NICHOLAS PARSONS: Welcome to Just A Minute!


NP: Thank you, thank you, hello, my name is Nicholas Parsons. And as the Minute Waltz fades away once more it is my pleasure to welcome all those listeners that we have not only in this country on Radio Four, but also on the World Service, and those who enjoy our show via the Internet. And also as always it is a pleasure to welcome the four exciting, talented, skilful and provocative players of the game who have joined me this week. And as usual I am going to ask them to use their verbal dexterity, their humorous ingenuity to speak on the subject I will give them, and they will try and do that without hesitation, repetition or deviation. And those four talented people are Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Clement Freud. Please welcome all four of them! Beside me sits Janet Staplehurst, who is going to 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 Drill Hall, in the west central area of London. And we have in front of us a real cosmopolitan London audience drawn from every area of this metropolis who on a very hot day are really oozing all kinds of perspiration, and fanning themselves to keep cool. So let's get started quickly with Clement Freud. And the subject is the perfect breakfast. Clement, tell us something about that subject in this game starting now.

CLEMENT FREUD: The perfect breakfast, if you live in Japan, appears to be soup, which you eat at a very low table. And it is a job, should you be fat as I am, to get under it in order to consume the consommé orientale. In Scandinavia they give you foul pieces of meat, and in France, it is brioche and er...


NP: Kit Hesketh-Harvey challenged.

KIT HESKETH-HARVEY: Well coffee really, but it was a hesitation.

NP: Hesitation, er yes, hesitation. So er that's a correct challenge Kit, so you get a point for a correct challenge. You take over the subject, there are 37 seconds available, the perfect breakfast starting now.

KHH: In America it's grits which is rather like denture fixative...


NP: Clement challenged.

CF: Hesitation.

NP: No!

CF: Deviation I meant. Grits.

KHH: Did I not say grits?

CF: No you said grit.

NP: You said grit.

SHEILA HANCOCK: You did say grits.

KHH: I thought I said grits.

SH: I'm sitting close to him. I know!

KHH: Maybe I swallowed the denture fixative?

SH: No you didn't.

NP: Well you're closest, did he put a S on the end?

SH: Grits, yes he did.

KHH: Oh Sheila, you're such a sport! I'll deal with you later! How lovely!

NP: Right you have an incorrect challenge, so you keep the subject Kit, and there are 33 seconds available, the perfect breakfast starting now.

KHH: In Thailand, it's bowel curdling curry, whereas in Germany it's knockwurst which proves they have a sense of humour. Whereas over here, I think the perfect breakfast is quite honestly lunch! I like to lie in bed until at least one o'clock in the afternoon, and then come down to some devilled kidneys or perhaps a bit of haddock... (laughs)


NP: Clement challenged.

CF: Hesitation.

NP: Yeah there was a hesitation. I don't know why, you looked at me and you thought it was very funny! I don't know what's funny about a haddock.

KHH: It's just the word haddock, dear. I'm so sorry.

NP: I know! It's fish bait. Right, 13 seconds Clement, you have the subject and a point for a correct challenge, the perfect breakfast starting now.

CF: It has got to be Earl Grey tea, followed by all-bran, and er...


NP: Sheila challenged.

SH: Hesitation.

NP: Yes I agree Sheila, so you have...

CF: You can't eat it that quickly!

NP: Eight seconds for you on the perfect breakfast starting now.

SH: Breakfast is my favourite meal. And the perfect breakfast is in a hotel, with a tray on the bed, and the newspapers...


NP: In this game whoever is speaking when the whistle goes gains an extra point. On this occasion it was Sheila Hancock, she is equal in the lead with Kit Hesketh-Harvey. And Kit it's your turn to begin, the subject, the chimpanzee. Tell us something about that subject in this game starting now.

KHH: We are told that we share a lot of our DNA profile with the chimpanzee which is a hard concept to grasp, until you look at Edwina Currie and her shrieking libido, her depraved antics! Possibly around the room, Nicholas Parsons has a way with a banana which has served him very well in becoming a comedy god! Paul Merton, a very hairy back. Clement Freud...


NP: Clement Freud challenged.

CF: I wanted to save him from...


CF: And repetition of very.

NP: Ah yes he did repeat very, yes.

PAUL MERTON: And deviation.

NP: Why?

PM: I don't have a very hairy back.

NP: Well anyway that's beside the point now. He's got in on repetition of very and there are 40 seconds on the chimpanzee with you Clement starting now.

CF: When my children were very young, I became a member of the London Zoological Society so that we could get in to the member's entrance, and watch, or look at just one animal, instead of, in my youth, having to do four and a half hours with nanny, doing a tour of the monkey house, the fish pond, whatever, the aviary built by Tony Snowden...


NP: Kit Hesketh-Harvey challenged.

KHH: I'm sure that nanny didn't take you round when Tony Snowden's aviary was...

CF: Quite right!

KHH: I mean he must be...

CF: Well, well spotted!

NP: Well spotted, but it was a comment that he saw the aviary. Oh you mean the aviary didn't exist?

KHH: It didn't exist!

NP: Oh right, no, because it was later!

KHH: Deviation.

NP: Well, well picked up Kit. You've got another point for the chimpanzee and the subject is the chimpanzee, and you have 15 seconds starting now.

KHH: Sheila Hancock's very surname refers to one of the more regrettable habits that these primates indulge in...



NP: Sheila you've challenged.

SH: (laughing) We've got to stop him! No! It's not nice! No! Deviation!

NP: Well it wasn't deviation actually.

SH: I'm not sure that chimpanzees do do that.

NP: But he did actually pause after that and I'm not surprised.

SH: I've never seen a chimpanzee do that.

KHH: What did nanny show you?

PM: It's when Lord Snowden does it, you've got something to worry about!

NP: I think er in the interests of decency Sheila, we give you the benefit of the doubt and say tell us something about the chimpanzee, nine seconds starting now.

SH: There used to be a humiliating advert where they had...


NP: Ah Clement Freud challenged.

CF: Deviation.

NP: Why?

CF: They, it's the chimpanzee.

SH: What? There used to be...

KHH: No, she said there, I'm sitting very close to her. I want to make that clear!

SH: Anyway I'll carry on, and then you'll see that you're wrong Clem!

NP: Six seconds Sheila, the chimpanzee starting now.

SH: In this advert there was one chimpanzee...


SH: Oh bugger!

NP: We're allowed one of those a show by the way so er...

SH: He put me off!

NP: Advert, you said the advert...

SH: I know, I know, that's why I said bugger!

NP: Paul you've got in with four... four seconds on the chimpanzee Paul starting now.

PM: I've known many chimpanzee in my time, perhaps my...


NP: Kit challenged.

KHH: That's deviation from English, isn't it. Can you have many chimpanzee?

NP: No, he put an S on the end.

KHH: Did he?

NP: Yes.

SH: No he didn't!

CF: I was sitting very near him!

KHH: The subject is the chimpanzee isn't it?

NP: I don't think you were deviating within the rules of Just A Minute so Paul you have another point, one second starting now.

PM: Tarzan...


NP: Ah at the end of that round Paul Merton speaking as the whistle went gained the extra point. Sheila Hancock is still in the lead, one ahead of Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Paul Merton. Clement Freud is one behind them. And Sheila it's your turn to begin, and the subject now is things you should never do on a train. A moment to think about it and off you go, 60 seconds as usual starting now.

SH: Well for a start you shouldn't do what Kit...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Hesitation.

NP: Yeah I'm afraid so yes. I would, I thought you didn't want to refer to what he was talking about.

SH: I know! I didn't.

NP: You were trying to keep the show clean. Paul, a correct challenge, 57 seconds, things you should never do on a train starting now.

PM: Exercise an Irish wolfhound, drain a yak. These are things you should not attempt to do on a train because there are other people travelling with you. You shouldn't, perhaps, design a new kitchen. You maybe shouldn't talk on the mobile phone because other people on the train... oh that's nonsense!


NP: Kit challenged.

KHH: It's nonsense! Deviation!

NP: No, no, it's all nonsense but it doesn't matter. As long as, so I have to be fair. Forty-one seconds, still with you Paul starting now.

PM: Cut a leprechaun's toenails is something you should definitely avoid because those little Irish imps don't like that personal grooming being carried out by somebody they don't really know. Especially if you're travelling up to 125 miles an hour. At the moment I've got the idea there's about five people waving at me, but in fact they're fanning themselves, because of the extreme heat we're in. But I feel as though I'm leaving on a boat train saying good-bye to the relatives...


NP: Sheila challenged. You challenged Sheila?

SH: I didn't hear how he ended it, but it was deviation if he was talking about the audience waving.

NP: That's right so Sheila, correct challenge, 20 seconds for you, things you should never do in a train starting now.

SH: You should never talk to me, because I like to be on my own, reading my book, with nobody sitting near me. So if possible sit on the other side and...


SH: I've repeated sit!

NP: Kit challenged.

KHH: She didn't actually repeat sit but she hesitated when she thought she had.

SH: I did.

KHH: No you said sitting before.

SH: Oh yes.

NP: She did hesitate yes.

SH: Oh did I? Oh.

KHH: Sorry.

NP: So Kit you have the subject now and there are 11 seconds available, things you should never do on a train starting now.

KHH: You should never flush when it is standing at a station which is difficult if you're a menopausal woman...


NP: Ah Clement challenged.

CF: You can flush, you just mustn't flush the lavatory basin.

NP: Oh Clement, that's too pedantic, I'm sorry! No, we all knew what he meant...

CF: I didn't.

NP: You should never... I know it was a joke but it didn't get much of a laugh did it really.

SH: It did! I laughed!

NP: So he keeps the subject of things you should never do on a train, seven seconds starting now.

KHH: You shouldn't, when you go into Stevenage or Letchworth, Baldock, Royston, any of the above on the journey towards Norfolk, attempt on any occurrence...


NP: So Kit Hesketh-Harvey was speaking as the whistle went, gained that extra point. He's now moved into the lead, one ahead of Sheila Hancock and Paul Merton, and Clement is trailing just a little. But Paul it's your turn to begin and the subject is award ceremonies.

SH: Oh!

NP: You have that subject, you have 60 seconds as usual, tell us something about them starting now.

PM: Well of course award ceremonies are enormous fun if you actually win something. If like the majority of people there you don't, then they can be perhaps a sad affair. I recently won a Bafta after being nominated seven times in 10 years. I was rather astonished when I was actually given one. But I found that the day after was more enjoyable than the actual event because afterwards there was lots of people sitting around all in a bad mood because they hadn't won...


NP: Sheila Hancock challenged.

SH: Afterwards.

NP: You repeated afterwards.

PM: Ah yes.

NP: Yes. Forty-two seconds Sheila, tell us something about award ceremonies starting now.

SH: I was sitting on the same table as Paul when he won his award, and he was very happy on the day. I wasn't however because I was nominated for the umpteenth time. I never win bloody awards!


NP: Clement challenged.

CF: Repetition.

NP: Of what?

CF: Not winning awards!


NP: We'll give you a round of applause because we enjoyed what you said. But of course she didn't repeat anything within the rules of Just A Minute, so you keep the subject, don't you. Award ceremonies and 29 seconds starting now.

SH: I have now perfected my gallant loser's face. After the camera goes off me, I do use a lot of bad language and kick the person next to me! Judy Dench...


NP: Ah...


NP: Paul you challenged?

PM: Well I think to rescue Sheila from committing professional suicide here! As she lays into Judy Dench! I think there was a hesitation.

NP: There was a hesitation, just before she said Judy Dench yes. So Paul you've got the subject back now of award ceremonies now, 17 seconds starting now.

PM: When I won best newcomer of 1963, I had to fight Judy Dench for it, fist and tooth! She was a furious woman because she thought she should have won it and I thought...


NP: Ah Clement Freud challenged.

CF: Ah three shes.

NP: There were three shes, and I think if you say she three times, I know it's a small word...

PM: Yeah.

NP: ... but they were quite close together too. So Clement, correct challenge, eight seconds, award ceremonies starting now.

CF: I find that award ceremonies are very tough on your knees, because they say "get down on to the carpet..."



NP: No, no, Paul, Paul challenged.

PM: Well there was a hesitation there. God knows which avenue we were being led down!

NP: There was a...

PM: But there was... it's not like the Bafta I remember! Ah so that was a hesitation.

NP: There was a huge hesitation. I think...

PM: Huge hesitation, you could have parked a bus in that hesitation Nicholas.

NP: Yes I think he didn't know what he was going to say or else he was too nervous of saying it.

PM: Yeah perhaps, you know him better than I do.

NP: You've got in with half a second to go on award ceremonies Paul starting now.

PM: Just A Minute won an award!


NP: Thank you for that last little flurry Paul, saying what you did there, because it was nice to mention that as well. And...

SH: What award did they win?

NP: We won best comedy show.

PM: Just A Minute, that's a quarter of an award you've won!

KHH: Yeah!

SH: Ah!

KHH: You've played your part!

SH: Well today, not every, not all the time.

KHH: They knew you were coming.

SH: If you divide it by all the shows, I've probably only won about twentieth of an award.

PM: Yes but I was trying to sort of...

SH: Make me feel better?

PM: ... gild the lily!

SH: You made me feel better.

NP: Yes this show won the comedy award in this country this year and everybody's very happy about that. And Paul Merton said it, and was blown when the whistle went... sorry!


PM: That's the only reason why I do Just A Minute these days!

NP: Yes!

SH: (crying with laughter) Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!

NP: He was blown away actually is what I meant to say...

PM: That's cleared it up enormously! Will you at this point....

NP: I think it's the heat...

PM: .... be painting a picture for the audience at home, telling them that Clement is sitting next to me?

NP: And Paul Merton was speaking as the whistle went, gained an extra point, he's one ahead of Sheila Hancock, she's one ahead of Kit Hesketh-Harvey, and he's two ahead of Clement Freud. That is the order, and Kit Hesketh-Harvey it's your turn to begin, the subject, Wellington. Tell us something about Wellington in this game starting now.

KHH: He was born the youngest son of an Irish peer, with virtually no money at all. Ran up huge gambling debts, and had to go off and conquer Pune which he did in the nick of time in India. Came back showered with glory and then went into the Peninsula wall with Sean Bean or Shane Bain or Shayan Bayan or Sharn Barn or...


NP: Clement challenged.

CF: Repetition of or.

NP: Or.

KHH: Oh yes, there were lots of ors there, weren't there.

NP: Yes we can't have too many ors in this programme. So too many ors, 43 seconds, Wellington with you Clement starting now.

CF: If you leave Hyde Park Corner in a northerly direction, as you get to the... park...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Repetition of park sadly.

NP: That's right yes.

CF: Sorry.

NP: And there are 37 seconds on Wellington with you Paul starting now.

PM: Well it's an ideal shoe when you're out in the country, in the middle of winter. You put it on your foot, and if you're lucky enough to be, hello, people are waving at me again! What do you want?


NP: Clement challenged.

CF: Deviation.

NP: Deviation, those people are waving at you, it's got nothing to do with wellington.

PM: No, it'd only be deviation if they weren't waving at me!

NP: So Clement, correct challenge, 29 seconds, Wellington starting now.

CF: In the location which I described there's a statue which says "to Arthur, Duke of Wellington, and his brave comrades in arms, this statue of Achilles..."


NP: Ah Paul challenged.

PM: Repetition of statue.

NP: You had statue in the first bit, there's a statue there and now another statue. So 19 seconds for you Paul on Wellington starting now.

PM: And it's a remarkable way to walk around in rural nature. Because the mud can flip up to your trousers before you know where you are. But if you've got a good pair of wellingtons on, then you feel free to walk across, see the sun slanting...


NP: Kit has challenged you.

KHH: He's walked about three times now.

NP: Yes you walked, you walk across the way and you put the wellingtons on and you walk.

PM: Did I?

NP: Yes you did Paul.

PM: Doesn't sound like me!

NP: Probably because those people are waving at you still. Right, Kit Hesketh-Harvey you have the subject of Wellington and there are six seconds available starting now.

KHH: It's an absolutely disgusting way to drink beef...


NP: Sheila challenged.

SH: Ah deviation and hesitation, you can't drink beef and he hesitated.

NP: Sheila, four seconds, Wellington starting now.

SH: Wellingtons were written about by the Duke because he wanted...


NP: So Sheila Hancock got that extra point, she's now one point behind our leader Paul Merton, she's a few ahead of Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Clement Freud. And she also begins the next round. Sheila the subject is how I keep my house clean. Can you tell us something about that subject in this game starting now.

SH: Well if I might say so, that's a very sexist question. You wouldn't have presented that to Paul or Clement or Kit. It's because I'm a woman that it is assumed that I keep my house clean. Which I don't! It's filthy! And I have this broom that's worn down to the wood (starts laughing)...


NP: Kit Hesketh-Harvey challenged.

KHH: I think to save us from the accusation of sexism, I would like to take the subject now.

NP: Well I would like you to have it, to save us all from sexism...

KHH: But there was a hesitation as she giggled.

NP: Yes she did hesitate, she giggled.

KHH: With her scrubby little brush.

NP: So Kit, you tell us something about how I keep my house clean, 43 seconds starting now.

KHH: I take my cue from organic gardeners who use ladybirds to eat their aphids. I put cockroaches all over the floor and they act like little hoovers. Mice, I find, are very useful for dusting the little corners that you can't reach...


NP: Sheila Hancock challenged.

SH: Repetition of little.

KHH: Was there? I'm sorry.

NP: And there are 32 seconds, back with you Sheila, on how I keep my house clean starting now.

SH: I might actually ask Kit for some advice. Because I never know where to begin. When I was young, I used to be very good at it. Every Saturday morning...


NP: Kit challenged.

KHH: I think the heat's getting to her and we ought to stop her before she deviates any more.

NP: What's the challenge within the rules of Just A Minute?

KHH: Deviation.

NP: Why?

KHH: I don't know, she was talking about when she was young being good at it on a Saturday morning. And I don't, I don't think that's much to do with the subject on the card Nicholas.

NP: But she was not deviating or hesitating or repeating anything...

KHH: Was she not?

NP: So she was not.

KHH: Oh well in that case...

NP: The audience enjoyed your, your bawdy remark so we give you a bonus point for that. Sheila gets a point for being interrupted and there are 22 seconds available Sheila starting now.

SH: When my mum was at work, I used to clean the house from top to bottom. I was a little angel. The secret is to do the dusting first, before you hoover. Nowadays there's all sorts of squeezy things for the windows, mirrors, tiles, floor, something different for every item...


NP: So Sheila Hancock started with the subject, kept going, had lots of interruptions, so gained lots of points because they were all incorrect. And she has moved forward into the lead ahead of Paul Merton by three points. And ahead of course of Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Clement Freud in that order. And Paul it's your turn to begin, the subject now is financial advisors. Tell us something about that subject in this game starting now.

PM: Well if you talk to a financial advisor, you often find that their advice comes down to one thing. I want some of your money! I don't really understand the point of financial advisors unless of course you are like me, who is slightly innumerate. I got Grade Five, CSE maths. I don't know how I managed that really. I suppose I spelt my name right at the top of the paper! And so when I look at massive sums and monetary, fiscal affairs, I do get a little bit lost. I don't really understand what's going on. And so I suppose in these circumstances a financial advisor should be someone I should welcome in to the bosom of my house and say "here it is, here's my wallet..."


NP: Ah Sheila challenged.

SH: Houses don't have bosoms.

PM: You don't know where I live.

NP: He was talking metaphorically. If you can say the bosom of your family, then you can say the bosom of your house.

SH: No you can't, Nick!

NP: Bosom of your house is all right with me Paul. And you have 28 seconds, financial advisors starting now.

PM: In my home, I think of the kitchen as the cleavage...


NP: Sheila challenged.

KHH: You did say home before, I'm sorry.

PM: No, I said house. I said house and home.

NP: Paul an incorrect challenge, financial advisors still with you, 26 seconds starting now.

PM: I went to see a financial advisor recently in the Charing Cross area. And he looked at me very steadily and he said "I have some financial advice for you now. It will cost you 25 guineas per minute, but I am quite prepared to give you the extent of my fundamental and wide reaching knowledge in the matter of these areas." And I said "okay, off you go, what financial advice do I need?" And he said "well I'm going to say this very slowly in the hope that the whistle will go before I get to the end of this because I don't really know what I'm talking about..."


NP: And you achieved it Paul, so you started with the subject, finished with it, and points in the round including one for speaking as the whistle went and you are back equal in the lead with Sheila Hancock. Followed by the other two and Clement Freud, your turn to begin, the subject now is fun fairs. Tell us something about fun fairs in Just A Minute starting now.

CF: I remember a racehorse in the 1970s called Fun Fairs. And I thought surely they have made a mistake, it should be Fun Fair. But no, the plural was used. I watched it at Devon and Exeter, Wincampton, Salisbury, and then when he ran in Huntingdon I won a lot of money, though I lost much of that at Fakenham, Sedgefield, Utoxeter, Nottingham...


NP: Sheila challenged.

SH: Surely he's talking about racing as opposed to fun fairs.

NP: No he talked about a horse which was called Fun Fairs. And he said he followed this horse. So I don't think strictly speaking he is deviating within the rules of Just A Minute.

SH: He's being very crafty!

NP: I have to interpret it, these things. Clement, an incorrect challenge, fun fairs still with you, 36 seconds starting now.

CF: We have a fun fair that comes to Suffolk nearly every year. And it is huge fun. There are roundabouts and horses upon which you can ride, music...


NP: Ah Kit Hesketh-Harvey.

KHH: Oh no, horses wasn't it. Yeah I thought, yes very clever Clement. You're such a past master of this. He's the eminence gris and I hail him!

NP: Well said, though incorrect challenge. Clement, 26 seconds, fun fairs starting now.

CF: A hurdy-gurdy is particularly amusing to me, although I'm too old in many ways to enjoy the complete pleasure which other people can get, jumping and bouncing up and down, putting one leg on either side of the contraption and paying...


NP: Sheila you challenged.

SH: I'm sorry, that's not a hurdy-gurdy. Isn't a hurdy-gurdy a musical thing?

NP: That's right, it's one of those things you wind like that.

SH: Yes, yes, you don't, you don't sit astride it.

NP: No.

KHH: You do if you're the monkey, you never know, he might be a chimpanzee.

NP: No and he has a little monkey on top as well.

KHH: Clement could be that monkey if it's a big hurdy-gurdy!

NP: He couldn't get astride it anyway, I assure you of that! So well challenged Sheila...

PM: So your judgement is if Clement was a monkey, he wouldn't be able to get astride the hurdy-gurdy?

NP: No, that is not my opinion, no! I just, I just...

PM: So if he was a monkey, he would be able to get astride it?

KHH: He shares a lot of DNA!

NP: Yes we've had the chimpanzee, ah, we're not going to have that any more. No it was a correct challenge, a hurdy-gurdy was not what he was describing. And Sheila got in with a correct challenge of deviation. Fun fairs is with you Sheila now, seven seconds starting now.

SH: There's a particularly lovely fun fair called Carter's which is a steam engine run thing with coloured horses...



NP: The whistle went as the buzzer came in, but therefore I accept the whistle first. Sheila you were speaking as the whistle went, gained that extra point, you're now one ahead of Paul Merton as we move into the final round. Kit Hesketh-Harvey is a few points behind and then Clement Freud almost equal with Kit. As we move into the final round, and Kit it's your turn to begin, and the subject is yawning. The heat here has made one or two people go, but talk on the subject of yawning, 60 seconds starting now.

KHH: It's absolutely chasmic here in the Drill Hall. The heat is blistering! There are people with spinach on their teeth. I can see all the way to Row D from here. It's like the Black Hole of Calcutta! No wonder they're yawning, we're starved of oxygen, this may be the last you ever hear from any of us as we sink into the final oblivion of death...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Buck up! Come on! We can get through this!


PM: You know it's not over! I mean, admittedly there's not enough oxygen to keep a ladybird alive, but you know, if we're going to go, let's all go together! Show 'em we're British!

NP: Right. Well said Paul...

PM: Yes!

NP: But have you got a er...

PM: I just thought the spirit was lacking. We needed to get going.

NP: Yeah but have you got a challenge within the rules of Just A Minute?

PM: No!

NP: Right! You get a bonus point for your interruption because the audience enjoyed it. We all enjoyed it actually. But Kit, it was an incorrect challenge so you get a point for that, and you still have yawning and you have 40 seconds starting now.

KHH: I can see Nicholas Parsons' dental fixative. But it's brilliantly inspiring! I shall continue as exhorted to, by my co-host here.... no, he's not, is he...


NP: Sheila challenged.

SH: He's not a co-host.

NP: No, he's a co-panellist.

SH: He's just a member of the team.

KHH: We're all just members of the team.

SH: We're all members of the team.

KHH: Members standing proudly, proudly in our final stand, yes!

SH: Shoulder to shoulder!

NP: Right Sheila yes...

SH: I've forgotten what the subject is! What is it?

NP: Yawning.

SH: Oh yawning. Oh God.

NP: Yes and you have 30 seconds starting now.

SH: Yawning gaps open up in front of everybody in their lives. But somehow with this team, we'll get across it and win through. There is nothing more depressing when you do a show than to see people sitting in the front row yawning. The rest of the audience could be standing...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Deviation, it's more depressing when they just walk out!

NP: That's a very good challenge, I agree, and 14 seconds, on the subject of yawning starting now.

PM: One of the most charming of all Suffolk villages. It has a population of four hundred and twenty-six, a post office, a pub The Golden Goose. I love to spend my summer holidays in Yawning. When you go down and see the old town hall...


NP: Well as I said before, this was to be the last round, and unfortunately it is. We have no more time to play.


NP: There we are...

PM: Yeah but think of the fresh air.

NP: In spite of the heat. The final situation, something unusual, Clement Freud who is so astute at this game finished for once in fourth place. Just behind Kit Hesketh-Harvey in third place. Sheila Hancock and Paul Merton when they were last together on Just A Minute, finished up equal as winners. They were almost equal again. But unfortunately at that last moment Paul pipped her by one point. So Sheila was in second place, but by only one point ahead is Paul Merton. But let's give them both a round of applause! And it only remains for me to say thank you to these four hot tired players of the game who have excelled themselves in spite of the heat, Paul Merton, Clement Freud, Sheila Hancock and Kit Hesketh-Harvey. I thank Janet Staplehurst who has helped me keep the score, she's blown her whistle so delicately. We thank our producer Claire Jones. We are indebted to Ian Messiter who created this game. And we are truly grateful to our audience who put up with the heat and the lack of ventilation here at the Drill Hall in London to cheer us on our way. Tune in again the next time we play Just A Minute! Till then from me Nicholas Parsons and all the panel good-bye! See you again soon! Bye!