Just a Minute – soon to be on TV

Just a Minute has been broadcast on Radio 4 for nearly 45 years. To celebrate this amazing achievement, ten episodes from the next series will also be shown on BBC2. Recordings take place later this month. The game involves panel members attempting to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, deviation or repetition on a subject given by the chairman, Nicholas Parsons. Several contenders have been very successful over the years. I particularly remember Clement Freud, Derek Nimmo and Kenneth Williams but more recently, Paul Merton and Ross Noble have been very entertaining. Sometimes, interpretation of the rules appears to be a bit hit and miss but it’s all good, safe fun. While usually predictable, the odd surprise makes this programme a continued joy, whether you listen to its every utterance or just have the show on in the background.

Just a Minute