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 the many listeners who not only tune in in this country, but all around the world. But also to welcome to the show four exciting, experienced and individual players of the game who have come together to show off their talent, their humour, their verbal dexterity, their humorous ingenuity as they try and speak on a subject that I give them, and they try and do that without hesitation, repetition or deviation. And sitting on my right it's Paul Merton and Clement Freud. And sitting on my left it is Stephen Fry and Tony Hawks. Would you please welcome all four of them! And as usual I am going to ask them . Beside me sits Janet Staplehurst, who is going to hold the stopwatch, and keep the time running for me, and blow a whistle when 60 seconds are up. And this particular edition of Just A Minute is coming from the Drill Hall, a venue near the Soho district in the centre of London. And we have a wonderful cosmopolitan audience drawn from all parts of this great capital city. And we're ready to start. And Stephen your turn to begin, the subject now is what not to say to the Queen. Sixty seconds as usual, starting now.

STEPHEN FRY: I should point out that Nicholas, tomorrow at the time of recording, is going to the Palace to receive from a grateful sovereign, an OBE...


NP: Paul why did you challenge then?

PAUL MERTON: I'm sorry. I thought we'd wandered into the realms of fantasy then.

NP: No it's true.

PM: Are you, are you going to the Palace tomorrow?

NP: Yes I am.

PM: Are they still looking for cleaners?


NP: I saw the job advertised and I thought I might apply, you know.

PM: Oh congratulations.

NP: Well thank you very much. Stephen you thoroughly embarrassed me, but thank you very much. And Paul's thoroughly amazed. And ah you were interrupted so you get a point, and what not to say to the Queen is still the subject starting now.

SF: Above from all, refrain from saying Marm. They really dislike this, they say it makes them sound like a shopkeeper. Mam is how it should be said. Remember that Nicholas, if you can...


NP: I will indeed, thank you very much. Tony you challenged.

TONY HAWKS: Very technical challenge here. He said the same word twice, but pronounced it, pronounced it differently!

NP: Oh gosh, that's...

TH: So technically that is a repetition of the word, and it was just pronounced differently.

CLEMENT FREUD: No, no, no, no, no.

PM: No, no.

NP: No, no.

CF: Absolutely...

NP: He pronounced it quite differently, so we allow him to get away with it. He has the benefit of the doubt.

SF: Oh thank you very much.

NP: And 34 seconds, what not to say to the Queen, Stephen starting now.

SF: Jimmy Tarbuck at the end of a Royal Command Performance famously said "oh that reminds me, I must buy a stamp!" Which went down rather well. And there are the odd things like that which you can say to your ruler, to your, to your Monarch, as you please...


SF: ... to your, to your, to your, to your, to your...

NP: Tony challenged.

TH: Yes, repetition of to your, to your, to your.

SF: To your, to your.

NP: To your, Tony you got in at last with 21 seconds on what not to say to the Queen starting now.

TH: Tommy Cooper said "are you going to the Cup Final, Ma'am? And she said "no", and he said "can I have your ticket?" Which I thought was quite a good thing to say. Not as...


NP: Clement challenged.

CF: Hesitation.

NP: Oh all right, benefit of the doubt.


NP: It's got nothing to do with you in the audience! I have to make those difficult decisions, and I get three people antagonised whenever it doesn't, doesn't go their way. Clement, benefit of the doubt, 13 seconds, what not to say to the Queen starting now.

CF: I think Stephen Fry's absolutely right. You shouldn't say Marm nor Mam nor especially Golden Oldie...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Repetition of nor.

SF: Ah.

NP: Oh nor, yes.

PM: There was quite a few of them.

SF: He was spelling one with a K and two Rs!

PM: Ah!

TH: Can't have advertising on the BBC!

NP: We give a, we give a, Paul gets a point because he got the subject and Stephen gets a point for his interruption there which the audience enjoyed, those little bonus points which I give out on occasions. Seven seconds available, Paul, what not to say to the Queen starting now.

PM: Get your coat, darling, you've pulled! It's always a wonderful moment when you get the chance to say that to the sovereign of your country, and what a wonderful night we had the last time...


NP: Well all I can say is, if I am up there tomorrow, I have got some things I could say! Haven't I!

PM: Yeah! Try, try that last one!

SF: Yeah!

NP: I'll repeat yours.

PM: Yeah! Get your coat, darling, you've pulled!

NP: Right, Paul Merton it's your turn to begin. And oh what a wonderful apt subject for you, comic timing. The man who illu, who illustrates it all the time. But tell us something about it in this game starting now.

PM: Comic timing, I suppose, is about pauses, rhythms, undertones. The sound of Groucho Marx delivering a line is distinctive to me as Louis Armstrong's trumpet. I suppose that what you...


PM: Oh!

NP: Tony challenged.

TH: Repetition of suppose.

SF: Oh!

NP: Yes you did say I suppose. You started off with I suppose...

PM: Yeah.

NP: ... and then you repeated it, right. Tony you've got in with 50 seconds to go on comic timing starting now.

TH: Sometimes Nicholas does comic timing, when he lets the minute run longer than it's actually gone, because we're all enjoying it so much. And boy, do we fall about when that happens. On this show, I'm speaking, of course. You can talk for as long for as you like when you're with him normally. He doesn't really interfere. It would be unreasonable if he stopped you all the time...


NP: Clement challenged.

CF: Seven hes.

NP: Yes.

PM: A lot of hes, a lot of hes.

NP: A harsh challenge but seven...

TH: Six! Six!

NP: What?

TH: Six.

NP: No, no. No, he was counting. Thirty-two seconds Clement, with you on comic timing starting now.

CF: I think one of my favourite jokes is what is the difference between a vichisuous soup and a Mars Bar?


NP: So Paul challenged in the middle of your comic timing.

PM: Yeah I thought you'd stopped.

NP: I think he had stopped.

PM: I don't, I don't mind, sort of, withdrawing the challenge, the comic timing...

SF: Can we find out the difference, whatever happens? Because I'm dying to know!

NP: Is there, is there a payoff to that one?

CF: Is there a point in it?

PM: Points mean payoffs!

NP: Right Paul, you got in with a correct challenge on hesitation, of course, 22 seconds, comic timing starting now.

PM: You can't fry in batter vichisuous soup. So anyway I was walking down the street the other day and I said to this man, I said "excuse me, what are you doing?" He said "ah, let me tell you". So he took me through a very long, windy little corridor. And he told me at the very end of it was the secret of comic timing. So I walked very slowly down the passageway...


NP: Tony challenged.

TH: Repetition of slowly.

PM: Yes.

NP: Yes indeed. Well done. I'm glad you listened to yourself Paul.

PM: To be honest, I was boring myself rigid!

NP: Seven seconds, back with you Tony, comic timing starting now.

TH: It's very important to turn up on the right evening. If you go on a wednesday and you're booked for Thursday, poor timing, and you will...


NP: So Tony Hawks was speaking as the whistle went and er oh he's getting quite a strong lead. He's one ahead of Stephen Fry, two ahead of Paul Merton, and three ahead of Clement Freud. And Clement, your turn to begin, the subject, nannies. Tell us something about nannies in this game starting now.

CF: Nannies have eight legs, and are absolutely delicious when they are curried, as they tend to be in the West Indies, Tobago, Trinidad, Jamaica, St Lucia, Guinea, you name it, they do exactly that to a nanny. Nannies in the plural, which is the subject we have, are two goats or more. Also this depends entirely on your social status, can be a grandmother or a governess, someone who looks after children. Nannies are in the plural because...


NP: Stephen challenged.

SF: Second plural, I thought.

NP: Yes.

SF: Oh! But the old darling hates to be patronised, you know.

NP: We are playing Just A Minute, it was a correct challenge Stephen.

SF: Oh sorry.

NP: So you have nannies, and you have 21 seconds starting now.

SF: I've never eaten nanny goat. I dare say it's rather nice. Stewed or fried or curried or any way that Clement mentioned...


NP: Ah Tony challenged.

TH: Was that too many ors all close together?

NP: There were three or four very close together. So we give you the benefit of the doubt, that one, you can't have too many ors in the show. And um...

SF: (in nurse voice) Morning, dear!

NP: Right, hold it, hold it...

SF: (in nurse voice) You'll have your cocoa in a minute!

NP: I was actually playing, playing for a play on words and failed.

SF: Oh I'm sorry.

NP: It's all right, it doesn't matter. You should be sorry because I failed. Right...

PM: (in nurse voice) Who's going to see the Queen tomorrow?

NP: Oh dear!

TH: Actually, since this is going out in a few weeks, how was it when you met the Queen?

NP: Um...

TH: Did you pull?

NP: It was established when Stephen started talking about it that at the time of the recording, he did say...

TH: Ah yes!

NP: So we give you a bonus point for that and 16 seconds Tony for you, nannies starting now.

TH: I recently applied to get a nanny. But when they discovered that I wasn't married, had no children, and had written down "fit blonde, between the ages of 18 and 25", they refused me. I was deeply disappointed, and I rang them the next day saying "what's going on with this organisation. I'm prepared..."


NP: So Tony Hawks was speaking as the whistle went then, and he's increased his lead at the end of the round. And Tony it's also your turn to begin, the subject is moving the goal posts. An interesting phrase, a very topical one for the time of recording. Would you please talk on the subject starting now.

TH: How useful it would be to the England team in the Euro 2004 event if they could move the goal posts every time an opposing attacker came towards them. And David James could unscrew the bottom bit that keeps it fixed into the grass, because that's how they do it, lift it up, carry it towards the corner flag and then say "there, shoot at that, you..." hello! Anyway...


NP: Clement you challenged.

CF: I thought that was deviation.

NP: Why?

CF: Hello?

NP: Oh! You're being too subtle Clement. It was hesitation and you know it so you've got the subject and 35 seconds, moving the goal posts starting now.

CF: Moving the goal posts is only significant if the pitch remains in the same place.


CF: I think that's really all I have!

NP: I think this show's going to be remembered for the occasions when poor Clement Freud made a lot of statements that got huge reaction and he retired afterwards.

TH: That's too deep for me, that one!

NP: Oh it was delightful.

TH: Very deep.

PM: Hesitation.

NP: Yes hesitation. Moving the goal posts with you Paul, and 28 seconds starting now.

PM: I suppose it means changing your...


NP: Ah...

PM: I haven't spoken so that can't be the second time I've said suppose! It's the first time I've spoken on this subject, I can't have said suppose more than once.

NP: No, you said suppose when you were talking about comic timing.

PM: Yeah. Exactly.

NP: But not in this round. What are you challenging for Clement?

CF: Well I... I wanted to get in first!

PM: I think the chances are I am going to say suppose, so you should give it to him, I think!

NP: So that was a like a psychic challenge.

PM: Yeah, I think I was, I was going to say it again.

NP: Anyway they enjoyed what Clement said, give him a bonus point for that. Paul was interrupted, he keeps the subject, moving the goal posts and 26 seconds, starting now.

PM: Supposing you have been...


SF: Oh! Ah!


NP: Oh!

SF: He's a cunning old devil, isn't he!

NP: You've been hatching that plot all along!

SF: Mean! And I fell for it!

NP: And Stephen fell straight into it! So supposing instead of suppose, 24 seconds, another incorrect challenge, it's still with you Paul, moving the goal posts starting now.

PM: When I was 12 years old, I used to play as a goalkeeper for a company called Little League. And it was established around the Mordern area. And basically as a young boy, you would go along and list to play for a particular team. And my favourite position was between the sticks because I had quite long arms, and I was quite good at catching the ball...


NP: Stephen challenged.

SF: Two quites.

NP: Two quites, yes.

SF: Quite long arms, quite good.

NP: Quite good, right. Ten seconds Stephen, you've got in there on moving the goal posts starting now.

SF: Ah ha I suppose that if one were...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Repetition of ha!

SF: Oh now come on!

PM: Hahaha!

NP: No indeed, I won't, Paul we give you a bonus point because we enjoyed what you said. But Stephen was interrupted there and he has nine seconds, and he gets a point for that of course, moving the goal posts Stephen starting now.

SF: If I were to move the goal posts on this particular game, I might talk about Marigold. I might repeat, deviate or...


NP: Tony challenged.

TH: Or repeat might!

NP: Or repeat might.

SF: Oh good, good point yes.

NP: Good point yes.

SF: Solid! Solid!

NP: And Tony's got another point and he's got three seconds on moving the goal posts starting now.

TH: It's not a good thing to do...


NP: Ah Stephen challenged.

SF: He said good in his earlier part.

NP: He did indeed. You talked about how good it was.

SF: A good thing to do.

TH: I did.

NP: You said it was a very good, at games...

TH: No, I did. I did. He's done well. And I think he's a good up-and-coming player!

NP: Stephen, two seconds are left, you got in there with moving the goal posts starting now.

SF: Supposition aside, one of the most necessary...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Did you not say supposition before?

SF: (laughs) No! I did not! I did not!

NP: No he didn't, we've had supposing, I suppose and now supposition. Well done Stephen, you've, you've fooled them all! Half a second on moving the goal posts starting now.

SF: There can be no question, I fear...


NP: So Stephen Fry, with a number of points in that round, including one for speaking as the whistle went, has moved forward. He's actually now overtaken Tony Hawks, he's two ahead of him. And he's three or four ahead of Paul Merton and Clement Freud in that order. Stephen your turn to begin, the subject is my favourite poet. Can you tell us something about that person in this game starting now.

SF: Ah well I suppose my favourite poet used to be Wystan Hugh Auden, WH, rather like Smith's the stationers, he was known as. A great great balladeer... oops!


NP: It's so easy if you don't concentrate for a second, isn't it. That's the toughness of this game. And the fun of it as well. Fifty-two seconds, ah, of course repetition.

PM: Repetition of great.

NP: My favourite poet is with you Paul starting now.

PM: I didn't do many poets at school. John Manly Hopkins, the brother of...


SF: (laughs) Oh! Gerald Manly Hopkins had no brothers! Gerald Manly... (laughs)

PM: He did! John Manly Hopkins...

SF: He was raised by brothers, it's fair to say! Jesuit brothers taught him.

PM: Did you not know about...

SF: There was no John Manly Hopkins! You can take that to the bank! Yes!

NP: He didn't actually have a brother...

PM: You have no idea!

NP: I know that he was raised by brothers in a Catholic order, and I thought for a moment that's what you were referring to.

PM: I was trying to think of his name, and I only remembered it halfway through...

NP: I thought...

PM: It's such a long name I only remembered it halfway through.

NP: I thought you actually said er Gerald Manly.

SF: No he said...

PM: No I said John Manly.

SF: He said John Manly Hopkins.

PM: Brother of Gerald was as far as I got.

NP: Forty-eight seconds Stephen, back with you, my favourite poet starting now.

SF: Though you'd have to go a very long way to beat John Keats. My heart aches and a drowsing numbness pains my senses, though...


NP: Clement challenged.

CF: Deviation.

NP: Why?

CF: It might be his favourite poem, but it's not his favourite poet.

SF: It's an example of my favourite poet's work, you can't...

TH: Oh I thought you were just saying how you thought!

SF: (laughs) Oh thank you. Thank you.

NP: Clement, do I understand because he's quoting from John Keats, he's deviating?

CF: Yes.

NP: No! So Stephen another point, and my favourite poet still with you, and 41 seconds available starting now.

SF: Johnny's old house by the Spanish steps in Rome is a marvellous place...


NP: Clement challenged.

CF: John.

NP: John, yes.

SF: But I didn't say it twice.

CF: You repeated it.

SF: I said Johnny, I said Johnny's old house, because otherwise I would have been repeating John.

NP: Oh that's right.

SF: I said Johnny, yeah, I had to.

NP: You're very clever at this game! Thirty-seven seconds Stephen, my favourite poet starting now.

SF: It contains manuscripts to his various odes, to Grecian urns, nightingales, autumn. They love to do this kind of odey thing, those romantic poets. Shelley was famous for his one to the west wind. And also of course to the marvellous...


NP: Clement challenged.

CF: Of course.

NP: Of course yes.

SF: Oh very likely yes.

NP: That was well listened Clement. At last you've got in with my favourite poet, 23 seconds starting now.

CF: I think Edna St Vincent Millay is my favourite poet, because her name is so long. For a name in a game like this... nothing is better...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Hesitation.

NP: I'm afraid there was, yes Paul. So you've got my favourite poet, 13 seconds starting now.

PM: Perhaps the work of John Betjamin, all those marvellous poems about church bells and disappearing libraries in Hendon. What a wonderful poet laureate he was. Perhaps much finer than the one...


NP: Clement challenged.

CF: Repetition of perhaps.

NP: Yes you did say perhaps before.

PM: Perhaps, supposes.

NP: Yes. Two seconds...

SF: Be more assertive Paul!

PM: Yes! Say what I think more!

SF: Yeah!

NP: Clement you've got in with two seconds to go on my favourite poet starting now.

CF: All Percy Bish Shelley...


NP: So Clement Freud with points in that round, including one for speaking as the whistle went, has moved forward. He's just behind Tony Hawks and Paul Merton who are equal in second place. Stephen Fry is still our leader. Paul Merton it is your turn to begin, the subject is packing for a holiday. Sixty seconds as usual starting now.

PM: I suppose, perhaps, packing for a holiday is one of those things I really like to do. You get hold of your suitcase, you think to yourself what am I going to put in first. Socks on the left-hand side, perhaps. The un...


NP: Who challenged first? I don't know, who is...

SF: Tony, I think!

PM: Everybody!

NP: It was Tony, right...

TH: Certainly repetition.

NP: Yes I quite agree.

TH: Definitely repetition.

NP: Right, 48 seconds Tony, packing for a holiday starting now.

TH: I get irritated when you go to the airport, and they say "did you pack your bags yourself?" "No, a team of footballers did it for me! Who do you think, you stupid woman?" I would sometimes say if I was in a bad mood. I'm not now, I packed my bags myself, yesterday. It was a wonderful...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Was it repetition of packed my bags?

CF: No.

NP: No, no, no, no.

PM: Didn't he say packed before.

SF: Who packed your bags?

CF: Repetition of myself.

NP: Mmmm...

PM: Who packed your bags...

SF: He did say who packed your bags.

CF: Did you pack your bags yourself.

TH: Repetition of bags, certainly.

CF: Yes.

NP: Bags, right. Paul, you have 32 seconds, packing for a holiday starting now...


NP: Thirty-two seconds Paul, starting now.

PM: Handkerchiefs on the inside, trousers...


NP: Clement challenged.

CF: We've had the side.

SF: No, but that's, inside is one word.

PM: Yeah.

NP: He said, inside is one word, on the left side he put his socks, and inside. He started off with the socks...

CF: I'd like him to win!

NP: Packing for a holiday, 30 seconds, tell us about... I'm almost in this suitcase with you, you know, there's so much there, so neat and tidy.

SF: He was getting excited, wasn't he.

NP: Yes. Would you come and do my packing, it's so neat.

PM: Absolutely.

NP: Packing for a holiday, 30 seconds starting now.

PM: Toothpaste, shaving kit, Nicholas Parsons folded up neatly so he fits into a nice little package there. And then what you think to yourself, I'm going to take this trunk out to the airport, I'm going to board that plane...


NP: Ah Stephen challenged.

SF: I'm going to twice.

NP: I'm going to.

SF: Three words.

NP: Right.

PM: I'm thinking of a blues lyric.

NP: Packing for a holiday with you Stephen, 19 seconds starting now.

SF: You'd have to include a lot of blues lyrics, because Billie Holiday needed these when she was travelling...


NP: Tony challenged.

TH: Is that a hesitation.

NP: I call that hesitation, yes yes. Right...

SF: I was muttering through my teeth, yes really. Made a little joke about packing for Billie Holiday...

NP: Fifteen seconds, packing for a holiday is with you Tony starting now.

TH: Packing for a holiday is really best to do when you're...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Best to do?

NP: Best to do.

PM: It's best to do.

TH: Oh you're like my bloody English teacher, you are! Leave me alone! It's best to do! There's nothing wrong with that!

SF: Hardly one of the major lapses.

TH: Yes yes.

NP: I don't think it was a major lapse of grammar.

TH: No no.

PM: No I think it was perhaps the way you said it.

NP: It was a little bit of colloquial English which he occasionally indulges in. I will give you the benefit of the doubt, you got it very early this time. And you have 11 seconds on packing for a holiday starting now.

TH: Not a good thing to do if you're going to work, and not going...


NP: Ah Clement Freud challenged.

CF: Good.

NP: Good, yes.

CF: Repeat.

NP: What?

CF: He said it before.

NP: Yes he said good before, not a good thing to do and you said before...

TH: I certainly said...

SF: To do, he said, best to do.

TH: Actually, everything I said, I had said before!

SF: Yeah! (laughs) Just about!

NP: Clement's got in with eight seconds on packing for a holiday starting now.

CF: I think Peking for a holiday is a very good resort...


NP: Paul challenged.

PM: I'm going mad here! I thought he'd mispronounced the word packing. But he said Peking. But of course it's no longer known as Peking, because it's changed its name, so it's deviation.

CF: I know it, I know it as Peking!

PM: And who do they know you as? Clement Frood?

NP: Well we do get letters, you know...

PM: Yeah, you get letters.

NP: Yes I get letters.

PM: But despite that, you still turn up, don't you! He does! He turns up! He does! Don't boo him, he's right in front of you!

NP: The letters I get from Asia are some of the loveliest and most complimentary letters I've ever had in my life.

PM: Nicholas, I write those!

NP: Six seconds Clement, an incorrect challenge, with you, packing for a holiday starting now.

CF: Packing for a holiday is a very useful thing to do, unless you want to lose your luggage, in which case it is...


NP: Right, so we are moving into the last round.

PM: Oh!


NP: You could make more of that actually!


NP: (laughs) Sounds like a lot of nanny goats trying to, baying for their mates! Um Clement Freud was then speaking as the whistle went, gained an extra point. And we're all very close as we move into the final round. Clement is only just in fourth place. He's a couple of points behind Paul Merton who is one point behind Tony Hawks, who is one point behind Stephen Fry. So it's very very close, it could be anybody's game. And a lovely subject to finish on, how to look cool. Clement, as you look the coolest of all of us at the moment, and I'm sure you are a cool customer anyway. Will you talk on that subject, 60 seconds as usual starting now.

CF: Ideally you get into a refrigerator with a glass door. And you'd be amazed how cool you look to people looking back. Alternatively, choose friends who have poor eyesight. And then whatever happens, they are likely to say what a cool type this... type is...


NP: Stephen you challenged.

CF: I don't want to win.

SF: Well there were two types, as well as quite a pause.

NP: Yes you don't get, you don't get two points but you just get one for either. And there's 40 seconds on how to look cool starting now.

SF: Wear mirror shades and black and be an arsehole! Because frankly, it's a ghastly American thing, isn't it, being cool. I can't bear it! Where's heart? Where's soul, spirit, love, joy, pleasure...


NP: Clement challenged.

PM: Earth, wind, fire!

SF: Oh yes! (laughs) Thank you!

CF: Two wheres.

NP: Yes where, where, where.

SF: And I inadvertently said arsehole as well, for which I do apologise. I said it again! I'm sorry!

NP: I know.

SF: Sorry.

PM: Nicholas, Nicholas, are we allowed to have arseholes on the BBC?

NP: I suppose it depends who you're looking at! And Clement has got a correct challenge, he's got...

SF: What was the challenge? I never heard it.

NP: Where, two wheres.

SF: Oh, I beg your pardon.

NP: You see I do concentrate.

SF: Oh you certainly do, absolutely.

TH: How did it go with the Queen, by the way?

NP: What?

TH: How did it go with the Queen?

NP: That is repetition, you said that. Thirty seconds Clement, on how to look cool starting now.

CF: Different sports demand....


CF: ... differing clothes...


NP: Sorry. Paul challenged.

PM: I thought there was a slight hesitation then.

CF: No.

PM: Really? Oh Clement...

CF: There was somebody knocking.

NP: There was, there was somebody knocking and thumping, I don't know...

CF: Yes he knocked twice, that was the repetition.

NP: And your light came on. Clement I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, you have another point, you have 27 seconds on how to look cool starting now.

CF: If you want to go to the Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord's in St John's Wood, the way to look cool is to wear the proper clothes and a tie, which is red and yellow...


NP: Stephen challenged.

SF: There was this enormous pause, he said "if you want to look cool" at the very beginning of his sentence, and that's what he said at the very beginning of his first one. If you want to look cool, get into a fridge. That's the wants which aren't...

NP: Well, how to look cool is on the...

SF: Yes but not want, darling! Want! Want! He said want twice, darling! If you want to look cool.

NP: You're quite right. he did, I was concentrating as I was listening.

SF: Sorry.

NP: He did say want.

SF: Yeah.

NP: He did say "if you want to look cool", I'm sorry Clement.

SF: Oh!

CF: No I'm...

NP: It's a repetition of want.

CF: I don't want to win this game!

NP: Eighteen seconds Stephen, on how to look cool starting now.

SF: As I say, rather unpleasant people, it seems to me, look cool, and I don't like it. I think people should look nice and charming and clean...


NP: Tony challenged.

TH: Repetition of people.

NP: Yes.

SF: Oh good point.

NP: And charming as well, which you said before.

SF: Oh did I?

NP: Yes. Ah 12 seconds on how to look cool with you Tony starting now.

TH: I feel slightly sorry for the listeners at home who can't see the good example of how to look cool from our esteemed chairman, who in every sense, epitomises style, charm...


NP: Do you want another bonus point?

TH: Yes please!

NP: So Tony Hawks was speaking then as the whistle went, gained that extra point for doing so, and naturally after the lovely things he said, one would be tempted to give him another bonus point. But I'm always very fair, I like to see justice played, and I'll give you the final score now, and they are very very close. How do you say there is a winner? They're all winners, they've all done well. But in ascending order, it was Clement Freud in fourth place. Then Paul Merton. And only one point ahead was Tony Hawks. And only one point ahead was Stephen Fry. But as we have to announce a winner, we'll say Stephen you are the winner this week! Thank you. It only remains for me to say thank you to these four delightful and clever and funny players of the game, Paul Merton, Stephen Fry, Tony Hawks and Clement Freud. I thank Janet Staplehurst, who has helped me with the score, and blown her whistle so delicately. We thank our producer-director, that is Claire Jones. We are indebted to Ian Messiter who created this game. And we are very indebted to this lovely audience. So from our lovely audience here, and from me Nicholas Parsons, and the four lovely panellists, good-bye, tune in the next time we play Just A Minute! Thank you!