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Miles Jupp

JAM Appearances:
Seven, including 6 as a panellist on radio in 2011-2012-2014 and one as a panellist on television in 2012.
How he did:
Not a great debut for Miles who seemed a little overwhelmed by proceedings.
Who is he:
Miles is an actor and comedian who is probably best known as Archie the Inventor in CBeebies' Balamory.
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Kaliavnan ?

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

Russell Kane

JAM Appearances:
Eight as a panellist on radio in 2011-2013-2014.
How he did:
One of very few to win on his first showing, Russell was both highly amusing and competitive. He seemed to fit in so well that he is bound to be asked back again.
Who is he:
Russell is a stand-up comic and occasional TV presenter who is one of the rising stars of English comedy.
Links to transcripts:
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Miriam Karlin

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on radio in 1969.
How she did:
A good foil for Kenneth and Derek in particular, Miriam's sharp wit and good patter made for the occasional good moment.
Who is she:
Miriam is probably best remembered for her long running role as a trade union steward in The Rag Trade where she appeared with other JAM stars Sheila Hancock and Peter Jones. But she has a long career on the stage, and still occasionally works on TV with her distinctive voice.
Links to transcripts:
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Gerry Kelly

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on radio in 1998.
How he did:
Pleasant and good humoured with that lovely Irish accent, Gerry was okay as the hometown representative when the show was in Ireland. But he did nothing to suggest he should get a second run.
Who is he:
One of Ireland's best known broadcasters, Gerry has been a regular on Irish TV for 25 years. His best known show Kelly was a Friday night chat show and ran for 16 years. He then hosted another chat show, Gerry Meets. Before beginning his long TV career Gerry was a sports reporter and teacher. he now appears on BBC Radio Ulster.
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Henry Kelly

JAM Appearances:
Three as a panellist on Radio in 1984-1985.
How he did:
Blessed with a delightful Irish brogue and a sharpness of tongue, Henry did well enough to be called an old hand at one stage despite his sparse appearances. A good talker and not intimidated at all, he may have been unlucky not to have another run.
Who is he:
Something of a radio institution, Henry has hosted a series of top radio shows at Classic FM, LBC and BBC Radio Berkshire. He has also hosted TV game shows, Going For Gold and Game For A Laugh.
Links to transcripts:
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Shappi Khorsandi

JAM Appearances:
16, including 14 as a panellist on Radio in 2008-2009-2010-2011-2014-2015 and two as a panellist on television in 2012.
How she did:
Funny and inventive but without the competitive instinct to make her a real star at this game.
Who is she:
Shappi is Iranian-born but was raised in Britain. She is a stand-up comedian and has appeared on The News Quiz and The Now Show.
Links to transcripts:
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Patrick Kielty

JAM Appearances:
Four as a panellist on Radio in 2013-2014.
How he did:
Patrick made a good ebut with good humour and a few good laugh lines.
Who is he:
Patrick is a TV presenter and comedian, known for his political satire and stand-up comedy.
Links to transcripts:
His show isn't yet transcribed.

Miles Kington

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Radio in 1983.
How he did:
Probably a little below average although by no means bad. He had a story or two to tell, but found it hard to keep up with his big-mouthed rivals.
Who is he:
Miles was a comic writer, best known for his work for Punch, and The Independent. The author of several books and poems, he also wrote for TV, and died in 2008.
Links to transcripts:
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Nish Kumar

JAM Appearances:
Three as a panellist on Radio in 2016.
How he did:
The show didn't seem the right vehicle for his himour.
Who is he:
Nish is a comedian and actor, who presents the satirical programme Newsjack on BBC Radio Four Extra.
Links to transcripts:
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Josie Lawrence

JAM Appearances:
41 including 28 as a panellist on Radio in 2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013-2014-2015-2016, 12 on Junior Just A Minute in 2013-2015 and one on Television in 2012.
How she did:
Great, bubbly and not one to be intimidated, and someone who is bound to get even better.
Who is she:
Surely one of the most versatile performers in Britain, Josie is a classical actress, spending many years with the Royal Shakespeare Company. But she is perhaps best known for her work as a comedienne and improviser. She has spent 20 years with the Comedy Store Players where she still works once or twice a week. For 10 years she was a regular on Whose Line Is It Anyway where she regularly made up songs on the sport, and displayed her singing talents. And on top of all that, she's gorgeous.
Links to transcripts:
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Bettine Le Beau

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on Radio in 1968.
How she did:
I haven't heard her one appearance.
Who is she:
Bettine was a pretty actress who was involved in a lot of middling sort of work in the 60s. In the 70s she appeared regularly with Benny Hill in Hills Angels. Bettine was in a nazi concentration camp and is active among Holocaust survivors. She is the author of a book on positive thinking.
Links to transcripts:
Her show isn't yet transcribed.

Helen Lederer

JAM Appearances:
Six, including four as a panellist on Television in 1994-1995, and two on radio in 1992-2009.
How she did:
Helen wasn't much chop at the game, and seemed to struggle even to get her humour out. Rather amusingly incompetent but not a turn that would have bore much repetition.
Who is she:
Helen seemed to be everywhere for a while in British comedy TV with no programme seemingly going to air without her in a bit part. These ideas she is possibly best known for her regular part in the big hit Absolutely Fabulous. She was also a successful stand-up comedian in the 90s.
Links to transcripts:
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Maureen Lipman

JAM Appearances:
Six as a panellist on radio in 1982-1992-1998-2007.
How she did:
Excellently, Maureen came across as a Sheila Hancock in the making with a sunny disposition, a treasure trove of anecdotes and seemed undaunted by the big names around her. She would surely be worth another visit.
Who is she:
Maureen has been one of Britain's busiest actresses for the past 30 years. She is possibly best known for her starring role as an agony aunt in Agony, a succesful sitcom, but most of her work has been on stage, where she was closely associated with JAM star Derek Nimmo for a time. Other shows she has appeared in include the soap Coronation Street. She's also a successful author and newspaper columnist.
Links to transcripts:
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Moira Lister

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on radio in 1969.
How she did:
Moira was given a right royal rollicking in the Kenneth Williams Diaries for the way she interrupted the great man. But on the show itself, she just seems spirited, no more than many others. She played the game well, and had a good sense of fun.
Who is she:
Moira was a regular on stage and screen in the late 50s and 60s, often in comedy roles and would have been wellknown to Kenneth at the time of her JAM appearance. As sometimes happens with remarkably good looking actresses as the years take their toll, her career faded away but she was certainly a big name in her prime. She died in 2007.
Links to transcripts:
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Sean Lock

JAM Appearances:
One as a panellist on radio in 2002.
How he did:
Sean wasn't short on the humour but his style involved plenty of hesitation and repetition which made it hard for him to make much of a mark on the show.
Who is he:
Sean is currently one of the biggest names in stand-up comedy in Britain, packing them in wherever he goes and inevitably being a big hit at the Edinburgh Fringe. He wrote and starred in his own TV cult classic Fifteen Storeys High, and has done his share of game show appearances, currently being a regular on QI.
Links to transcripts:
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Josie Long

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on radio in 2009-2014.
How she did:
Josie was chirpy and jolly, but didn't get many laughs.
Who is she:
Josie's main job is as a stand-up comedian but she has also written for the popular TV series Skins. She won best newcomer at the Edinburgh Festival in 2006.
Links to transcripts:
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Joe Lycett

JAM Appearances:
Four as a panellist on Radio in 2013-2014-2015.
How he did:
Joe sounded like a natural and enjoyed the whole experience, with quips and banter.
Who is he:
Joe is a stand-up comedian who won best newcomer at the 2012 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He's making waves too on panel shows and TV.
Links to transcripts:
His show isn't yet transcribed.

Zoe Lyons

JAM Appearances:
Two as a panellist on Radio in 2016.
How she did:
Quite well without being a star.
Who is she:
A reality TV star and comedian.
Links to transcripts:
Her show isn't yet transcribed.

Fred MacAulay

JAM Appearances:
17 as a panellist on Radio in 1996-1997-1999-2004-2007-2008-2010-2013-2016.
How he did:
Remarkably well, Fred's deep Scottish burr, playfulness and humour made him a natural on JAM. He even managed to win his second appearance, but this turned out to be something of a fluke sadly. Still he gave us many hearty laughs and must be unlucky not to have appeared since 1999.
Who is he:
A very well-known broadcaster in Scotland, he has hosted a morning humour show on Radio Scotland for six years, but has also been a regular on the stand-up circuit and contributed to plenty of game shows on both radio and television.
Links to transcripts:
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