ANNOUNCER: We present Kenneth Williams, Peter Jones, Clement Freud and Derek Nimmo 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, hello and welcome to Just A Minute. (coughs) My voice has gone already. Anyway they're going to speak as usual if they can on the subject I will give them and try and do it without hesitation, without repetition and without deviating from the subject on the card. And we begin the show with Kenneth Williams and who better? Kenneth has won many accolades in his time and the subject is my accolade. So Kenneth will you talk on that subject in Just A Minute starting now.

KENNETH WILLIAMS: My accolade would be given for utter scrupulosity, fineness of character and honourable and charitable disposition. And there are few people that I can think who would ever chal, have a chance I mean, of winning it. Because I mean, I demand a standard...


NP: Derek Nimmo has challenged.

DEREK NIMMO: Repetition of I mean.


NP: Yes you did say I mean before. So Derek Nimmo you have a correct challenge, a point for that, and you take over the subject of my accolade and there are 38 and a half seconds left starting now.

DN: My accolade would of course be given to Kenneth Williams! For his generosity of nature, his high intelligence, absolute and unquestionable ability. A finer example of British youth have I ever met. Here is a man that is at the very pinnacle of...


NP: Kenneth Williams has challenged.

KW: Deviation, I'm 53!

NP: A youthful 53, but a correct challenge as well. So Kenneth you have the subject back and there are 18 seconds on my accolade starting now.

KW: My accolade would be definitely given for purposes of um...


NP: Derek Nimmo challenged.

DN: Repetition of given.

NP: Yes because you gave your accolade out...

KW: You've got a marvellous memory, haven't you!

NP: There are 18 seconds, sorry, there are 13 seconds on my accolade with you Derek starting now.

DN: Standing nightly in the theatre with his modesty and humility. Everyone would acclaim and indeed do this extraordinary magnificent amazing 53 -year old who fills...


NP: Ian Messiter blowing his whistle after 60 seconds tells us the time is up and whoever speaks at that moment gains the extra point. It was of course Derek Nimmo who has the lead at the end of the first round. Peter Jones would you take the second round, the subject is bubbles. Would you talk on that in Just A Minute starting now.

PETER JONES: When I think of bubbles, I think of Bubbles Laverne who was one of the best endowed and most talented of striptease dancers. She often used balloons, not actually bubbles, but, or at least I think they were. They were certainly inflated! And she used to blow them up and toss them around the stage, and very dextrous, er, very um...


NP: Derek Nimmo.

DN: Two verys and a bit of hesitation.

NP: Yes there was indeed. I could see the look on his face, he was caught up in the act and um...

PJ: I was rather carried away by the memories!

NP: That's the expression I was searching for Peter. But er well done. Thirty seconds are left with Derek Nimmo on bubbles starting now.

DN: I always have a theory that in champagne, the smaller the bubble, the better the brew. And I think this would be supported even by Mister Freud. Another time that I think of bubbles is when...


NP: Clement Freud has challenged.

CLEMENT FREUD: Repetition of think.

NP: Yes right.

KW: You were told not to observe these small words. The chairman mentioned that before. He said don't keep picking on these tiny words. Now that's...

NP: That's not a tiny word.

KW: ... a very good point he's made.

NP: That's a verb you know, I don't...

KW: Yeah they're small piddling things really. I mean, come on. Let's have a bit of generosity of spirit. Bigger! Let's have a bigger attitude! Warmer generous attitude!


KW: Come along! Come along!

NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Repetition of bigger!

NP: Yes! If we couldn't use verbs, I'm afraid it would be er um impossible to continue the game or even speak. So Clement, I agree with your challenge, you have a point, 19 seconds, bubbles starting now.

CF: I hardly ever think of Bubbles Laverne these days. But the word bubbles conjures up in my mind those things in cartoons which contain the words thought of by the character depicted in the picture or the strip or whatever publication you seem to have bought...


NP: Clement Freud speaking as the whistle went gained an extra point, but he's only in second place. Derek Nimmo is still in the lead. And Derek your turn to begin, the subject, the most pleasing city I have visited. We know you have been to quite a few. Tell us about one of them starting now.

DN: I think the most pleasing city that I have ever visited is Adelaide in South Australia. Founded by Captain Light whose father was a colonel at the start of Penang for the British. It's a wonderful piece of town planning because there in the centre of the city is a cathedral. Round that is the tennis courts, rather like Wimbledon, a beautiful oval for cricket. I see that Britain, England, have been playing there quite recently. And I find that the mass of green around this city with a river Avon flowing through it is particularly...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Repetition of around.

NP: Yes you had around before. And Peter has a correct challenge and there are 25 and a half seconds with you Peter, the most pleasing city I have visited starting now.

PJ: Well I think the city of London, particularly at the weekend is one of the most pleasing cities that I have visited. There are no shops open, there are very few people. And although one can get a drink at a few pubs, generally speaking...


NP: Derek Nimmo challenged.

DN: Repetition of few.

NP: Yes, I'm afraid that's right. Eight seconds are left on the most pleasing city I've visited Derek starting now.

DN: Also there is the arts complex. Three magnificent theatres with an outdoor auditorium as well from which at night...


NP: So Derek Nimmo increased his lead at the end of that round. And Clement Freud will you take the next round, the subject, water divining. Will you tell us something about that in the game starting now.

CF: I've never really understood why people should want to divine water. Because wherever one goes, the stuff is thrust at one. I haven't been in a BBC studio without people giving me at least two jugs and a glass, in case in the middle of whatever I was going to do, I had this enormous urge to consume water. WC Fields has my sympathy when he explained why he did not drink, and he said it's because of what fish do in it. Though actually...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: He's talking about water, but not water divining.

NP: I agree with your challenge Peter, you have 30 seconds and you take over water divining starting now.

PJ: One of the most unfortunate water diviners I ever heard of went bankrupt because he kept giving his clients very bad advice, saying "drill here&". They never found anything and it was only after he would, er, been in a desert prison...


NP: Clement Freud challenged.

CF: Ah hesitation.

NP: Yes.

PJ: I just have to finish it because it's quite amusing. He was in with, after he was put in the desert prison, it was found he was suffering from water on the knee!


NP: He was always getting a wrong reading obviously! There are 17 seconds for water divining with you Clement starting now.

CF: The art of water divining seems to involve people holding twigs of wood between thumb and forefinger, and walking across...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: No, they have to hold the twig firmly with each hand. Both hands have to be held very firmly.

NP: That's right.

PJ: Nothing to do with thumb and forefinger.

KW: No! Quite right!

NP: Yes.

KW: Quite right! Very good Peter! Very well observed! Very good! Hear hear!

CF: There really is not, different water diviners use different holds on the divining rod.

KW: No!

NP: And we're obviously going to get lots of letters from water diviners throughout the world on this. But...

CF: Ask the audience! They know about things like this!

NP: I think we'll leave it to er...

KW: Hear hear! Very good chairman! Hear hear! Knows his job! Knows his job!

NP: I don't think any... is there a water diviner in the audience? No? So I have to make the decision. Peter I agree that's the general way of doing it so you have the subject. There are seven seconds on water divining starting now.

PJ: It is has to be made of hazel wood, otherwise it won't work...


NP: Ah Derek Nimmo challenged.

DN: Repetition of wood.

NP: Yes you did.

CF: Halewood is hyphenated.

NP: Is it?

CF: Yes. Halewood.

NP: Oh thank you very much...

CF: Like Hazelmere!


NP: Like Hazelmere! Um so with your friends help over here, you keep the subject Peter, and you keep going with water divining, three seconds left starting now.

PJ: They're not in such great demand these days as they used to be...


NP: So Peter Jones kept going till the whistle went, gained that extra point, and he's now in second place, one behind our leader Derek Nimmo, one ahead of Clement Freud, and two or three ahead of Kenneth Williams. And people who live in Hazelmere, please don't write in and say you're not hyphenated.

CF: Many people...

NP: Mmmm?

CF: Most people who live in Hazelmere are hyphenated!

NP: Kenneth will you take the next round, and the subject is Marshal Soult. Can you tell us something about him in Just A Minute starting now.

KW: Not a very edifying picture, I'm afraid, is going to be painted of this individual. He started off, I believe he was promoted eventually to Marshal of France by Bonaparte. And then was created after the Peace of Telsit, Marshal as well, of some other thing, and then Duke of Dalmatia. And then he came to this battle, terrible affair, Austerlitz. And then of course Napoleon fell from grace, well he went off to Elba, didn't he. And then he said "well I'll turn royalist" you see ...


NP: So Derek Nimmo challenged you.

DN: Three and thens.

NP: Yes you did have three and thens. So he let you get away with one. Derek there are 19 seconds left for Marshal Soult starting now.

DN: He was created Duke of Dalmatia because he was frightfully spotty. And therefore he would wander round the streets saying "hello old salty" in a kind of disparaging sort of way. And after the battle...


NP: Clement Freud challenged.

CF: Two sorts.

NP: Yes, Clement you have five seconds on Marshal Soult starting now.

CF: Marshal Soult was of course known as L'Marshal in France where he achieved high office...


NP: So Derek Nimmo still in the lead. Clement Freud has pulled up a little into second place one ahead of Peter Jones, and Kenneth is in fourth place. And Peter begins the next round. Peter the subject is the writing on the wall. Will you tell us something about that in Just A Minute.

PJ: Well I saw this poster saying "in outer space no-one can hear you scream" and someone had written underneath...


NP: Ah Clement Freud has challenged.

CF: Deviation.

NP: Why?

CF: Well it's the writing on the wall, not on a poster.

PJ: Well the poster was on the wall.

CF: But the writing was on the poster.

NP: Oh I think... all right, listen. I think we give him a point for a very clever challenge but he wasn't strictly speaking deviating from the subject. So Peter keeps the subject...

PJ: How can it be a clever challenge if he's er challenging something that I haven't done? I don't understand.

NP: Because the writing was on...

PJ: I thought it was an idiotic challenge!

NP: ...the poster, not on the wall. The poster was on the wall but the writing was on the poster so there's a subtlety and so I give a point for him spotting that...

KW: You call that subtle? Oh dear! Hahaha! It's like a cart load of monkeys! What rubbish!

NP: Right Peter, the writing on the wall is still with you and you have 47 seconds left starting now.

PJ: And I often find that on the walls of different places that I visit, the most amusing comments by humorists who are really quite inventive. Like the classic one of "a happy Christmas to all our readers"! I always enjoy that. It comes round at least once a year. And the er...


NP: Kenneth Williams has challenged.

KW: Well there was a lot of erring going on.

NP: Yes. He was er...

KW: Hesitation.

NP: He erred indeed there and there are 26 seconds for you to talk on the writing on the wall starting now.

KW: The moving finger writes and having writ moves on. Nor all your prayers...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Well if you can't... I mean the finger can't actually write. This is a Freud type challenge! It has to be....


PJ: It has to be holding a pen, pencil, piece of chalk, ball-point or whatever.

NP: If we're going to have all these kind of metaphysical challenges...

PJ: Is that metaphysical?

NP: Well what the... I don't know, but you can't... go on, do you want the audience to judge on this one?

PJ: No, just the extra point, congratulations and move on!


NP: Peter I think you're absolutely incredible. Congratulations! That's a marvellously clever and inventive challenge.

PJ: Thank you very much.

NP: You get a bonus point for that, I've never heard such subtlety and wit and metaphysical thinking and erudition.

PJ: Very good.

NP: And so you have a bonus point for your impossible challenge.

PJ: Well done!

NP: Kenneth Williams keeps the subject with 17 seconds on the writing on the wall starting now.

KW: When something is presaged propitiously they often say he has seen the writing on the wall. Meaning that he has gained through this prescient nature some indication of what will occur in time...


NP: So much to the pleasure of our audience Kenneth Williams kept going till the whistle went, gained an extra point for doing so and is still in fourth place. But he's only just behind Peter Jones and he's only one point behind our joint leaders who are now Clement Freud and Derek Nimmo. Derek the subject is freeze. Can you talk on that subject in Just A Minute starting now.

DN: The most beautiful freeze that I ever saw was in Herculeneum, the ancient city via Naples, on the wall of a beautiful house. And there was this sort of Bacchanalian orgy taking place. And one could see all kinds of funny people leaping all over the place. And a lady came up behind me and said "why are those two young men playing leapfrog?" And they weren't!


DN: I thought this was quite a treat. And during a credit freeze, then we all must rally to the Government in the day. And try and put...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Well a bit of a, it went to pieces a bit there. Government in the day and everything. And after his comments about your lack of taste...

NP: Yes.

PJ: ... I thought his own er...

KW: No, no, not at all! That's in the eye of the beholder! It's your dirty mind! No! Not at all! I know the city he's talking about and I’ve seen that freeze that he's talking about. Very fine and very colourful it is.

PJ: Well I...

KW: You haven't been there! You're ignorant! You know nothing about it! Why don't you shut your row!

PJ: I may not have been there but I certainly have a dirty mind!

KW: Yes!


PJ: A constant source of pleasure and interest!

NP: So back to Just A Minute, what was your challenge Peter?

PJ: Er it was a kind of hesitation.

NP: That's a new one we're bringing in, a kind of.

PJ: Not, well yes yes.

NP: No, actually he didn't hesitate, I must be fair.

PJ: No?

NP: No, alas.

PJ: Pity really!

NP: Yes, pity for the rest of us because we'd rather hear from you than Derek Nimmo obviously. But he still has...


NP: And by the audience reaction that is endorsed. But I have to be fair within the game and in spite of what Derek says about me, he keeps the subject with another point and there are five and a half seconds on freeze starting now.

DN: Nicholas Parsons is not only a freeze, but a frost!


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Repetition of Nicholas Parsons.

NP: Yes! And we can't have too much of Nicholas Parsons even in Just A Minute. So um...

DN: I think we've already had too much of Nicholas Parsons!


NP: If the audience clap those remarks, you know I do have the power to clear the studio! Ah Peter Jones I'm delighted to say that you have a point for that and Derek Nimmo has lost the subject and you take over the freeze with three seconds to go starting now.

PJ: You've often cleared halls in which you've appeared, I know that...



NP: Yes! Derek Nimmo is laughing and um...

DN: I was not alone!

NP: No, but you should be! Let's give the score at the end of that round. Kenneth Williams is still in fourth place. Clement Freud is in second place and he's one point behind our new joint leaders Derek Nimmo with Peter Jones. Clement your turn to begin and the subject is losing. Can you tell us something about that in this round, losing, 60 seconds starting now.

CF: Losing is something as a nation we are very good at. And of course losing is only a disaster if you've set your heart on winning. In Just A Minute, losing is something which Peter Jones excels at. He gives amazing value for the time he is on, and amasses a minimal number of points in order consistently or fairly frequently at any rate to be last or in penultimate position. You lose in Just A Minute which I've repeated before...


NP: Derek Nimmo has challenged.

DN: Just A Minute.

NP: Yes. And Derek you have the subject now, there are 28 seconds on losing starting now.

DN: I am one of the people who have lost out in life. I feel I've led a very sheltered existence. I always wanted to win but somehow, time is passing by. And an increasing air of misery and despondency fills me, particularly...


NP: Kenneth Williams has challenged.

KW: Deviation! That's absolute rubbish! He's not missed out on anything! Sitting here in one of those expensive suits! He goes around in a Rolls Royce! Never stops talking about all these fascinating places he's been to abroad!

NP: Yes...

KW: And he says life's passing him by! It's landed right on his doorstep!

NP: I quite agree Kenneth! I think he passed life by so fast he didn't even see it going! So Kenneth you have a correct challenge and 11 seconds on losing starting now.

KW: This is something we all do, since the moment you are born you are nearer to your grave and...


NP: Clement Freud has challenged.

KW: What?

CF: It was a petty challenge, I, I, I...

NP: I know, so Clement, Kenneth Williams gets a point for an incorrect challenge.

CF: Yes.

NP: Very petty. Four seconds on, four seconds still with you Kenneth on the subject of losing starting now.

KW: Losing has to be dome, as I do it, with good grace, with charm, with easy manner...


NP: And they were very generous there. He put four withs in two seconds. But Kenneth you kept going till the whistle, gained an extra point. And you are now, you are now in last place I'm afraid. But you are alongside Clement Freud and who better? One of the great winners of the game. And you are both only one point behind Peter Jones who is only one point behind Derek Nimmo. Isn't it exciting!


NP: Oh? Please yourselves as they say. Ah Kenneth your turn to begin, and the subject, the next series. So Kenneth will you talk on that subject in Just A Minute starting now.

KW: The next series carries the message, of course, of continuity. And hope that all this will be the same. But at the same time one must admit in discussing it there is an awful pang and tearing at the heartstrings as one realises it os for this adieu, auf widersersehin. And hang my heart on a weeping willow tree and sit upon my granma’s knee. Because that is the recipe for any series. The knee position for...


NP: Derek Nimmo challenged.

DN: Too many knees up.

NP: Yes. That is right Derek, you have 30 seconds now to talk on the next series starting now.

DN: I doubt whether for me there will be a next series. I seem to have ...


NP: Kenneth Williams challenged.

KW: Deviation, he knows very well he's in it! It's rubbish to sit there and say I doubt for me, and all this nonsense!

NP: Well um...

DN: Nicholas do you think I'm going to be in the next series or not?

NP: Well, it's nothing to do with me, casting!


KW: We know what it would be, if it was to do with you!


NP: I can tell you, if I had anything to do with...

KW: Yes you'd sack us! Come on! Come out with it! Come on! Admit it!

DN: Come clean!

NP: I suffer here the slings and arrows of your outrageous behaviour, because I know it's all in a good cause, and the show goes well as a result...

PJ: Is it going to charity?

NP: Well said Peter! I don't know what the challenge was but I don't think Derek deserves it. And Kenneth you keep the subject of the next series, and there are 26 seconds left starting now.

KW: What is remarkable about the very saying, the next series, is that it contains this promise. Once again the dulcet tones of yours truly will be heard on the air...


NP: Derek Nimmo challenged.

DN: Deviation, he hasn't got dulcet tones! He's very noisy!

NP: I think I will put this to the wiser judgement of our audience. If you think that Kenneth Williams has dulcet tones, you cheer for him. And if you think he hasn't, you boo. You all do it together now.


NP: Kenneth for some unbelievable reason they think you have dulcet tones. That means that Derek had an incorrect challenge, you keep the subject, you have 13 seconds to continue starting now.

KW: Well of course I can alter my tones at will. And to think...


NP: Clement Freud has challenged.

CF: Deviation.

NP: Why?

CF: From the previous dulcet tones.

NP: But he was still on the subject of the next series. So he didn't deviate from the subject on the card, he keeps going with nine seconds on the subject of the next series starting now.

KW: And one looks forward with joy to the chairmanship of Nicholas Parsons. Again triumphing! A very...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: He can't be triumphing again, because he hasn't triumphed yet!


NP: That is your opinion and I don't think...

DN: Can we put it to the audience?


NP: If you wish. If you wish to cheer for the triumph of Kenneth Williams and the challenge, or boo for Kenneth Williams, all do it together now.


NP: They agree with you Peter actually. So you get the subject, you've got one second to talk on it, the next series, starting now.

PJ: I'm going to try harder!


NP: So we come to the end of the show alas. And for once our many time winner Clement Freud finished in fourth place. He was just behind Kenneth Williams which is an incredible place to be. And um Kenneth was only just behind Derek Nimmo, which is a very uncomfortable place to be. And Derek was actually behind the best place to be, the winning place which was held by Peter Jones! So once again the contest and the fun of Just A Minute comes to an end but we hope that you'll tune in again. Till then 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.