ANNOUNCER: We present Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Peter Jones and Andree Melly 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. And once again I'm going to ask each of our contestants to speak if they can for just one minute on some unlikely subject without hesitation, without repetition, and without deviating from the subject which is written on the card. And according to how well they do this, they will gain points or their opponents will gain points. And let us begin the show this week with Andree Melly. The subject is men. Can you talk for 60 seconds about men starting now.

ANDREE MELLY: This is of course the most enormous subject, and I can't possibly do it justice in a mere 60 seconds. How do I feel about them? I like them. Some of my best friends are men. They are responsible for all that is best and beautifullest in the world and for what is worst as well. They start life as babies, some of them stay that way for the rest of their lives. But there are others that are intelligent, witty, entertaining, attractive, amusing. And what is very unfair is the older they get the more attractive they appear to be to the other sex...


NP: And Clement Freud has challenged you, why?

CLEMENT FREUD: Ah, repetition of attractive.

NP: That's right. Yes you were carried away, you had too much attraction...

AM: Oh!

NP: ...for the men in your life Andree. So as I agree with the challenge, there was a repetition there, Clement Freud gains a point for a correct challenge, he takes over the subject and there are 20 seconds for you Clement to talk about men without hesitation, repetition or deviation starting now.

CF: It is getting increasingly more difficult to differentiate between men and women. But for the benefit of people listening, I would like to give my own views on how this is done. You look at an Adam's apple which finds itself in the neck beneath the chin. If it protrudes...


NP: That whistle which is so elegantly blown for us by Ian Messiter tells us that 60 seconds are up. And whoever is speaking at that particular moment gains an extra point. And on this particular occasion it was Clement Freud so Clement Freud is the only person to have scored at the end of the first round.


NP: And Clement Freud is quite overcome with that second round of applause because he usually maintains the audience are not on his side. They're obviously all with you Clement.

CF: Mmmm.

NP: Peter Jones will you begin the second round for us, the subject for you is gunge. I don't know whether you know what it means but it doesn't matter. Can you talk about it for 60 seconds starting now.

PETER JONES: It's a very unpleasant word. And it does seem to signal to me that the honeymoon is over as far as we're concerned Nicholas. Last week you were very pleasant and friendly to me, and now you've got er very nasty and ah produced this...


NP: Andree Melly why have you challenged?

AM: Ah a hesitation.

NP: Yes I think there was, I'm afraid.

PJ: Yes there was, yes. I thought it was a rather effective one, but... I admit it was. It was, it was.

NP: Peter I'm afraid I agree with Andree's challenge so she gains a point, takes over the subject of gunge and there are 45 seconds left starting now.

AM: I think it means all that slosh and horribleness that collects at the bottom of the drain. If you have one of those gobbler things which you turn on and is supposed to cut up the food and vegetable... pieces...


NP: Kenneth Williams you've challenged. Why?

KENNETH WILLIAMS: Hesitation, and rather amazing pronunciation I felt.

NP: So why have you challenged, let's just have one.

KW: Hesitation.

NP: Hesitation. I grant that yes. I think she was about to explode and she checked herself...

KW: You ought to wash your ears out! I said it the first time!


NP: I...

KW: Go on! Well come on then! Hurry up!

NP: I was so overcome with your rude... rudery for a minute, it just took me a second...

KW: You're never overcome! You've had a basinful! What are you talking about?

NP: All right Kenneth, I agree with your challenge so we hear from you with your dulcet tones for the first time this week and there are 31 seconds left for gunge with you Kenneth starting now.

KW: This is of course the stuff that's found in your S bend where you get your leakage or seepage. And the plumber always says "a load of air". You think he means oxygen, but he means the remnants after you’ve done your shampooing where all your dandruff and your muck collects. This is given the term gunge. It was invented by Albert Gunge because he was famous for chucking it out. He got this suction thing and banged it down the hole. Brilliant!


NP: Well Kenneth Williams was speaking then when the whistle went so he gains the extra point, putting him in the lead now alongside Clement Freud.

KW: Oh! Happy day! Bravo! Thank you!

NP: Kenneth it's your turn to begin...

KW: Oh good! Yes!

NP: And after that last exhibition, I think this subject is particularly apt for you. It's my behaviour.

KW: Ah! Mmmm!

NP: So can you talk for 60 seconds on my behaviour starting now.

KW: My behaviour has very often got me into situations where I might be described as being misunderstood. That is to say the outward action does not always match up with the inward motivations. if for instance I appear to be flying balletically about and casting gossamer to kill the wild elephants and you say "but there's no game 'round here!" my reply is "I just invented one"! Which is incredibly witty of me to think, in the circumstances of saying. On the other hand...


NP: Andree Melly, you challenged, why?

AM: I can't see what any of this has got to do with his behaviour. He's just...

NP: I don't know, I think it was a perfect description of his behaviour!


KW: Yes! She's jealous!

NP: Quite incomprehensible!

KW: Of course! She's jealous Nick! They should never have women on the show! They should never have had women on the show!

NP: All right...

KW: I don't know why they ask women on! It's a man's game isn't it! (deep voice) For men! It's a man's game!

NP: We've got to have something to balance your peculiar behaviour anyway Kenneth! All right, so I disagree with the challenge Kenneth, so you get a point for incorrect challenge, you keep the subject and there are 14 seconds left, my behaviour, starting now.

KW: (drawing his words out) Frequently when I walk down the street in my usual apparel which is a raincoat accompanied by a waterproof hat which has dirty...


NP: Andree Melly's challenged you, why?

AM: He's talking too slowly, it's not allowed!

NP: That is not a correct challenge Andree. So...

AM: Well he can't accompany his hat, his raincoat with his hat. It's not proper English. You don't have...

KW: (shouts) How dare you!

NP: Sit down!

KW: It's disgraceful! What behaviour!

NP: Sit down!

KW: We should never have had women on the show!

NP: No I'm going to, her first challenge was an incorrect one because it didn't male sense within the rules of the game...

KW: Yes it's infamy! It's infamy! Yes!

NP: So you have another point Kenneth...

KW: She's got it in for me! (infamy)


NP: He's got so carried away with the success of his last joke he kissed Clement Freud! I must explain to the listeners why there was a laugh at that moment. Kenneth I disagree with the challenge so you gain another point and you have one second left for my behaviour starting now.

KW: I once pirouetted...


KW: ...beautifully on stage and they cried out "oh isn't that a boon!" And indeed it was...

NP: So on that occasion Kenneth Williams started with the subject of my behaviour, and in spite of interruptions from the lady member of the team, or contestants, he finished with the subject of my behaviour...

KW: So it means I'm in the lead?

NP: Definitely in the lead, a very commanding lead, a commanding lead...

KW: (screams hysterically) Oh I'm in the leeeeeeeeeeeeeed! Oh aint it good!

NP: You have a lead over three over Clement Freud who's in second place, and then comes Andree Melly, and the one point behind Peter Jones. Clement Freud, it is your turn to begin, the subject is a fool. Can you talk about a fool for 60 seconds starting now.

CF: There was a vote taken amongst contestants of this game some time ago, whether we might have a fool as chairman. And after all the slips had come in we... determined to keep things the way they were...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Well he hesitated before he said determined.

NP: Do you know, he's been so rude to the chairman, I would love to give it to you Peter. But just to show that I am a fair chairman I have to disagree with the challenge and give a point to Clement Freud after what he's just said, and let him continue with the subject of a fool for 46 seconds starting now.

CF: Another instance is when Peter Jones challenges quite wrongly on that sort of thing. But as Shakespeare said "a fool, a fool, I met a fool.."


NP: Andree Melly challenged, why?

AM: Oh about four fools in one sentence.

CF: The subject on the card...

KW: (shouts) It's in the card, you great fool! When it's on the card, when it's on the card, you're allowed! Do you know...

AM: (struggling to shout above the din) How many times?

KW: It's on the card dear!

AM: How many times are you allowed to say it?

NP: Ah three times and that's all he said it. Kenneth Williams, sit down and get on with the game.

KW: Well...

NP: Some of the listeners may not have heard you because you ran across the stage at that particular moment, in your, and your tirade, your outburst, may have been lost. So Clement said it only three times, if he says it again I will penalise him. Clement you have another point, cleverly gained and there are 37 seconds left for a fool starting now.

CF: The word on the card denotes a man...


NP: Kenneth Williams has challenged.

KW: Repetition, we've already had the word on the card!

AM: Aaaaaaahh!

KW: Yes!

NP: I thought you were going to be very clever, have him for devi...

KW: He couldn't think of the word... what?

NP: I thought you were going to be clever and have him for deviation and say they're not one word, it's two.

KW: I'll have him for anything you like, mate! Yes! In a ball-gown!

NP: No, no, the word on the card was perfectly legitimate within the context of the game. Instead of saying a fool, he said the word on the card. Actually it was incorrect because there were two words, that's what I thought you were challenging for.

KW: That's what I meant! That's exactly what I meant!

NP: No, Clement Freud has another point...

KW: Oh!

NP: ...and there are 35 seconds left...

KW: Oh he's creeping up on me!

NP: ...for a fool starting now.

CF: The indefinite article followed by the...


NP: Oh Kenneth what do you want?

KW: It's grammatical, he's discussing grammar. We're not, we're discussing a fool.

NP: Oh Kenneth, if you go on too quickly, all that happens is the person speaking gets an extra point. He wasn't incorrect at that moment. So Clement has another point...

KW: Oh!

NP: ...and he's now got six, he's leading you by one....

KW: Ooooohhh!

NP: So don't get too anxious on your buzzer. Clement, 33 seconds for a fool, Clement starting now.

CF: Less than a complete idiot, and yet more intelligent than someone who might become... a panelist...


NP: Andree Melly challenged, why?

AM: A hesitation after become.

CF: Yes, I'd like, I'd like...

NP: Yes there was a hesitation there Andree so I agree with your challenge on this occasion, you get a point and there are 24 seconds for a fool starting now.

AM: It can be delicious at this time of year. Take a pound of gooseberries and stew them with a lot of sugar, then make a puree, mix it with double cream and put it in the fridge. This is something which I'm sure Clement Freud would say should be made a different way, but I find it delicious...


NP: Clement Freud has challenged, why?

CF: Deviation.

NP: Why?

CF: There's no other way of making a fool!


NP: Clement the answer to that is you haven't seen the way I cook! So I think probably...

CF: She said I would definitely say and this is untrue.

AM: Yes.

NP: No, I think what I think the fair thing to do there is, it was a very clever challenge, I will give you a bonus point for a clever challenge but leave the subject with Andree Melly who has six points for a fool starting now.

AM: Eat it with one of those sugary long biscuits which I can't remember...


NP: Kenneth Williams has challenged.

KW: We already had sugar.

AM: Sugary!

NP: That was sugary, you're quite right Andree. And so you have another point and there are four seconds left for a fool starting now.

AM: Other fresh fruits can be delicious and used for the same thing...


KW: Don't clap her! Don't clap! It's a disgrace!

NP: So at the end of that round Andree Melly was speaking when the whistle went, she gained the extra point...

KW: Unfair! It's a disgrace!

NP: Clement Freud is now in the lead, he's leading Kenneth Williams by two...

KW: We should never have had women on the show!

NP: ...and Andree Melly by three, and Peter Jones by a little bit more than that, four or five. Andree Melly it's your turn to begin and the subject is things that make me laugh. That's a delightful subject, and free rein, 60 seconds starting now.

AM: One of the things that really makes me laugh is...


NP: Kenneth Williams...

KW: She's speaking so slowly, it's ludicrous! Anybody could play the game by speaking so slowly and going at a snail's pace like that.

NP: Well if I...

KW: She's just cheating, isn't she! Cheating on the last minute is how she got the extra mark!

NP: Kenneth...

KW: It's disgraceful!

CF: I don't think we ought to have women on the show.

KW: No! We shouldn't have women! No! Even Clem's made his point!

NP: Kenneth, if I, if I penalised her...

KW: You keep on about penalise, it sounds horrible! It sounds like you've been put in the stocks or something and have tomatoes chucked at you! Isn't it awful! It takes you back to the middle ages, don't it.

NP: Well all right Kenneth, if Andree loses a point because she's speaking slowly, if I do the same to you...

KW: No, no, no!

NP: All right, no points will be charged on this particular occasion. Andree keeps the subject and there are 56 seconds left, things that make me laugh starting now.

AM: It is Kenneth Williams. Particularly when he talks extremely slowly on Just A Minute and milks the same gag over and over... oh!


NP: Clement Freud has challenged.

KW: (laughs then shouts) You were undone! Hoist by your own petard! Oh that is funny isn't it!

NP: Not really, no! Clement Freud has challenged.

CF: Repetition of over.

NP: Repetition of over. Clement the subject is now with you, having gained an extra point as well, 46 seconds left, things that make me laugh starting now.

CF: When you get a woman going into a kitchen using a blunt biscuit with which to stir a fool, I laugh uproariously. I have been known to fall on the floor crushing the delicacy made of pastry as I did so, while the confection of gooseberries, sugar and cream fell on me. And other people also regaled themselves with this sort of incredible manifestation...


NP: Andree Melly's challenged, why?

AM: Deviation, it should be things that made him laugh and he's going on to other people and what made them laugh.

NP: That's true, yes! I think that's a very good challenge, don't you! Yes!


NP: He talked about things that made him laugh, now he's decided that it makes other people laugh. So a very clever challenge for Andree gives her a point and there are 16 and a half seconds Andree for things that make me laugh starting now.

AM: When there is a really solemn occasion and something goes...


NP: Kenneth Williams has challenged, why?

KW: Well we're not discussing a solemn occasion. You see it's deviation, we're discussing what makes you laugh.

NP: Kenneth...

KW: Obviously nobody would laugh if someone's being buried!

NP: Kenneth, if...

PJ: I disagree. There's lots of people I'd laugh at if they were being buried!

KW: We don't want to introduce all this macabre note...

NP: Kenneth, you introduced this particular subject...

KW: Oh did I?

NP: Yes...

KW: Oh I am sorry.

NP: Yes and Andree Melly's gained a point because I disagree with Kenneth's challenge and she has 13 seconds to continue with things that make me laugh starting now.

AM: I have been for many years an actress. And when things go wrong on the stage I do find I get the giggles which is most unprofessional...


NP: Clement Freud why have you challenged?

CF: Deviation.

NP: Why?

CF: We're talking about laughing, not giggling.

KW: (shouts) Ahahahahahahahahahaha! Oh brilliant! Brilliant! Oh he's brilliant!

NP: She may have been talking about things that make me laugh and she doesn't want to say the word laugh too often. A giggle is a form of laughter.

CF: Oh!

NP: Things that make me laugh, she's talking about a thing that makes her giggle. It's the same, in my way of thinking, it means the same thing. And the audience obviously agree with me, don't you?


NP: So Andree has another point, there are four seconds left for things that make me laugh starting now.

AM: Actors who appear for a dramatic audience with all their flies...


NP: That last things that make Andree laugh has taken her into the lead now alongside Clement Freud at the end of that round. Peter Jones it's your turn to begin, the subject is bedtime stories. Can you talk to us about bedtime stories for Just A Minute starting now.

PJ: They're interesting things to listen to, and it can be very entertaining to tell them to other people, depending on how many people there are...


NP: Clement Freud has challenged.

CF: Repetition of people.

NP: I agree with your challenge so there are 50 seconds for you on bedtime stories starting now.

CF: Are you lying comfortably? Then I'll begin. Once upon a time in a distant country there lived a King...


NP: Andree Melly's challenged, why?

AM: Deviation because it's bedtime stories and he's telling one.

NP: Oh no no no, that's, that's too subtle a challenge. You're being as clever as those two over there who've played the game more often than you. It was well done, no I appreciate the, the incisiveness there because that's the way they play. But I disagree with the challenge because obviously if the subject is stories, you can talk about one story. Clement you have another point and you have 43 seconds for bedtime stories starting now.

CF: And he had three daughters. The first was called Melissa. The second was a redhead, no hair, just a...


NP: Kenneth Williams, why have you challenged?

KW: Well deviation, if she was a redhead and she had no hair, it's ludicrous, innit! I mean, so I'll have the subject. Well I...

NP: Clement seems very...

KW: Eh?

NP: How do you qualify that Clement?

CF: No hair, just a scarlet scalp.

NP: Oh this is a horrid bedtime story!

CF: But that is what a redhead is! Somebody with a red head!

KW: But in the conventional usage, that is to say...

NP: No, I'm afraid it is accurate, it is accurate though...

KW: You don't say "come and meet this redhead" and introduce them to someone with a crimson scalp, do you?

NP: No, but if you're... Kenneth...

KW: You'd have your whole breakfast ruined! You don't want to see a flaming head!

NP: Clement...

KW: I've heard of a redhead or a blackhead and we don't want to think about that!

NP: Kenneth! I have to try and be accurate according to the rules of the game and Clement Freud had a very clever point there which he justified so he has 34 seconds to continue with bedtime stories starting now.

CF: And it came to pass that this monarch let it be known throughout his kingdom that any man of noble birth who wished to wed one of his progeny might do so by passing three simple tests. And the noblemen came from far and wide...


NP: Andree Melly's challenged, why?

AM: He had three daughters and now he's got three tests, so he's had repetition of three.

NP: That's right, there was repetition of the word three. Three tests, three daughters. Um so well listened Andree, you've gained a point and there are 16 seconds for bedtime stories starting now.

AM: The best kind of stories to read in bed are the dullest and most boring because if you suffer from insomnia you'll fall fast asleep over the page. There are a number...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged, why?

PJ: Hesitation.

NP: (laughs)


NP: The audience obviously agree that she hesitated Peter, so you gain a point and you take over the subject, bedtime stories starting now.

PJ: Um ah...


NP: Andree Melly challenged, why?

AM: Hesitation.

NP: I disagree, Peter Jones has got another point and there are three seconds for bedtime stories Peter starting now.

PJ: Listening to them over the radio or...


NP: And Peter Jones was then speaking when the whistle went, only just speaking but he was. And so he gains another point and he's creeping up now on Kenneth Williams which is a very insidious thing to do. Kenneth has remained stationary in the position, third, to Andree Melly's second who is two points behind our leader who is at this moment Clement Freud. And Kenneth it's your turn to begin and the subject for you is quotations worth repeating. Could you talk on that subject for 60 seconds starting now.

KW: Well obviously the first that springs to mind is Edward Barbour Lytton's beautiful line from Cardinal Rishlere, "beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword". How fine that phrase rings in my ears! Orrrrrrrrr perhaps...


NP: Andree Melly's challenged, why?

AM: He's talking too fast!


NP: (laughs)

KW: She pays them to come here! Disgraceful!

NP: I think Andree deserves a point...

KW: Deserves a point! She's the most corrupt element in this show and you know it! We should never have had women in the first place!

NP: She got a very good crack at you...

KW: I'm sitting here all dolled up...

NP: ... which the audience appreciated, she got a very good laugh, give her a point. Kenneth keeps the subject...

KW: Oh? Oh nice! Oh! Yes.

NP: ... and there are 36 seconds left for quotations worth repeating Kenneth starting now.

KW: "To guild the gold, and paint the lily." Often misquoted, but I've given you the correct one. Thus "to fresh woods and pastures new". Not fields, which so many idiots come out with. But perhaps the greatest of all, Acton's "all power corrupts". How true that is! Even to this day and I've got power! Power in...


NP: Clement Freud has challenged, why?

CF: Repetition of power.

KW: It's on the card! Oh, no!

NP: Power is not...

KW: It's on the card! It's on the card!

NP: It isn't!

KW: (screaming hysterically) It says worth repeating! Therefore I'm right!


KW: (shouting and wailing) Ah! Ah! Oh! Oh! Oh that's brilliant of me, isn't it! Isn't it!

NP: Yes but it doesn't get you a point! It was the most brilliant performance, the audience adored it! He got on his chair, did a little jig. He convinced himself and the audience that he should really keep the subject...

KW: Just because you're muscle-bound! Go on!

NP: If what you said was true, then the quotations that you have just said were all repeated. And therefore you would have been had up for that. But actually you will...

KW: I'm not being had up for nothing, thank you!

NP: So you repeated the word power and that is repetition within the rules of our game. And so Clement Freud gains a point and there are four seconds Clement for quotations worth repeating...

KW: How rotten!

NP: ... starting now.

CF: It is a mark of insincerity of purpose to seek an Emperor...


KW: Oh that's rotten! That's cashing in! I did all the work and he just came on the last bit! Oh it's all rotten cheating!

NP: Yes I must say Kenneth...

KW: Disgusting behaviour!

NP: ...you did work very very hard...

KW: Worked hard and he came and cashed in! (in tears) Cashed in! That's all he done! It's disgusting, the whole rotten thing! It's a disgrace! I've come all the way from London!

NP: And that is all we have time for, we have to finish now. And just in fourth place is Peter Jones, behind the third placed person who is Kenneth Williams. In second place was Andree Melly who was way ahead of them, and three points behind, this week's winner who was Clement Freud. I'm sorry that we have no more time to play Just A Minute. We hope that you've enjoyed this particular edition of the game and from all of us here, good-bye.


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