WELCOME TO JUST A MINUTE!
starring PAUL MERTON, KIT HESKETH-HARVEY, ROSS NOBLE and STEVE FROST, chaired by NICHOLAS PARSONS (Radio, 27 January 2003)
NICHOLAS PARSONS: Welcome to Just A Minute!
NP: Thank you, hello, my name is Nicholas Parsons. And as the Minute Waltz fades away once more it is my infinite pleasure to welcome our many listeners not only in this country but those who listen to this show throughout the world. But also it's such a huge pleasure to welcome to the show four outstanding, resourceful and talented players of the game. It's a pleasure to have back with us once more one of our country's most talented and inventive and creative comedians, Paul Merton. Beside him sits another highly creative and talented and witty writer and performer, Kit Hesketh-Harvey. And on my left we have another young comedian who's very original and resourceful, that is Ross Noble. And beside him another delightful stand-up comedian and actor, that is Steve Frost. Would you please welcome all four of them! Beside me sits Claire Bartlett who will help me keep the score, and she will blow a whistle when the 60 seconds are up. And this particular edition of Just A Minute is coming from the Picture Playhouse Theatre in that delightful and picturesque town of Beverley in East Yorkshire. And we are part of the Beverley Comedy Festival!
CHEERS FROM THE AUDIENCE
NP: I'll explain to our listeners that cheer was because it's the first comedy festival in Beverley and they are making it a first and memorable occasion. And we have in front of us a very excited hyped -up Yorkshire audience who are just ready and keen to enjoy the fun. As we start the show with Paul Merton. And Paul, the subject I have in front of me is what I love about queuing. Tell us something about that subject in this game starting now.
PAUL MERTON: Well it's about how you make your hands work. Your left hand must form a bridge. Your right can be bringing the cue forward. It's very important to keep the eye on the object ball, probably the right one if you're playing snooker or billiards. And what you have to do is to make sure your geometric angles are spot on. If there's a red, you want to go into the top pocket. Then you knock the spherical object towards the reddish ball, I've said ball twice.
NP: Kit you, Hesketh-Harvey you challenged.
KIT HESKETH-HARVEY: So two balls, I'm afraid Paul!
NP: (laughs) Yes I know, you, we don't want too many balls in Just A Minute! But er but that is repetition. So Kit, you have a correct challenge which means you get a point for that, you take over the subject. There are 30 seconds available and tell us something about what I love about queuing starting now.
KHH: I was waiting in the malodorous back passages of this beautiful cinema here in Beverley. And I looked at the queue of people of Beverley trying, I said Beverley twice.
KHH: You can't have enough Beverley!
NP: Well some people think you can't say Beverley too often! But ah certainly the people in front of us here. Yes apparently this is the oldest cinema in, active cinema in the country.
KHH: Is it really?
NP: Yes. Paul you challenged for repetition of Beverley, and you have the subject back again, you have 22 seconds, what I love about queuing starting now.
PM: Well it's very democratic isn't it. If the Lord Onslow is queuing up behind a dustman then...
NP: Steve Frost you pressed your buzzer, what is your challenge?
STEVE FROST: Um... I can't remember now! It was, it was um deviation.
SF: Because Lord Onslow would never queue. He'd send a butler to do it.
NP: It is quite possible that Lord Onslow would queue. We have no proof that he doesn't queue. We don't even know if Lord Onslow exists!
PM: He does exist! He does exist!
NP: But there's no reason why a Lord shouldn't queue behind a dustman.
NP: Strictly speaking he was not deviating from the subject. So Paul an incorrect challenge, another point to you, 16 seconds available, what I love about queuing starting now.
PM: The British are fantastic at it, and they don't mind whether it be outside a fishmongers or a cobblers. There's nothing they more like than they go forward...
NP: Ross challenged.
ROSS NOBLE: There's nothing that's more like, what ooh ah!
NP: What, deviation from...?
RN: Deviation from grammar.
NP: ... from English as we understand it.
NP: All right, as it is normally spoken. Yes right, Ross I would agree with that challenge. So you have a point and you have seven seconds and you tell us something about what I love about queuing starting now.
RN: I like queuing because you can stand at the back and pretend you're in a conga line at a very dull party. I also...
NP: Whoever is speaking in this game when the whistle goes gains an extra point. On this occasion it was Ross Noble. So Ross, you have two points at the end of the round, so does Paul Merton. Kit has one, Steve is yet to score. But it's early days and Steve, your turn to begin. The subject is igloos. Tell us something about igloos in this game starting now.
SF: The first thing you need if you want to make a very good igloo is of course some... (pauses)
NP: (laughs) Paul challenged.
SF: What's it... what's it.... it's all, what do you mean? I always forget!
NP: I think you would call that hesitation. A complete dry-up, a complete mental block, and um...
SF: That's it! Block! That's it!
LAUGHTER FROM PM, KHH AND THE AUDIENCE
NP: It's an ice block you need, not a mental block! Ah Paul a correct challenge, 55 seconds available, igloos starting now.
PM: The Eskimos build igloos. I don't know if they resemble the objects we see in cartoons. Vaguely it's like a dome-like effect, made out of ice and snow I suppose. The idea being that in harsh winter months in eskimo land, they can hide into this little igloo and feel nice and warm and snug. You build a fire in the middle, and you have a bicycle where you can power...
NP: So Steve what was your challenge now?
SF: It was deviation, er because if you light a fire in a igloo, an igloo, it will melt.
NP: Oh it will, you're quite right, yes.
PM: I didn't say it wouldn't!
NP: I know! And that is, that is the difficulty that I have...
SF: No, listen, Paul Merton...
NP: You can light a fire but it would be rather a dangerous and foolish thing to do.
PM: Yes it would be foolish...
NP: If you'd had him for the bicycle that would have been all right, because I don't think you could ride a bicycle in an igloo.
SF: Don't be stupid, they've all got one!
NP: So Paul, an incorrect challenge, another point to you, and 34 seconds, igloos starting now.
PM: Apparently they have 33 different words for fire extinguisher which is what you need when you're building a conflaguation in the middle of your igloo...
NP: Kit challenged.
KHH: What, a conflaguation?
PM: Oh I don't know!
KHH: I wasn't quite sure...
KHH: Deviation from Inuit as it is spoken!
NP: Right so...
PM: If you're going to pick people up on grammar, what chance have I got?
NP: Twenty-five seconds with you Kit, on igloos starting now.
KHH: I once stayed in one of those igloo hotels that Craig Doyle is so frightfully keen on. The Corby trouser press disappeared through the floor, I ended up on an ice float, some 18 miles north-northwest of Reykjavik. I took a hot shower...
NP: Paul challenged.
PM: Well if you say "somewhere 18 miles", that's exactly where you are! It's not somewhere 18 miles north-northwest of Reykjavik. That's precisely where you are!
NP: Paul, another point to you, 14 seconds, igloos starting now.
PM: Perhaps the finest igloo joke I know, and I'm sure you're prepared for this. Two Eskimos...
PM: I said eskimo before.
NP: I know you did, Ross, you challenged.
RN: This is really petty but it's, it's igloo, but it's igloos on the card.
NP: Igloos is on the card and you used the word igloo before.
RN: So it's repetition.
SHOUTS OF "OHHHHH" FROM THE AUDIENCE
RN: Sorry, I just, I hadn't said anything for a while and I thought...
NP: I know, but it shows you are concentrating. So you've got igloos now...
RN: I don't really want it now!
NP: No, that ohhh was an ohhhh of appreciation.
RN: No, it wasn't, it was an ohhh, let's get pitchforks and run him out of town!
LAUGHTER FROM PM, SF AND THE AUDIENCE
NP: I think it was appreciation. Ross there are eight seconds, you tell us something about igloos starting now.
RN: The eskimo people have 50 words for snow, but not a single one for patio doors! That's because they don't know what a patios are...
SF: Oh! Oh! Oh!
NP: The whistle came, you were saved by the whistle, it came in infinitesimally before the challenge from Paul. So you got that extra point for speaking when the whistle went Ross, and you're one point behind our leader Paul Merton. And Kit it's your turn to begin, and the subject, ah how apt for this lovely county of Yorkshire. Yorkshire pudding and you have 60 seconds as usual starting now.
KHH: Surely nothing has contributed to human happiness as much as the Yorkshire pudding. From this fair county which has so...
NP: Paul challenged.
LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE FROM NP AND THE AUDIENCE
NP: No-one would disagree with the challenge Paul, what I do...
PM: You think Yorkshire pudding's made more people happier than alcohol?
NP: It's made me more happy and therefore I think there's a lot of other people...
PM: Well let's put it to the audience!
NP: No, what I will do is, because the audience enjoyed your challenge which was very amusing and creative, we give you a bonus point for that. But as he wasn't strictly speaking deviating within the rules of Just A Minute, Kit gets a point for being interrupted, he keeps the subject of Yorkshire pudding, 54 seconds starting now.
KHH: It's craggy edges like Michael Parkinson. It's soggy bottom like Norah Batty's knickers...
NP: Paul challenged.
PM: Two likes.
NP: Yes, two likes, yes.
KHH: Oh yes there were, sorry! Well done!
SHOUTS OF "AWWW" FROM THE AUDIENCE
PM: Them's are the rules!
NP: I know, they are the rules but sometimes you can't win your audience with them. Right... Paul a correct challenge, 49 seconds, Yorkshire pudding starting now.
PM: If you want to make the perfect Yorkshire pudding, then what you have to do is...
NP: Kit challenged.
KHH: Two yous.
LAUGHTER FROM NP AND THE AUDIENCE
NP: Hoisted on your own verbal petard! Kit...
PM: More a vowel sound really, isn't it!
NP: Well it was a correct challenge, he's got his own back...
KHH: Thank you.
NP: And you have a point of course Kit, and you have the subject, and you have 44 seconds, Yorkshire pudding starting now.
KHH: Making a well in the flour into which you pour your egg and milk mixture. I, on the contrary, prefer to put the parachanated substance into the fluid, and then put it in a sizzling hot baking tray...
NP: Paul challenged.
PM: Put, repetition of put.
NP: Put yes.
KHH: Very silly! (laughs)
NP: You were putting too much into this subject Kit! Paul, you have 33 seconds, you tell us something about Yorkshire pudding starting now.
PM: (in very good impression of Clement Freud) To make the most perfect Yorkshire pudding...
LOUD LAUGHTER FROM KHH, RN, SF, NP AND THE AUDIENCE
PM: (continuing in Clement Freud voice complete with Freudian pauses and slow pace) ... in the beginning, first of all, you must get your milk and then... add and stir it... deeply.... until... it is ready... and right... to eat...
NP: For the sake of our listeners abroad, I should explain that Paul Merton was then doing an impersonation of Clement Freud, and a very good one as well, who is regularly on our show and is of course a great gourmet, and he used to be in the catering business. But Ross you challenged.
RN: (laughs) Yeah he used to have a kebab van, didn't he? Um...
PM: (in Clement Freud voice) Do you want fries with that?
RN: (laughs then in his own impersonation of Clement Freud) Yes!
NP: What was your challenge?
RN: Well deviation from his own personality! And er repetition of milk.
NP: Yes he did say milk more than once, yes. So Ross, you have the subject of Yorkshire pudding and 19 seconds starting now.
RN: Yorkshire Pudding was the greatest professional wrestler that ever lived. He used to run into the ring, but he preferred a circle...
NP: Steve Frost challenged.
SF: He was so big, he never ran into the ring! He used to waddle into the ring. So deviation.
NP: Within the rules, no, it's not deviation. I mean, even if he waddled on occasions, he still could run into the ring and that might have been his way of running...
PM: Are we not losing sight of the fact that there was no wrestler ever called that?
LAUGHTER FROM SF AND THE AUDIENCE
RN: How dare you, sir!
PM: He certainly wasn't the finest wrestler! Yorkshire Pudding!
NP: That might have been...
PM: The name is a give-away, surely!
NP: That might have been his nickname, you never know. Anyway it was an incorrect challenge Ross, and you keep the subject, and you have 12 seconds, Yorkshire pudding starting now.
RN: One of the latest things that supermarkets offer is big Yorkshire puddings. Now I think that this is wrong. In fact what you should do is get a cabbage and pretend it's a massive brussel sprout because that way you can...
NP: So Ross Noble was speaking when the whistle went, gained an extra point for doing so. He's got quite a few points, he's one behind our leader who is still Paul Merton, followed by Kit Hesketh-Harvey and then Steve Frost. And Ross it's your turn to begin, the subject is getting a tan. Could you tell us something about getting a tan, you've just come back from a hot country, haven't you.
RN: I have just come back from Australia.
NP: Australia, right, so you know all about the heat and the sun and the tans, tell us something about the subject starting now.
RN: The best way to get a tan in this country is to go to your nearest kebab shop, and hug the meat. Simply wrap your arms around it and allow it to rotate next to that lovely hot surface. You might find that you'll need to apply, not lotion, but mayonnaise into your skin as you gently sizzle for everybody's pleasure and delight. Possibly a large Greek man might get a pitobread and wrap you in it, and gently rock you to sleep, as you sing him popular folk songs about what it's like to gently... I said gently twice.
RN: I said it twice!
NP: Oh they enjoyed that flight of fantasy! But you challenged, Paul Merton, first?
PM: Yes, repetition of gently.
NP: That's right, 26 seconds with you Paul, getting a tan starting now.
PM: Well we are told these days that it's actually inadvisable to try and get a tan. And if you do go out in the sun, then you must put on some sun factor 26 which is in fact an anorak. And when you are out in the rays of that shining orb in the sky, you must protect yourself. Because there are all kinds of nasty diseases that can be caught from those very infrared ray-beams coming at you. I think the best way of getting a tan, undoubtedly, is to go to a sun...
NP: So Paul Merton, getting a tan, kept him going till the whistle, gained an extra point for doing so. And he has increased his lead, slightly, over Ross Noble, and marginally, er, well more than marginally over Kit Hesketh-Harvey, and considerably over Steve Frost, and that's the order. Steve Frost, your turn to begin and the subject is how to score. I hope you won't be too intimate on this. I know you're a stand-up comedian. Tell us something about that subject in this game starting now.
SF: First, raise your eyebrows. Second, catch their eye. Then roll it back to them, because that's not going to be any good to you. Of course you need the right amount of hair on the type of your forehead where the aforementioned... bodily...
NP: Kit you challenged.
KHH: He sort of stopped! I mean it was very magical and he was wooing them but...
NP: They were wondering how the hell he could get anybody with that... It was hesitation so Kit you have the subject, 44 seconds, how to score starting now.
KHH: I think it's the French composer Maurice Revell, who is generally acknowledged to be the master of this particular craft, how to score...
NP: Ross challenged.
RN: You haven't met my mate, Dave!
NP: Ross, I, that was ...
RN: Straight in like that every time! The ladies are there, doesn't even buy them a drink!
NP: No, no challenge within the rules of Just A Minute, but the audience enjoyed it and they applauded. So I will do what I've done with the others, give you a bonus point because they enjoyed that, Kit gets a point because he was interrupted, he keeps the subject and there are 38 seconds, how to score, starting now.
KHH: (in Clement Freud voice) You tightly flesh your meat or fowl and you slash it (normal voice) with a very sharp knife. And then you pour orange juice or lemon juice, oil or sarsaparilla...
NP: Paul challenged.
PM: Repetition of juice.
NP: Juice yes.
KHH: Juice, two juices, sorry.
NP: Paul you had a correct challenge, you have 29 seconds, how to score starting now.
PM: I remember when I started playing football for the little league which is an associated club system in Mordern, a place which is just at the end of the Northern Line in London, and I wasn't very good as a professional footballer which was just as well because we were amateurs. But I did once score a marvellous goal with my left boot. Unfortunately I wasn't wearing it at the time, it was around my neck. The ball came off the crossbar, I seem to remember, from Johnny King. Ah I'm being taken back to those glorious days of 1968. The goalkeeper was befuddled, he didn't know what to do...
NP: I love befuddled goalkeepers yes, lovely word, befuddled. But you kept going till the whistle, gained that extra point, increased your lead. And nobody spotted that you repeated the word football. And Kit it's your turn to begin and the subject is Neptune. Tell us something about that god or that whatever way you want to take the subject, starting now.
KHH: He was rather a late arrival at the planets ball, wasn't he? There was an enormous thing called Uranus, Nicholas, and something was pulling in the opposite direction. They worked out there must be some vast body distorting the readings and they named it after the Roman god, Neptune, whose brothers were Zeus, in charge of the Earth, and the Cray twins, who were in charge of the underworld. He was made god of the sea. He carried an enormous great triton which looked like a crumpet fork. What sort of crumpets... oh ah!
NP: Oh that's what happens in this game, you were going so magnificently...
KHH: Yes and suddenly I had this image ...
NP: You were carried away with the...
KHH: Halle Berry, someone said.
NP: Halle yes. Right, 33 seconds, Paul you came in...
PM: Can I just say actually I think he said crumpet and crumpets. Because I challenged on the second crumpet. You said crumpet fork and then you said crumpets.
KHH: It's the igloo principle.
PM: Yes, so I'm wrong, I'm wrong.
KHH: How very honest and sweet of you Paul.
NP: What a generous player! A most generous player of the game, I was going to say exactly the same thing but I...
SHOUTS OF "AWWWW" FROM THE AUDIENCE, AND LAUGHTER FROM PM AND KHH
PM: No, I could hear it because I'm sitting next to him.
NP: I know.
RN: Well how cool is that that it now has the name, "the igloo principle"? That's brilliant! It's like a straight to video release movie, that!
NP: So we have established that he didn't repeat anything so Kit you can carry on, which the audience will be pleased about and you as well. And you have 33 seconds, tell us more about Neptune starting now.
KHH: I imagine that Gustav Holst must have a movement named after Neptune, but I can't for the life of me think how the tune goes. It's not as er...
NP: Ah there was a double challenge there. Steve I think you were fractionally earlier so you have... what was your challenge?
SF: Hesitation I'm afraid.
NP: Oh yes there was, well there was a stumble which we interpret as hesitation. Steve tell us something about Neptune and 26 seconds available starting now.
SF: If you look at the planet Neptune through an eight inch reflector telescope, you will notice that it is blue with a white dot on its northern... most part...
RN: There was a bit of a hesitation there.
NP: Yes there was yes. He was trying to visualise the dot on the... Ross you have 18 seconds, tell us something about Neptune starting now.
RN: We always hear about King Neptune, but we don't often get to listen about the rest of the Nep...
RN: I just wanted to avoid the igloo principle! That's all I was trying to do!
NP: I think you've got jet lag actually, you've just come back from Australia. But Paul what was the challenge?
PM: It was repetition of about.
NP: Oh yes, amongst other things! Right, 12 seconds Paul, tell us something about Neptune starting now.
PM: I was having a conversation with Sir Patrick Moore once. He appeared on a television programme that I was on. And I asked him his idea of what Neptune would be like. And he said to me, and I never forgot what he, actually, he er...
NP: Ross yes! You'll never forget it will you! Ross you've got in with half a second to go...
SHOUTS OF "AWWW" FROM THE AUDIENCE
NP: It hasn't won you any friends, but what's your challenge?
RN: Ah, he said.
NP: He said, hesitation, whatever you like.
KHH: What Patrick Moore said.
PM: I didn't say said, I didn't say said twice. I hesitated.
RN: All right then, he.
NP: What's that?
RN: And you hesitated as well, I'll have that.
NP: And he hesitated. I don't know what to say because I normally accept the first challenge...
KHH: Can we hear what Patrick Moore said, I'm agog!
NP: I want to hear it...
RN: What, in half a second?
NP: In half a second. Oh come on Ross...
PM: Patrick Moore speaks very quickly, I can get it in in half a second!
NP: We'll hear it afterwards! Half a second from you Ross, on Neptune starting now.
RN: There are...
NP: Paul challenged.
PM: Well there was a definite hesitation there.
NP: Yeah, I don't think so. I won't charge anything for that and will say that you were speaking when the whistle went Ross, Ross gets the extra point for speaking as the whistle went. And Ross it's your turn to begin, cheek. Tell us something about cheek in this game starting now.
RN: Cheek is very important when pulling a mooning from a moving car. It is essentially the most important ingredient when...
NP: Kit challenged.
KHH: Sorry, two importants.
NP: Yes it was, so Kit you got in on the important and you have the subject, 53 seconds, cheek starting now.
KHH: I once came across a recipe for pig's cheek which involved cleaning the skull of the animal, scooping out the brains, burying it in salt peter, and baking it for 29 days, turning it regularly and then smoking it for a further week. Very odd it didn't catch on at all in this country but it were something I er ah dah!
NP: Paul challenged.
NP: Well it was sort of rubbish, wasn't it! So...
PM: Yes but we can't start challenging on that! These buzzers can only last so much!
NP: Right, ah so yes anyway Paul, correct challenge, and you have cheek and you have 35 seconds starting now.
PM: Cheek, or nerve as it's sometimes called, is quite an attractive quality, I think, in people. Where would we be today if Geoff Hirst hadn't had the cheek to claim that goal that came off the crossbar? If you look at that match there's no way the football went over the line. And yet somehow we were given the goals that won the match. Now I think perhaps the marvellous Winston Churchill showed an enormous amount of cheek when he first came to the position of being Prime Minister. Because up to that point he'd been a bit of the black sheep of English politics. The Conservatives didn't like him very much, in fact he'd been a Liberal at some point...
NP: So Paul Merton speaking as the whistle went gained an extra point and has moved forward ahead of Ross Noble, Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Steve Frost in that order. And Paul it's actually your turn to begin and we're moving into the final round. Paul begins, it, the life of Riley starting now.
PM: Well it's a miserable life. He's an alcoholic, he lives in a workman's hut in Balham. Nobody wants the life of Riley, least of all Riley. He used to be a very successful quiz show host, one of the best. Just A Minute was a show that he always enjoyed performing on, in fact you might know him better under the name of Nicholas Parsons. Of course now I'm talking about some time in the future, round about March 2003. I don't know who Riley was originally...
NP: Ah Ross challenged.
RN: Well he was living in Balham before.
PM: Yeah but I don't know who he was originally, that's where he is now. I don't know what he was originally.
RN: He changed his identity to live in Balham?
NP: I think you're, technically, an incorrect challenge, but 31 seconds Paul, the life of Riley starting now.
PM: Drink flowed like wine, which funny enough, is a drink...
NP: So Kit your challenge?
KHH: Ah repetition of drink.
NP: That's right.
NP: You have the subject, the life of Riley, 27 seconds starting now.
KHH: Bridget Reilly, the painter, I think she must be about 70 now. She painted black and white things that give you epilepsy or mild headaches when you stare at them. I think I liked her...
NP: Steve Frost challenged.
SF: Repetition of think.
KHH: Yes sorry.
NP: Yes you did, yes correct challenge, well listened Steve, you got in before the end. Eighteen seconds, the life of Riley starting now.
SF: Sitting on a beach, drinking beer, surrounded by beautiful women, with lots of gold falling off your lap, into the dogs that bay beneath your knees, looking at...
NP: Paul challenged.
PM: Where is this gold? This gold is falling into your lap from where? Into the mouths of dogs? Well it's just rubbish, it's deviation, deviation from life as we know it!
NP: Life as we know it but that is a pure fantasy. But I mean can you challenge for fantasy?
PM: Well where's this gold coming from? It's dropping into your lap.
SF: Well if you hadn't interrupted, I would have told ya!
NP: I must be fair to Steve, I mean, this could be that he did have all this gold and he did, it's the dogs baying around him, that's what got me!
PM: It's a worry, isn't it!
NP: It's a real worry because I mean if he's like that, that is not er a very happy picture, but the rest was, a very exotic picture. But I think I'll give you the benefit of the doubt...
SF: Thank you.
NP: ... because I don't think you were deviating within the rules of Just A Minute and you have eight seconds to continue on the life of Riley starting now.
SF: If I won the lottery, the first thing I would go out and do...
NP: Paul challenged.
PM: Well deviation, he said he was going to tell us how this gold landed in his lap! If he was given the chance...
KHH: Maybe he won the lottery!
PM: He's been given a chance and now he's started talking about the lottery!
KHH: He won the lottery, it's just pouring it down into his lap.
NP: In the rules of Just A Minute, you can start off on something and leave it and carry on and talk about something else. There's nothing to, it's not that you have to continue on the same theme throughout. You have gone off in certain different directions all the time when you're talking like that. So Steve you're doing well, you're catching up like mad!
SF: I know a lot about the life of Riley! (laughs)
NP: Right, but you have, I don't know whether you're going to get enough points in the last four seconds! But have a go, life of Riley starting now.
NP: Ah Paul challenged.
PM: How many points does he need?
LOUD LAUGHTER FROM SF AND THE AUDIENCE
NP: More than you can give him in four seconds!
LOUD LAUGHTER FROM PM AND THE AUDIENCE
NP: Life of Riley still with you, and another point of course, three seconds starting now.
SF: Getting free points on Just A Minute surely is the ultimate life of...
NP: Yes! So we have no more time to play Just A Minute. Let me give you the final situation. But ah as I say basically I mean they're all winners in this show because it's the contribution that matters. But you're interested, if you're interested in the points, Steve Frost who was trailing nowhere a while ago, in that last round leapt forward. He was still in fourth place, but he was ah, well actually no he leapt forward into third place, alongside Kit Hesketh-Harvey. But in second place, only a few points ahead was Ross Noble. But quite a considerable number of points ahead was Paul Merton, so we say Paul in this particular game, you are the winner! It only remains for me to say thank you to our four delightful players of the game, Paul Merton, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Ross Noble and Steve Frost. I thank Claire Bartlett for helping with the score, and blowing her whistle so delicately. And also we thank our producer, Claire Jones, for the way she directs and produces the show. And we are indebted to Ian Messiter who created this particular idea. And we are most grateful to this lovely Yorkshire audience at the Picture Playhouse Theatre in Beverley who have cheered us on our way. From the audience, from me Nicholas Parsons, and the panel, good-bye until we tune in and play Just A Minute!