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Nicholas Parsons

10 moments that made Brass Eye the funniest show ever

The brainchild of enigmatic satirist Chris Morris, Channel 4's Brass Eye only lasted for six episodes and a special - albeit the most controversial one of all time.

Jon O'Brien, Metro, 29th January 2017

The Prince of Wales marks 50 years of Just A Minute

HRH The Prince of Wales has recorded a special message to mark iconic Radio 4 comedy panel show Just A Minute entering its 50th anniversary year.

British Comedy Guide, 16th December 2016

Radio 4 reveals Christmas comedy highlights

Radio 4 has revealed its Christmas comedy highlights for 2016. Listeners can look forward to specials starring Nicholas Parsons, Tim Vine, Lenny Henry, John Finnemore and more.

British Comedy Guide, 22nd November 2016

Nicholas Parsons interview

No one gets up in the morning and says, "I think I'm going to offend Nicholas Parsons today," but somehow it's happened.

Michael Hodges, Radio Times, 6th October 2016

Nicholas Parsons presents Marie Antoinette's Watch doc

Nicholas Parsons, master of Just A Minute, will celebrate a great master of the timepiece, Abraham Louis Breguet, as he goes in search of the most expensive and exquisite watch ever made.

BBC, 14th September 2016

The Defining the Norm Awards: the nominees

Comedian Will Franken honours the most conformist acts at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Will Franken, Spiked, 25th August 2016

Happy feet: matching socks with their Fringe performer

Comedian and renowned sockspert Arthur Smith attempts the improbable.

Arthur Smith, The List, 27th July 2016

BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals 2016

An all-star line-up of top comedy, arts, writing and music - as well showcases for new fresh talent - will be at the heart of the BBC's Edinburgh Festivals coverage across TV, radio and online.

BBC, 27th July 2016

10 Fringe comedians aged over 60

Edinburgh's often very focussed on the young and the new. But forget those whipper-snappers, complaining about the weight of turning 30, what about those with real experience of the world? Here's our round-up of just some of the over-60s hitting the festival. In ascending order of age.

Chortle, 21st July 2016

Video: Nicholas Parsons on Paul Merton's JAM milestone

As Paul Merton clocks up more appearances on Just a Minute than veteran player Kenneth Williams, Nicholas Parsons celebrates his momentous milestone.

Nicholas Parsons & Paul Merton, BBC News, 18th February 2016

Video: Just (over) a minute with Nicholas Parsons

For nearly 50 years, Nicholas Parsons has chaired Radio 4 panel show Just a Minute. So, when Radio Times met the veteran broadcaster, we turned the tables and set the timer.

Radio Times, 27th October 2015

Stars annoucned for Chortle Book Festival 2015

David Baddiel, Nicholas Parsons, Isy Suttie, Phill Jupitus, Jon Holmes and Bob Servant are among the names appearing at this year's Chortle Comedy Book Festival.

Chortle, 7th October 2015

12 Just A Minute facts

12 facts we learnt about Just A Minute from Nicholas Parsons' book.

Chortle, 2nd September 2015

The Nicholas Parsons system

It had only a brief run at the Pleasance this year, closing on Sunday August 16, but the 15th year of Nicholas Parsons' Happy Hour in the courtyard's Cabaret Bar was only curtailed because the 91-year-old star of the airwaves and the West End stage had other matters on his Edinburgh agenda.

Keith Bruce, The Herald, 28th August 2015

Inside the head of... Nicholas Parsons

'I ended up throwing the gun at the actor I was meant to shoot - the audience fell about laughing'

York Membery, Mail on Sunday, 15th August 2015

Q&A: Nicholas Parsons

'You shouldn't feel guilty about pleasures. You should enjoy them'

Rosanna Greenstreet, The Guardian, 15th August 2015

Nicholas Parsons interview

The veteran broadcaster on 48 years of Just a Minute, and how he nearly pursued a career in politics.

Simon Usborne, The Independent, 20th June 2015

In praise of ... Nicholas Parsons

The veteran host of Just a Minute has no plans to retire, and killed off all such speculation at the Cheltenham Literature festival.

Mark Lawson, The Guardian, 10th October 2014

I'm only 90, says Nicholas Parsons

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".

Jack Malvern, The Times, 9th October 2014

Parsons: If I was on autopilot that show would be dead

Nicholas Parsons says that Just A Minute would have died long ago if he didn't keep "fresh as a daisy".

James Gill, Radio Times, 8th October 2014