starring PAUL MERTON, DEREK NIMMO, CLEMENT FREUD and PETER JONES, chaired by NICHOLAS PARSONS (Radio, 8 February 1997)

PAUL MERTON: We're back in Edinburgh for the final edition on this volume Nicholas. There's something special about recording Just A Minute during the Edinburgh Festival, isn't there.

NICHOLAS PARSONS: Oh yes, because the Festival Fringe is very much a comedy festival. There is drama there as well. But a lot of people go for the comedy and therefore Just A Minute fits in beautifully. We get this wonderful Fringe audience which is such a joy to play to.

PM: In this episode we have Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud, Peter Jones and myself. What amuses me in this one is that Clement makes exactly the same challenge on Peter, that he begins with "well", as he made in the show in the previous CD whuich was actually recorded some 14 years earlier! So Peter's still saying well as he starts the subject.

NP: It's a good way to start if you want to get straight in, and, but it's amusing that something well-worn challenges like that still work.

PM: Yes.

NP: It's like the one we were talking about in one of the earlier editions of Classic Minute. We were talking about BBC...

PM: Yes.

NP: Because people suddenly will say BBC because it seems like a word...

PM: Yes.

NP: Then you, because you are so aware of this show will challenge on B. But they don't resent it now, as they did in the old days.

PM: No. It's funny because it is one of those perennial challenges, because sooner or later in every show or every series, somebody will say BBC because they talk about "well here we are at the BBC" or whatever it is and you know, and they get the challenge. But I suppose we should mention here the fact that, because these last two programmes were recorded in Edinburgh. And perhaps we should talk about the fact that Just A Minute has changed and now travels all around Great Britain.

NP: I don't know how many years we have been doing it, at least, at least 10 years now. If not more.

PM: Yeah more than that I think, yeah.

NP: It was called going out to meet the public.

PM: Yes.

NP: And they decided to record shows outside of the London area, which was originally the Paris Studio and then it was the Radio Theatre. Now every series, we record, because there is two at every recording session. So we have at least five journeys outside London to different towns and cities. And it is great!

PM: The audiences, the response we get, when we turn up at Bristol or Tunbridge Wells or Cardiff, wherever we are, it is always, they are so enthusiastic to see the show, aren't they.

NP: They treat it as a privillege that we have decided to come and visit them, which is incredibly flattering.

PM: It is.

NP: And also shows the popularity of the show, because they don't do a great deal of publicity. And it is always packed out. One of my favourite stories is when the producer said to me "oh Nicholas, in a couple of weeks' time, we are going to go to the Bradford." I said "Bradford?" "To the Alhambra." I said "is Bradford actually a traditional sort of Radio Four audience?" And anyway the Alhambra is one of the largest theatres in the country, it's a 2000 seater.

PM: Yeah.

NP: And I was a bit worried that we wouldn't fill it. We got there, it was packed...

PM: Yes.

NP: ... completely, and I remember the stage manager saying to me "by gum", he said "you know, I've never seen anything like this! Sometimes at panto time we get it full, but every, if you don't mind me swearing," he said "every bloody step right up at the top of the Gods has been taken! You've got something special there, haven't you! I've never heard the show, but by gum, it was funny!" Another lovely thing about this show, it comes back to subjects and I think there is a creative subject which you as a performer can take in different directions, and there's a wonderful example here when the subject was ancient Greece. I don't know who was starting on it, but it went, Peter Jones challenged and he talked about ancient grease that he found in the wheels of some machine.

PM: Yes.

NP: And you know it's a wonderful extension of comedy thinking.

PM: Yes.

NP: And that's why the subject I think is a good one, and we get, because the audience laugh at the inventiveness.

PM: Yes, exactly. Clement had a very good one on one of the last shows we recorded in the last couple of weeks when the subject was "behind the times"...

NP: Oh yes.

PM: And he talked about travelling on the Underground, reading the newspaper The Times and being behind it. And that was a very clever twist on a well-worn phrase.

NP: Can I say then, in winding this one up, that I always see Just A Minute as a case of having fun. And the more I can help to generate the fun, then I think I'm succeeding in my responsibilities. And the more fun we all have, it's communicated to the audience...

PM: Absolutely.

NP: ... and to the listener.

PM: Absolutely, absolutely. Through the magic power of radio. And thanks to the magic power of recording tape we can visit February 1997 with Just A Minute. This is from the Edinburgh Festival, with Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud, Peter Jones, Paul Merton, and of course, as always, the marvellous Nicholas Parsons in the chair.

NP: Welcome to Just A Minute!


NP: Hello my name is Nicholas Parsons. And as the Minute Waltz fades away once more it is my pleasure to welcome the four diverse outstanding and experienced players of Just A Minute who are going to partake today. We welcome back Paul Merton and he's joined by three of our other regular players, Derek Nimmo, Peter Jones and Clement Freud. Would you please welcome all four of them! And this particular edition of Just A Minute is coming from the Pleasance on the Edinburgh Fringe. Beside me sits Elaine Wigley who's going to keep the score and she will blow a whistle which will tell us that 60 seconds are up. And whoever is speaking then will get an extra point. And I'm going to ask, as usual, our four players of the game to speak if they can on the subject I will give them and as usual they will try and do that without hesitation, repetition and without deviating from the subject on the card. Let us begin the show this week with Paul Merton. And Paul the subject here is the Highlands. A good Scottish subject to begin this Scottish edition of Just A Minute, you have 60 seconds as usual starting now.

PM: I only learnt to drive a year ago, so the many times I've been up to Edinburgh in the past, I've not been able to take the car further on and explore some of the beautiful countryside which I've seen in various films. Such as The Thirty-nine Steps where Richard Hannay jumps off the Forth Bridge and then goes running through the Highlands and goes round to John Laurie's cottage. And there's Dame Peggy Ashcroft with his wife there. And she gives him a coat and he slips around the police. And then he finds a man with a missing finger which is not as common as you might think actually. And the bit that was missing was the bottom bit...


PM: The top bit was still there!

NP: Clement Freud you challenged.

CLEMENT FREUD: Two missings.

NP: Two missings yes. Clement you have a correct challenge, you get a point for that and you take over the subject of the Highlands and there are 26 seconds available starting now.

CF: I'm never quite sure where the Highlands begin...


NP: Derek Nimmo challenged.

DEREK NIMMO: I am! Stirling is the gateway to the Highlands.

NP: I was told Loch Lomond was, but it doesn't really matter. But I, I don't think you get any points for showing off Derek!


NP: What do you mean, ohh? It's not one of the rules of Just A Minute. So Clement was interrupted, he gets a point for that, 23 seconds are still available Clement, the Highlands starting now.

CF: There is, I'm told, considerable discussion whether the Highlands start at Stirling or Loch Lomond! And I personally...


NP: Paul, Paul Merton you challenged.

PM: Repetition of start.

CF: No it was beginning before.

NP: No, beginning before.

PM: Oh.

NP: Yes well tried Paul. Fifteen seconds are still available on Highlands still with you Clement starting now.

CF: The Highlands and islands are particularly famous for the malt whisky which is wholly excellent. Perhaps Isla is where the profusion of this liquor comes from, Brewtladdie, Port Ellen, Port Charlotte...


NP: Whoever is speaking when the whistle goes gains an extra point. It was on this occasion Clement Freud. In fact he's the only one to have scored any points in that round. To negate these letters I sometimes get that say why didn't you correct him, it wasn't Peggy Ashcroft in the film of John Hanniford...

PM: It was!

NP: It wasn't, it was Madeleine Carroll.

PM: Yeah but yeah, she played the blonde one. The wife of John Laurie was Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

NP: Oh! That's very interesting! I thought you were referring to the girl who fell in love with Richard Hannay. So anyway we've made that quite clear for those who like to make their historical and cinematographical notes.

CF: Right!

NP: And we'll carry on with Just A Minute.


NP: And Paul?

PM: What did you say then?

NP: Those who like to make their historical cinematographic notes.

PM: Oh right! I just wandered off for a bit! For a minute, I thought, I thought you were talking gibberish! But I was wrong!

NP: Well I normally talk gibberish...

PM: That's what confused me!

NP: I know!

PM: You've been going for seven seconds, so I immediately assumed it was rubbish!

NP: You realise now why Paul Merton comes back on the show! There's nobody else to who he can be so rude except me! Derek it's your turn to begin, the subject is studs. Will you tell us something... I don't know why they've given it to you Derek! But anyway I'm sure you have many experiences, you can tell us something about the subject in Just A Minute starting now.

DN: I think it's a great relief these days, that one so seldom wears white ties and tails, because it is always an absolute nightmare trying to get those studs through a stiff fronted shirt. And the back stud and the front one too. The little things that turned up and always fell off right at the critical moment. Of course Nicholas Parsons was, in his day, a great stud. Among...


NP: Paul...

PM: Deviation!

NP: Paul Merton has challenged. I'm dying to know what it is! Yes Paul?

PM: Just for listeners, I think they might like to know exactly when your day was!


DN: It was Tuesday March the 31st of 1934!

NP: Yes that was one of the days! And yes there we are! Paul we enjoyed the challenge, it was...

PM: Mmmm I enjoyed it in a way as well.

NP: So we give you a point for a challenge that everybody enjoyed. But as Derek was interrupted, he keeps the subject, he gets a point for being interrupted, he has 38 seconds on studs starting now.

DN: I think one of the happier things in life would be if one would be a racehorse and won the Derby and then was immediately retired as a three-year-old to stud! And for absolutely the rest of your days, these marvellous mares, the pick of their generation, would present themselves...


NP: Paul you challenged.

DN: What's the matter?

PM: It would only be great fun if you were a horse!


PM: Unless you are willing to enlighten us about your particular habits!

DN: I did say you'd have to win the Derby and...

NP: Paul again we loved the challenge, another bonus point to you. Derek was interrupted, another point to him, 22 seconds, studs with you Derek starting now.

DN: Sweatenham Studs used to be one of the most successful race establishments in the country, but they haven't had much good fortune recently. I think actually if I was a owner of a racehorse...


NP: Peter challenged.

PETER JONES: Hesitation.

NP: Hesitation Peter, 12 seconds studs with you starting now.

PJ: I used to have to wear stiff collars during the short time that I was away at school. And the best way to soften them is to spit on the buttonholes and rub it with a bit of soap...


NP: Clement Freud challenged.

CF: Deviation.

NP: Why?

CF: Spit on the buttonholes and rub it! Rub what?

NP: Oh I think that's a little bit too pedantic really.

PJ: Rub the spit!

NP: On the buttonholes. Yes there is more than one buttonhole in a collar, there's both sides so he must have been spitting on the buttonholes. I don't think that was deviation. No I think that was a very natural thing to do Peter.

PJ: Yes and it's just as interesting as Peggy Ashcroft's appearance in that bloody film!

NP: So a point to you Peter for an incorrect challenge and you keep the subject and there's only half a second to go on studs starting now.

PJ: I...


NP: So Peter Jones was speaking as the whistle went, gained that extra point, he's now in second place behind our leader Clement Freud. And Peter your turn to begin, the subject explorers. Tell us something about those intrepid characters in Just A Minute starting now.

PJ: I always wanted to be an explorer when I was young. And I wanted to go up the Amazon and look for Colonel Fawcett who was lost there many years ago if you remember. And then the south part of the hemisphere I wanted to explore in the wake...


NP: Derek.

DN: Repetition of wanted.

NP: He wanted to do both, he wanted to go...

PJ: Oh yes! That's right, I did yes.

NP: So Derek a correct challenge, you have the subject, explorers, 45 seconds...

DN: It is so sad that there's so little of the world actually is to explore. There are only two explorers I have met...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: There's just as much in the world as there ever was!

DN: Not to explore.

NP: Yeah I'm sorry, I agree with Peter, because even you can go to a place which is well-known but you can explore it yourself for the first time. So you can be an explorer in somewhere, you can be an explorer up here in Edinburgh if you've never been here before.

DN: That's a tourist Nicholas.

NP: But they are still exploring the city because they're, first time they've visited here. So Peter I agree with your challenge, so you get a point of course, the subject, 41 seconds, explorers starting now.

PJ: The nearest I ever got to the South Pole was Dunedin and Invercargill in the southern part of New Zealand. And I must say it was pretty waste, it was a waste...


NP: Derek Nimmo challenged.

DN: Hesitation.

NP: Yes. I agree yes, 28 seconds explorers with you Derek starting now.

DN: Wilfred Thessger, born in Abyssinia or Ethiopia if that's what you like to call it in 1912, had his 80th birthday a couple of years ago. He actually was the last of the great explorers. He was the first man across the Empty Quarter. And do you know when he over towards Nizwah he had to make the camels vomit and drink the muck that was then regurgitated to survive. And I feel, along the roads that he travelled...


NP: Well Derek Nimmo with that disgusting story brought that round to an end, gained an extra point for speaking as the whistle went and he's taken the lead one ahead of Clement Freud. Clement your turn to begin, ancient Greece. Will you tell us something about that wonderful place starting now.

CF: The real trouble about ancient Greece is that they were not on the Internet, although they did have one rather smart thing called Widows 95 which was a sort of geriatric dating agency! Ancient Greece had a language which many of us had to learn at school which was called Greek and had letters and numbers which I now forget. Also I need to drink a glass of water so if somebody would buzz me...


NP: A new way of playing Just A Minute! Paul you were the first to buzz.

PM: I heard the man and I buzzed him.

NP: So we, we interpret that as hesitation, 29 seconds Paul, tell us something about ancient Greece starting now.

PM: The best way to soften collars is to get a camel to vomit on them! And they are then...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Deviation.

NP: Why?

PJ: Well it's nothing to do with ancient Greece!

NP: Yes.

PM: That's what they used to do in ancient Greece!

NP: I don't think they had stiff collars in ancient Greece.

PM: No! Because camels used to vomit on them!


NP: You can applaud his wonderful comic invention but...

PM: We could learn a lot from them!

NP: There weren't many camels in ancient Greece as well. Listen Paul, I think to be fair because the audience loved it, they gave a big round of applause, a bonus point for what you said, Peter Jones gets a point for a correct challenge, takes over the subject, 23 seconds, ancient Greece starting now.

PJ: I've listened to you very carefully and I'm here to tell you that ancient grease is that substance which adheres to the ceilings and walls of restaurants that have not been examined by the health authorities. And it's normally called a greasy spoon restaurant and there are several in this great city among the other wonderful eating places that we've found...


NP: So Peter Jones with points in the round and one for speaking as the whistle went has leapt forward. He's now in the lead but only one ahead of the other three. And Paul your turn to begin. Paul, a flutter. I don't know whether you're a betting man but tell us something about that subject in Just A Minute if you can starting now.

PM: If you had gone to the bookmakers and placed a 500 pound bet that my next word would be heliotrope, you have just won yourself a substantial amount of money!


PM: Did somebody buzz?

NP: No. Oh yes! Clement Freud's light came on but I didn't hear any buzzer. What did you say?

CF: It's a deviation, that isn't a flutter. Five hundred pounds is a substantial bet.

NP: Oh! There's a betting man talking. Clement correct challenge, a flutter with you, 49 seconds starting now.

CF: I have very little time for flutters. I think if you have a bet, it should be sufficient to give you genuine joy if it wins and poleaxe you in the event of a loss. Lots of people come up and say "did you have a little bit to win on that horse or dog?" And I spit! And like a camel I vomit on... folk...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Hesitation.

NP: Yes there was, yes.

CF: Where?

NP: You definitely hesitated.

PM: I think he was just clearing his throat to be honest!

NP: I think he was trying to work camels...

PM: In preparation!

NP: I think he was trying to work vomit, camels, spit and stiff collars very cleverly...

PM: I know, same old story, isn't it!

NP: Peter a correct challenge, you have the subject, 24 seconds, a flutter starting now.

PJ: If you feel a flutter in your chest it's very likely that you're having a heart attack. And the best thing to do is to get a pacemaker as fast as you can. Or at any rate a doctor! If you can't do this then it's best to lie down for a while...


NP: Derek Nimmo...

PJ: ... until the feeling carves you off!

NP: Derek Nimmo challenged.

DN: Repetition of best.

PJ: Did you hear him, me say that?

NP: Yes you did definitely say best.

PJ: Oh yes.

NP: You did repeat it actually Peter.

PJ: Yes.

NP: Yes.

PJ: So he may have deprived many people suffering from heart attacks of the means of saving their lives!


NP: I think the audience applause is saying give Peter Jones a bonus point. But Derek Nimmo got a correct challenge so he gets a point and he has seven seconds on a flutter starting now.

DN: I did have a flutter, it was before I had my quadruple bypass some 10 years ago. And I did go immediately to the Princess Grace...


NP: So Derek Nimmo speaking as the whistle went has moved forward, he's still just behind Peter Jones our leader. And Derek your turn to begin, the subject, Scotch. Oh what a lovely subject. Sixty seconds starting now.

DN: Now the Englishmen often makes a tremendous mistake and talks about people being Scotch instead of Scottish. But what the correct reference is to is that noble drink, that honey coloured lictar of which great people all over the world...


NP: Paul Merton challenged.

PM: Lictar?

DN: Hannibal Lector!

NP: Yes.

PM: Sounds part of a sleazy tabloid headline!

NP: I think definite deviation from the English language as we understand it. Scotch with you Paul, 48 seconds starting now.

PM: I don't particularly like spirits. I don't drink much Scotch. Occasionally I've had it with a glass of water, mixed in with it. A lot of people say you shouldn't do that but I understand that's what the connoisseurs do when they are drinking Scotch, they mix it with water which is an exact repetition of what I just said (laughs)


PM: Word for word!

NP: And Clement Freud was first in. So you admitted word for word...

PM: Paragraph!

NP: Yes! Clement pressed first, he's got in on Scotch with 33 seconds to tell us about it starting now.

CF: Philologically it is also correct to use the word Scotch in respect of salmon, er smoked fish of that ilk is Scotch and not Scottish. Ah there are two ways in which...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Hesitation.

NP: Yes indeed. Yes right, Scotch is back with you for 20 seconds Paul starting now.

PM: How do they get that egg that goes in there, that's surrounded by bread crumbs? I can only assume that they thread into the outer surface and miniaturise the particular thing that comes out of a hen into the middle of it there. And then there you are, you have a marvellous dish which is called a Scotch ovoid! And the thing I like about it is you...


PM: ... can drink it with the most beautiful...

NP: I'm sorry, with one second to go you were challenged by um Clement Freud.

CF: Deviation. (laughs) It's not called a Scotch ovoid!

NP: Oh dear! We all know what he meant but he didn't...


NP: Ooohh! The audience have said it was a clever way of not saying Scotch egg because he couldn't repeat it, the word, and we all understood it. So we give you the benefit of the doubt, Paul and you keep going on Scotch egg with one and a half seconds starting now.

PM: Ovoid! Ovoid! Ovoid!


NP: Oh! So at the end of that round Paul Merton has taken the lead alongside Peter Jones. And Paul, your turn to begin, megabytes. Tell us something about those in this game starting now.

PM: Esther Rantzen, Ken Dodd, Janet Street Porter. What do these three people have in common? An enormous set of choppers. When they bite into something it truly is a mega-bite. They start by what ah bah...


NP: Clement yes we recognise what happened, we interpret it as hesitation, 42 seconds, megabytes with you starting now.

CF: If you watch the Lottery programme on a Saturday, you will see just before they announce the numbers a woman called Mystic Meg who tells you who might win. And she's ex...


NP: Paul Merton challenged.

PM: Deviation, no mention of megabytes so far.

NP: No we haven't, he's talked about Mystic Meg.

CF: Meg!

NP: I know what we're leading to but I agree with Paul...

PM: What are we leading to?

NP: I don't know but it sounded to me...


NP: But I, I, I assumed these megabytes has got something to do with Mystic Meg. And he hasn't yet established that. And that's why I'm agreeing with your challenge but I have to justify my agreement because otherwise I will not only get letters but I will get harsh looks from the other three members of the team here. It's not a team, actually it's a competition, they're working on their own. Megabytes...

PM: I think somebody's working you though, are they?

NP: I know, Elaine's doing a wonderful job. How she does it with both hands on the table, I don't know.

PM: There's something deeply unpleasant going on!

NP: Blushes don't come over well on television and...

PM: Or on radio!

NP: Yes!

PJ: My advice to Elaine is keep your hands on the table!

NP: Paul to continue with Just A Minute and megabytes, I agree with your challenge which came some time ago and you have 26 seconds to take over the subject starting now.

PM: I...


PM: I don't know anything about them!

NP: You lost immediately to Clement Freud. Clement, 24 seconds, megabytes starting now.

CF: Hesitation.

NP: Yes that's right, you've got the subject, 24 seconds starting now!


NP: Paul you challenged.

PM: Hesitation.

NP: Hesitation yes Paul! Twenty-one seconds, megabytes Paul starting now.

PM: It's a...


NP: Who challenged? Derek Nimmo.

DN: Hesitation.

NP: No indeed, he didn't! Paul, another point, 20 points, megabytes starting now.

PM: Twenty points! That is...

NP: Twenty minutes! Oh er, who...


PM: I can't talk about it for 20 minutes!

NP: Hesitation?

PJ: Yes!

NP: Right! Nineteen seconds on megabytes with you Peter starting now.

PJ: Well you've heard of sound bites. Megabytes are a rather longer version of that. In fact they creep into the area of monologues and instead of the short quick ah...


NP: Derek Nimmo challenged.

DN: Hesitation.

NP: There was an er there Peter.

PJ: Yes there was yes.

NP: So we interpret that as hesitation. Six seconds left, megabytes starting now.

DN: You have noticed that nobody wants to really talk about megabytes because actually we know nothing about them at all...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Repetition of actually.

NP: Yes. You did say actually.

DN: It's the first time I've spoken!

PM: But it was in that bit.

NP: What's that?

PM: You said actually twice.

NP: No you haven't said it in this round.

DN: No I haven't...

PM: No I...

DN: I generally say actually! I haven't said it in this round.

NP: And you can repeat words in a different round that you've used before, but not in this round. That isn't repetition. So an incorrect challenge, you've got one second left on megabytes Derek starting now.

DN: Megabytes are a very interesting...


NP: Thank goodness that round is finished! Now at the end of that round Paul Merton got quite a number of points so he's increased his lead. Derek Nimmo has moved into second place alongside Peter Jones and Clement Freud for once is trailing a little behind them. Derek your turn to begin, the subject, cheek. Will you tell us something about cheek in Just a Minute starting now.

DN: Do you know it really is the most extraordinary coincidence because just before the programme started I was talking about cheeks with Sir Clement Freud. In fact we were reminiscing about a visit to a little island called Hoitoi and he was given the Garufa fish there and into the fish he plunged with his...


NP: Paul Merton challenged.

PM: Repetition of fish.

NP: Yep.

DN: Absolutely right! Well done! Well listened! Well listened!

NP: Another point to...

PJ: Into the fish he plunged?

DN: Well he plunged with chopsticks!

PJ: I don't know! It's worse than the camels!

NP: Right, another point to Peter, we enjoyed that. And but Paul has the subject, a point for a correct challenge and 44 seconds on cheek Paul starting now.

PM: I well remember the old Fred Astaire song Dancing Cheek to Cheek and it was one of those films that starred him and Ginger Rogers that RKO used to make quite a lot of in the 1930s. And they were seen as a a very good dancing couple from the big silver screen. A programme I used to like as a child was The Clitheroe Kid starring Jimmy of that name because he was a cheeky little schoolboy. I didn't realise at the time he was actually 85 and a midget, but you don't know when you're 11 years old that these sort of things are going on. And I used to enjoy that programme immensely. It was very well written and very...


PM: Oh!

NP: Ohhhhh! Peter you've challenged.

PJ: Well he's got away from cheek altogether! There was a Clitheroe Kid and all these figures from the past.

NP: He also repeated very.

PJ: Oh he did?

NP: Yes.

PJ: Well...

NP: Which is what I thought you were challenging for. I mean er...

PJ: Yeah well that was my first choice! But I er changed my mind in mid-air!

NP: So Peter you have a correct challenge, seven seconds, cheek starting now.

PJ: They cut the cheek off cow's heads and make it into a kind of brawn though this is forbidden...


NP: Right! So Peter Jones gaining points, also one for speaking as the whistle went has moved forward, he's now equal in the lead with Paul Merton. And we're moving into the final round. And just behind them, only three points Derek Nimmo, and then just behind him Clement Freud. It could be anybody's contest though again, are the points important? To the players yes, but not I think, to the listeners.

PM: We're wasting our time then!

NP: Peter would you start the final round. Ferreting, 60 seconds as usual starting now.

PJ: This is a sport, so-called, that I've never actually indulged in, but it involves putting ferrets down holes and trying to pelp...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Hesitation.

NP: Yes it was yes. What were you trying to do with those ferrets?

PJ: Paralyse the rabbits.

NP: Paralyse the rabbits!

PJ: Well as soon as they see a ferret, they can't move really. They're frightened to death.

NP: Oh I thought they ran out the other burrow, their escape hatch.

PJ: Well if there is one. But I mean er...

NP: Don't you know that every rabbit makes an escape hatch, so they have three or four...

PJ: How long have we got on this?

NP: Paul, a correct challenge, 50 seconds, ferreting starting now.

PM: In country fairs up and down the United Kingdom during the summer, you'll often see people sticking Nicholas Parsons down their trousers. And this is regarded as a rather cruel sport these days because the poor creature doesn't know where it is at the best of times. Never mind being encased in some particular tweed legging...


NP: Derek challenged.

DN: Well I must challenge on the grounds of deviation. I can't imagine you being pushed down tweed trousers.

NP: I've enjoyed it actually! Specially some of the people who were wearing them! The um, no actually I agree it's a very devious thought and a very devious idea...

PM: Are you denying it?

NP: Right Derek, 31 seconds, ferreting starting now.

DN: I've been trying to shove ferrets down molehills but they won't go, they're too big. And I can't get them little, only ferrets will work with rats and rabbits, and jolly good they are. So if you have any problem with those particular vermin, give me a ring, 37352...


DN: What?

NP: Ah three, Clement Freud challenged.

CF: Repetition of three.

NP: Three-seven-three. So Clement, 10 seconds are left to tell us something about ferreting starting now.

CF: The most important thing about ferreting is to have a ferret. And these are most engaging animals, they really have a sort of... yellowish sheen...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Hesitation.

NP: Yes I thought there was a little hesitation. And Peter you've cleverly got in with two seconds to go on ferreting starting now.

PJ: You can also describe somebody...


NP: Who challenged? Clement Freud challenged.

CF: Deviation.

NP: Why?

CF: He didn't say well. He always says "well" before he says anything!


PJ: I only have two seconds you know! I couldn't hang about!

CF: Well!

DN: You could have said well well!

NP: (laughs) The audience applause indicates that you deserve a bonus point Clement. But Peter was interrupted so he gets the point for that and he has one second on ferreting starting now.

PJ: Searching and looking for something...


NP: So as I said a little while ago this was to be the last round, so let me give you the final score. It's a very interesting situation, they all contributed so much. And they all gained a lot of points. But for the contributions the points were that Clement Freud for once finished in fourth place, one point behind Derek Nimmo who was just behind Paul Merton. But in that last surge forward that Peter Jones rushing for the tape, he got there ahead of all the rest so this week with most points Peter we say that you are the winner! A popular win and you have to come to Edinburgh to achieve it Peter. But nonetheless, it only remains for me to say thank you to our four outstanding players of this game, Paul Merton, Clement Freud, Peter Jones and Derek Nimmo. I also thank Elaine Wigley. I'm sorry I made her blush halfway through the show but she kept the score magnificently, blew the whistle most delicately. And smartly. We also thank our producer Anne Jobson, but we thank Ian Messiter for thinking of the game and er also keeping us again like he does. I also must thank this wonderful delightful audience in the Festival Fringe here in the Pleasance here in Edinburgh. And from me Nicholas Parsons and from all of us until we take to the air to play Just A Minute once more, good-bye and thank you.