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Kate Robbins

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Radio in 2006.
How she did:
Kate was keen to shine and eager to get involved, challenging on some of the smaller points. She seemed pleasant and fun without doing enough to get the call up much more often.
Who is she:
Kate is a comedian and impersonator who is part of the famous Robbins comedy family of Liverpool. Brother Ted was on a TV edition of the show, while another brother, Michael, was a regular on the long running classic sitcom On The Buses. Kate was a regular on shows like Crossroads and Spitting Image where she provided voices for some of the female characters. She briefly had her own TV show, The Kate Robbins Show where she impersonated female celebrities.
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Ted Robbins

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Television in 1994.
How he did:
Ted was one of those vaguely annoying panellists who challenge on every repetition of the and it, but have nothing of interest or amusement to say once they do get the subject. He had his best moments between speaking bits, talking about his challenges.
Who is he:
Ted currently works as a presenter on Radio Lancashire, and is regarded as one of the best studio audience warm-up men in the business. He also takes on straight acting roles and has appeared in sketch comedy shows and as a stand-up comedian.
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Kenneth Robinson

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Radio in 1979.
How he did:
Kenneth was arguably one of the weaker guests, although he tried hard and seemed jovial enough. But surely there's room for only one Kenneth on JAM.
Who is he:
Kenneth was a big name broadcaster in the 70s in Britain, with many TV and radio programmes to his credit. These included Points Of View, and If It's Wednesday It Must Be on TV. He also hosted light chat shows on radio.
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Jonathan Ross

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Radio in 2014.
Who is he:
One of the most popular comedians in the UK. Ross's current TV gig is as presenter of Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, but other TV shows from the past include The Jonathan Ross Show and They Think It's All Over and Film. Ross's career has been peppered with controvsersies, and he was briefly suspended by the BBC after a prank phone call to the actor Andrew Sachs.
Who How he did:
Fitted in perfectly, full of fun, humour and banter.
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I haven't transcribed this show yet.

Rufus ?

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Junior Just A Minute in 2015.
Who is he:
A junior contestant in the second season of Junior Just A Minute.
Links to transcripts:
I haven't transcribed this show yet.

William Rushton

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Radio in 1975.
How he did:
Willie as he's known to everyone was normally the best of game show guests, but for some reason JAM didn't suit him. Perhaps it wasn't in him to interrupt his famous panellists, perhaps he didn't have the verbal flow necessary, but despite his saint like status on other game shows, there was little chance of a return invite to JAM.
Who is he:
Willie is fondly remembered as a mainstay of British comedy for 30 years. He first came to public notice in the satirical series That Was The Week That Was, and as a cartoonist with Private Eye from its inception. He developed into a professional game show panellist on both radio and TV, perhaps being best remembered today for his roles in I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue and Celebrity Squares. Other shows he appeared in included Trivia Test Match and Up Sunday. He did stand-up comedy towards the end of his career. He died in 1996. His work in I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue still stands as a testimony to him, and he has never been replaced on that show as a regular.
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Katherine Ryan

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on radio in 2016.
Who is he:
Katherine is a Canadian comedian, writer, presenter and actress, based in the UK. She has appeared on many British panel shows and presented Hair on BBCTV. As an actress, she has appeared in the Campus, and Episodes.
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I haven't transcribed this show yet.

Alexei Sayle

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on radio in 2016.
Who is he:
A wonderful comedian and author.
Links to transcripts:
I haven't transcribed this show yet.

Prunella Scales

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Radio in 1968-1971.
How she did:
She was able to stand up to the big mouths around her better than most in the days when Kenneth, Clement and Derek ran things between them, but probably not well enough to have more than the occasional appearance.
Who is she:
Prunella will always be remembered for her role as Sybil Fawlty, the dragon wife to end all dragons in the show voted the best ever British television programme Fawlty Towers. But she has had a long career in all parts of the acting world with the full range of roles from Shakesperian to supermarket TV ads. Has anyone played Lady MacBeth more often? Or created as memorable a character as Sybil Fawlty or her part in Outside Edge? Prunella should surely have had a Damehood by now, without question one of the great British actors.
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Will Self

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on radio in 2016.
Who is he:
Will is a novellist and political commentator, generally from the left.
Links to transcripts:
I haven't transcribed this show yet.

John Sergeant

JAM Appearances:
Six including three as a panellist on Television in 1999-2012, and two on Radio in 2005-2010.
How he did:
John proved adept at picking up on the weaknesses of others, and getting a good flow going, with good material. Probably not funny enough to ever be a regular, but he would be worth another run, and could be a candidate for the chairman's job should Nicholas be unavailable.
Who is he:
John is a political journalist with experience as a war correspondent for the BBC, and 12 years as their chief political correspondent. But when he missed out on the Political Editor's job, he resigned and spent the last part of his career in the equivalent job with ITN. Recently retired from active journalism, he had been building up his part-time comedy work during the latter part of his career, with appearances on The News Quiz and Have I Got News For You. He recently became chairman of a new game show called Argument. He has written a biography of Margaret Thatcher.
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Brian Sewell

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Television in 1999.
How he did:
Brian's disdain for the game and the other panellists made for an amusing diversion, and actually he was reasonably good at the game, and had some amusing things to say, even if his humour is almost entirely based on arrogant put-downs. Still I'd love to see him again!
Who is he:
Brian Sewell is probably Britain's best known art critic renowned for his articulate slagging of just about everythhing. His readiness to belittle any towns north of London, his plummy voice and camp persona have made him a regular target in the tabloids, but Sewell still provides good entertainment and is certainly knowledgable on the art world.
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Sophie Shanahan

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Junior Just A Minute in 2013.
Who is she:
A junior contestant on the first season of Junior Just A Minute.
Links to transcripts:
I haven't transcribed this show yet.

Leonardo Shaw

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Junior Just A Minute in 2013.
Who is he:
A junior contestant in the first season of Junior Just A Minute.
Links to transcripts:
I haven't transcribed this show yet.<>

Zrey Sholapurkar

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Junior Just A Minute in 2013.
Who is he:
A junior contestant in the first season of Junior Just A Minute.
Links to transcripts:
I haven't transcribed this show yet.

Lee Simpson

JAM Appearances:
Four, including two as a panellist on Television in 1994, and two on Radio in 1994-1995.
How he did:
Lee ranks among a number of people who tried hard and were okay, without providing enough laughs or a big enough personality to demand more than the odd appearance.
Who is he:
Lee is a regular in the Comedy Store Players, the troupe of improvisers which also includes Paul Merton. His other comic gigs have been sporadic but he has appeared on TV shows such as Terry And Julian, written plays with Phelim McDermott, and backed up some of Paul Merton's one-man shows. He was also part of the cult radio series The Masterton Inheritance.
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Paul Sinha

JAM Appearances:
Five as a panellist on Radio in 2009-2012-2014.
How he did:
Jolly and funny, he entered into the spirit of thinsg well without being a stand-out success.
Who is he:
Paul Sinha is a qualified GP who has moved into the world of stand-up comedy and now tours the world woth his act which focusses around being single. His TV appearances include Edinburgh and Beyond, World Stands up, Comedy Shuffle and Comedy Cuts, and he also appears on Radio 4's Loose Ends and the Now Show.
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Frank Skinner

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Radio in 2014.
Who is he:
Frank is a comedian and broadcaster. He is probably best know for his long running TV chat show which ran from 1995 to 2005. He also works in radio and as an actor but stand-up comedy is his main gig these days.
How he did:
I liked him a lot. Lively and funny, with plenty of banter and cheek, he lost nothing in comparison with the intimidating trio of Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth and Sue Perkins.
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I haven't transcribed this show yet.

Emily Slade

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Junior Just A Minute in 2015.
Who is she:
A junior contestant in the second season of Junior Just A Minute.
Link to transcripts:
Not yet done.

Tony Slattery

JAM Appearances:
32 including 28 as a panellist on Television in 1994-1995, and four as a panellist on Radio in 1993-1999.
How he did:
Tony's mixture of quick repartee and double entrendres made him a big hit on his first appearance in 1993, and he was signed up as a regular panellist for the Carlton TV version of JAM in 1994, where he also appeared the following year. His mixture of abuse of Nicholas, surreal humour, naughtiness and disdain for the rules was one of the main things, arguably the only thing, going for the TV editions of the show. But he has only done one further radio recording since, in 1999. However he remains a big favourite with his radio shows introducing many fans to JAM.
Who is he:
Tony was one of the biggest stars of British comedy at his peak in the mid 90s, but sadly illness has blighted his last few years. Tony was one of the principal reasons for the success of Whose Line Is It Anyway with his mixture of naughtiness, cuteness, and insults of everyone. He became a reason many watched the show so avidly. He rode that success into what seems like countless other shows, most notably S and M, and Just A Gigolo. He was a regular in West End productions and appeared frequently with the Comedy Store Players. But in the mid 90s he suffered a mental breakdown spurred by a drugs and alcohol addiction, and in the period before that gained a reputation as a difficult presence among production companies. Sadly this reputation has continued since his return from illness, perhaps sparked by continuing health problems and his career has not recovered. Last year even the loyal Comedy Store Players cut ties with him after some behind-the-scenes scenes. He still works, including voiceover work, and recently expressed a wish to return to JAM, but it seems unlikely. He has presented a documentary series on cable TV. Other recent TV appearances include on Coronation Street, Kingdom and Grumpy Old Men.
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