Just A Minute - In The Press
Main News Stories About 'Just A Minute':
The Radio 4 show is one of a handful of radio's more old-school institutions that have proved impervious to the tides of fashion.
Written by Fiona Sturges. The Independent, 19th February 2015
Written by Hannah Furness. The Telegraph, 9th February 2015
David Tennant triumphantly manages to speak without repetition, deviation or hesitation for a full minute on the subject of Shakespeare.
Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 6th February 2015
How come some people are born raconteurs while others struggle to speak in front of an audience? At the moment, neuroscience can't answer this question, but we aim to change that. This study investigates what differentiates the brain of fluent speakers from the rest of us.
Neuroscience of Language Group, UCL, 20th January 2015
I was repetitively kicking myself within. Every time I snatched a subject from someone else, I managed to repeat something within seconds, though I have no idea how I clumsily repeated both DNA and Schopenhauer.
Written by Robin Ince. 3rd December 2014
For more than 20 years Paul Merton has been keeping us entertained with his quick witted comments and slightly surreal humour. But he describes himself as having been a shy child. He accepted a Just a Minute challenge from BBC Breakfast the team. His topic - Breakfast.
BBC News, 26th November 2014
The veteran host of Just a Minute has no plans to retire, and killed off all such speculation at the Cheltenham Literature festival.
Written by Mark Lawson. The Guardian, 10th October 2014
Nicholas Parsons has reacted with indignation after being asked who might replace him on Just A Minute, the Radio 4 programme he has presented for 47 years. Parsons, who is 90, told an audience at the Cheltenham Literature Festival that he had never considered who might succeed him and berated a member of the public for asking "that bloody question".
Written by Jack Malvern. The Times, 9th October 2014
Nicholas Parsons says that Just A Minute would have died long ago if he didn't keep "fresh as a daisy".
Written by James Gill. The Radio Times, 8th October 2014
If ever a programme needed no introduction it's this venerable panel game, which has been on air for nearly 47 years and here begins a 69th series.
Just a Minute's long-time host explains what keeps him so alert and healthy in his nineties.
Written by Nicholas Parsons. The Daily Telegraph, 21st March 2014
The magazine show includes a special week of broadcasts of Junior Just a Minute. Nicholas Parsons is a kindly, paternal host, but please don't expect the same heights of humour as Paul Merton and Graham Norton.
Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 11th November 2013
No hesitation, repetition or deviation. It's a simple formula that has worked for Just a Minute since 1967. But now the Radio 4 show chaired by Nicholas Parsons is asking children to take up the challenge for a special version on The 4 O'Clock Show, a strand on Radio 4 Extra.
Written by Carla Parks. BBC Ariel, 11th November 2013
A campaign is afoot to have Nicholas Parsons knighted. Sir Nicholas? Is it really such a ridiculous notion? He's a unique performer - pompous, infuriating, the butt of all jokes. What many people fail to realise, including fellow actors, is that this is a deliberate persona, a comic front.
Written by Christopher Stevens. The Daily Mail, 11th October 2013
There is a growing demand for the Queen to confer a 'K' on gentleman quiz show host Nicholas Parsons, who is now 90.
Written by Richard Kay. The Daily Mail, 10th October 2013
Written by Cristina Odone. The Daily Telegraph, 24th September 2013
Every day, in a stairwell at Broadcasting House, I pass by a photograph of Nicholas Parsons. If you haven't seen that photo, you've seen one like it. Down the years, Nicholas must have been photographed thousands of times with timepieces of all descriptions. He is invariably pointing at them, and beaming as if the clock in question is the most wonderful object ever conceived.
Eddie Mair, Radio Times, 12th August 2013
Radio 4 panel games come and go. In some cases they come, then stick around for decades after you wish they'd disappeared. But not this one, which might still be the best of the bunch. Nicholas Parsons, Paul Merton and other regulars are back for the show's 66th series - and in the first episode, fans will be holding their breath for 60 full seconds as Graham Norton achieves the rare feat of speaking for a minute without hesitating, deviating or repeating himself. Pam Ayres and new BBC2 sketch-comedy star Kevin Eldon round out a great panel.
Jack Seale, The Radio Times, 21st May 2013
As any JAM fan will tell you, it's not often that a panellist speaks for the whole minute, uninterrupted, without deviation, hesitation or repetition, but that's exactly what Graham Norton does here. Admittedly, he does have a distinct advantage with his subject matter - it's the Eurovision Song Contest - but even so, it's a rare enough event to inspire a warm and spontaneous round of applause from the audience.
Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 20th May 2013
Written by Richard Herring. Metro, 12th June 2012
Written by Tilusha Ghelani. BBC Radio 4 Blog, 3rd April 2012
This week there was the last of two special episodes on BBC Radio 4 that were recorded in India (a documentary about the India episodes is on Radio 4 at 11.30 on Monday 2nd April), featuring regulars Nicholas Parsons and Paul Merton, English comedian Marcus Brigstocke, and Indian comedians Cyrus Broacha and Anuvab Pal. Topics for discussion included "It's just not cricket" and "Mumbai traffic".
For 45 years, Just a Minute has been challenging contestants to talk for one minute on a subject without hesitation, deviation or repetition - a feat seldom achieved. To celebrate its milestone birthday, the host of the BBC Radio 4 panel game - Nicholas Parsons - travelled to India to meet some of the game's fans, and to record special editions of the programme. On his journey, he found fast-paced hybrid versions of Just a Minute - so-called 'jamming' - being played in clubs across the country.
Written by Nicholas Parsons. BBC News, 2nd April 2012
Forty-five years after its invention, Just a Minute is taking its singular mix of the clever and the silly to India for two shows. The location, the Mumbai Comedy Store, changed the whole feel of the programme. Over here, it tends to take place in halls, where the laughter echoes; in the Comedy Store, the audience sounded like it was almost on top of the performers (Paul Merton and Marcus Brigstocke plus domestic talent Anuvab Pal and Cyrus Broacha), in what felt like a bearpit.
On a cold winter's evening I made my way to London's BBC Television Centre. Something rather special was taking place. To celebrate 45 years of a classic radio comedy show, those rich cousins in TV were recording a special series of Just a Minute, featuring its ever present chairman, Nicholas Parsons, joined by regular player Paul Merton and a host of favourite all-star panellists.
Written by Peter McHugh. BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra Blog, 15th March 2012