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For those of you who are unaware, Just A Minute is a radio show broadcast on Radio 4 and presented by Nicholas Parsons, in which four panelists are challenged to talk on random subjects for a minute without any deviation, repitition, hesitation or exaggeration. If they make one of these errors, the other panelists can buzz in with a challenge and if successful, they take on the subject with the remaining time.
This CD set contains four specially selected episodes of the show from 2009. This was my first experience of the show and I found it surprisingly funny! Parsons is a lovely, genial host and reminds me a little of Stephen Fry.
The panelists are all excellent. They include Gyles Brandreth, Jack Dee, Pam Ayres, Sir Tim Rice, Tony Hawks, Liza Tarbuck, Sheila Hancock, David Mitchell, Josie Lawrence and Sue Perkins. Their rants about their assigned subjects tend to be hilarious. The interaction amongst the panel members is very funny too. If you like panel shows such as Have I Got News for You or 8 Out of 10 Cats then you will probably enjoy this too.
These CDs are perfect to have on for a good laugh whilst you're doing the washing up or other odd jobs at home. I would say that they are perhaps a little frenetic for listening to in the car, and also be aware that they can be quite rude, so maybe try not to put them on around children!
This CD has an RRP of £12.99 but can be bought at Amazon.co.uk for just £5.86 which I think is quite good value. I think it would make an excellent present for slightly older people who are tricky to buy for!
(updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)