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WELCOME TO JUST A MINUTE!

starring PAUL MERTON, TONY HAWKS, ROSS NOBLE and LIZA TARBUCK, chaired by NICHOLAS PARSONS (Radio, 21 February 2011)


NICHOLAS PARSONS: Welcome to Just A Minute!

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NP: Thank you, thank you, hello, my name is Nicholas Parsons. And as the Minute Waltz fades away once more it is my huge pleasure to welcome our many listeners not only in this country but around the world. But also to welcome to the programme four exciting, talented and humorous players of this game. And seated on my right, there is Paul Merton and Liza Tarbuck. And seated on my left, there's Tony Hawks and Ross Noble. Will you please welcome all four of them! And as usual I am going to ask them if they can speak on a subject that I will give them and they will try and do that without hesitation, repetition or deviation. And beside me sits Sarah Sharpe, she is going to help me with the score, she is going to blow a whistle when the 60 seconds have elapsed. And this particular edition of Just A Minute is coming from the Radio Theatre, in the heart of Broadcasting House. And we begin the show this week with Paul Merton. This is an interesting subject, on Valentine's Day I received. On Valentine's Day I received, think about it for a second,60 seconds available starting now.

PAUL MERTON: On Valentine's Day I received a charming gift from my wife. It was a Yorkshire terrier, silver plated, mounted on a cardboard box. And when you pulled its tail, magnificent Cole Porter songs emanated from its larynx. And it's such gifts as these that prove to me that my wife loves me deeply...

BUZZ

NP: Tony challenged.

TONY HAWKS: Ah repetition of my wife.

NP: Yes, we can't have too much of Paul's wife, she's a lovely lady.

PM: Whatever I say now, I might get into real trouble for it so... I wondered where she was getting the money! But I won't say that.

NP: Right, that's a correct challenge Tony, so we give you the subject, give you a point for a correct challenge, and there are 44 seconds still available, on Valentine's Day I received starting now.

TH: The parcel bomb was a surprise! However in amongst the thousands of letters that arrived, and believe me, this isn't just boasting although actually it is, um, I...

BUZZ

NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Was there a slight hesitation there?

NP: Yes he hesitated because he suddenly thought, my God, I can't be that conceited.

TH: Exactly.

NP: Anyway Paul, correct challenge, a point to you, you take back the subject, on Valentine's Day I received, 32 seconds available starting now.

PM: The love that is there in the world is in my beloved's eyes as she looks at me and says "I shall be going to Nicholas Parsons' place now and I shall return some time in the middle of the night. You must trust me, my sweet..."

BUZZ

PM: Oh dear!

NP: Ross challenged.

PM: I'm glad the buzzer brought me back to reality.

NP: Ross you challenged yes, what was it.

ROSS NOBLE: Yes it might be hesitation.

NP: Yes indeed there was, yes. He might well have hesitated after that. God knows what his wife is doing at the moment! So Ross, you're all going to speak on this subject, I hope Liza will get in soon. There are 17 seconds available with you Ross, you've got a point of course, on Valentine's Day I received starting now.

RN: If you sent somebody a card with a heart on it, it's a beautiful gift. If you sent them an actual...

BUZZ

NP: Ah Liza got in yes.

LIZA TARBUCK: If you sent.

NP: Send yes.

RN: Oh yeah oooohhhh.

NP: So Liza got in, a point to you, 12 seconds available, they're all going to speak on this subject, on Valentine's Day I received.

LT: On Valentine's Day I received the most beautiful box of chocolates. It was as big as a car roof and full of violet creams, strawberry, orange delights, marzipan, sent by my boyfriend who...

WHISTLE

NP: In this game whoever is speaking when the whistle goes gains an extra point. On this occasion it was Liza Tarbuck so she's in the lead at the end of that point. You've all got one point, Liza's got two. Tony we'd like you to begin the next round and I'm going to have trouble with this I'm sure. Something that is in the news an awful lot, do we all know what it means? Quantitive easing. An awful hush has gone over the audience. Tony you're looking quite confident. Tell us something about quantitive easing in this game starting now.

TH: Whenever I have a quantity of anything, I tried darned hard to ease it as much as I can. It might be a bag of potatoes, I'll place it down on the floor, say lovely soft words to it, set it at a comfortable way of living its...

BUZZ

NP: Ross you challenged.

RN: A bit of hesitation.

NP: A bit of hesitation.

RN: A comfortable way...

NP: Yes.

TH: I don't think I hesitated. It was rubbish but I...

NP: Well you hesitated as you got the rubbish going.

TH: Well I thought I carried on, talking rubbish, it was deviation. I'd like to challenge myself for deviation.

RN: Well just, just so you know, I'm really happy to get this subject. Really happy!

NP: That's what I thought. So 44 seconds available for you on quantitive easing Ross, starting now.

RN: Quantitive easing as we all know is the Cockney rhyming slang for sneezing. Many's the time you can go down to a market and hear those fellows (in Cockney accent) "Cor blimey, guvnor, all night I've been quantitive easing. I've gone through so many tissues and no mistake, Mary Poppins. Oooh it's all over the top..."

BUZZ

NP: Tony you challenged.

TH: Ah repetition of ooooohhh.

RN: The first time, the first was oooh but at first it was ohhhhh, like that.

NP: I don't think Ross, 25 seconds with you Tony on quantitive easing starting now.

TH: I do a lot of quantitive easing. I go down into the kitchen and make my own money. It's fantastic. A 20 pound note dries in 15 minutes if you use the right kind of hair drier. Then you go out to the shops, buy things with it, return, make some more. I don't know why we, oh dower...

BUZZ

NP: Ross you challenged first.

RN: Hesitation.

NP: Yeah we call that hesitation, a stumble, eight seconds, back with quantitive easing to you Ross starting now.

RN: If I had a horse I would call it quantitive easing and I would enter it into a race, possibly at Ascot or Epsom or just...

WHISTLE

NP: So Ross with other points in the round including one for speaking as the whistle went has now taken the lead at the end of the round. Liza we'd like you to begin the next round, my favourite cartoon. You tell us something about that in this game starting now.

LT: The first cartoon that comes to mind is Top Cat which was filled with wise guys and had a magnificent theme tune. I also rather enjoyed the classic Fred Quimby Tom and Jerrys...

BUZZ

NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Well this is a bit pedantic I suppose. But the TV programme was called Boss Cat because the BBC didn't want to call it Top Cat because there was a popular cat food by that name in the shops. So that would be the name of the favourite cartoon rather than Top Cat because he was the character.

LT: In America what was it called?

PM: Top Cat.

LT: Yeah thanks.

PM: So if it's happened in America, it's true.

NP: No no it wasn't, she was referring to the American show and she didn't actually qualify it by saying it was changed to Boss Cat when it came over here. So an incorrect challenge, still with you Liza, another point of course, my favourite cartoon, 49 seconds starting now.

LT: I also enjoyed The Flintstones. They...

BUZZ

NP: Tony challenged.

TH: Repetition of enjoyed.

LT: Ah!

NP: Oh yes because you had enjoyed before, when you were talking before, right. So Tony you've got in with 47 seconds on my favourite cartoon starting now.

TH: Scooby Doo was very good. He had these snacks that he was handed and it made him terribly happy and he would do anything for those. It really was hours of fun to watch. It was 20 minutes long but you could... spool it together...

BUZZ

NP: Paul challenged.

PM: A sort of hesitation. And Tony appears to be under the illusion that the programme was simply about somebody feeding a dog. But there, it was hesitation.

NP: There was a hesitation Paul, you have a correct challenge. You've got my favourite cartoon, 34 seconds starting now.

PM: My favourite cartoon perhaps is a Walt Disney, Fantasia. There was indeed a remake of that very film called the same thing Two. And it was...

BUZZ

NP: Ross challenged.

RN: It was called Fantasia 2000. It wasn't called Fantasia 2.

PM: I was so busy trying not to say Fantasia... Yeah it was called Fantasia 2000, that's right.

NP: Yes right.

TH: Is that, they made that many?

PM: Yeah.

TH: Wow!

NP: Twenty-five seconds Ross, on my favourite cartoon starting now.

RN: Road Runner would have to be my favourite cartoon. I love the way that he would paint a...

BUZZ

NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Well it was hesitation.

NP: There was hesitation yes.

RN: Because it wasn't him that painted, it was the coyote!

PM: Yeah.

RN: I'm a fool to myself! How's a bird going to paint? It's ridiculous! Who thought of that as an idea? It's ridiculous!

BUZZ

RN: There I've challenged myself, I'm an idiot!.

NP: Repetition of ridiculous.

RN: Ah all right I'll have another point then.

NP: Paul has a point for a correct challenge, 19 seconds, my favourite cartoon Paul, starting now

PM: Fantasia's main...

BUZZ

NP: Tony challenged.

TH: Repetition of Fantasia.

NP: Fantasia.

PM: No I said Fantasia's. The first time it was Fantasia.

NP: Yes you did.

PM: That's right.

NP: Yes.

PM: I've played the game before!

NP: I think he led you into that one Tony, yes.

TH: Well, clever use of an apostrophe.

NP: Yes, that's right.

TH: Almost violent!

PM: It's not an easy word to unconsciously repeat!

NP: Right Paul, incorrect challenge, 18 seconds, my favourite cartoon starting now.

PM: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with these nymphettes gliding out of the water in time to the beautiful essayed composition that the German master had supplied back in the late 18th century. He was a man who died in the early 18th century so it would have been impossible...

BUZZ

NP: Tony you challenged.

PM: I told everybody that, nobody knew!

TH: Yeah repetition of century.

NP: Yes he did yes.

PM: Oh yeah.

NP: You didn't have him for deviation on the century. He told you but nobody picked him up. But right, Tony you've got in with one second to go.

PM: Oh no! Why was I so honest!

NP: On my favourite cartoon starting now.

TH: Scrappy...

WHISTLE

NP: Tony you were speaking when the whistle went, gained that extra point, you're equal with Ross in the lead, followed by Paul and Liza, only one point separating you all. And Ross, we'd like you to begin the next round, oh a very personal subject here, cravats. I'm not wearing one today. So can you tell us something about cravats in this game starting now.

RN: Cravats are a bit like a fat tie. That is the way I would describe them. I personally don't ever wear neck attire...

BUZZ

NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Well hesitation sadly.

NP: There was a hesitation.

RN: A long neck.

PM: Yes.

NP: Paul, 50 second area available, you give us somne information about cravats starting now.

PM: Cravats have always been very popular with men of a certain age. When I look at our esteemed chairman here, Mister Nicholas Parsons, he has been an extraordinary wearer of cravats over the years. A certain style, a touch...

BUZZ

NP: Liza challenged.

LT: Repeat of certain.

NP: Oh yes, certain.

LT: A certain age, and certain...

NP: Of course yes. So you tell us something about cravats Liza, 37 seconds area available starting now.

LT: Cravats became popular in the 17th century, after the 30 year war, where the Serbo-Croats used to wear them as a part of their uniform. Knitted squares of silk and/or wool to keep their necks warm. The people that were fighting them brought the fashion back to London and Paris, and it became all the rage to wear them to say weddings or balls or just to dandify yourself for a stroll with the missus. I love the cravat on a mourning suit where you are going to watch your daughter be wed, perhaps, and the usual...

BUZZ

NP: Tony challenged.

TH: I think it was repetition of perhaps.

NP: Oh yes you did.

LT: Come on! Hands up, it's a game!

TH: And anyway, you knew far too much about cravats! It was as though...

PM: She'll be talking about the off-side rule next!

NP: Well Tony gets a point for a correct challenge but...

LT: Why can't a woman be more like a man!

NP: We give a bonus point to Paul because we loved his interjection there on the, and I think Liza should have one for more like a man, for that other remark of hers.

LT: Oh you lay it on, don't you.

NP: Two bonus points in one round, never happened before. But Tony you've got a point for a correct challenge, you've got cravats, you've got five seconds Tony, starting now.

TH: Sometimes there are clubs which say you must wear a tie. What happens if you turn up with a cravat? Will that be allowed? And no-one in...

WHISTLE

NP: I can tell you what happens if you turn up with a cravat in a club that says you must wear a tie. It happened to me and they said that is not correct neckwear

TH: Really?

NP: And I was fined.

TH: You were fined!

NP: Yes.

TH: They still let you in? Just so they could get your money?

NP: That's right yes. It's the...

PM: That cost him 17 doubloons!

NP: Yes it is the...

TH: Are you allowed to reveal what club it was?

NP: Yes, The Water Rats because they like to make money for charity, it all goes to charity.

TH: Oh it was a jokey fine.

NP: It's a jokey fine. You were speaking when the whistle went Tony, you got an extra point, you've taken the lead one ahead of all the others. And Paul we'd like you to begin the next round. Oh a lovely subject, one of my favourites, the big top. Tell us something about the big top in this game, 60 seconds starting now.

PM: The first time I went to the big top I suppose I was round six years old and I was actually captivated to the very heart and soul of my being. The trapeze artist I wasn't particularly interested in. The clowns however, these adult figures with ginger hair that went up the sides of their heads, oversized boots, driving these impossible cars that shot strings of sausages out of the exhaust pipes. I'd never seen grown-ups behaving like this before. Normally they said "eat those peas, otherwise we'll never be able to live in this house ever again". I'm not sure why they said that to me. It was just a way of getting me to have my favourite vegetable, I suppose. The big top...

BUZZ

NP: Liza challenged.

LT: It was a, there was a few supposes.

PM: Was there.

LT: Yeah.

PM: There might have been, yeah.

NP: Yes but...

LT: Sadly, I don't know much about the big top.

NP: I em, don't you? I empathise with you. I was taken when I was six...

PM: Yeah.

NP: ... and I've never looked back. It embued me with the idea of becoming a performer.

PM: Yes.

NP: I've never lost it.

PM: Yeah.

NP: One day I might make it.

PM: Yeah. You're on the way.

NP: Thank you, 23 seconds...

TH: I'm just looking forward to hearing which bit of Serbia the big top originated in.

NP: Right.

PM: There has to be a defender between you and the goal.

NP: Right Liza, there are 23 seconds available, the subject is the big top, it is with you starting now.

LT: When I don't know what to wear in the morning, I am frantically thinking, should I put a skirt on? No, generally I head towards the big top. It is a beautiful item that flares from the neck with a small ruff that's based from 17th century Paris...

BUZZ

NP: Paul.

PM: I interrupted, really I feel sorry, it's such a miserable joke. It sounded dangerous, flares from the neck, but ah...

NP: So it's an incorrect challenge.

PM: It was an incorrect challenge.

LT: Yes.

PM: It was.

NP: So Liza you get a point for that.

PM: Absolutely.

NP: So it's all to your advantage.

LT: Okay.

NP: And you've got a few seconds to think about it. The big top, seven seconds starting now.

LT: It's got wonderful medieval sleeves which I can push several tissues up which is always handy. And a pocket in the front with some nail clippers...

WHISTLE

NP: So Liza, speaking as the whistle went, gained that extra point, and she's now taken the lead, one ahead of all the others. Tony we'd like you to begin the next round, the subject, a shaggy dog story. Tell us something about that subject in this game starting now.

TH: You build people's hopes up and then let them down really badly. But enough of the coalition government! The shaggy dog story is along these lines. Lots of detail going on and onwards...

BUZZ

NP: Oh!

PM: The Fantasia lesson sunk in!

NP: Ross, he's played the game quite a lot, so incorrect challenge Tony, another point to you, 44 seconds, a shaggy dog story starting now.

TH: Scooby Doo wasn't necessarily a shaggy dog particularly. But Scrappy Doo, his replacement in some ways...

BUZZ

NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Repetition of Doo. Scooby Doo, Scrappy Doo.

TH: One name.

NP: I think, I think it's all one name.

PM: Do you not think it's hyphenated.

RN: No because Scrappy Doo was his nephew. So Scooby, the family name was Doo.

PM: Yeah.

RN: It was, yeah.

TH: Do you think it was we must have the Doos round to dinner?

RN: Yeah.

PM: Yeah and then someone said "no, don't bother, because they're cartoon characters"!

RN: Yeah often you'd hear them say, "we're having a do, get the Doos"! So Scrappy Doo, Scooby Doo...

TH: So that was the family name then, was it?

RN: Yeah well because he was his nephew.

PM: Yeah.

RN: Scooby Doo, Scrappy Doo.

PM: Yeah.

RN: Mister and Mrs Do!

NP: I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt Paul.

PM: Okay.

NP: And I will redress the balance if I can later to you Tony. And say you have 37 seconds on a shaggy dog story starting now.

PM: I disagree with Tony. I don't think there is always an element of disappointment at the end of a shaggy dog story. It has to be told with a certain flair though, bearing in mind that your listeners will get bored if there is too much extraneous detail. Some of the punchlines of these stories are quite amusing in their own way. Never mind your head, what about your horse and cart? Is the end of a particular story that I'd never be able to broadcast if Radio Four lived for another 5000 years. There are other shaggy dog stories which I recall. Mister Ross Noble himself specialises in telling me the occasional joke and I think to myself, oh that is a wonderful constructed piece of story telling...

WHISTLE

NP: So Paul Merton was then speaking as the whistle went, gained that extra point. And Paul Merton, Tony Hawks and Liza Tarbuck, they're all equal in first place, and only one point behind or two is Ross Noble. Liza your turn to begin and we'd like you now to take the subject of celebrity status. Would you talk on that subject starting now.

LT: When you've gained a certain notoriety or fame and have got the admiration...

BUZZ

NP: Ross challenged.

RN: Oh was it a little bit of hesitation?

NP: There was a little bit of hesitation.

RN: Yeah, not much though and I feel bad for doing it. Give me it, I'll stumble and she can have it back! Can't say fairer than that!

NP: Right you have...

RN: I know this is technically match fixing, but you know, I'm a very generous man.

TH: You don't know, you see, I might get in first and mess your plan up.

RN: Well I might not stumble over the words, so bring it on, big guy!

NP: Fifty-five seconds Ross, on celebrity status starting now.

RN: Zip rip lip...

BUZZ

NP: Paul you came in first.

PM: I'm sorry. What was the arrangement? Oh, hesitation.

NP: It was hesitation, yes yes. But he intended Liza to get it.

PM: Then she can have it if she wants.

LT: No you carry on.

PM: I'll have it.

NP: So Paul you tell us something about celebrity status, 37 seconds starting now.

PM: I was at the snack bar at Tooting Broadway in 1987 when a man asked for my autograph. And I suppose that that put me ah....

BUZZ

NP: Tony challenged.

TH: Yeah I think there was a hesitation there.

PM: There was.

NP: There was a hesitation yes, couldn't remember the man's name.

RN: So have you two got an arrangement now?

TH: Yeah we have.

NP: Twenty-six seconds are available Tony, celebrity status starting now.

TH: I was on Get Fresh many years ago in a band called Morris Minor and the Majors. And this girl rushed up...

BUZZ

NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Sorry, celebrity status. I've written it down, I've written it down. Celebrity status, isn't it Nicholas.

NP: I know.

TH: But you don't have to have a high status, you could have a low status.

NP: Oh.

LT: He's right.

PM: A low celebrity status?

TH: That's how I get invited on this show!

PM: Well that's an insult to the rest of us, isn't it?

RN: At least you were invited, I just turn up!

PM: He brings his own chair! Fools 'em every time!

NP: No, I like to be fair. I gave Paul the benefit of the doubt before against you. I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt now against Paul and say you have 20 seconds to take over celebrity status starting now.

TH: This feminine teenager rushed up to me and said "can you get me Ross's autograph over there..."

BUZZ

NP: Ross challenged.

RN: Repetition of get, Get Fresh.

NP: Yes.

LT: Oh nice.

NP: Yes, Ross you challenged first, correct challenge, 15 seconds, celebrity status starting now.

RN: I remember as a child, watching the popular Gaz Top fronted children's show. And when who should come on but Tony Hawks in a band called Morris Minor and the Majors. I remember thinking at the time...

BUZZ

NP: Tony challenged.

TH: Two remembers.

NP: Yes you remembered too much.

RN: I wish, I wish I hadn't remembered now. If you heard the song!

NP: Tony...

RN: I'm joking!

NP: There are four seconds for you Tony on celebrity status starting now.

TH: Barack Obama, could you imagine anyone more famous than that?

WHISTLE

NP: So Tony Hawks with points in the round including one for speaking as the whistle went has moved forward. He's now in the lead, just ahead of Paul Merton, further ahead of Liza Tarbuck and then Ross Noble in that order. And I've just heard we are moving into the final round.

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NP: I expected more than that actually. And Paul it's actually round with you to begin again so would you take the next subject which is elephants. Tell us something about elephants in Just A Minute starting now.

PM: I made a programme in India about three years ago now, and there I met some em er ahhh...

BUZZ

PM: Emental! I met some emental! That's not the subject at all, is it.

NP: Liza you challenged.

LT: Yeah it was hesitation.

NP: We call that hesitation.

PM: I just thought of a massive beats coming out of the water right next to you. Oh it's frightening!

NP: Yeah.

PM: I was in the river with them! Oh dreadful!

LT: Were you?

PM: Yeah, while they were being scrubbed, you know.

NP: Save it Paul, you might want to use it again.

PM: Oh I might get in again.

NP: Yeah. Fifty-five seconds Liza, for you on elephants starting now.

LT: I saw lots of Indian elephants too. The thrilling one...

BUZZ

NP: Paul did get in again.

PM: Well hesitation.

NP: Yes that's right, it was hesitation.

LT: Yeah I think my tongue's swollen up.

PM: Has it?

LT: Yeah!

PM: Sorry to hear that. You ought to suck a fisherman's friend.

LT: Thanks very much.

PM: Julian Clary, 1983. And 1984, 1985...

NP: Paul you're talking about one of your best friends.

PM: Yes indeed.

NP: Right, 52 seconds on elephants starting now.

PM: Scrubbing between their toes. And I looked down at this massive creature in the water and it suddenly rose up in the front of me and it reached the incredible height, very scary, looking straight into its eye. Later on that day I saw another lelephant...

BUZZ

PM: There was another lelephant!

NP: Liza challenged.

LT: I think you were going into Nellie the elephant...

PM: I was! I can't say elephant or the word immediately adjacent to it!

LT: It's the law.

PM: Yeah.

NP: So Liza's adjacent to you and she got in first on elephants. She's got 37 seconds on the subject if she wants it starting now.

LT: I saw a herd of elephants guarding a baby...

BUZZ

NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Thora Hird?

LT: I know!

PM: Thora Hird of elephants? Deviation! Wonderful actress! Don't give me the benefit of the doubt!

NP: No no no! No what I'll do is I'll give you a bonus point because we enjoyed the interruption. But she wasn't actually deviating from the subject so there are 35 seconds available still with you Liza on elephants starting now.

LT: The gang was guarding this baby elephant, because they are very protective as a race of animals. What that means I've absolutely no idea. I'm just carrying on...

BUZZ

NP: Paul challenged.

PM: Deviation, they're a species aren't they, rather than...

NP: They're a species, not a race.

LT: Species, I couldn't think of that word.

PM: No.

LT: I wasn't daring myself with the spech at the beginning of that after Thora Hird.

NP: Are you two having a personal conversation now...

PM: No we're happy.

NP: You're having a little chat.

LT: We're having a chat yeah!

NP: Having a little chat yeah.

PM: Got any biscuits?

NP: Right. That was lovely anyway, 26 seconds Paul with you, elephants starting now.

PM: They say they never forget. I once crossed one at Whipsnade Zoo. Fifteen years later while potholing in Derbyshire, there he was coming towards me! He's angry...

BUZZ

NP: Ross challenged.

RN: Coming towards, repetition of, there was one coming towards him before.

PM: Oh yes.

NP: Yes that's right, yeah there was.

PM: I wasn't listening, to be honest.

NP: That's right, lifted up and there was one coming towards, right. Well listened Ross.

RN: I've actually got an elephant in an earpiece, told me that. They never forget!

NP: You've got 18 seconds Ross on elephants starting now.

RN: I had a bit of an incident with an elephant recently. I found myself in Africa and I was in a tent and I heard rustling just outside the flaps. And I thought it was my mates mucking around. Well I shouted naturally and got quite aggressive. I threw open the opening of...

BUZZ

NP: Paul challenged.

PM: It's a shame, there was a hesitation though.

NP: There was a hesitation. We wanted to know, what happened because there was only three seconds to go. Tell us...

RN: I was killed!

PM: You mean, you mean this is a repeat?

NP: So what we do now is give Ross a bonus point for that remark. But Paul has the subject, it was a correct challenge. Three seconds available Paul, elephants starting now.

PM: Nellie the elephant packed her trunk and spent...

WHISTLE

NP: Right so that was the final situation. Paul Merton, speaking as the whistle went, gained that extra point. Right so what we have is an interesting situation. Liza Tarbuck and Ross Noble are equal in second place. But equal in first place with the same number of points is Paul Merton and Tony Hawks so Paul and Tony, you are joint winners this week. It only remains for me to say thank you to these four fine, humorous, delightful players of the game, Paul Merton, Liza Tarbuck, Tony Hawks and Ross Noble. I thank Sarah Sharpe, who has helped me with the score, blown her whistle so magnificently when the 60 seconds elapsed. We are grateful to our producer Tilusha Ghelani. We are deeply indebted to Ian Messiter who created this amazing game. And we are grateful to this lovely audience here in the Radio Theatre for cheering us on our way magnificently. So from the audience, from me Nicholas Parsons and the team good-bye, but don't forget to tune in the next time we play Just A Minute! Yeah!

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