NOTE: Last appearance by a three person panel.


ANNOUNCER: We present Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud in Just A Minute and as the Minute Waltz fades away here to tell you about it is our chairman Nicholas Parsons.

NICHOLAS PARSONS: Thank you, thank you very much indeed and welcome once again to Just A Minute. Well as this is the last programme in the present series we are going to do something a little different. We have not invited a lady guest to challenge our three regular male competitors. And they are going to just play the game against each other. And let us begin the show this week with Clement Freud. Clement, a lovely subject for you to begin with, the subject is Kenneth Williams. Clement can you talk about Kenneth Williams for 60 seconds starting now.

CLEMENT FREUD: Of all the ebullient runcible colossi that I know, Kenneth Williams is the most colossus of them all. He bestrides this earth more like a narrow man than a silver haired 45 year old actor currently sitting on my right hand side, and my left hand... side...


NP: Derek Nimmo you've challenged.

DEREK NIMMO: Hand repetition and also hesitation.

NP: Yes, he er knew what had happened and therefore Derek I agree with your challenge and you gain a point and you take over the subject of Kenneth Williams... Won't it be funny when Kenneth challenges? Yes, 39 seconds left starting now.

DN: It's been my great pleasure to know this splendid human being for at least three years. And during the whole of that time, I've not heard him utter one malicious word about anyone...


NP: Ah Clement Freud, why have you challenged?

CF: Deviation.

NP: Why?

CF: It's untrue!

NP: I quite agree, but I wanted to hear what your actual basis of deviation was...

DN: Are you saying Kenneth is malicious, are you?

NP: Ah! You see that's why you said it, to try and get me to say something! I've heard Kenneth utter malicious words but not with malicious intent. So therefore... Clement's, um, challenge is therefore true within the context of the game...

KENNETH WILLIAMS: Very good chairman! I like that! Very good!

NP: There are 25 seconds left for Kenneth Williams, Clement, starting now.

CF: The endearing thing about this lovable chap is that he has today purchased a pair of shoes in a sale which he says were reduced from six guineas to three punds because the colour had gone from burgundy to light pink. No other person...


NP: Derek Nimmo has challenged, why?

DN: Deviation, as the audience will judge, they're brown, not pink.

NP: Yes, I must point out to the listeners by the way that this is a true story. Kenneth did tell us this and he's wearing the shoes and we can all see now, they're not a light pink. So I agree with Derek's challenge and Derek you take over the subject of Kenneth Williams, eight, seven seconds left starting now.

DN: One of the fascinating things about this man is that he was born in the same year...


NP: That whistle by the way tells us...

KW: Whether or not they were bought in a sale, they're still crippling me!

NP: Tells us that 60 seconds is up and whoever is speaking at that moment gains an extra point. On this occasion it was Derek Nimmo so he has a commanding lead of three at the end of that round. Clement Freud has one, so his lead is only two of course. Kenneth has yet to score because he couldn't bring himself to talk about himself. Derek Nimmo, your turn to begin, and the subject for you to start with this week is Clement Freud. Can you talk about Clement Freud for 60 seconds starting now.

DN: Clement Freud is a rather balding, boring, elderly gastronome with five children, three houses within the British Isles and a flat on top of the Bunny Club. What he does there has not been revealed to man nor beast! He writes for the Financial Times. He makes vast sums of money in things like the Daily Mail, hair raised by very devious means indeed which I'd like to tell you about it but he might sue me for all sorts of nasty things afterwards. He owns race horses and restaurants and he's far too successful. I am very jealous of him in fact altogether. But sometimes in a moonlit night in Venice a different Clement Freud emerges...


NP: Kenneth Williams why have you challenged?

KW: Deviation, on a moonlit night, he's just the same!

NP: And you are obviously speaking from experience Kenneth. But on the other hand whether he's the same or not he's not actually deviating from the subject of Clement Freud. So Derek gets another point for I disagree with the challenge, there are 17 seconds left starting now.

DN: He has a grandfather who's always being very...


NP: Clement Freud challenged, why?

CF: Deviation.

NP: Why?

CF: I have two grandfathers.

NP: Well if you've two grandfathers there's no doubt about the fact you must have one.

KW: Oh that's good! You're on it!

NP: Don't shake your head, how can you have two grandfathers but no one? Derek has another point and there are 15 seconds left for Clement Freud starting now.

DN: I was once standing in a hostelry with this fellow, when a young man came along aside with his elderly grey haired mother on his arm. He said "would you like to meet the lady who gave birth to me?" And he said "no". The poor man went away...


NP: Well Derek Nimmo was again speaking as the whistle went, gains the extra point. In fact he's gained a lot of the points in that round and he's very cleverly not only started with the subject but finished with it in spite of interruptions. Kenneth Williams, your turn to begin. The subject for you is, you've guessed, Derek Nimmo. So...


NP: Someone's challenged already! Derek why have you challenged?

DN: I'd just like to say it's a very well-chosen subject!

NP: We appreciate your modesty Derek which the others didn't display. Um Kenneth the subject is Derek Nimmo, talk about him if you can for 60 seconds starting now.

KW: It was long ago remarked by an ancient divine that all the public know about a man is his reputation. And he added as to his character God alone can know that. But I have testimony to this man’s...


NP: Clement Freud you challenged, why?

CF: Um I didn't hear the S but by the time I challenged...

NP: No. But you were very keen because you thought someone else might get in so you challenged...

KW: Yes you were so keen you over-reached yourself!

NP: So Kenneth you have a point and you have 30, you have 43 seconds left starting now.

KW: And on one notable occasion of which I have private knowledge, this gentleman was a guest in someone else's house, and behaved most nobly. When the hostess fell back on opening the oven door, overcome it was alleged by the fumes, but by the other guests maintained that she was drunk...


NP: Clement Freud has challenged, why?

CF: Repetition of guest.

NP: Yes that's right, he did say guest two...

KW: Oh I don't care! It was a damn good story! It's ludicrous to be challenged!

NP: Kenneth I often think your stories are very good, but you make this one very very solemn.

KW: Oh well, I was leading up to it.

NP: I don't think of Derek as a solemn person! So Clement I agree with your challenge and you have 13 and a half seconds for Derek Nimmo starting now.

DN: Derek Nimmo lives rather humbly in a flat...


NP: Kenneth Williams why have you challenged?

KW: Completely untrue! He's never been humble in his life! He's the most arrogant man I know!

NP: The audience seem to think that I should give Kenneth a bonus point for a malicion, a malicious, ah, but um, remark. So give it to him. Clement um keeps the subject, 10 seconds left for Derek Nimmo starting now.

CF: I should like to qualify that remark...


NP: Kenneth Williams you've challenged again.

KW: Deviation, he wouldn't like to qualify it, he just wants to qualify it, he doesn't like doing it at all!

NP: Well whether he likes to do it or wants to do it, he's still not deviating from Derek Nimmo. So he gains another point and he carries on for eight seconds with Derek Nimmo, starting now.

CF: By stating that the manner of his habitation is only modest for one of his arrogance! This is what...


NP: Kenneth Williams you challenged.

KW: Deviation, the manner of his habitation. Doesn't mean, doesn't make any sense does it. I mean habitation can't have a manner. Your way of life can but your habitation presumably hasn't. How can a house have a manner?

NP: Well it's a rather flowery and prosy as a way of expressing something. But you know, one has to use strange expressions in this to keep going. So Clement you have two seconds left for Derek Nimmo, starting now.

CF: He has a wife and children...


NP: So the subject of Kenneth Williams took Derek Nimmo to the lead, and the subject of Derek Nimmo took Clement Freud to the lead, but alongside Derek Nimmo at the end of that round. And Derek it's your turn to begin, my funnybone. Can you talk about my funnybone in 60 seconds starting now.

DN: One of my metatarsals is terribly funny. And sometimes my friends look at it and say "my goodness, how ludicrous is your funny bone!" And I say "may I have a look at yours?" And when I do, I find they always agree with me that mine is much more humorous than theirs. I have shown it at all the places in this country. Once walking through Leicester Square I said to a man "would you like to see my funnybone?" He said "of course I would" and we went into a doorway and there he looked at it. And he was enchanted with it! And he said "could I please take a photograph so I can send it home to my wife?" And there he took a quick snap of my funnybone which he mounted on a piece of green card and sent it back to Melbourne in Australia. And there it was published in the local newspaper. People came from all over the place to buy copies because this was the funniest bone that had had ever been seen. I never...


NP: Well Derek's funny bone was not only funny but extremely clever. The first one to keep going with the subject from start to finish without being interrupted for 60 seconds for quite some time. And by the way he gains an extra bonus point for not being interrupted. Kenneth it's your turn to begin, Joan of Arc. A very apt subject for you I'm sure Kenneth. But will you talk to us about it for 60 seconds starting now.

KW: Well of course the Archbishop of Rheims is reputed according to the memorabilia in the Louvre Museum, to have said to her "you will stand alone. The Bastard of Orleans will disown you, the Dauphin will do the same." And she replied "even if you turn against me and I am burned, I will go through the flames to the people's hearts forever..." and then she said the word again! "And so God be with me." And that's a very noble sentiment. And I once was in a restaurant with an actress who played the character of Saint Joan. And in the bar, she was discussing the role. And the gentleman that disturbed...


NP: Clement Freud got in just before. What was it?

CF: You can't get rolls in bars!

NP: You can't get what? You can't get what in bars? I didn't hear what you said.

CF: A roll.

NP: A role?

DN: It was a joke.

NP: Yes you can get a roll in a bar. I know, I didn't hear what he said though. Rolls, I know. So um it was a joke which didn't get much applause! Therefore it is an illegitimate challenge and Kenneth gets another point and there are two seconds left for Joan of Arc starting now.

KW: Well it's a shame I can't tell the story, I haven't got the time...


NP: So Kenneth started with the subject and finished with it. But although he didn't get the bonus point, he got the extra point because the challenge wasn't allowed. Do you want to finish the story by the way Kenneth?

KW: It was Siobhan McKenna who played Saint Joan and the waiter served her in the bar, and it was the same waiter who later served her with the meal. And he said to him "oh are you doubling?" And he said (in Irish accent) "no, Tipperary!"

NP: Ah it's a nice story with a nice end. There we are. I wish I could double your score but I'm afraid I can't so, because the others wouldn't like it. So Kenneth you are in third place, Clement's in second place still behind our leader Derek Nimmo. Derek now it is your turn and the subject is getting into debt. Sixty seconds for getting into debt, Derek, starting now.

DN: One gets into debt if one is unable to make ends meet. And therefore this is something which I find terribly difficult to talk about. Because if you...


NP: Kenneth Williams why have you challenged?

KW: Deviation, if he finds it difficult to talk about, why don't he shut up!

NP: But you see, in this game even if you find something difficult to talk about, you obviously have to keep going. So he wasn't deviating from the subject. So Derek gets another point, 50 seconds left starting now.

DN: I have a new house in the countryside which I am going to christen tomorrow morning Debt. And it's going to be wonderfully funny going to get into Debt...


NP: Kenneth Williams why have you challenged?

KW: Repetition of going three times.

NP: Yes, yes, you were going to the country and going. So Kenneth you get a point and there are 43 seconds left starting now.

KW: Often the people of this country are harangued and exalted by other people...


NP: Clement Freud has challenged again.

CF: Repetition of people.

KW: Oh aren't he clever!

NP: So people gets Clement a point on this occasion. And there are 25 seconds for you Clement on getting into debt starting now.

CF: I find this very difficult to talk about. But getting into debt is invariably occasioned by having insufficient money or means which can raise loot of any kind, which Americans now refer to as bread, an unpleasant term I think...


NP: Kenneth Williams why have you challenged?

KW: Well the subject is getting into debt, not the colloquialisms used by Americans. He's off the subject.

NP: He had established he was talking about getting into debt and then...

KW: He was going off about the Americans way of defining getting into debt, which is nothing to do with the subject. It's deviation!

NP: I maintain he was still...

KW: It's deviation! In any language! How can people...

NP: Now listen... Clement, listen... I mean Derek... I mean who are you? One or the other! Now listen Kenneth, stop getting me going like that! You cannot talk about...

KW: Oooooooh!

NP: Oh yes! I hope this show's going to be allowed to go out!

KW: Someone should get you going, get you out of your apathy!

NP: Kenneth you cannot possibly talk about getting into debt without discussing money.

KW: He wasn't discussing that.

NP: Oh yes he was discussing money and he said the Americans refer to it as bread. Ten seconds with you Clement, getting into debt starting now.

CF: The auctioneer in Belfast to whom I entrusted several cases of wine started...


NP: Kenneth Williams why did you challenge?

KW: Deviation, we've gone from the Americans now to auctioneers in Dublin. It's nothing to do...

DN: Belfast.

KW: ..with getting into debt.

NP: I think he was just about to say he got him into debt. He actually said got.

KW: Well you could be just about to be doing anything, couldn't you, in the game?

NP: Not on this programme! I must give, you know to be fair, because I do get letters about this. He really didn't get a chance to establish the connection between his remark about the...

KW: Well what do you think Derek?

DN: I agree with you Ken! Totally!

KW: Ah!

NP: You'll always disagree with the chairman, any of you! No all right then, if you feel like that, I will put it to the audience. Do you feel... I must point out that I definitely don't think that...

CF: That's the way to get them! I wish you'd stop saying that! If you wouldn't say what you thought, I'd occasionally get the cheers or boos. But every time you say I personally...

NP: I'll try it the other way round.

DN: Put it as a straight question!

CF: Yes!

NP: Oh no, you must let them know if..

DN: If you were in a law court you couldn't say this is what we want you to do, please find him guilty.

NP: The judge... I don't set myself up as...

DN: A man is innocent until he's proven guilty in...

NP: Yes but also... we're not going to have an argument about it... After all I am not a judge... Shut up, the two of you! Now listen! If you think Clement Freud was deviating will you boo, and if you don't think he was deviating will you cheer. And will you all do it together now.


NP: Clement Freud was not deviating which is exactly what I thought! Thank you! And as we always play this game like little boys, I will now say to Derek Nimmo and to Kenneth Williams, sucks to you!

DN: Interesting.

NP: Let's get on with Just A Minute...

DN: When there's not a lady on the show, it all comes out!

KW: Yes! It certainly does! Talk about Freudian!

NP: Steady on! Steady on! We've had quite a lot come out in this show, we don't want any more! Five seconds left for you Clement with getting into debt starting now.

CF: As a result of this perfidious...

DN: That's not what they said!

CF: ...villainy on the part of the Northern Irish wine merchant...


NP: And at the end of that round...

KW: You're quite right Derek! It's a disgrace!

DN: Yes!

NP: ...Clement gained an extra point for speaking when the whistle went, he's now clept up... oh...

KW: Clept up! What a joke!

NP: Oh...

KW: He's got no diction even! He's got no diction!

NP: Who would have at the end of 26 shows left with these three to battle with. It's certainly one against three up here, I can tell you. Clement Freud has crept up, one point on... even Ian Messiter's fighting me! He pulled the score away before I had a chance to read it! He's crept up, one point on Derek Nimmo who's still in the lead...

KW: The audience are appalled...

NP: Sit down Derek! Stop haranguing the audience! Once, once the sentence, you bring out the law court, the court of law before, once the sentence has been passed, there's nothing more to be said. So...

KW: What, we're all going to be executed or something? Good gracious me! You;re going to put a black cap on next! He is!

NP: I think after some of the things you've said, hung drawn and quartered would be better! I think it's about time to have the last subject! Because we're running out of time. I think we're all going to get time at the end of this show. And the subject which has been very aptly chosen to finish this particular round and we hope this series of Just A Minute is saying goodbye. We've all shed a tear in the audience. Cheer up again, let's get on with the game. Who's to speak? Whose turn is it? Kenneth Williams it's your turn to go. Oh everything you say now! Kenneth Williams, 60 seconds for saying goodbye starting now.

KW: Parting is such sweet sorrow was of course written by our great bard, the Swan of Avon, who might have been...


NP: Derek Nimmo why have you challenged?

DN: Well I thought there was a hesitation there but...

NP: No, no, he was a bit quiet...

DN: Very much!

NP: And a bit mumbly but he didn't actually hesitate.

DN: Quite.

NP: He was just teetering on it. So he keeps the subject, 50 seconds left, saying goodbye, Kenneth, starting now.

KW: Tears of farewell were spilled on me by Derek Nimmo on Waterloo Station when he said to me "here's your satchel when you go back, don't forget me. Here's the books and the flowers and the chocolates." (loud teary sniff) And I was heartbroken. (all but in tears) Because I had to go to the provinces and he stayed here, showing himself at the West End...


NP: Clement Freud has challenged.

CF: Hesitation.

NP: No I don't think he quite hesitated. So Kenneth has another point and he's still saying goodbye, 25 seconds left starting now.

KW: (in tears) I said "but for you it's the lights and London. For me it's oblivion!" And he said "yes it is!" But few mistake...


NP: Derek Nimmo why have you challenged?

DN: Deviation, I didn't say it!

NP: Well um, I can only take your word on that.

DN: Please do!

NP: All right, we have to take your word, because I'm, I'm inclined to believe that you didn't say it. It didn't sound quite like you, I must say Derek! Fourteen seconds left for saying goodbye Derek starting now.

DN: Well I'd like to say goodbye to everybody in this audience today. To dear Clement Freud and lovely Kenny! To old Nick Parsons who's not nearly as bad as he looks or is painted...


NP: Clement Freud why have you challenged?

CF: Deviation.

NP: Why?

CF: He is!

NP: The audience are not now my friends any more! They heartily applauded. And the only thing that I can do is they applauded so loudly I have to agree with you! Clement gets a point for a horrid challenge, and the audience clap. But Derek Nimmo keeps the subject and there are four and a half seconds left, saying goodbye Derek, starting now.

DN: So tera! Whatho! Long may we...


NP: Clement Freud why have you challenged?

DN: He doesn't know!

NP: He doesn't...

CF: I wanted...

DN: He wants to say tera.

CF: I was going to say goodbye.

NP: There's one, there's one second left and he wants to say goodbye...

CF: Can I say goodbye?

NP: And actually, will it influence the score if he does? It will make a difference to the final score if Clement says goodbye. Wouldn't it be a marvelous idea if they both finished up equal? And let Clement...

DN: No! I want to win! This is not justice!

NP: I'll tell you what we will do. There is one second to go but before Derek has his final second we will let Clement Freud say goodbye.

CF: Derek Nimmo, goodbye!

NP: I've never heard...

CF: And Kenneth Williams...

NP: ...anybody say it so pathetically and get a big laughter from it! Perhaps some of us who try for laughs are playing it the wrong way. All right Derek, there's one second left for saying goodbye starting now.

DN: Cheerio! Too-toodle-oo!


DN: Goodbye! Goodbye! (sings) Goodbye, touche...

KW: (sings) Goodbye-ee! Goodbye-ee! Wipe the tear, baby dear, from your eye-ee!

NP: There are some people who are listening still, we hope, who might like to hear what the final score is. And I think it's a very apt one, this is the last one in this present series which makes us all very sad. And the three who played it most regularly have come out very very close. Kenneth was only just in third place, just three points behind Clement Freud who was just behind this week's winner who was Derek Nimmo!

KW: And what about, what about a cheer for the man who never gets a clap, that wonderful man who cheers this show every week, Nicholas Parsons!

NP: Thank you very much indeed! And I must tell the listeners that even Clement Freud clapped then! And so anyway they've all won at different times and it was a final result, we'd like them all to finish equal. We've enjoyed playing the game so much. But thank you to the audience here for coming and enjoying our final show in this particular series. We thank the listeners, we do hope they've enjoyed this last show in our present series. And we hope they'll want to tune in again when once again Just A Minute returns to the air. Until that time from all of us here who enjoy playing Just A Minute as much as we hope you enjoy listening to it, goodbye!


ANNOUNCER: The chairman of Just A Minute was Nicholas Parsons, the programme was devised by Ian Messiter and produced by David Hatch.