter (born Nyasaland, now Malawi, 1957). ... Ross Noble, born 6 June 1976 an English stand-up comedian, raised in Cramlington, Northumberland. ... Julian Clary (born as Paul Ross McNamara 25 May 1959) is an English comedian who is openly gay and known for his camp style, with a heavy reliance on innuendo and double entendre. ... Gyles Daubeney Brandreth (born March 8, 1948 in Germany) is a celebrity, author and politician in the United Kingdom. ... Sue Perkins 2006 Tour Photo. ... Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice (born 10 November 1944) is an English lyricist for musical theatre, a radio presenter, television gameshow panelist and an author. ... Maria McErlane is a British actress and presenter specialising in comedy. ... Stephen Frost (born December 28, 1955) is a British comedian perhaps most famous for his work in the 1980s with Mark Arden as part of the double act The Oblivion Boys on Saturday Live. ... Jenny Eclair (born Jenny Clare Hargreaves on 16 March 1960 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is a comedian, actress and novelist, working in the United Kingdom. ... Linda Smith Linda Smith (29 January 1958 – 27 February 2006) was an English stand-up comic and comedy writer. ...

Recording Locations

Just a Minute has always been recorded in theatres, although the location was never given during the first 25 years of the show. The first show in 1967 was recorded in the Playhouse Theatre in central London, and the 35th anniversary show was recorded there in December 2002.


In 1992, then-new producer Sarah Smith took the show outside central London and recorded some shows in nearby Highgate. A year later, the show left Greater London for the first time; the first such shows broadcast were recorded in Bury St. Edmunds and Llandudno. The show started going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1994 and has been there every year since. View of Highgate, John Constable, 1st quarter of 19th century. ... Bury St Edmunds is a town in the county of Suffolk, England. ... Llandudno South Parade (on the north shore) viewed from the Great Orme, with the twin mounds of Deganwy Castle in the distance Llandudno Bay and the Little Orme viewed from the Great Orme Llandudno Pier viewed from the Happy Valley gardens A sunny corner in the Happy Valley gardens Llandudno... Categories: Festival stubs | Edinburgh ...


If the show was recorded outside central London, the location was always mentioned. However, if the show was recorded in central London, the location was never mentioned until 1998. It is assumed that most of the London shows were recorded at BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House. In 2002, under the reign of then-producer Claire Jones, the London recordings of Just a Minute moved out of Broadcasting House and into other theatres in the city. Broadcasting House Broadcasting House is the headquarters of the BBC in London, England. ...


TV versions

  • Two pilot episodes were recorded for television but never broadcast, except in documentaries about Kenneth Williams.
  • In 1994, nine shows were broadcast on a regional London channel. Two additional variations were added: a round in which the team were presented with an object to talk about, rather than a subject, and another round where the audience suggested a topic. Tony Slattery featured in all programmes.
  • Later in 1994, another five instalments were broadcast in a very similar style to the first nine.
  • In 1995, fourteen more episodes were broadcast. Just a Minute became a team game, with the Midlands and London playing against each other. Tony Slattery and Dale Winton were team leaders in all the episodes. The gimmick of the audience choosing a subject was abandoned in this series.
  • In 1999, the BBC tried televising the show. Twenty episodes were recorded over a single week in Birmingham. No more TV Just a Minute has been made since.

This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Anthony Declan James Slattery (born 9 November 1959) is a British actor and comedian. ... Dale Winton (born 22 May 1955 in London) is an English radio DJ and television presenter. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ...

See also

  • The similarly long-running I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue includes a musical parody entitled "Just a Minim", in which the contestants must sing a song, but sticking to the rules of Just a Minute. Clue also mentions Just a Minute and especially Nicholas Parsons frequently.
  • A Swedish version of the show, called På minuten, has been broadcast on Sveriges Radio P1 since 1969.

Im Sorry I Havent a Clue, sometimes abbreviated to ISIHAC, or simply Clue, is a BBC radio comedy which has run since 11 April 1972. ... Sveriges Radio (SR) - Swedish Radio Ltd - is Swedens national publicly-funded radio broadcaster. ... P1 (or Program ett, Programme One) is a national radio channel produced by the Swedish public broadcaster Sveriges Radio. ...

External links

  • Official BBC Radio 4 site

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