Michael Palin

Just a Minute: A Vintage Collection
  • Just a Minute: A Vintage Collection

    • BBC Radio Comedy

    • Nicholas Parsons (Read by)

    • Kenneth Williams (Read by)

    • Ross Noble (Read by)

    • Sheila Hancock (Read by)

    • Michael Palin (Read by)

    • Jeremy Hardy (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Paul Merton (Read by)

    Twelve archive editions of the the much-loved BBC Radio 4 panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons

    Having matured like a fine wine for over 50 years, Just a Minute continues to improve with age. A full-bodied, cheeky little number, it’s both sparkling and robust, and ideal for almost every occasion. A few bottles of the finest have been brought up from the cellar for this vintage collection.

    In these twelve humorous, enlightening and previously unpublished editions — harvested from between 1972 and 2004 — players once again attempt to speak without hesitation, repetition or deviation from the given subject. Challenges fly thick and fast under the unflappable adjudication of Nicholas Parsons.

    Seasoned players Kenneth Williams, Peter Jones, Derek Nimmo, Clement Freudand Paul Merton compete alongside guests including Tim Rice, Sheila Hancock, Michael Palin, Jenny Eclair, Tony Hawks, Ross Noble, Ray Alan, Rob Buckman, Barry Cryer, Wendy Richard, Jeremy Hardy, Richard Stilgoe, Steve Frost, Graham Norton, Liza Tarbuck, Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Julian Clary.

    Which players will be allowed time to breathe uninterrupted, as they demonstrate they have the nose for a corking finish? Find out as we play Just a Minute!

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

    Episode Guide

    26 September 1972
    Featuring Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams
    10 February 1976
    Featuring Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Michael Palin, Kenneth Williams
    20 February 1979
    Featuring Ray Alan, Peter Jones, Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams
    22 January 1980
    Featuring Rob Buckman, Clement Freud, Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams
    3 April 1985
    Featuring Barry Cryer, Peter Jones, Tim Rice, Kenneth Williams
    23 February 1991
    Featuring Peter Jones, Tim Rice, Wendy Richard, Richard Stilgoe
    11 February 1995
    Featuring Jeremy Hardy, Tony Hawks, Peter Jones, Derek Nimmo
    1 February 1999
    Featuring Jenny Eclair, Steve Frost, Peter Jones, Tim Rice
    11 March 2002
    Featuring Clement Freud, Sheila Hancock, Paul Merton, Graham Norton
    7 July 2003
    Featuring Clement Freud, Sheila Hancock, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Paul Merton
    18 August 2003
    Featuring Jenny Eclair, Clement Freud, Tony Hawks, Ross Noble
    16 August 2004
    Featuring Julian Clary, Clement Freud, Paul Merton, Liza Tarbuck

Michael Palin has written and starred in numerous TV programmes and films, from Monty Python and Ripping Yarns to The Missionary and The Death of Stalin. He has also made several much-acclaimed travel documentaries, his journeys taking him to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. His books include accounts of his journeys, novels (Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth) and several volumes of diaries. From 2009 to 2012 he was president of the Royal Geographical Society. He received a BAFTA fellowship in 2013, and a knighthood in the 2019 New Year Honours list. He lives in London.

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