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Ten archive editions of the the much-loved BBC Radio 4 panel game plus two very special programmes, chaired by Nicholas Parsons.

Seasons come and go, and years fly by, but Just a Minute has been a constant ray of sunshine on Radio 4 for over 50 years. 

Now, in this new collection of programmes, 10 previously unpublished editions - from the 1970s to the 2010s - are presented alongside two very special half hours: Just a Minute: 50 Years in 28 Minutes and 50 Years of Just a Minute: Paul Merton in Conversation with Nicholas Parsons

Among the many guest performers attempting to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation from the subject are Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Derek Nimmo, Peter Jones, Paul Merton, Andrée Melly, Patrick Moore, Kenny Everett, Tim Rice, Wendy Richard, Richard Murdoch, Jenny Eclair, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Stephen Frost, Gyles Brandreth, Sue Perkins and Frank Skinner.

Who will win enough points to take a commanding lead, who will find themselves trailing a little and who will finish in a strong fourth place? Find out as we play Just a Minute!

Please note: The humour in these programmes sometimes reflects the era in which they were first broadcast. Contains strong language and mild innuendo.

Due to the archive nature of some of the episodes, sound quality may vary.

Published by Penguin Random House Ltd
Licensed by BBC Worldwide Ltd
© 2018 BBC Worldwide t/as BBC Studios
Photographs © BBC

Devised by Ian Messiter
Chaired by Nicholas Parsons
All episodes first broadcast on BBC Radio 4
Episode selection by Michael Stevens
Music: The Minute Waltz (Waltz in D Flat Major, Op. 64) by Chopin

1. 12 October 1971
Featuring Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Andrée Melly, Kenneth Williams

2. 18 April 1978
Featuring Clement Freud, Patrick Moore, Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams

3. 5 February 1980
Featuring Kenny Everett, Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Kenneth Williams

4. 16 June 1984
Featuring Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Tim Rice, Kenneth Williams

5. 16 June 1988
Featuring Clement Freud, Derek Nimmo, Wendy Richard, Kenneth Williams

6. 28 April 1990
Featuring Peter Jones, Paul Merton, Richard Murdoch, Wendy Richard

7. 2 August 1999
Featuring Jenny Eclair, Stephen Frost, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Peter Jones 

8. 19 January 2004
Featuring Clement Freud, Paul Merton, Graham Norton, Linda Smith

9. 9 January 2006
Featuring Clement Freud, Stephen Fry, Paul Merton, Tim Rice 

10. 18 August 2014
Featuring Gyles Brandreth, Paul Merton, Sue Perkins, Frank Skinner

11. 25 December 2017
Just a Minute: 50 Years in 28 Minutes
Featuring panellists from across the years

12. 1 January 2018
50 Years of Just a Minute: Paul Merton in Conversation with Nicholas Parsons

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  • Rudi Dinno
  • 12-10-20

Hilarity ensues!

A veritable journey through the English language with just enough time to draw breath before the next hilarious ‘minute.’ Highly recommendable episodes and series.

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  • 28-05-20

A Brilliant Tribute

A great tribute to a fabulous show with a great host. Paul Merton echoes the love that so many people have for Just a Minute and Nicholas Parsons

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