Just A Minute. Sue Perkins. Copyright: BBC
Just A Minute

Just A Minute

  • Radio panel show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 1967 - 2024
  • 1000 episodes (92 series)

Long running radio panel game in which contestants to talk for one minute without repetition, hesitation or deviation. Stars Nicholas Parsons, Sue Perkins, Paul Merton, Clement Freud, Kenneth Williams and more.


This commment became a catchphrase for Kenneth Williams, who would often go into tantrums. It is in fact a joke, as Great Portland Street is in fact very close to where the show was originally recorded.

I came all the way from Great Portland Street!

Kenneth Williams
The traditional welcome given by Nicholas Parsons on every edition of the show

And as The Minute's Waltz fades away...

Nicholas Parsons
One of the rare 'full minute' speeches

As the audience can see I apply make-up only in the dark with a trowel and strimmer. That has suited me for years and provides the look I have made entirely my own. The mahogany cheeks akin to Aunt Sally in the famous children's show Worzell Gummage. The eyes decked with mascara as if a million spiders have lazily walked across my eyeballs. How delightful I look at night when the cold, harsh lamps illuminate the strange stretchy face that has been daubed with make-up. Because I don't understand it. It's not a world I recognise. I know women are supposed to and everything, look shabby and chic at the same time. Nonetheless I require something more of my life than the application of tawdry cosmetics, often tested on poor animals. For me it is a life of the mind. Why paint, decorate the entire time when you could read a book and find about the entire history...

Sue Perkins in Series 55, Episode 6

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