WHO'S WHO IN JUST A MINUTE!
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David ?

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

Lottie Davies

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

JAM Appearances:
Four as a panellist on radio in 2008-2009.
How he did:
Deadpan and witty, with lots of funny things to say - a future star.
Who is he:
He's a stand-up comedian, compere and actor who has been on TV presenting variety shows and acting for the better part of 20 years. His current vehicle is Lead Balloon, a sitcom written and performed by himself and based vaguely on his life. He also appears regularly on I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.
Links to transcripts:
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Hugh Dennis

JAM Appearances:
two as a panellist on radio in 1994-1995.
How he did:
A sunny disposition combined with a jokey manner, Hugh did okay, but probably wasn't funny enough to get a recall.
Who is he:
Hugh is one of the UK's more prolific sketch comedians with a run of TV shows including The Mary Whitehouse Experience, TV To Go, The Now Show and as a voice on Spitting Image. He was also a regular in My Hero and is remembered as a sidekick to Jasper Carrott and Steve Punt. His main TV gig these days is as a regular on Mock The Week.

Douglas ?

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

Blythe Duff

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on radio in 1998.
How she did:
Charming and blessed with a wonderful laugh and a warm Scottish voice, Blythe had an ear for an anecdote, but probably didn't stand out enough to get a recall.
Who is she:
Blythe is a regular on the stage in Scotland but is probably best known in Britain for her role in the long running police TV show Taggart.
Links to transcripts:
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Jenny Eclair

JAM Appearances:
68 including 56 as a panellist on radio in 1994-1995-1999-2001-2002-2003-2005-2006-2007-2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013-2014-2015-2016, 10 as a panellist on Junior Just A Minute in 2013-2015, one as a guest subject show on the 35th anniversary special in 2003, and one on the 40th anniversary special in 2007.
How she did:
Jenny's distinctive style of comedy brightens every show she appears in. Arguably the funniest woman ever to appear on JAM, Jenny has a wonderful voice, a jolly cackle and an lovely self-deprecating humour and homeliness that seems to suit JAM. She scraps for a point as if her life depends on it. Is surely now a permanent fixture on the show.
Who is she:
One of the funniest stand-up comics in Britain, Jenny has a routine where she revels in smoking, drinking, swearing and her own inadequacies. She has a remarkable stage presence and has also done some TV and radio work including her own chat show. Is the only woman to win the prestigious Perrier award at the Edinburgh Festival and has recently begun a career as a novellist. She is a regular on the TV series Grumpy Old Women and recently took to the stage in a dramatic role in the Killing Of Sister George.
Links to transcripts:
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Kevin Eldon

JAM Appearances:
Eight as a panellist on radio in 2010-2012-2013-2014.
How he did:
Charming, funny and fluent, Kevin made the sort of impact that suggests he could well be back again.
Who is he:
Kevin Eldon is an actor and comedian. His TV appearances include Brass Eye, 15 Storeys High, Black Books, I'm Alan Partridge, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
Links to transcripts:
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Pippa Evans

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist in 2016.
Who is she:
Pippa Evans is a British comedian, known for her work in character and improvisational comedy.
How she did:
Pretty good, she had a quick wit and seemed to fit in well.
Links to transcripts:
Her show isn't yet transcribed.

Kenny Everett

JAM Appearances:
Two including one as a panellist on radio in 1980, and one on the 40th anniversary special in 2007.
How he did:
Very well. His campness and manic manner seemed to fit the show well, though perhaps one Kenneth Williams is enough.
Who is he:
Kenny was an incredibly gifted radio and TV comedian who died young in 1995. He was the first TV comedian to use video and computer imagery. He created many memorable characters and was a top ranking radio host over about 20 years.
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Wilma Ewart

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on radio in the very first show in 1967.
How she did:
Not so great, she achieved little that was memorable, but left plenty of room for Clement and Derek to stand out.
Who is she:
She is described in the biographies as "an American", past that Wilma has left little information behind her.
Links to transcripts:
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Vanessa Feltz

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist in 2014.
Who is she:
Vanessa is a broadcaster and journalist. She currently presents an early morning radio show on Radio 2 but is probably better known for a string of TV chat shows.
How she did:
She was very fluent and confident without being especially funny.
Links to transcripts:
Her show isn't yet transcribed.

Craig Ferguson

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on radio in 1993.
How he did:
He did very well and was competitive in the game. He had a pleasant manner but perhaps didn't take enough opportunities to amuse.
Who is he:
Craig is a Scottish comedian who had success in Britain on various TV shows and then decided to chase the money in Hollywood. He had a regular role in The Drew Carey Show and did movies, before getting his own late night TV show, The Late Late Show making him one of the best known comedians in the US.
Links to transcripts:
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Lynn Ferguson

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on radio in 2008.
How she did:
She was nice and strangely competitive, but perhaps not enough laughs to deserve regular call-backs.
Who is she:
Lynn is a Scottish stand-up comedian and playwright, with a wonderful accent.
Links to transcripts:
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Fenella Fielding

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on radio in 1969.
How she did:
Bizarrely. Fenella was perhaps the most hesitant, repetitious and deviant person ever to appear on JAM but laughed her way through the show with great success. Truly a unique personality who was a hell of a lot of fun.
Who is she:
Referred to occasionally as the female Kenneth Williams, Fenella was Britain's leading exponent of female camp in the 50s and 60s. Her main career was on the stage where she used her unmistakeable voice and fluttering eyelashes to good effect. She worked with Kenneth on revue and also in a Carry On movie, Carry On Screaming. Her most recent acting was in a 2007 stage tour of The Vagina Monologues.
Links to transcripts:
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John Finnemore

JAM Appearances:
Twp as a panellist on radio in 2016.
Who is he:
John is a British comedy writer and actor, best known for his radio shows Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme, as well as for frequent appearances on other Radio 4 comedy shows such as The Now Show and The Unbelievable Truth. John has won more Comedy.co.uk Awards than any other writer.
How he did:
Competitive fron the git-go, John was funny and quick withiut beinga star.
Links to transcripts:
Not yet transcribed.

John Fortune

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on television in 1994.
How he did:
Urbane, he was terribly patronised by Nicholas for his general incompetence of the game but mildly amusing in a Peter Jones-esque way.
Who is he:
John is a well known TV impressionist, part of a long partnership with John Bird and Rory Bremner. Has a background in British comedy going back to the 60s as one of Peter Cook's collaborators. His most recent week is in the radio series Ed Reardon's Week.
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William Franklyn

JAM Appearances:
Four as a panellist on radio in 1984-1985-1986.
How he did:
One of the mid 80s guests who did okay without being a stand-out. William or Bill as he was often called was fluent enough and stood up okay in the repartee stakes, but was not outstanding enough to warrant more than a couple of visits.
Who is he:
An actor perhaps best known for his countless ads and voiceovers, Bill is the perennial bit-part player on heaps of films and TV shows. But he was also a regular in game shows down the years, most notably on Quote Unquote. He died in 2006.
Links to transcripts:
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Liz Fraser

JAM Appearances:
Three as a panellist on radio in 1970-1975-1976.
How she did:
Liz appeared on a special Christmas edition and then got a recall a few years later. She did okay against the resident motor mouths without being an exceptional guest. But certainly enjoyed it all.
Who is she:
Liz was the "dumb blonde" in countless British comedy movies, particularly the Carry Ons in the 60s. Moved into the Confessions movies, in the 70s, Liz had a distinctive look and voice.
Links to transcripts:
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Clement Freud

JAM Appearances:
548 including 538 as a panellist on radio in 1967-1968-1969-1970-1971-1972-1973-1974-1975-1976-1977-1978-1979-1980-1981-1982-1983-1984-1985-1986-1987-1988-1989- 1990-1991-1992-1993-1994-1995-1996-1997-1998-1999-2000-2001-2002-2003-2004-2005-2006-2007-2008-2009, four as a panellist on television in 1994-1995, three as chairman on radio in 1968-1970-1983, one on the radio compilation programme, Silver Minutes in 1992, one on the 40th anniversary special in 2007, and one special appearance as a tribute following his death in 2009.
How he did:
Clement has played Just A Minute more than anyone else, and would surely have by a long distance the most wins if such a statistic was calculated. He took part in the first show and was an ever-present part of the team for its first six years. Since then he has been a regular player, appearing in most but not all shows.
Clement has a style which is unique to him. He has a voice which is dull and he speaks at a steady slow pace without inflexion. He enjoys the competitive side of the game and likes to win or at least to be gaining points.
Clement has said he was asked to be the competitive member of the team and he has certainly achieved that. He is most likely to use points-winning ploys like making lists to fill time, or challenging just as the whistle is to be blown. He denies it is a ploy, it's just his luck. He has other ploys, like bits of poems and songs that he can pull out of the memory. But Clement is also quite capable of making the funniest remarks. He has a dry droll wit and has a retentive mind for one-liners such as this on records: "the interesting thing about Virgin Records is they have no holes in them." Clement loves to shock. In the shows early days, he mostly kept within the confines of double entendre and puns, but nowadays, with so few taboo subjects on which to make jokes, he can go pretty near the knuckle with his humour.
Clement obviously hugely enjoys JAM, despite having little respect for the chairman. Clement had three trials as chairman but was altogether too schoolmasterly to be a success. He regards Nicholas as his inferior intellectually and would obviously prefer he strictly abided by the rules rather than be flexible. Still he says Nicholas is "a skilful performer" which is something.
Clement is a major part of the success of JAM. While he is there, the show can never go to far in the direction of being silly, Clement is a vital ballast. When he dies or retires, the show will find him hard to replace but it will need to: he provides a balance to the essential triviality of the show.
Clement has a good knowledge, is an excellent user of the English language, although it was not his first language, and despite his monotone has excellent timing. The show is not quite the same when he is absent.

Who is he:
Clement has had the most varied career of any of the JAM regulars. He has a famous family... his grandfather Sigmund was the creator of psychoanalysis, his aunt Anna also a famed psychotherapist. His daughter Emma is a comedian and broadcaster while son Matthew is Britain's best known public relations practitioner. Clement is an immigrant from Germany before World War Two and learnt English relatively late. After school, he went to work in restaurants, eventually owning his own famous English club. It was there he started to perform, delivering his one-liner jokes in his idiosyncratic manner. That led to TV work, on chat shows and then as a TV chef. This led to a famous ad for dog-food. Clement asked for the same pay-packet earned by the Prime Minister and got it.
That meant he had enough money to live the life he pleased and for a while he did just that. He moved into journalism, writing sports reports, columns and features, and wrote a popular series of children's books, Grimble. This period also featured the birth of Just A Minute where Clement appeared on every show until he entered Parliament. That happened in 1973, when he won a by-election to take a seat in Parliament as a Liberal MP while continuing to appear regularly, if not every week, on JAM.
For those not in Britain, the Liberal Party has been a distant third in British politics for the past 80 years and Clement's party meant he was never likely to become a politician of the first rank. Politically he is probably best known for his advocacy of freedom of official information legislation and for his vehement opposition to smoking. He was an entertaining speaker though. His most lasting political achievement may be his vote to dismiss the Callaghan Labour Government in 1979. The Government was facing a "no confidence" motion and negotiated with Clement, offering time for his information legislation, if he was "late" to the no confidence vote. Clement declined, voted against the Government, and the vote was lost by just one vote. Had Clement missed the vote, the vote would have been tied and the Government would have retained office. As it was an election was forced and the Conservatives won the election, beginning 18 years of power, 11 of them under Margaret Thatcher. Clement was no fan of Mrs Thatcher though, coining one of the better remembered insults of her: "Atilla the Hen".
Clement lost his always marginal seat in the 1987 election, and since then seems to enjoyed doing just what he likes. He has returned to writing, does a great deal of public speaking, and enjoys his Just a Minute appearances. He follows horse racing closely, he has owned several horses over the years. At 78, he could be forgiven for beginning to wind down, but recently took on the rectorship of St Andrew's University. He is beginning to look a bit old, and perhaps is not quite as quick on the buzzer as he once was, but the voice and the style are just the same as ever.

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Links to transcripts as chairman:
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