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A sparkling collection of 22 classic episodes of the ever-popular BBC Radio 4 panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons. Showcasing five key players from the past five decades - Sheila Hancock, Gyles Brandreth, Jenny Eclair, Stephen Fry ,and Graham Norton - the collection also includes two bonus Christmas themed editions of the show.

Loved for the verbal dexterity, wicked wit and competitive edge of its participants, Just a Minute has welcomed scores of guest players to the game since it began in 1967. Among the most successful and popular of those are Sheila Hancock, Gyles Brandreth, Jenny Eclair, Stephen Fry, and Graham Norton. This audiobook presents four specially selected episodes for each of them, all published for the first time, all highlighting the players at their cleverest and funniest.

With episodes taken from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s, there is strong participation from some of the more regular players of the game: Clement Freud, Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Peter Jones, and Paul Merton. Others playing here include Tony Hawks, Linda Smith, Julian Clary, Ross Noble, Tim Rice, William Rushton, Martin Jarvis, and many more. As always, Nicholas Parsons is the capable chairman of the game.

©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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A great way to relax

The episodes are a great way to relax. You can dive in and out of them at your leisure, picking them up when and where you like.

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THis is also known as FURTHER classic collection.

I had this book already but they changed the title by one word so I thought it was new. Returning this now.

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  • The Skatalite
  • 12-02-14

Just a Minute - This is Brilliant

What made the experience of listening to Just a Minute the most enjoyable?

Just a Minute features most of my favourite comedians from my childhood to the modern day. The fact that the comedy is off the cuff and delivered at pace makes this a perfect listen to me.

What other book might you compare Just a Minute to, and why?

Just a Minute is one of radio 4's best comedies. The nearest you are likely to hear is "I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue" which is good but can be occasionally irritating.

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Parsons and Guests ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I regularly buy the Just a Minute collections. You are likely to find some of the episodes in some of the earlier collections but for such a large volume of episodes this is well worth using one of your credits for.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Hearing Peter Jones is always a pleasure as he reminds me of Hitchhiker's Guide at its best. His humour is always well timed and perfectly pitched.

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  • Meghan
  • 07-13-17

Needs chapter headings

I love this programme, but it's irritating me that I can't tell who is taking part in each episode without listening to the start. It would be better to have chapter summaries / clearer headings

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  • SnapWriter
  • 04-06-16

THE collection to get!

This is one of two ten hour plus J.A.M. collections - I wish they'd release some more, perhaps collecting the one hour downloads together.

This is so good, I listen to it EVERY night. Love it so much.

Part of my need-them-to-live collection (also, see Goon Shows).

Everything you need!

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  • B. A. Jones
  • 12-03-15

Review with no repetition, deviation, hesitation

This audio book was found to be funny, I wasn't as keen on some of the earlier recordings but the more recent episodes had us suitably entertained for hours. Particularly listening whilst driving kept me chuckling. Contestants like Paul Merton, Graham Norton, Jenny Eclair, Tony Hawks and Stephen Fry made a positive review easier to write because they made my friends smile while listening. Further Just a Minute books will be purchased in due course. It's the kind of publication that can be re-listened to over and again without boredom settling in.

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  • Daniel
  • 04-01-15

A great one for Just A Minute fans.

A fantastic mix of both classic and modern episodes, makes this a definite must for fans of Just a minute.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-31-14

A good range of fine performances

The sound quality is a bit ropey on some of the earlier recordings but this is a real bumper pack of entertaining episodes.

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  • Mr P Cresswell
  • 12-05-14

Wonderful, witty wordplay.

Would you listen to Just a Minute again? Why?

A laugh a minute - no pun intended. A joy to listen to the wonderfully funny Paul Merton, Kenneth Williams and Sheila Hancock.

What other book might you compare Just a Minute to, and why?

Sorry I Haven't Got A Clue

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Parsons and Guests ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

One of the best.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A blockbuster of verbal whit.

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  • Michael
  • 12-03-14

Wit and verbal dexterity

Where does Just a Minute rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Probably in the top 20

Has Just a Minute put you off other books in this genre?

no quite the reverse

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Parsons and Guests ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

its the first collection

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No that would be too tiring

Any additional comments?

The best ideas for shows are usually simple.That the show has been running for so long emphasizes how good the idea is.It is truly difficult to keep going even for such a short time on a given subject.I like the daft challenges and the running jokes especially from the regular players.After a hard and dull day at work relax and enjoy!Then a few months later you can come back to it and listen again.