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RADIO SEASON 76 2016

Season length:
Nine shows.

Chairman:
Nicholas Parsons.

Regular Panellist:
Paul Merton (all shows).

Guest Panellists:
Tony Hawks (three shows), Sheila Hancock (three shows), Gyles Brandreth (three shows), Julian Clary (three shows), Josie Lawrence (two shows), Ross Noble (two shows), Marcus Brigstocke (two shows), Zoe Lyons (two shows), Katherine Ryan (two shows), Will Self (two shows), Pippa Evans (two shows), Fred MacAulay (one show), Janey Godley (one show), Nish Kumar (one show), Rufus Hound (one show), Tom Allen (one show), Prince Charles (one show).

Making A Debut:
Pippa Evans, Zoe Lyons, Katherine Ryan, Will Self, Prince Charles.

Commentary:
The season ended in spectcular style with a Christmas pantomime. The interesting show included a game, but with panto elements including a genie and a Christmas message from Prince Charles to mark the start of JAM's 50th year. Earlier Will Self was a very different debutant as he had a Clement like time playing with the rules and the show. The new producer continued to have a lot of newcomers - but of any of them do get picked up, O hope it might be Will.



877/76/1

Broadcast date: 8 August 2016.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Josie Lawrence, Katherine Ryan.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Matt Stronge.

Venue: London.

Subjects: A and E, maple syrup, pyramids, the x factor, Shrodingerís cat, my brush with the law, brownies, the lionís share, getting to know you, buffalo wings, Machiavelli.

Winner: Gyles Brandreth.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 947th appearance, Paul Merton's 369th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 102nd appearance, Josie Lawrence's 40th appearance, Katherine Ryan's first appearance.



878/76/2

Broadcast date: 15 August 2016.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Tony Hawks, Julian Clary, Zoe Lyons.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Matt Stronge.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Andy Warhol, litter, beside the seaside, a brief encounter, tape measure, a midnight feast, let them eat cake, je nai sais quoi, the magnifying glass.

Winner: Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 948th appearance, Paul Merton's 370th appearance, Tony Hawks's 135th appearance, Julian Clary's 57th appearance, Zoe Lyons's first appearance.



879/76/3

Broadcast date: 22 August 2016.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Marcus Brigstocke, Janey Godley, Nish Kumar.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Matt Stronge.

Venue: Edinburgh.

Subjects: The royal mile, writerís block, blowing in the wind, MacBeth, the Loch Ness monster, Ben Nevis, Michaelangelo, the tattoo, spaghetti hoops, Pavlovís dogs, dominoes.

Winners: Marcus Brigstocke, Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 949th appearance, Paul Merton's 371st appearance, Marcus Brigstocke's 26th appearance, Janey Godley's 8th and last appearance, Nish Kumar's 3rd and last appearance.



880/76/4

Broadcast date: 29 August 2016.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Marcus Brigstocke, Fred MacAulay, Pippa Evans.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Matt Stronge.

Venue: Edinburgh.

Subjects: The bagpipes, my Olympic event, the flying Scotsman, what the Fringe Festival means to me, King Arthur, the Highlands, a good egg, the girl from Ipanema, Scotch mist, the Great Wall of China.

Winner: Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 950th appearance, Paul Merton's 372nd appearance, Marcus Brigstocke's 27th appearance, Fred MacAulay's 17th and last appearance, Pippa Evans's first appearance.



881/76/5

Broadcast date: 5 September 2016.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Ross Noble, Will Self.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Matt Stronge.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Hair of the dog, the big cheese, paperback writer, Salvador Dali, a night at the opera, dear diary, sun cream.

Winners: Paul Merton, Ross Noble, Will Self.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 951st appearance, Paul Merton's 373rd appearance, Sheila Hancock's 107th appearance, Ross Noble's 38th appearance, Will Self's first appearance.



882/76/6

Broadcast date: 12 September 2016.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Tony Hawks, Julian Clary, Zoe Lyons.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Matt Stronge.

Venue: London.

Subjects: The elephant in the room, if I ruled the world, Brighton Rock, squash, off piste, Ilkley Moor, Zomba, one more time with feeling, Enid Blyton, bangers and mash, washing the car, the French connection.

Winner: Tony Hawks.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 952nd appearance, Paul Merton's 374th appearance, Tony Hawks's 136th appearance, Julian Clary's 58th appearance, Zoe Lyons's second appearance.



883/76/7

Broadcast date: 19 September 2016.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock, Ross Noble, Will Self.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Matt Stronge.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Taking the dog out, Christopher Columbus, a midsummer nightís dream, all over the shop, cheese straws, I wandered lonely as a cloud, airports, the Crown jewels, Pilates, on the road, itchy feet.

Winner: Ross Noble.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 953rd appearance, Paul Merton's 375th appearance, Sheila Hancock's 108th appearance, Ross Noble's 39th and last appearance, Will Self's second and last appearance.



884/76/8

Broadcast date: 26 September 2016.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Josie Lawrence, Katherine Ryan.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Matt Stronge.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Bakewell tarts, travelling in style, boots, Van Gogh, the full Monty, belt and braces, beekeeping, Lords, school holidays, butterfly effect.

Winner: Paul Merton.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 954th appearance, Paul Merton's 376th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 103rd appearance, Josie Lawrence's 41st appearance, Katherine Ryan's second and last appearance.



885/76/9

Broadcast date: 25 December 2016.

Chairman: Nicholas Parsons.

Panel: Paul Merton, Sheila Hancock and Gyles Brandreth, with Tony Hawks, Rufus Hound, Tom Allen and Pippa Evans alternating in the fourth seat, plus Julian Clary as a genie, and a message from Prince Charles.

Whistle Blower: Hayley Sterling.

Producer: Matt Stronge.

Venue: London.

Subjects: Unrequited love, if I could have one wish, cross dressing, eternal youth, crocodile tears, the plank, heís behind you, a band of men, having a ball, my heartís desire.

Winner: The two teams were declared to have drawn.

Notes: Nicholas Parsons's 955th appearance, Paul Merton's 377th appearance, Tony Hawks's 137th and last appearance, Sheila Hancock's 109th appearance, Gyles Brandreth's 103rd appearance, Julian Clary's 59th appearance, Rufus Hound's 3rd and last appearance, Tom Allen's 2nd appearance, Pippa Evans's 2nd and last appearance, Prince Charles's only appearance. JUST A MINUTE DOES PANTO featured pantomime elements including a song and different sounds in place of the whistle. The game was played between teans. Paul and Sheila were one team, with Gyles partnered by Tony for three rounds, Tom for three round, Rufus for two rounds, and Pippa for two rounds.



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