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WELCOME TO JUST A MINUTE!

starring KENNETH WILLIAMS, CLEMENT FREUD, PETER JONES and ANDREE MELLY, chaired by NICHOLAS PARSONS (Radio, 6 February 1973)


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ANNOUNCER: We present Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Peter Jones and Andree Melly in Just A Minute. And as the Minute Waltz fades away here to tell you about it is our chairman Nicholas Parsons.

NICHOLAS PARSONS: Thank you, thank you very much indeed, hello and welcome to Just A Minute. Well once again we have four experienced players of the game. And Iím going to ask them to speak if they can for just one minute on some unlikely subject without of course hesitation, repetition or deviating from the subject which is written on the card in front of me. And again according to how well they do it, they will gain points or their opponents will. And let us begin the show this week with Kenneth Williams. Kenneth, always a good one to start any show. But can you start this week on relativity for 60 seconds starting now.

KENNETH WILLIAMS: It just so happens that this is a favourite subject of mine. I think it would be true to say that we associate the name Einstein invariably with the word relativity. Because it was his theory which out-Newtoned, so to speak, the previously held ideas of this subject. You see he...

BUZZ

NP: Peter Jones has challenged you.

PETER JONES: Repetition of subject.

NP: I agree with your challenge of repetition Peter. You therefore gain a point, you take over the subject, there are 33 and one half seconds left, relativity starting now.

PJ: Well Iím not going to challenge anything that Kenneth Williams has said about Einstein or relativity. I think he put it extremely well. It was unfortunate that he did repeat this one word, but apart from that I think he got the facts more or less right. Now this was perhaps the biggest contribution that anyone has made to scientific thought in this century. Now th atomic bomb and the hydrogen same-thing was also ah...

BUZZ

NP: Kenneth Williams has challenged.

KW: Deviation, neither of these subjects is to do with the theory of relativity. The atom bomb and the hydrogen bomb! Whatís he on about? Heís discussing nuclear fission, nothing to do with it.

NP: Yes but the problem is...

KW: Thereís no but the problem is!

NP: There is a problem!

KW: I should have it back! He pinched it off me and I hadnít even got down to discussing it!

NP: He just said he thought you did it brilliantly!

KW: Yeah well I hadnít!

PJ: He canít accept a compliment!

KW: It goes in one ear with him and out the other! Yes! I know!

NP: I think, I think you have a very good challenge and the fact that heís now gone on to nuclear fission and so forth.

KW: Yes! Thatís right Nicholas!

NP: But at the same time, who is to say...

KW: Who indeed? Except you! Oh! Who better than you to say, love? Youíre a fine chairman! You know your onions! Oh! Oh yes! Thereís no flies on him!

NP: Well all right, I think this audience, this audience has just freshly arrived, Iím sure that theyíre all keen to hear you go a little longer on relativity...

PJ: They may not be clued up on relativity.

KW: Thatís what Iím anxious to do!

PJ: Exactly! Well Iíd like you to carry on.

KW: Thank you!

PJ: Iím quite happy!

NP: Well thatís very kind. Youíve helped me out of a difficult problem Peter, youíve been very generous, very sporting, very gentlemanly because itís a debatable decision. But I give the benefit of the doubt to Kenneth, a point and three seconds starting now.

KW: Well the Einstein theory discards the...

BUZZ

NP: Clement Freud challenged.

CLEMENT FREUD: Repetition of Einstein.

KW: Oh dear oh dear!

NP: Clement Freud you get the point and the subject and thereís one second left starting now.

CF: Einstein!

WHISTLE

NP: You may just have heard the whistle being blown by Ian Messiter. It does tell us that 60 seconds is up. Whoever speaks when the whistle is blown gains an extra point. On this occasion it was Clement Freud who has a lead at the end of that round. Peter Jones will you start the next round, the subject is being thorough. Would you talk on that now for just one minute starting now.

PJ: This is something that you really canít be too particular about. You must get all the information you can, make a study of the subject, whatever it is, it doesnít matter. Go to a library, borrow books if you can, get postal courses, find out from friends whether they know anything about it. And then when you have acquired as much knowledge as you possibly can...

BUZZ

NP: Andree Melly has challenged.

ANDREE MELLY: I think there were two knowledges.

PJ: No there werenít! No, no!

NP: No I donít think there were...

CF: Several acquireds but not two knowledges.

NP: Itís too late for the acquireds now, but the knowledge was there. You had this impression of great knowledge being acquired...

AM: Yes.

NP: ... so you thought he repeated it. He didnít, I disagree with the challenge Andree and there are 38 seconds on being thorough starting now.

PJ: And then get all the ingredients around you in the room, clean it up, and really sit down with the books that you have er...

BUZZ

NP: Peter, Clement Freud has challenged.

CF: Repetition of books.

NP: Yes Iím afraid you did have a book before, and so, you had books before. Being thorough is now with you Clement and there are 29 seconds left starting now.

CF: What I like to be really thorough about is my boots. I put them on every morning after taking them off each night, and I lace up each shoe, both the left...

BUZZ

NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Well, boots and shoes, he canít have er...

NP: Yes if he puts his boots on how can he lace up his shoes?

PJ: Yes, well, he might, but it would be very eccentric!

NP: And very devious! I agree with your challenge Peter, you have 15 seconds on being thorough starting now.

PJ: I on the other hand place my footwear at the bottom of the stairs and beside them I put...

BUZZ

NP: Clement Freud has challenged.

CF: Hesitation.

NP: Yes, only just. It was a tough one but I think it was just enough to be ah ah hesitation and there are seven and a half seconds on being thorough with you Clement starting now.

CF: Pants, vest, shirt, tie...

BUZZ

NP: Kenneth Williams has challenged.

KW: This is an inventory of clothing, itís nothing to do, itís nothing to do with the subject...

NP: It might be an inventory of clothing but it might...

KW: The subject is being thorough, dear! Itís...

NP: Well we donít know! Heís only been going for two or three seconds so we donít know.

PJ: Heís only got five more seconds to go, he hasnít time to prove that heís talking about...

KW: Precisely! Exactly! Very good point Peter! Yes!

NP: But Peter wasnít challenging, you were!

PJ: Yes, but I was just er seconding his challenge.

NP: Yes, do you want to third it Andree?

AM: Yes yes.

NP: It doesnít make any difference, I disagree with it!

PJ: Oh!

NP: There are four and a half seconds with you Clement on being thorough starting now.

CF: Read your books...

BUZZ

NP: Andree Melly challenged.

AM: Hesitation.

LAUGHTER FROM KW, PJ AND THE AUDIENCE

NP: Three and a half seconds... no! Three and a half seconds on being thorough with you Clement starting now.

CF: Digest your homework to the utmost...

WHISTLE

NP: Theyíre all trying the Clement Freud trick of getting in just before the whistle. On that occasion it wasnít successful Andree. Clement Freud increased his lead to have a commanding one at the end of that round. But Andree weíre now going to hear from you because itís your turn to begin. The subject is fillings. Would you talk on fillings for just 60 seconds starting now.

AM: His eyes were full of delight, and his face was close to mine. My mouth was open at the time, and he breathed ďyouíve got the most beautiful gold inlay I have ever seenĒ. And he was absolutely right, because I may have pearly gates in the front, but at the back itís a kind of Aladdinís cave. Itís the expensive kind because I once got caught with a...

BUZZ

NP: Clement Freud has challenged, why?

CF: Two kinds.

NP: Yes alas, so Clement you have the subject...

CF: I think itís a mistake to have women on this show! I think...

NP: And the women think itís a mistake to have you on the show! There are 36 seconds with you Clement on fillings starting now.

CF: If you get two pieces of cake, then what you find between them is often known as a filling whether it be butter or cream. If it contains nuts or pistachios, almonds or cherries, fruit of any kind whatsoever, sometimes refreshed with licquer, at other times moistened with wine...

BUZZ

NP: Kenneth Williams has challenged.

KW: Well I was going to say times, but of course the first was sometimes so Iím absolutely ruined! (laughs) Itís one word isnít it, sometimes.

NP: As youíve said before...

KW: Yes! What a shame! Sorry Clement! I do apologise! Will you accept that apology?

NP: Why do you have to apologise? He gets a point for a wrong challenge.

CF: Yes I will accept it!

NP: Heís accepted the apology and heís got the subject, there are 15 seconds left, fillings starting now.

CF: If you grasp a chicken in your left hand and force some bread crumbs into the middle of it...

BUZZ

NP: Kenneth Williams has challenged.

KW: Thatís complete deviation! The subject is fillings, not getting hold of chickens and ...

NP: If youíve got a chicken with your left hand...

KW: ... and forcing something into the poor thing!

NP: If youíve got a chicken in your left hand and forced something into its inside, youíd certainly be filling it, wouldnít you? I donít think really to be quite fair that he was deviating from the subject on the card, fillings.

PJ: But he did repeat about putting it in the middle of the chicken because he talked about...

NP: But that wasnít Kennethís challenge unfortunately!

PJ: No, but it is mine!

NP: Itís a bit late now because Kenneth got in first and I have to be accurate.

PJ: Oh I see.

NP: What a pity!

PJ: Iíve no idea! I never had any impression that you were accurate!

LONG APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE

NP: I will find an opportunity to get back at you on that one Peter! There are eight seconds left with you now Clement on fillings starting now.

CF: This is especially true in the case of dead, late lamented or deceased birds because were they live...

WHISTLE

NP: With all those horrible thoughts that Clement aroused in our minds with his fillings took him further into the lead at the end of that round. Kenneth Williams will you begin the next round. The subject Laxor or Luxor as some people say. Would you talk on it for 60 seconds starting now.

KW: Well I donít know why they gave it to me. I suppose itís the one on the Nile theyíre referring to, in Egypt. It used to be called Thebes in the ancient days. And there of course Armin Hoteck built the great temple to Armun. And many of the later rulers of Egypt put the...

BUZZ

NP: Clement Freud has challenged, why?

CF: Repetition of Egypt.

NP: Iím afraid so, you had Egypt more than once. Yes, Ian Messiter gives you these lovely historical subjects but alas you often repeat the salient words in them. Clement a correct challenge, 36 seconds on Luxor starting now.

CF: I was very privileged to have been invited by the Egyptian Tourist Office to visit Luxor last Christmas. And I enjoyed it enormously although the temperature was inclement, or to put it another way, in the high 90s. One of the most beautiful trips you can take is from Cairo down the river Nile to Luxor in a boat which...

BUZZ

NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: I thought it was up the Nile.

NP: I suppose itís the way you think! Yes because youíre going up to the...

CF: No youíre going down to the...

NP: Youíre going down on the map...

CF: Thatís right.

NP: ...but youíre going up um, up the river.

CF: I was going down the map!

PJ: Youíre not on the map, youíre on the river!

NP: Youíre going up the river!

PJ: Youíre on the river!

NP: Youíre going up to Scotland or down to Scotland.

PJ: And not even the Egyptian Tourist Office can get you against the stream, you know.

NP: If youíre going from Cairo, you must be going upstream, therefore you must be going up the river and not... If you look at it on the map, youíd appear to be going down. But I agree with Peterís challenge, youíre actually going up because youíre going upstream. Luxor is now with you Peter and there are seven seconds left starting now.

PJ: Luxor is one of the many cities that the Egyptian Tourist Board has never invited me to. And I donít expect they probably ever will...

WHISTLE

NP: Peter Jones was then speaking when the whistle went and he has gained that point for doing so. And he is now very definitely in second place, Clement Freudís in a commanding lead. Andree Melly and Kenneth Williams are hardly in it at the present moment. Peter will you begin the next round and the subject, what I do in a crowded train. Heís thinking of what he does ina crowded train, Iíve given him time for thought and you now talk on the subject for 60 seconds starting now.

PJ: What I do in a crowded train is not very much because of course itís terribly dangerous. When i find myself on a tube which is crowded at a rush hour, and Iím standing, holding on to the strap, and I find that my nose is a few inches away from the nasal organ of someone else, and they happen to reveal that they watched me on television the night before and didnít enjoy it, I do find it acutely embarrassing. And I have to read all the advertisements about blackcurrant pastilles and curious office jobs that are always being advertised on these conveyances. Now when oneís hands are occupied with the strap, one has to... um...

BUZZ

NP: Ohhhhh we were enjoying it! Andree Melly you challenged.

AM: Um hesitation.

NP: Yes.

PJ: Yes Iím sorry, yes I did after...

AM: I feel mean!

NP: Peter I have to agree with Andreeís challenge, there are 12 seconds with you Andree on what I do on a crowded train starting now.

AM: What i do in a crowded train is something that Peter Jones, Kenneth Williams and Clement Freud couldnít possibly manage. I look pregnant! And then...

BUZZ

NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: I frequently look pregnant!

LAUGHTER FROM THE AUDIENCE

PJ: Iíve tried, I tried slimming biscuits but thereís no question about it, I do have this enormous swelling! And I do have dizzy spells early in the morning, particularly when I get up terribly quickly!

NP: What a difficult decision for me to make! Because while we all know it is impossible for Peter to be pregnant, who cannot say...

PJ: Yes that Iíll grant you that!

NP: It is possible for him to say perhaps that he looks pregnant. In fact sometimes people do say, jocularly you know, you donít half look pregnant.

PJ: They do, they do, yes. And theyíre not being all that jocular very often!

NP: All right, Peter I think we will give you that challenge because itís a very good challenge. And youíve got in magnificently with only two seconds to go, what I do in a crowded train starting now.

PJ: It gives a new meaning to that phrase...

WHISTLE

NP: So Peter Jones was then speaking when the whistle went. Andree Melly got a point in that round, sheís now got one in this game and Kenneth Williams has got one point. Clement Freud would you begin the next round, the subject, the family economy size. Thereís a nice subject to talk on and will you go on it for 60 seconds starting now.

CF: The family economy size is a name given to a large packet in which what you spill you donít pay for. Itís really just...

BUZZ

NP: Kenneth Williams has challenged.

KW: Deviation, in which what you spill you canít pay for? I mean this makes no sense whatsoever! In which what you spill you canít pay for! I have never heard...

NP: Kenneth...

KW: (laughs) A large packet in which what you spill... (laughs) I mean!

NP: if you say it like that, in which what you spill, it does sound very devious.

KW: Of course it is! Devious! Grammatically devious Iím afraid! So therefore the subject goes to me! How many seconds left? How many seconds left? Pull yourself together! How many seconds?

NP: I think that he, he, in keeping going under pressure, itís difficult sometimes with grammar. Iíll tell you what...

KW: I wasnít pressing him! He had no pressure on him at all!

NP: I know. You were very generous to him a little while ago. i think he will be generous to you now because he has a commanding lead and youíve only one little point there. So weíll let you have the benefit of the doubt there and the subject, the family economy size Kenneth, 50 seconds left starting now.

KW: The family economy size should be just two children. The other...

BUZZ

NP: Ah Clement Freud has challenged.

CF: Iíd like him to have another little point!

LAUGHTER FROM THE AUDIENCE

KW: Yes! Oh lovely! Thanks! No strain, no strain whatsoever!

NP: I think youíre going to give him a family economy sized point! You have 46 seconds on the family economy size Kenneth starting now.

KW: You hear a lot today about the family explosion and there is a great deal of apprehension that sooner or later there wonít be a cupboard in which you can stuff any of your progeny. Or your proclivities depending on your inclinations in that direction. Now if youíve got a gomphosis then youíre really in the...

BUZZ

NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Repetition of gomphosis!

LAUGHTER FROM CF AND THE AUDIENCE

PJ: He did say it earlier on, didnít he?

KW: I have not said gomphosis...

NP: Kenneth regularly says gomphosis!

PJ: I thought heíd said it earlier, I could have sworn...

KW: I have not mentioned it on this show. This audience have never heard gomphosis before, have you?

SHOUTS OF ďNOĒ FROM THE AUDIENCE

NP: No, nobodyís heard gomphosis before!

PJ: No, it was a mistake on my part! I misheard it, clearly! Sounded very like it!

NP: So Clement, Kenneth gets another point for a wrong challenge, 14 and a half seconds, the family economy size starting now.

KW: And the chair occupied by the head of the family, traditionally known as the carver...

BUZZ

NP: Ah...

KW: ...because of its arms...

NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Repetition of family.

NP: Yes weíve had...

KW: Itís on the title, you great nit! Youíre allowed to quote the title, arenít you, you great fool! Pull yourself together! Heís gone funny, innee?

PJ: The title is Just A Minute!

KW: No, no! (laughs)

APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE

NP: The subject is the family economy size which you can repeat.

KW: There you are! You fool!

NP: But wait a minute, you fool...

PJ: Not fragmentarily!

KW: Eh?

PJ: You canít fragment it! Can you?

NP: Well you, he has used the word family outside the context of the subject on the card.

PJ: Quite! Quite! Quite!

NP: And now he has repeated family...

PJ: I know he has! So Iím awarded the point!

NP: Yes all right, I agree with you. So you have a point for a correct challenge Peter and you have 11 seconds, the family economy size starting now.

PJ: Iíve taught my children mathematics by taking out the contents from these large packets and weighing them and working out how much it costs. And you often find that theyíre much more expensive than the smaller packets...

WHISTLE

NP: The fun that Peter Jones must have at home! But Andree weíre now going to hear from you because itís your turn to begin. The subject is secrets. Sixty seconds on that Andree starting now.

AM: Secrets are really very frustrating things. The whole point about them is youíre supposed to keep them. And the great fun is to go right away and tell them to somebody else. For children, secrets are very dramatic. I remember having hot sticky faces pressed up against my ear, my hair pulled back, and the whispery voice going (makes panting noise) and telling you that Patsy Wilde hasnít got her knickers on and donít you ever never go and tell her. No, you say, and cross your heart. And off you go right away to that knickerless infant and tell her what youíve been told. Now...

BUZZ

NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Repetition of tells.

NP: Yes she tells, that right, and then she tells again. Peter you listened well and you got in with a good challenge and there are 20 seconds on secrets starting now.

PJ: Well Iím not going to reveal mine until I canít get any other kind of work. And then Iím going to write a book about all the people that Iíve met in this business. And shall probably reveal the secrets of Kenneth Williams and what we did behind...

BUZZ

NP: Andree Melly has challenged.

AM: There was a very kindly hesitation, a pause.

PJ: Well that was just a tactful pause! I mean...

NP: Because he thought he might have to reveal it! So he paused! But youíre not allowed to pause in this game Peter so Andree has another point and there are three seconds on secrets Andree starting now.

AM: Grown-ups like to have them too. They go outside saying...

WHISTLE

NP: Andree was then speaking when the whistle went and she has moved forward at the end of that round but sheís still in fourth place. Kennethís in third place, Peterís in a very good second place but Clement Freud is still in the lead. And Kenneth will you begin the next round. What a lovely subject that Ian Messiterís thought of for you, high spirits. Oh high spirits Kenneth, will you talk on that for 60 seconds starting now.

KW: Well I suppose this could refer to having a drop of something or other on top of Everest. Or it could mean being extremely joyous and full of infectious joie de vivre and bon híomie or what you will. Will oí the wisp sometimes has been referred to as the kind of thing. Of course there is a spiritualistic attitude I believe, whereby they manifest these things, ectoplasmic and all stuff goes all over the stinking place so it feels like somebodyís brought their haddock for breakfast, you know, into the room with them. And the smell, it can be atrocious. I was at one once and it was absolutely revolting. This woman said she had a message from the afterworld, you see, and she kept saying ďyou will cross waterĒ! Well I thought that could mean anything. Iím standing over a puddle, couldnít I! I mean itís ludicrous. All this saying ďyour lucky sandwich filling is salmon and shrimp! Oh, your lucky stone is gauze...Ē

BUZZ

KW: I thought well that could mean any...

NP: Clement Freud has challenged you.

CF: Repetition of lucky.

NP: Yes this woman talked about too many lucky things. Your lucky puddle and your lucky sandwich spreading and all that. Clement Freud you got in very cleverly just before the whistle. There are only two and a half seconds left, high spirits starting now.

CF: Whiskey, gin, rum, brandy...

WHISTLE

NP: Iím afraid we have no more time to play Just A Minute.

CF: Oh good!

NP: We do hope you enjoyed it because we have. Have you enjoyed it in the audience?

SHOUTS OF ďYESĒ FROM THE AUDIENCE

NP: Good! I would like just, if you would just keep very quiet, because I would like to ask our listeners if they enjoyed it. Did you enjoy it listeners?

CHEERS FROM THE AUDIENCE

NP: Thank you for answering back down your telephones listeners! You could hear them all shouting at their wirelesses and you took up the call! Ladies and gentlemen I now must give you the final score. (laughs) One of the funniest things thatís ever happened, asking the listeners and you all in the audience shout! Andree Melly, after winning magnificently the last time you were with us, you finished up with three points. We love to have you here, you do jolly well. But you didnít do quite so well this week. Kenneth did quite well but all those Luxors and things you know. Peter Jones you did very well, you did very well indeed, you got 10 points. You did jolly well. But nobody, no, no, it wasnít worth a clap! But Clement Freud is once again the winner, Clement Freud! Ladies and gentlemen we do hope youíve enjoyed this edition of Just A Minute, from all of us here, good-bye!

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ANNOUNCER: The chairman of Just A Minute, the programme was devised by Ian Messiter and produced by Simon Brett.