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Chris Addison

JAM Appearances:
Four as a panellist on radio in 2007-2008.
How he did:
Really well. I think Chris had listened to the show before as he seemed to know all the rules and tricks of the show. he was funny, fluent and feisty, three good Fs to be.
Who is he:
A top stand-up comedian and occasional game show contestant, Chris is one of the young stars of Britain's comedy scene. His credits include the Thick Of It and Lab Rats. He's also written two novels.
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Ray Alan

JAM Appearances:
Four as a panellist on radio in 1976-1977-1979.
How he did:
Ray guested in two seasons, without setting the world alight. He was often given subjects relating to his specialty, ventriloquism, and had the endearing habit of challenging to state what a privillege it was to appear on the show. He managed to go the full minute more frequently than most though.
Who is he:
Ray is perhaps Britain's best known ventriloquist as the the other half of Lord Charles, a drunken peer. He appeared more often than any other person on the old BBC variety show The Good Old Days. At the time of his JAM appearances he was well known for appearing on panel games and chat shows. He is still working, on cruise ships, corporate appearances and the like.
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Tom Allen

JAM Appearances:
Twp as a panellist on Radio in 2015-2016.
How he did:
A strong debut, Tom had plenty of laugh lines.
Who is he:
Tom is a stand-up comedian.
Links to transcripts:
His show hasn't been transcribed yet.

Juno Alexander

JAM Appearances:
Four as a panellist on Radio in 1969-1972.
How she did:
One of many woman guests tried on the early shows, Juno wasn't one to be intimidated and was able to trade blows with the male performers, but without being especially entertaining or threatening to make much of a mark. She had a pleasant voice and manner, and entered into the spirit of things well.
Who is she:
An actress who guested frequently on the all women radio discussion show Petticoat Line which was co-devised by Ian Messiter.
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Stephen K. Amos

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Radio in 2010.
How he did:
Feisty and funny, but didn't manage to get much of a say amongst the big mouths around him.
Who is he:
Stephen is a comedian of Nigerian descent, one of very few black performers in the history of JAM. He appears regularly on TV game shows and made a documentary about homophobia in the black community.
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Amy ?

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Junior Just A Minute in 2015.
Who is she:
A junior contestant on the second Junior Just A Minute series.
Links to transcripts:
Her show hasn't been transcribed yet.

Toni Arthur

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Radio in 1985.
How she did:
Toni was on one of the few radio editions of JAM to feature two women, she doubling with Libby Purves against Clement and Kenneth. It was not a memorable performance, she seeming a little over-rawed by competing with such motor mouths. Pleasant but not too successful.
Who is she:
Toni was a well-known childrens TV presenter at the time of her JAM appearance. Among shows she presented were Play School and Blue Peter. She continues to work as a folk singer and musician.
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Pam Ayres

JAM Appearances:
27, two as a panellist on Television in 1999, 24 on Radio as a panellist in 2003-2005-2006-2007-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013-2015-2016, and one on Radio as a guest subject setter in the 35th anniversary show in 2003.
How she did:
Delightful in so many ways. A lovely voice that makes you smile just to hear it, a charming personality, a natural humour, a dash of her poetry and possibly the most apologetic and at the same time competitive challenger in the history of the show. She has yet to fully find her feet on the show. But looks likely to get more chances to do that.
Who is she:
Perhaps Britain's best known comic poet, Pam was "discovered" on a TV talent show in 1975 and within a few years had a string of best selling books of poetry, records and her own television show. Her poems discuss every-day life humorously and she continues to perform and write, with her big smile and charming personality a big hit wherever she goes.
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John Baddeley

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Radio in 1984.
How he did:
John was one of the quieter guests of the mid 80s period, being pleasant enough but in no way competition for his experienced opposition. He bumbled along but that was it.
Who is he:
John was a school principal to whom acting was a part-time interest. His most notable appearance seems to have been on one of the Muppet movies. He worked occasionally in the BBC drama department and was obviously well-enough known to get a JAM call-up. He is now known as a voice-actor, and still does some voicework.
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Bill Bailey

JAM Appearances:
Three as a panellist on Radio in 2003-2005.
How he did:
Not so quick on the rules but amusing and funny and well into the spirit of the show, Bill was able to gain points but found it hard to get a flow going. He found the game's rules too restrictive to his personal style which is usually expansively off the wall and delivered in a staccatto pace.
Who is he:
Bill has a mixed career developing from a hugely successful stand-up comic into a comedy actor and as a musician. His TV series Black Books was a huge success, and he is a regular on a TV game show Never Mind The Buzzcocks and on QI. Music plays a big part in his comedy. The Guardian says he is one of the 50 funniest people in Britain.
Links to transcripts:
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Joan Bakewell

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Radio in 1979.
How she did:
She was good fun and prepared to compete with Kenneth, Derek and Peter. At one point she almost went the full minute. But perhaps didn't have enough bite or humour to be a regular and her one recording proved to be her only one.
Who is she:
One of the BBC's longest-standing presenters and broadcasters, she was known in the 70s as "the thinking man's crumpet" because she was both good looking and intelligent. She was mainly involved in arts programmes. She continues to broadcast but is today part of the British arts establishment as chairman of the British Film Institute and a member of the board of governors of the National Theatre. She had a small part in the Oscar winning film, Iris.
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Clare Balding

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Television in 1999.
How she did:
Charming and lovely, with a tendency to blush, Clare was confident and pleasant, and would be worth a recall at some stage. She also has a nice giggle and must rank among the better-looking people to appear on JAM. Forceful and intelligent.
Who is she:
Clare has been a sports presenter with the BBC, specialising in horse racing, rugby league and tennis. She grew up around horses and has worked in radio and television sports, while also writing a column for the Evening Standard. She has in the past couple of years graduated into other presenting. Clare is a lesbian. Her brother is also prominent in racing.
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Tony Banks

JAM Appearances:
Three as a panellist on Television in 1994-1995.
How he did:
Tony's chirpy humour and credibility as a politician made him an interesting guest if not a compelling one. But he enjoyed the competitive side of the game.
Who is he:
Tony was a Labour Party Member of Parliament for 22 years and was for two years Sports Minister in the Blair Government. He was regarded as being on the left of the party. He was well-known for his humour and cheeky chappy style, and a book of his witty remarks has been published. He died in 2006.
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Roberta Bannister

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Junior Just A Minute in 2013.
Who is she:
A junior contestant on the first Junior Just A Minute series.
Links to transcripts:
Her show hasn't been transcribed yet.

Isobel Barnett

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Radio in 1968.
How she did:
I haven't heard her show.
Who is she:
Isobel was one of the first woman stars of British television, as a long-standing acerbic panellist on the television panel game What's My Line. A doctor and magistrate she continued to appear on panel shows into the 70s, notably the radio show Many A Slip and What's My Line on TV. She took her own life in 1980 shortly after a well publicised court appearance on a minor shoplifting charge.
Links to transcripts:
Her show hasn't been transcribed yet.

Lucy Bartlett

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Radio in 1968-1969.
How she did:
Lucy appeared in the first season and did well enough to get a recall a year later. She had a nice young high-pitched voice which made her a good foil for the others without being especially memorable.
Who is she:
Lucy was an actress in the 1960s. Her best known film was The Knack And How To Get It.
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Simon Bates

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Radio in 1986.
How he did:
He did very well competing solidly with Kenneth, Derek and Peter, and didn't seem intimdated in the slightest by the august company he was in. Jovial, quick-witted and worth another go, which he didn't get.
Who is he:
One of the best known broadcasters in Britain with an instantly recognisable voice, and a nice guy persona, he has fronted top music and news programmes on the BBC over the past 30 years. He currently works on Britain's Classic FM radio service.
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Jeremy Beadle

JAM Appearances:
two as a panellist on Radio in 1983.
How he did:
Better than most people to have made so few appearances. Beadle was funny and quick-witted, despite an annoying giggle. Well worth another try. Interestingly his two appearances were at separate recordings.
Who is he:
A household name in Britain in the late 80s and early 90s, Jeremy hosted a series of TV shows based around outrageous pranks. An updated version of Candid Camera, he would arrange for someone to have their car pushed off a cliff, or their garden dug up, or some similar horrendous gag, have secret cameras watch their outrage and record their expletives, and then appear to laughs all round. The shows eventually wore out as it became harder for Beadle to top his previous outrageous pranks and Beadle died in 2008.
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Lucy Beaumont

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on radio in 2015.
How she did:
One of the lesser debuts, Lucy sounded as if she was intimidated by the loudmouths around her and didn't hetr much comedy in.
Who is she:
A stand-up comedian who contributes to several Radio Four comedy shows.
Links to transcripts:
I haven't transcribed her show yet.

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