Just A Minute

Just a Minute was devised by the late Ian Messiter who came up with the idea on the top of a number 13 bus.

He suddenly remembered being given the horrible task of speaking for one minute without hesitation or deviation by one of his school masters.

Producer David Hatch put the pilot show before a BBC development board who were sceptical that the series would run for more than six programmes.

Thirty-five years later, Chairman Nicholas Parsons continues to attempt - and mostly succeed - in keeping control over a roll-call of celebrity contenders attempting to talk on a subject for sixty seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation.

BBC Home Service pilot show with Nicholas Parsons, Beryl Reid and Derek Nimmo. From 1967.

BBC Home Service pilot show with Nicholas Parsons, Beryl Reid, Wilma Ewart, Clement Freud and Derek Nimmo. From December 1967.

4 Extra Debut. BBC Home Service pilot show with Nicholas Parsons, Beryl Reid, Wilma Ewart, Clement Freud and Derek Nimmo. From December 1967.

BBC Home Service pilot show with Nicholas Parsons, Beryl Reid and Derek Nimmo. From 1967.


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