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Just a Minute: Series 79

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

Featuring a host of household names pitted against the clock, this is a collection of 8 episodes from series 79 of Just A Minute, hosted by the charming Nicholas Parsons.

With panellists including Paul Merton, Andy Hamilton, Jenny Eclair, Sheila Hancock and Phill Jupitus, this collection of highlights why Just A Minute has been entertaining generations of listeners since its first series in 1967.

Can the competitors talk for one minute on a given subject without hesitation, repetition or deviation from the subject? Find out as we play Just a Minute!

The News Quiz: The Best of 2017

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

Four of the funniest recent episodes from the topical comedy show, presented by Miles Jupp

2017 marked the 40th anniversary of The News Quiz, ‘the finest topical comedy panel game known to radio’ and a guaranteed provider of headlines, punchlines and sparkling satirical wit.

These four shows from Series 92 and 93 take a tongue-in-cheek look at current events, with chairman Miles Jupp presiding over a pack of keen newshounds: Jeremy Hardy, Zoe Lyons, Susan Calman, Charlie Higson, Andy Hamilton, Vicki Pepperdine, Helen Lewis, Sarah Kendall, Lucy Porter, Mark Steel, Hugo Rifkind, Rich Hall and Katy Brand.

The panellists find the funny in topics ranging from Donald Trump to Morris dancing, and from by-elections to pie selections, taking in Brexit, Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, urban foxes and an unorthodox lifeguard recruitment drive – not to mention the small matter of a UK General Election. To add to the hilarity, newsreaders Alan Smith, Corrie Corfield and Kathy Clugston read a selection of humorous press cuttings contributed by listeners.

So sit back and enjoy the highlights of a news-packed year in the company of some of the best and brightest commentators.

Produced by Richard Morris
News items read by Alan Smith, Corrie Corfield and Kathy Clugston

Just a Minute: Best of 2017

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

Four sparkling episodes of the much-loved BBCRadio 4 panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons

One of the longest-running and most popular radio comedy shows of all time, Just a Minute celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.

Here are four of the finest episodes from this milestone year, featuring veteran panellist Paul Merton and a host of other regulars including Pam Ayres, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke, Julian Clary, Jenny Eclair, Sheila Hancock, Josie Lawrence and Graham Norton, as well as relative newcomers Tom Allen, Zoe Lyons and Al Murray.

Attempting to talk for sixty seconds without repetition, hesitation or deviation, they are faced with subjects including Anne Boleyn, dust sheets, the tube and pick n’ mix. We hear what Paul Merton considers to be the 8th Wonder of the World, find out what isn’t Gyles Brandreth’s cup of tea, and discover what Jenny Eclair thinks about a dog’s dinner. Plus, there are three uninterrupted minutes: but who scores them, and on what topic?

Presided over by the charming Nicolas Parsons with a stopwatch that takes no prisoners,
these four shows from Series 77 and 78 are a brilliant collection of the best of 2017.

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue: A Second Treasury

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

Another bumper collection of classic fun and games from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy show.

‘Risky, rude, brilliantly written and superbly performed’ The Judges, Sony Radio Academy Award

This second treasury contains over 30 hilarious editions of the award-winning ‘antidote to panel games’, first published as I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Volumes 10 to 15, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue 'Live' Volumes 1 & 2, and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Anniversary Special.

Highlights include the first episode from 1972, a 30th anniversary double edition, two volumes of vintage 'Live' recordings (ad-libs, retakes, warm-ups and all), and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Desert Island, in which famous fans including Dame Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent and Germaine Greer choose their favourite 'Clue' moments.

The late Humphrey Lyttelton and Jack Dee preside over regular players Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Willie Rushton, plus guests including Jeremy Hardy, Ross Noble, Andy Hamilton, Rob Brydon, Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig, Tony Hawks, Linda Smith, David Mitchell, Marcus Brigstocke and Victoria Wood.

So get ready to laugh out loud as the gang indulge in more wonderful wordplay, accompanied by Colin Sell on the piano and the lovely Samantha, who’s always ready to score.

Duration: 22 hours and 30 minutes approx.

Just a Minute: The Golden Collection

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

To celebrate 50 years of Just a Minute, 12 previously unpublished archive episodes of the much-loved BBC Radio 4 panel game, presented by Nicholas Parsons

What better way to mark a glorious half century of Just a Minute than with a collection of episodes from each of the programme's six decades, ranging from 1968 to the very special Christmas 2016 edition, Just a Minute Does Panto!

As has been the case for each of those 50 years, Nicholas Parsons chairs every edition with impeccable manners and good humour. The plethora of seasoned players includes Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Peter Jones, Paul Merton, Graham Norton, Tony Hawks, Gyles Brandreth and Sheila Hancock, and competing alongside them is an array of celebrated guests including Peter Cook, Barry Took, Brian Johnston, Ian Hislop, Betty Marsden, Sue Perkins, Liza Tarbuck, Jeremy Hardy, Stephen Fry and many others.

Who can talk for one minute on a given subject without hesitation, repetition or deviating from the subject? Who will leap in at the last second to trounce the competition and secure the lead? Find out as we play Just a Minute!

Duration: 5 hours 30 mins approx.

Just a Minute: Series 78

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

Just a Minute has been entertaining generations of listeners since its first series in 1967.

With panellists including Paul Merton and the effervescent Nicholas Parsons as chair, this collection of 6 episodes highlights why Just A Minute is one of Radio 4's longest running and most popular series.

Who can talk for one minute on a given subject without hesitation, repetition or deviating from the subject? Who will leap in at the last second to trounce the competition and secure the lead? Find out as we play Just a Minute!

The News Quiz: Series 93

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

The complete 93rd series of the topical BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show, hosted by Miles Jupp.

The long-running satirical panel game returns with eight more episodes, featuring guests including Jeremy Hardy, Susan Calman, Andy Hamilton, Katy Brand, Zoe Lyons, Holly Walsh, Mark Steel, Hugo Rifkind and Rich Hall. The panellists give a comic commentary on new stories such as General Election, that leaky Brexit dinner, a close encounter with a wild boar, an intriguing hearing in the USA and an unorthodox lifeguard recruitment drive.

The News Quiz: A Vintage Collection

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

A headline-crunching celebration of Radio 4’s hugely successful topical comedy quiz show

The News Quiz made its debut on Radio 4 in 1977, and four decades later it’s still playfully making and breaking the headlines of our daily news.

Among the vintage gems in this collection are 25 Years of the News Quiz, in which Alan Coren, Andy Hamilton, Jeremy Hardy, John Sergeant, Linda Smith and Francis Wheen take a trip through a quarter of a century of headline news, with Radio 4 newsreaders providing cuttings (and giggles) from 1977 to 2002. Meanwhile The Archive Hour: Headlines, Deadlines and Punchlines, presented by Matthew Parris, features interviews with chairmen and panellists past and present including Barry Norman.

Also included are Barry Took and Simon Hoggart’s own selections of funniest moments from the 1980s to the 2000s. The plethora of guest players featured includes Clive Anderson, Joan Bakewell, Jo Brand, Rory Bremner, Peter Cook, Edwina Currie, Nigel Dempster, Roy Hattersley, Tony Hawks, Jeremy Hardy, Ian Hislop, Richard Ingrams, Clive James, Boris Johnson, Charles Kennedy, Miles Kington, Maureen Lipman, Stuart Maconie, Steve Punt, Willie Rushton, John Sergeant, Linda Smith, Mark Steel, Janet Street-Porter, Sandi Toksvig, John Wells and many, many more.

If you enjoy your news humorously grilled, with a side order of biting wit, this vintage collection is highly recommended.


Some of the humour on this release reflects the era in which it was first broadcast.

The News Quiz: Series 92

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

The complete 92nd series of the long-running BBC Radio 4 satirical quiz, hosted by Miles Jupp. The popular topical comedy panel game returns with eight more episodes, trawling through news stories big and small to provide comedy, commentary, irony and irreverence. Duration: 4 hours approx

The Now Show Series 49

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

Seven more episodes of biting satirical wit from Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis, Mitch Benn and guests, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November and December 2016. Duration: 3 hours approx.

Maeve Binchy: Collected Stories

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

A collection of full-cast dramatisations and readings from the bestselling author

‘There’s nobody like Binchy for warming the cockles’ Times

Maeve Binchy was one of Britain’s best-loved storytellers and this compilation of her finest fiction, as heard on BBC Radio, demonstrates all the warmth, wit and compassion that made her so popular.

Firefly Summer is a moving, humorous novel about a sleepy Irish town facing monumental change, dramatised in six parts with a full cast including David Soul and Lorcan Cranitch.

No Nightingales, No Snakes features full-cast dramatisations of five Maeve Binchy short stories, with a distinguished cast including Niamh Cusack, Sam Dale and Harry Towb.

The Garden Party contains four short stories specially commissioned for BBC Radio 4, read by Niamh Cusack, Dervla Kirwan, Doreen Hepburn and Stella McCusker.

The Homecoming comprises four more stories exclusively written for BBC Radio 4, read by Sean Campion, Joanna Myers, Patricia Hodge and Kate Binchy.

Dealing with families, friendship, love, loss, sorrow and joy, these stories will delight all Maeve Binchy fans. Duration: 6 hours approx

The News Quiz: Series 91

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

Eight episodes of the topical BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show, presented by Miles Jupp.

The long-running satirical panel show returns for its 91st series, with guests including Jeremy Hardy, Lucy Porter, Andy Hamilton, Kerry Godliman, Susan Calman, Hugo Rifkind, Holly Walsh, Rebecca Front, Zoe Lyons, Frankie Boyle, Baron Finkelstein, Angela Barnes, Paul Sinha and Dane Baptiste.

They take turns to provide comic commentary on topics including the Labour conference, the US presidential election race between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, the exit of Sam Allardyce as England manager and The Great British Bake-Off.

Miles Jupp is in the chair, while newsreaders including Kathy Clugston, Caroline Nicholls and Susan Rae read a selection of humorous cuttings sent in by listeners. Duration: 4 hours approx.

Just a Minute: Series 76

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

Eight episodes of the ever-popular BBC Radio 4 panel game hosted by Nicholas Parsons – including two special shows recorded at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Just a Minute has been entertaining generations of listeners since its first series in 1967. Now Nicholas Parsons and guests return for the 76th series of the panel show where participants must try to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, deviation or repetition. (No repetition? That's no small order after nearly 50 years...)

Guests include veteran players Paul Merton (now the second most prolific player of the game after Kenneth Williams), Sheila Hancock, Marcus Brigstocke, Gyles Brandreth, Julian Clary, Tony Hawks and Josie Lawrence. Among the other panellists are Nish Kumar and Janey Godley, and appearing for the first time are Will Self, Pippa Evans and Katherine Ryan, who completed the full minute on her very first turn.

The subjects include Maple Syrup, Andy Warhol, The Royal Mile, My Olympic Event, Hair of the Dog, Brighton Rock, Enid Blyton and The French Connection.

So join the plucky players as they prepare to do verbal battle on the show where every second counts! Duration: 4 hours approx.

The Now Show: Series 48

BBC Radio Comedy

Six more episodes of biting satirical wit from Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis, Mitch Benn and guests, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November and December 2016. Duration: 3 hours approx.

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Treasury

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

A bumper collection of classic fun and games from one of BBC Radio 4's best-loved and most enduring comedy panel games. ‘The funniest comedy quiz show of them all.’ Sue Arnold, Observer The inimitable Humphrey Lyttelton is in the chair for these 36 hilarious editions, collected together for the first time. He presides over regular players Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and Willie Rushton; plus guests including Stephen Fry, Tony Hawks, Andy Hamilton, Paul Merton, Sandi Toksvig and Jeremy Hardy. Hear them having their wicked way with favourite rounds including One Song to the Tune of Another, Limericks, Sound Charades, Cheddar Gorge and Swanee Kazoo. The teams are helped along by lively audiences from a variety of British towns and cities and, as is customary on Clue, Colin Sell is at the piano and the lovely Samantha sits on Humph's right hand. Also included is a special episode, Everyman’s Guide to Mornington Crescent, which reveals the full and unexpurgated history of The Greatest Game on Earth; and Willie Rushton's last show, featuring an introductory tribute from Ned Sherrin. First published as I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue Volumes 1 to 9, this feast of unrestrained revelry and inspired ad-libs is the authentic, award-winning antidote to panel games. Accept no substitutes! Duration: 18 hours approx.

Just a Minute: Series 75

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

Nicholas Parsons chairs six more episodes of the evergreen BBC Radio 4 panel game.

Fresh from winning the Radio Award for comedy in the 2016 Chortle Awards, the perennially popular show returns for a 75th series.

Guests joining Nicholas Parsons include regulars Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Sheila Hancock and Marcus Brigstocke, as well as relative newcomers Josh Widdicombe and Holly Walsh. Debutants Alexei Sayle and John Finnemore play their first games with panache, while Gyles Brandreth and Graham Norton both mark the same milestone as they celebrate their 100th appearances.

Among the diverse topics they tackle are Halley's Comet, Answering the Telephone, Clock-watching, Insomnia, A Hot Potato, Thomas Hardy, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Physics for Beginners and Sellotape.

So as the Minute Waltz fades away, prepare to enjoy the wit, competitive spirit and verbal skills of the plucky panellists as they attempt to speak unchallenged for sixty seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Duration: 3 hours approx.

The News Quiz: Series 90

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

The complete 90th series of the long-running BBC Radio 4 satirical quiz, hosted by Miles Jupp.

The popular topical comedy panel game returns with nine more episodes, trawling through news stories big and small to provide comedy, commentary, irony and irreverence.

In these nine episodes, panellists taking some satirical swipes at the headlines include Jeremy Hardy, Susan Calman, Rebecca Front, Edwina Currie, Vicki Pepperdine, Andy Hamilton, Holly Walsh, Bridget Christie, Dane Baptiste and Frankie Boyle.

They face questions on subjects including the Panama Papers, Tata Steel, the London mayoral elections, the collapse of BHS, Leicester City's Premier League triumph, Donald Trump and – of course – the ins and outs of the EU referendum.

Miles Jupp is back in the chair and in charge of proceedings, while newsreaders including Corrie Corfield, Zeb Soanes, Neil Sleat and Kathy Clugston read an assortment of hilarious newspaper cuttings sent in by listeners. Duration: 4 hours approx.

Just a Minute: Series 74

BBC Radio Comedy (and others)

Six episodes of the perennially popular BBC Radio 4 panel game, chaired by Nicholas Parsons.

'Just a Minute' was born the same year as Radio 4 itself, and is one of the longest-running and best-loved radio comedy shows. Hosted by the inimitable Nicholas Parsons, it tasks contestants to speak for sixty seconds on any given topic "without repetition, hesitation or deviation".

Under the watchful eye of the Chairman, they must fend off challenges and win the points, using only their wit, ingenuity and improvisational skills. Duration: 2 hours 50 mins.

Biography

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1972. The original and much-loved chairman was Hymphrey Lyttelton, who continued in the role until his death in 2008.The original regular members of the panel were Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and (until his death in 1996) Willie Rushton. Following Humph's death, the programme returned in 2009 with a rosta of chairmen, current of whom is the now regular Jack Dee.