Just A Minute to return with guest presenters

Friday 11th December 2020, 10:27am

Just A Minute. Paul Merton. Copyright: BBC.

BBC Radio 4 has confirmed that its long-running panel show Just A Minute will return, with guest presenters.

Nicholas Parsons, who had hosted the show since its inception in 1967, died in January, aged 96.

The programme is now set to return in February, with guest presenters taking it in turns to host the comedy game.

Long-standing panellists Paul Merton and Gyles Brandreth will each take a turn hosting, as well as Lucy Porter, Stephen Fry, Jo Brand and Nish Kumar. Further guest hosts are still to be confirmed. (Edit: Sue Perkins and Tom Allen have also been named.)

The BBC confirms: "This series will see 10 guest presenters follow in the footsteps of Nicholas Parsons. Each will take a turn to lead the comedy panel game and to uphold the tradition of attempting to talk for 60 seconds with no hesitation, repetition or deviation."

Sioned Wiliam from Radio 4 says: "We're delighted that this group of superbly talented guest hosts will be joining us to take part in the brilliant and much loved game that is Just A Minute. Nicholas Parsons was of course the maestro and he loved working with the many panellists who appeared over the years. We're looking forward to hearing what some of those panellists and the other guest hosts will bring to this iconic show; its return promises to be a joyful treat for those many listeners who adore the programme."

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