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RADIO SEASON 17 1983

Season length:
20 shows.

Chairman:
Nicholas Parsons (18 shows), Clement Freud (one show), Kenneth Williams (one show).

Regular Panellists:
Kenneth Williams (19 shows), Peter Jones (12 shows), Clement Freud (11 shows), Derek Nimmo (10 shows).

Semi-regular Panellists:
Gyles Brandreth (four shows).

Guest Panellists:
Nicholas Parsons (two shows), Sheila Hancock (two shows), Aimi Macdonald (two shows), Barry Cryer (two shows), John Junkin (two shows), Tim Rice (two shows), Brian Johnston (two shows), Libby Purves (two shows), Victoria Wood (two shows), Jeremy Beadle (two shows), Jan Ravens (two shows), Liza Goddard (one show), Miles Kington (one show).

Making A Debut:
Jeremy Beadle, Liza Goddard, Miles Kington, Jan Ravens.

Commentary:
Unusually Jeremy Beadle and Jan Ravens appear twice but at separate recordings. Nicholas vacates the chair for Clement in one show, and Kenneth in another, both making their last appearances in the chair. Some outstanding shows on offer here.



318/17/1
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Broadcast date: 14 March 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Sheila Hancock, Gyles Brandreth.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: The fun of bath night, Mary Rose, chips, painting my toenails, Venus, how to budget, three little pigs, keys.

Winner: Sheila Hancock.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 318th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 276th appearance, Derek Nimmo's 192nd appearance, Sheila Hancock's 66th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 3rd appearance.



319/17/2
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Broadcast date: 21 March 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Jeremy Beadle.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Binge, achievement, sword swallowing, palaeontology, what I think of the chap sitting next to me, cave, odd facts, what I should have done when I was 18.

Winners: Jeremy Beadle and Clement Freud.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 319th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 277th appearance, Clement Freud's 267th appearance, Peter Jones's 191st appearance, Jeremy Beadle's first appearance.



320/17/3
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Broadcast date: 28 March 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Peter Jones, Liza Goddard.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Getting stung, escapology, mending a puncture, Humpty Dumpty, Rome, word processors, shopping, my gold spun hair, alternative methods of transport.

Winner: Kenneth Williams.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 320th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 278th appearance, Derek Nimmo's 193rd appearance, Peter Jones's 192nd appearance, Liza Goddard's first appearance and only radio appearance.



321/17/4
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Broadcast date: 4 April 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Gyles Brandreth, Barry Cryer.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Good luck, how to upset the man next to me, bunk, Hamlet, omelette, singlet, doublet, my advice to a young girl on her first date, plumbing, toys I still enjoy.

Winners: Clement Freud and Kenneth Williams.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 321st appearance, Kenneth Williams's 279th appearance, Clement Freud's 268th appearance, Barry Cryer's 10th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 4th appearance.



322/17/5
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Broadcast date: 11 April 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Miles Kington.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Trade tricks, pea shooters, Goldilocks, the double bass, pets, dentists, New York, Charlie Combs, variety, hurrying, Spencer, deadline.

Winner: Clement Freud.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 322nd appearance, Kenneth Williams's 280th appearance, Clement Freud's 269th appearance, Peter Jones's 193rd appearance, Miles Kington's only appearance. This show on Just A Classic Minute Volume 5.



323/17/6
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Broadcast date: 18 April 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Sheila Hancock, Gyles Brandreth.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: The most loveable points of a rhinoceros, removal men, talking to plants, Florence, space shuttles, cocktails, how I spend Sunday morning, law, things I can't finish.

Winner: Derek Nimmo.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 323rd appearance, Kenneth Williams's 281st appearance, Derek Nimmo's 194th appearance, Sheila Hancock's 67th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 5th appearance.



324/17/7
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Broadcast date: 25 April 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Peter Jones, Jan Ravens.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Getting at an itch in the middle of my back, marbles, Pluto, neighbours, what I want for my birthday, my favourite type of restaurant, Taurus the zodiac sign, getting the winkle out.

Winner: Jan Ravens.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 324th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 282nd appearance, Derek Nimmo's 195th appearance, Peter Jones's 194th appearance, Jan Ravens's first appearance.



325/17/8
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Broadcast date: 2 May 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Aimi Macdonald, Jeremy Beadle.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Early morning exercises, getting to sleep, washing an elephant, neutral, Hyperion, my galoshes, keeping my legs so shapely, the art of gambling, some of my favourite words.

Winners: Clement Freud and Aimi Macdonald.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 325th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 283rd appearance, Clement Freud's 270th appearance, Aimi Macdonald's 33rd appearance, Jeremy Beadle's 2nd and last appearance.



326/17/9
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Broadcast date: 9 May 1983.

Chairman: Clement Freud.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Peter Jones, Nicholas Parsons.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Making a sausage roll, forewords, roses, marvels, saddling a horse, concentration, muscles, Athens, jokers, things I cut out of maagzines.

Winner: Derek Nimmo.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 326th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 284th appearance, Clement Freud's 271st appearance and last appearance as chairman, Derek Nimmo's 196th appearance, Peter Jones's 195th appearance.



327/17/10
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Broadcast date: 16 May 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Peter Jones, Brian Johnston.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Telephone answering machines, carpet baggers, variety, great moments, egg on face occasions, sand storms, keeping my figure, things I make lists of, a much needed invention, Casablanca, asteroids.

Winner: Derek Nimmo.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 327th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 285th appearance, Derek Nimmo's 197th appearance, Peter Jones's 196th appearance, Brian Johnston's 2nd appearance.



328/17/11
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Broadcast date: 24 September 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Victoria Wood.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Going off at the deep end, stewed hippo, getting stuck in the lift, the last time my husband sawed me in half, the three bears, being kind to the taxman, my favourite sound, the night I forgot my lines, Giotto, when the car breaks down, puzzles.

Winner: Clement Freud.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 328th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 286th appearance, Clement Freud's 272nd appearance, Peter Jones's 197th appearance, Victoria Wood's 2nd appearance. This show on Just A Classic Minute Volume 1.



329/17/12
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Broadcast date: 1 October 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Aimi Macdonald, Jan Ravens.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: How to have fun in a public library, what I knew at 18, Pam, getting away with it, Paris, an aff air I'd like to have had, the pricking of my thumbs, bunglers, the perfect finish to the perfect meal.

Winner: Aimi Macdonald.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 329th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 287th appearance, Clement Freud's 273rd appearance, Aimi Macdonald's 34th and last appearance, Jan Ravens's 2nd appearance.



330/17/13
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Broadcast date: 8 October 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud, John Junkin.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Getting a good start, krill, video games, nine green bottles, chain letters, spoiling the goldfish, a jumper, what I never write in my diary, weights.

Winner: Derek Nimmo.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 330th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 288th appearance, Clement Freud's 274th appearance, Derek Nimmo's 198th appearance, John Junkin's 6th appearance.



331/17/14
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Broadcast date: 15 October 1983.

Chairman: Kenneth Williams.

Panel: Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Nicholas Parsons.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Miller, fun with snails, the Blarney stone, calculators, the Garden of Eden, the world's greatest picture, a good rebus, old ladies who help me across the road, power.

Winner: Nicholas Parsons.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 331st appearance and last appearance as a panellist, Kenneth Williams's 289th appearance and last appearance as chairman, Clement Freud's 275th appearance, Derek Nimmo's 199th appearance, Peter Jones's 198th appearance.



332/17/15
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Broadcast date: 22 October 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Peter Jones, Tim Rice, Libby Purves.

Whistle Blower: Leonie Lawson.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Magic, dressing in a hurry, drink, keeping cool, takeaway meals, putting on a show, sharks, frogs, throwing custard pies.

Winner: Peter Jones.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 332nd appearance, Kenneth Williams's 290th appearance, Peter Jones's 199th appearance, Tim Rice's 6th appearance, Libby Purves's 2nd appearance.



333/17/16
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Broadcast date: 29 October 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Peter Jones, Brian Johnston.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Getting dressed on the beach, confidence tricks, bell book and candle, omens, limericks, Victorian parlour games, scuba diving, decimalisation, Venice, snaps.

Winner: Peter Jones.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 333rd appearance, Kenneth Williams's 291st appearance, Derek Nimmo's 200th appearance, Peter Jones's 200th appearance, Brian Johnston's 3rd and last appearance.



334/17/17
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Broadcast date: 5 November 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud, John Junkin.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Paradise, the goose, the Eiffel Tower, canals, Jack Horner, pets that should not be kept in a flat, spring, things I want to do in aeroplanes, drink, getting into bed.

Winner: Clement Freud.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 334th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 292nd appearance, Clement Freud's 276th appearance, Derek Nimmo's 201st appearance, John Junkin's 7th appearance.



335/17/18
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Broadcast date: 12 November 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Victoria Wood.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Fun on the trampoline, bathing the dog, duelling, wickedness I enjoy, escaping from a maze, my secret, lime, honey, friendship.

Winner: Clement Freud.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 335th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 293rd appearance, Clement Freud's 277th appearance, Peter Jones's 201st appearance, Victoria Wood's 3rd and last appearance, although clips of her are heard on the 1992 25th anniversary special Silver Minutes.



336/17/19
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Broadcast date: 19 November 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Peter Jones, Tim Rice, Libby Purves.

Whistle Blower: Leonie Lawson.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Plankton, memorable sunsets, moving house, getting booked, my last train set, Polibius, a sure laugh, rambling.

Winners: Tim Rice and Kenneth Williams.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 336th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 294th appearance, Peter Jones's 202nd appearance, Tim Rice's 7th appearance, Libby Purves's 3rd appearance, Leonie Lawson's last appearance blowing the whistle.



337/17/20
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Broadcast date: 26 November 1983.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Gyles Brandreth, Barry Cryer.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pete Atkin.

Venue: London.

Subjects: A bad joke, kites, happiness, Clytie, burglars, rude rhymes, spoon bending, what makes me come over all unnecessary.

Winner: Clement Freud.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 337th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 295th appearance, Clement Freud's 278th appearance, Barry Cryer's 11th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 6th appearance.

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