Just a Minute--The Best of 2007
By Ian Messiter
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'Welcome to Just a Minute! And as The Minute Waltz fades away... please talk for 60 seconds on a random subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation...' First broadcast in 1967, Just a Minute is one of the longest-running radio comedy shows. A national institution, it is also loved and listened to all around the world. In these four episodes, attempting to talk non-stop for sixty seconds are regulars Paul Merton and Clement Freud, with a host of special guests including Jenny Eclair, Maria McErlane, Chris Addison, Marcus Brigstocke, Maureen Lipman, Pam Ayres, Julian Clary, Gyles Brandreth and Graham Norton. Long-suffering host Nicholas Parsons controls the proceedings (and the unruly panellists) while among the subjects hilariously tackled are 1066, Welsh rarebit, Timbuktu, the aristocracy, my favourite sin, how to be a thespian, public relations, forbidden fruit, taking the waters and Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells. Don't waste a minute: there's two whole hours of frenetic, fast-moving fun to enjoy here in these four episodes of Radio 4's most devious panel game.