WELCOME TO JUST A MINUTE!
RADIO SEASON 2 1968

Season length:
Six shows.

Chairman:
Nicholas Parsons (three shows), Clement Freud (one show), Geraldine Jones (one show), Kenneth Williams (one show).

Regular Panellists:
Clement Freud (five shows), Geraldine Jones (five shows), Kenneth Williams (five shows), Nicholas Parsons (three shows).

Semi-regular Panellists:
None.

Guest Panellists:
None.

Making A Debut:
Geraldine Jones, Kenneth Williams.

Commentary:
Perhaps because the first season hadn't been a total success, the season two shows have an experimental look to them. The role of chairman is revolved among the four regulars though by the end of the season Nicholas Parsons is permanently in the chairman slot. Kenneth Williams has been described by Nicholas as a nervous beginner, and while his whole JAM persona isn't on display, his erudition and facility with words is. Geraldine Jones provides the female input with some warmth and wit. Nevertheless the three handed games don't entirely work.



17/2/1
Click here for transcript

Broadcast date: 30 September 1968.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Geraldine Jones.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: David Hatch.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Learning to fly, beans, making friends, writing books, lipstick, the bank manager, traffic jams, puffballs.

Winner: Clement Freud.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 17th appearance, Clement Freud's 17th appearance, Kenneth Williams's debut, Geraldine Jones's debut, first appearance by a three-member panel.



18/2/2
Click here for transcript

Broadcast date: 7 October 1968.

Chairman: Clement Freud.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Nicholas Parsons, Geraldine Jones.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: David Hatch.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Making an entrance, the parson's nose, trunks, keeping pets, getting bubbles into soda water, hesitation, my favourite meal, the best way of entertaining friends, bowling.

Winner: Nicholas Parsons.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 18th appearance and debut as a panellist, Clement Freud's 18th appearance and debut as chairman, Geraldine Jones's second appearance, Kenneth Williams's second appearance.



19/2/3
Click here for transcript

Broadcast date: 14 October 1968.

Chairman: Geraldine Jones.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Nicholas Parsons.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: David Hatch.

Venue: London.

Subjects: How to eat macaroni delicately and without cutting it, mumbo jumbo, getting out of jail, hocus pocus, my most miserable moment, disposing of orange pips, being measured for a suit, how to open a bazaar, the sport I least enjoy, what to do when sleep is impossible.

Winner: Clement Freud.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 19th appearance, Clement Freud's 19th appearance, Kenneth Williams's third appearance, Geraldine Jones's third appearance and only appearance as chairman.



20/2/4
Click here for transcript

Broadcast date: 21 October 1968.

Chairman: Kenneth Williams.

Panel: Clement Freud, Nicholas Parsons, Geraldine Jones.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: David Hatch.

Venue: London.

Subjects: The days of the week, parking meters, wine women and song, Benjamin Franklin, stirring up a hornet's nest, blancmange, yodelling, applause, annual reports.

Winner: Clement Freud.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 20th appearance, Clement Freud's 20th appearance, Kenneth Williams's 4th appearance and debut as chairman, Geraldine Jones's 4th appearance. This show on Just A Classic Minute Volume 2.



21/2/5
Click here for transcript

Broadcast date: 28 October 1968.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Geraldine Jones.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: David Hatch.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Winter woollies, impressing strangers, matches, grandiloquence, the art of letter writing, bird watching, humbugs, the opposite sex, English slang, brewing. This show on Just A Classic Minute Volume 1.

Winner: Clement Freud.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 21st appearance, Clement Freud's 21st appearance, Kenneth Williams's 5th appearance, Geraldine Jones's 5th appearance.



22/2/6
Click here for transcript

Broadcast date: 4 November 1968.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Geraldine Jones.

Whistle Blower: Ian Messiter.

Producer: David Hatch.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Ian Messiter.

Producer: Pythagoras, making a cup of tea, proposals, spooks, the weather, relations, getting a break, the things in my wallet, making an exit.

Winners: Clement Freud and Kenneth Williams.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 22nd appearance, Clement Freud's 22nd appearance, Kenneth Williams's 6th appearance, Geraldine Jones's 6th appearance.

previous season next season

Just A Minute transcripts
Just A Minute history My Just A Minute home page