WHO'S WHO IN JUST A MINUTE!
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Rob Buckman

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on radio in 1980.
How he did:
One of the lesser appearances on JAM, Rob seemed pleasant and friendly but not very funny.
Who is he:
One of the celebrity scientists who guested on JAM in the late 70s and early 80s, Buckman is principally a doctor, who currently works as a cancer specialist in a canadian hospital. He performed in the Cambridge Footlights comedy group and made regular TV appearances on both comedy and science type shows, sometimes performing, sometimes explaining medical matters in an understandable way.
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Hannibal Buress

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on radio in 2012.
How he did:
Hannibal seemed a bit intimidated by proceedings and his interesting American accent wasn't heard very often.
Who is he:
A stand-up comic hailing from the US.
Links to transcripts:
Not yet done.

Jason Byrne

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on radio in 2011-20112.
How he did:
Wasn't altogether fluent or quick on the buzzer, but was engaging and jolly.
Who is he:
Jason is an Irish comedian with his own show on Irish TV, The Byrne Ultimatum. His speciality as a stand-up is audience interaction.
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Rosa Calcraft

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

Jonah Calkin

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

Susan Calman

JAM Appearances:
Five as a panellist on radio in 2015.
Who is she:
A former lawyer, Susan is a stand-up comedian, perhaps best known for her appearances on Radio Four panel shows such as The News Quiz and The Unbelievable Truth.
How did she go:
Susan did really well, with her quick with proving to be a good foil for Gyles. She fitted in well and seemed to enjoy it.
Links to transcripts:
His show hasn't been transcribed yet.

Ian Carmichael

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Radio in 1973.
How he did:
Authoritative and voluble, Ian was okay without doing anything to warrant another call-up. Charming and just now and then funny.
Who is he:
Ian was a big star in the 1950s as a light comedy actor in movies. In the 60s and 70s he continued with stage work, again mainly light comedy and musicals. He's now retired.
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Michael Cashman

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Television in 1999.
How he did:
Intriguingly, Michael combined an ability to spot rather minor infractions with a rather gaping lack of material once given the subject. He won one of his two shows but made few memorable remarks.
Who is he:
Michael is an actor by profession, working on Britain's stage for many many years. He is best remembered for his time on the TV soapie East Enders where he played British TV's first regular gay character. Michael was a founder of the gay political group, Stonewall. He was elected a Member of the European Parliament in 1999 and currently sits on the National Executive of the British Labour Party.
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Barbara Castle

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on radio in 1971.
How she did:
Feisty, funny and fierce, Barbara did wonderfully well, telling off her rivals, denouncing them as "woman haters" and being, for a politician, remarkably funny.
Who is she:
Barbara was Britain's best known woman politician until the rise of Margaret Thatcher. She was a prominent player in the British Labour Party for 20 years, and a member of the Cabinet for eight years, holding at various times the portfolioes of Overseas Development, Transport, Employment and Productivity, Health and Social Services and the post of First Secretary, the equivalent of Deputy Prime Minister. A powerful speaker and a remarkably effective Minister, she possibly would have won the party leadership, had it not been for her gender. In retirement she became a formidable advocate for the elderly, until her death in her 90s.
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Jo Caulfield

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on radio in 2007.
How she did:
She wasn't shy or quiet but being stuck with some of JAM's biggest mouths didn't give her the opportunities she needed for her brilliant humour.
Who is she:
Jo started as a warm-up actor and joke-writer for Graham Norton, but has now developed her own very successful stand-up career, with humour based on her being a bitch.
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Craig Charles

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Television in 1995.
How he did:
Jolly, giggly, with the manner of a drunk at the bar, Craig had a nice patter but his appearance will hardly go down as a great one. But he got funnier as he struggled more.
Who is he:
A comedian and music performer, Craig is perhaps best known for his appearances on the cult TV classic Red Dwarf. Currently presents a funk music show on the BBC. He's also a cast member in the long running soapie Coroonation Street.
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Lorraine Chase

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on radio in 1979.
How she did:
One of a small number of people who have been totally incompetent but charming and funny at the same time. Some hillarious moments as she arranges a date with Peter Jones while supposedly speaking on a subject.
Who is she:
Lorraine is one of Britain's best known Cockneys. She rose to fame as a model, famously appearing in a series of ads for Campari. She moved on to acting work, famously appearing with Kenneth Williams and did another long running TV show The Other Art. She was a regular in game shows like Blankety Blank, and in the cast of the TV soapie Emmerdale Farm.
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Julian Clary

JAM Appearances:
60 including 56 as a panellist on radio in 1997-1998-2000-2001-2002-2003-2004-2005-2006-2007-2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013-2014-2015-2016-2017, two as a TV panellist in 2012, one on the 40th anniversary special in 2007, and one as a genie in the JAM Panto in 2016.
How he did:
Julian's camp style and ability to get innuendo into the most harmless of subjects makes him a natural for JAM. Camp has been a feature of the show throughout its history and Julian fits well. He is seldom lost for words, although his slowness on the buzzer makes him unlikely to be the winner very often. However he usually makes up for it by making the funniest and most outrageous remarks. A show with him has an edge because you never know what he will say next.
Who is he:
Julian is one of Britain's best loved comedians with a long list of popular TV and stage shows to his credit. He perhaps popularised the high-camp outrageously gay style that other comedians such as Graham Norton have used. His Channel Four game show in the late 80s, Sticky Moments, was something of a breakthrough in its use of innuendo, and open pride in being gay, and since then he has had several other TV shows, including Terry And Julian and All Rise For Julian Clary. He was a regular on the game show It's Only TV But I Like It. He's turned to writing in recent years with a magazine column, a series of novels and his auto-biography.
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Alun Cochrane

JAM Appearances:
21 as a panellist on radio in 2007-2010-2011-2012-2013-2014-2015.
How he did:
A bit stumbley and nervous but a few signs that he had a few good jokes to tell if he coulkd keep going.
Who is he:
Alun is a stand-up comic and comedy compere. His TV credits include Harry Hill's TV Burp, Bremner Bird and Fortune, The Sketch Show, and Eight Out Of 10 Cats.
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Denise Coffey

JAM Appearances:
Six as a panellist on radio in 1970-1982.
How she did:
Among a number of women performers in the late 60s and early 70s who had trouble getting a word in, Denise had a slightly baffled air to her performances, with just a touch of eccentricity. But no real competition for the regular motor mouths.
Who is she:
Denise played a major part in TV sketch comedy in the 60s and 70s, most notably Don't Adjust Your Set. She continues to act and direct on the stage, including more dramatic roles, including the radio comedy series, Alison and Maude.
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Charles Collingwood

JAM Appearances:
20 including 19 as a panellist on radio in 2001-2003-2004-2006-2008-2009-2010-2012, and one as a guest subject setter on radio in 2003.
How he did:
Charles had a pleasant style, and hit most of the right notes, in a vaguely Peter Jones-esque way.
Who is he:
Charles is the star of the long running radio soapie The Archers. Apart from that he does speeches and some stage work, sometimes with his wife, Judy Bennett, also an Archers regular.
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Peter Cook

JAM Appearances:
Four, including three as a panellist on radio in 1979 and an appearance on the compilation radio programme Silver Minutes in 1992.
How he did:
Cookie's delight in witty repartee and improvised nonsense made him a natural for the show and he could surely have appeared more often had he wanted to. His opening remarks in the first few seconds of his first appearance are surely the earliest funniest remarks of any debutant. Pure delight!
Who is he:
Writing a paragraph on the remarkable career of Peter Cook is not an easy assignment but here goes. Perhaps the most important figure in British comedy in the past 40 years. Peter was a pioneer of satire on television, in print and on stage. His club, The Establishment, was the first to provide live comedy and satire. He was a founder, and for many years, owner and funder of the satirical newspaper Private Eye. On television he was a regular on That Was The Week That Was, the first satirical show in the early 60s, and moved on to Not Only But Also. On stage he began as a writer, writing material for Kenneth Williams, and moved on to performing his own work with partners Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett. His partnership with Moore was closest, he also collaborated with him on TV and on stage for 15 years. They also made films and records including the series of Derek and Clive records. In latter years boredom combined with a prodigious appetite for drink meant he was not as productive as in younger days but he continued to write for Private Eye and make occasional chat show appearances. He died young in 1995 but with a huge legacy left for us all to savour.
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Bernard Cribbins

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on radio in 1978.
How he did:
Amusingly, Bernard made a turn out of offering around mints at every opportunity, perhaps as a way of covering up for not being quick on the buzzer. But certainly capable of the amusing remark.
Who is he:
Bernard is one of the UK's favourite comedy performers, perhaps being best known these days for his work on children's TV, such as The Wombles. But he has a long list of comedy films too, most notably in the Carry On movies.
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Barry Cryer

JAM Appearances:
26, including 21 as a panellist on radio in 1974-1975-1980-1981-1982-1983-1984-1985-1986-1989-2001, four as a panellist on television in 1999, and one in the radio compilation programme Silver Minutes in 1992.
How he did:
Barry is certainly one of the funniest performers, having a speaking style well suited to JAM. A natural improviser, Barry is less capable as a challenger, often finishing last. Still he often had some of the funnier remarks, and was used regularly in the 80s. Barry was considered as the permanent replacement for Kenneth Williams following Kenneth's death. Barry was recalled for the TV series in 1999, where he was rather good, and appeared again on radio a couple of years later.
Who is he:
Barry is one of the most prolific comedy writers in Britain, having written material for such great names as Morecambe and Wise, Frankie Howard, Kenny Everett, the Two Ronnies, Bruce Forsyth and Les Dawson. He is a key component of the long-running radio panel game, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue and also chaired a comedy panel game on TV, Jokers Wild. Barry also does a lot of stage and stand-up work.
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Francesca Daly

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



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