NOTE: Alfred Marks's first appearance.


ANNOUNCER: We present Kenneth Williams, Clement Freud, Peter Jones and Alfred Marks 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 indeed, hello and welcome to Just A Minute. And as you just heard our announcer tell you, we are thrilled and delighted to welcome to the programme this week for the first time Alfred Marks! Alfred has very nobly and courageously come along tonight to try and do battle with these three experienced exponents of the game who need no introduction from me so I wonít give it. Ladies and gentlemen, they have all got to try and speak as usual if they can for just one minute on some unlikely subject without hesitation, without repetition and without deviating from the subject on the card. And weíll start the show this week with Kenneth Williams. Kenneth the subject that Ian Messiterís thought of is how I restrain myself. Now as we know you very rarely do, would you try and talk about it for 60 seconds starting now.

KENNETH WILLIAMS: I suppose this could cover a multitude of sins, among them self-intro. Now I remember a man who achieved it by chaining himself and padlocking the lot, lying on the floor. And they said ďwell is that all?Ē And he said ďitís enoughĒ. And I thought it was absolutely true. Iíve tried it myself with chains and ropes in an escapology act which I was to have done at the old Music Hall in Hackney. But when I arrived there, there was this guitarist whose strings broke. And he said could I help him out. Well the only thing I had was a strand of the stuff that should have been imprisoning me. But I gave it to him, and in consequence I was found charbilet as the French put it, and consequently I had... no, I said consequently twice.


NP: Oh but you shouldnít have stopped Kenneth!

KW: Mmmm!

NP: You were going so magnificently! They might even have restrained themselves!

KW: Who buzzed me?

NP: Kenneth Freud, er... Kenneth Freud!


NP: Clement Freud sits next to Kenneth Williams in the show, and so it was Clement Freud who challenged, why?

CLEMENT FREUD: Hesitation.

NP: Yes I would agree Clement. And you have a point for a correct challenge and you have 16 seconds on how I restrain myself starting now.

CF: First of all I have to strain myself, and after that i was able to re-strain myself. The damage...


NP: Um Alfred Marks has challenged.

ALFRED MARKS: Repetition of myself.

NP: Yes! Well done Alfred! Well done!


NP: So Alfred you got in there in the first round...

CF: We are playing new rules, are we?

NP: You said myself twice, didnít you?

CF: It is the subject on the card.

AM: I beg your pardon, I retract that.

NP: Of course it is the subject on the card, and you are allowed to say it twice. Youíve never played the game before, Clement Freud...

AM: Sounds as those you havenít either!


NP: However did you guess Alfie? Do, you honestly donít think that if I was an efficient chairman, they would ask me back week after week, do you?

AM: Do I get a point for cheek?

NP: You see Clement Freud is one of the most generous players of the game. And I know he wonít mind as you havenít played it before, allowing me to give you a point for that challenge, and allowing you to take over the subject with 10 seconds to go on how I restrain myself starting now.

AM: Itís very kind of you. I would like the subject as I know nothing at all about restraining myself. As you can say restrain yourself or myself many times, I will carry on saying I will restrain myself...


NP: And Clement Freud has challenged.

CF: Repetition of saying!

NP: Yes you did say say.

AM: I agree.

NP: Yes.

AM: I agree, yes.

NP: You should go on, how I restrain myself, how I restrain myself. But after about four if youíre challenged, I would give it against you.

AM: You would?

NP: Yes.

AM: I see.

NP: But you only had one second to go, you almost might have achieved it actually!

AM: Right! Yes!

NP: Good thinking already. Have you heard the game before?

AM: Have I heard the game before?

NP: Yes.

AM: Many many times, Iím a great fan of the show.

PETER JONES: Many many, he repeated that! No, I just wanted to say something so that they didnít give up all hope of me ever speaking at all!


PJ: I donít want people turning off their radios all over the country!

NP: I know, this is where this Peter Jones er comes...

PJ: Exactly!

NP: Clement you very cleverly got in with one second to go on how I restrain myself starting now.

CF: Now.


NP: Those of you who know the game well know that the whistle which is blown by Ian Messiter tells us that 60 seconds is up. And whoever is speaking at that moment gains an extra point. Clement Freud was doing it on this occasion and he has a commanding lead at the end of the round. And Clement Freud itís your turn to begin the second round and the subject is the small print. Would you talk from the small print for 60 seconds starting now.

CF: The small print factory is typography set minis...culely...


NP: Ah Kenneth Williams challenged.

KW: Well it was obviously hesitation all the way, wasnít it.

NP: Kenneth I must be fair and say that I have heard you go as slowly. And I think that um he didnít really hesitate, he was going slowly. And he can go quicker, I hope he will. So we will not allow that as hesitation, because it wasnít quite. Fifty-two seconds, the small print Clement, starting now.

CF: One could actually go very much quicker on the small print, but I have absolutely nothing to say about it at all, so I wonít...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: If heís nothing to say about it, why doesnít he shut up?

NP: I thought he did actually shut up there, and sort of hesitate. So you have 47 seconds on the small print Peter starting now.

PJ: Weíve got a number of these all over the house. Some of them nicely framed, others not. Now the one that my wife always refers to as the small print hangs in the bathroom. And itís a photograph of a little boy in Brussels over a fountain. And it seems quite appropriate. Itís not an original but it is rather nice when youíre sitting there...


NP: And thereís a challenge from Kenneth Williams.

KW: Two rathers.

NP: Yes there was Kenneth, you listened well and you have a point for a correct challenge and you have 26 seconds on the small print starting now.

KW: Well this has been recently attacked in new legislation. It doesnít refer to what Peter Jones was discussing. It is of course the trick by which people find things, little knowing the dreadful hidden penalties that are being perpetrated on them by a load of filthy, unscrupulous crooks! Because most of these people when you get these things, you buy them, and they all go wrong, and no-one will give you your money back! And itís absolutely disgusting! And Iíve taken back vacuum things that donít work...


KW: And these fraudsters...

NP: Clement Freud has challenged you.

KW: What?

NP: With one second to go.

KW: What happened?

NP: Clement Freud challenged.

KW: Oh! Hasnít he got a nerve!

NP: Yes he has got a nerve but...

KW: Whatís the basis of his challenge?

CF: Iím about to outline it!

NP: Clement?

CF: He repeated the word back.

NP: Well he was speaking so fast I couldnít hear if he repeated anything actually. You were sitting next to him, weíll take your word for it that he did repeat it and um...

PJ: You mean you take your word for it because heís sitting next to him?

NP: Yes!

PJ: Well thatís ridiculous! I...

KW: Donít argue with the chairman!

PJ: I havenít got a chance, sitting over here!

NP: Youíre absolutely right Peter!

PJ: I think itís ridiculous!

NP: Youíve convinced me I should leave the subject with Kenneth Williams who has a point for a wrong challenge and he has one second to go starting now.

KW: And so the law has been changed! And rightly so!


NP: Well it was Kenneth Williams then speaking when the whistle went, much to the pleasure of everybody in our audience here. He gained a number of points in that...

KW: And Iím in the lead!

NP: Second place.

KW: Oh! Well whoís in first?

NP: Clement Freud.

KW: Oh! He always wins, doesnít he!

NP: But you are, you are well ahead, two points, of Alfred Marks and Peter Jones who have only a singleton to their name. Peter Jones will you begin the next round, the subject, current affairs. Would you talk about that, 60 seconds starting now.

PJ: Well Iím not having very many of them at the moment! But I remember, foreign affairs of course are another thing altogether. And Iím not going to talk about them because I would be guilty of deviating. But current affairs, theyíre going on all the time. And when you pause and think for a moment, as youíre not entitled to do in this game of course, but if you have to pause...


NP: Clement Freud has challenged.

CF: Repetition of of course.

NP: Yes, unfortunately. Itís very difficult not to say it occasionally. Clement a correct challenge, 41 seconds on current affairs starting now.

CF: The current affair that my donkey is having with a strawberry rowan mouse is one of the most uncomfortable and hard to conceive dalliances and misalliances as you might say, that have proliferated in the countryside since June the 22nd, nineteen hundred and forty-three...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged, why?

PJ: This sounds like deviation of the worst, grossest kind!

NP: Yes you see, itís probably, the subject matter probably is devious. But he wasnít actually deviating from the subject which is current affairs. He established that this particular relationship with the donkey...

PJ: A donkey and I didnít hear what else it was?

NP: Nor did I, Iím pleased to say!

PJ: Yes.

NP: And I think the less we hear about it, the better. But he wasnít deviating from the subject so he keeps going with a point for a wrong challenge and there are 24 seconds left starting now.

CF: Before attempting to have current affairs, you must find out whether youíre AC or DC. And whether it is two hundred and thirty volts or the other one which has round instead of square holes to go into a plug. Now having established...


NP: Alfred Marks has challenged.

AM: Well itís deviation because holes donít go into a plug. Plugs go into a hole.

NP: Well done Alfred! Alfred you have a correct challenge and you have eight seconds on the subject of current affairs starting now.

AM: I find...


NP: Kenneth Williams has...

KW: Well he was very long in starting! Hesitation Iím afraid!

AM: Iím new!

NP: He was very long in starting but we do give him a chance...

KW: Oh Iím sorry! Iím sorry!

NP: No donít apologise...

KW: I was only trying to speak! I havenít spoken for ages!

NP: Youíve just spoken now!

KW: Oh!

AM: I happen to be a very deep breather!

KW: Oh I see!

NP: Alfie you have six and a half second on, seconds on current affairs starting now.

AM: I adore current affairs...


NP: Um Clement Freud has challenged.

CF: Deviation, he was rather quick in starting!


NP: He may have been deviating from his norm but he wasnít deviating from the subject on the card. He has another point and five seconds on current affairs starting now.

AM: I listen to the radio whenever I can and watch television. I adore news bulletins. I in fact are wide open to any piece of information...


NP: Alfred Marks was then speaking when the whistle went, he gains that extra point. Heís moved into second place now behind Clement Freud whoís in the lead, Kenneth in third place and Peter in fourth. And Kenneth Williams your turn to begin. Percy Biss Shelley. Would you talk to us about him for 60 seconds starting now.

KW: I donít know why I always get these blokes. Anyway Iíve been, I donít suppose my knowledge on this subject is any better than anybody elseís. I know he wrote these poems and married this woman who wrote this horror story about Frankenstein. He was chucked out of Oxford, and on the basis that he wrote this thing called er Defence Of, or A Need For Atheism. It was all considered quite unorthodox, and they gave him the bumís rush, which is quite reasonable in the circumstances. Because you canít have people in an institution which was fundamentally religious in as far as all these er places...


NP: Clement Freud has challenged.

CF: Hesitation.

NP: Yes I think Iíd agree Clement and you have 19 seconds on Percy Biss Shelley starting now.

CF: I always remember Percy Biss Shelley for writing To A Nightingale, and never received a reply! Which worried me enormously. Because he waited by the front door morning after afternoon, evening and then the next month. He was still there by the mat hoping that the envelope would come...


NP: Clement Freud your turn to begin and the subject, having the car serviced. Would you talk on that subject, 60 seconds starting now.

CF: Every now and again when you get into a motor car, and press the starter having turned the key in the ignition, nothing happens. At about which time, you telephone the garage and say ďI believe it is time I had my car servicedĒ. And the bill they send you which is usually marked tuning, seems as if it were done by Benjamin Britten because it comes to some enormous sum of money. Forty-eight pounds, 73p I seem to recall was the last account rendered to me by the service station...


NP: Kenneth Williams challenged.

KW: Well everything seemed to judder to a halt, didnít it.

NP: I know. He thought of that bill again, and he did come to a halt. Kenneth you have the subject of having the car serviced and there are 25 seconds left starting now.

KW: Well you have what is known as the MOT and various mechanics go over the vehicle ensuring that all...


NP: Alfred Marks has challenged.

AM: Slight deviation because the MOT is not a service, itís an inspection.

NP: That is perfectly correct, yes. It is er a inspection that you have for road worthiness when applying for a licence. Nothing to do with servicing a car. Bad luck Kenny! Alfie you have a correct challenge and 16 seconds on having the car serviced starting now.

AM: It may very well be that after you have the MOT, you are also to have certain parts of the car serviced, unless you do that you will not get the necessary certificate and you cannot get the car on the road. In which case you may have to walk or take a bicycle or have a piggyback from your friend. If you havenít got one of these people, the best...


NP: Alfie kept going magnificently again, gained the extra point, heís taken the lead at the end of that round. Peter Jones your turn to begin, the subject is buying a house. Would you talk on that one for just one minute starting now.

PJ: Itís very difficult to do. And I advise everybody who is contemplating it to pause and reflect for a period of years before they take the plunge. And then when they finally come to the decision they should go to estate agents, talk it over with friends and neighbours, walk up and down the streets and roads of wherever it is they are thinking of residing, examining the buildings on either side, and occasionally even looking at newspapers and perusing the advertisements because they have bungalows, tall ones and even shorter. And there are semi-detached...


NP: Clement Freud has challenged.

CF: Deviation.

NP: Why?

CF: You canít have a tall bungalow!

NP: Well I...

CF: I mean, high rise bungalows just donít exist!

NP: Well I donít know, I saw a...

PJ: You can have a tall storey!

NP: Yes!

PJ: I mean all bungalows are not the same size!

NP: Of course!

PJ: You must admit that! Therefore some are taller than others!

NP: When youíd gone, when you went from bungalows, I thought you were talking about houses, when you said tall ones and...

PJ: Yes! Exactly! Yes!

AM: Some as big as your head!

PJ: Yes!

NP: Yes! Thatís right and there are different sizes of bungalow anyway. No, Clement, I disagree with the challenge, 22 seconds, buying a house, still with you Peter starting now.

PJ: So get on to the phone and speak to these representatives of various vendors of people who are domiciled in these extraordinary square boxes made of bricks with slates on the top and glass things to let the light in...


NP: And Clement Freud has challenged again.

CF: Repetition of things.

PJ: Yes I think I did say things.

NP: Yes.

PJ: Yes.

NP: You did, unfortunately. But it was so difficult to find different words to express the same thing. Clement you have six and a half seconds on buying a house starting now.

CF: Itís almost essential to have money. Otherwise nobody will sell a house...


NP: And Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Itís not almost essential! It is essential!

NP: Actually Peter, to be perfectly fair, itís not completely essential because...

CF: Certain local authorities give 100 percent mortgages!

NP: ... you see, there is a mortgage or a building society can help you.

PJ: You have to have money to get a mortgage. You canít just walk in and get a mortgage!

NP: Peter youíve made a very good case and you have three seconds on buying a house starting now.

PJ: Get a cottage in the country and retire...


NP: Peter Jones was then speaking when the whistle went so he gained the extra point and heís moved forward and heís still in fourth place. But heís only just behind Kenneth and Clement Freud and Alfred Marks are battling it out in the lead. Alfred your turn to begin, the subject is women. I donít know whether you know anything about them. I donít even know whether youíve known any in your life but would you try and talk about them for 60 seconds starting now.

AM: Some of my best friends are women. My mother was a woman, my wife is a woman, my daughter is a woman, my Aunt Fanny who comes from Leeds is a woman. And I know women are what they are because they dance backwards. This is the first revelation I got when I was a young man. I have my best affairs have been with women. I say best because not all of them feel the same way...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: Repetition of best.

AM: Best.

NP: Yes.

AM: I think, yes.

NP: Yes when you thought of those best affairs you had to repeat it. What a pity.

AM: I think that and I wish I was dead.

NP: I wouldnít because youíve contributed a tremendous amount and you kept going for 20 seconds, no, 18. Peter, 42 seconds on women starting now.

PJ: Yes well, frailty, thy name is woman. I donít really subscribe to that because Iíve always thought they were charming creatures. And just as entitled to the same rights as we have ourselves. Ordinary human beings that is, not on a feminist level, but just as a person with a right and er...


NP: And er Kenneth Williams has challenged.

KW: Well it seemed to be all juddering to a halt again, didnít it.

PJ: Yes it was. I juddered, I definitely juddered.

NP: Yes so your judder was a pause so you have 20 seconds Kenneth Williams on women starting now.

KW: The first one that flung herself in my path had hair, long blonde tresses. Which she done up in plaits. And she said to me, because she was from another country, that they were fie blonden zicchin...


NP: Alfred Marks has challenged.

AM: Blonde I think, a repetition of blonde. Blonden and blonde, itís the same word really, just a cheat.

KW: No, blonden is not blonde.

AM: Blonden is not blonde.

NP: Heís saying it in a different language.

AM: In a different language.

KW: What a nerve youíve got! Heís new to the show and everything! He comes here laying down the law!

NP: I know! He comes in...

KW: Marvellous isnít it! I wasnít even under way!

AM: If you repeat the same word, it is the same word actually...

KW: Youíre inhibiting me, you are!

AM: In Yiddish! Blonden is Yiddish for blonde, thatís what he was saying.

KW: Is it? Oh I thought it was...

NP: Two seconds are with you Kenneth on women starting now.

KW: They are often referred to as the gentle sex...


NP: Oh Kenneth really has moved forward. And Kenneth itís your turn to begin and the subject is candy floss. Can you talk about that sticky subject, 60 seconds starting now.

KW: Made by a lot of disgraceful people with the deliberate intention of ruining your teeth! Because this sugar stuff gets in your mouth and it rots all the gums and the roots! And of course you end up in the dentist. ďOh,Ē he says ďwhat have you been having?Ē ďWell, I had this candy floss stuck to my teeth.Ē ďAh well youíll have to have a new set...Ē


NP: Clement Freud challenged first.

CF: Repetition of teeth.

NP: Yes it was rather difficult to get away from teeth once you started on them, wasnít it Kenneth. Forty-two seconds Clement on candy floss starting now.

CF: If you go to Hampstead Heath on August Bank Holiday behind the coconut shy to the left of the imitation rifle range, you find an elderly woman called Mrs KP Potterton selling candy floss...


NP: Kenneth Williams has challenged.

KW: Deviation! The whole thing is lies! This thing with this woman is all made up!

NP: As I live quite near Hampstead Heath, Iíve been to the left behind the rifles...

KW: Have you?

NP: And sheís not there!

KW: Oh!

NP: No!

KW: Really! So it is all made up!

NP: And Iíve got my family in the audience for once. She doesnít, sheís not there, is she?


NP: Iíve only got one member of my family in the audience! Kenneth I agree with your challenge and you have 26 seconds on candy floss starting now.

KW: Well of course itís the name of a lady. She was called Candy Floss because they couldnít think of anything else to say, except that she was sweet. So they gave us this name and...


NP: Clement Freud has challenged first again.

CF: Repetition of name.

NP: Yes! Clement you have 14 seconds on candy floss starting now.

CF: It comes in many different colours. Pink, green, blue, turquoise, orange, brown...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: It doesnít come in brown!

NP: It definitely doesnít come in brown! The only brown candy floss Iíve seen is the one thatís been lying in the dust on the ground and it didnít come in that colour. Seven seconds for you on candy floss Peter starting now.

PJ: There are a lot of very unpleasant sweet things that I detest and I think candy floss is just about the worst, except...


NP: So Peter gained another point. Heís still in fourth place. Clement your turn to begin, the subject is spooks. And it is the last round Iíve been told so it could be anybodyís game. Spooks Clement, 60 seconds starting now.

CF: Spooks is what very small bicycles have, where other similar modes of transport provide spokes. And shoes have spikes. But spooks is the subject on the card and often go whoomp in the night, as well as frightening children and making tigers, lions, leopards and panthers exceedingly uneasy in a hot desert night. And also in a cool cage in the zoological gardens ah Battersea Fun Fair, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch...


NP: Peter Jones has challenged.

PJ: I thought he said er Battersea Fun Fair. Didnít he?

NP: But he was so utterly devious.

PJ: Yes, devious it was! Yes, devious! I was coming to that! Yes I was just about to say! He said er Battersea Fun Fair and he was terribly devious!

NP: But you donít get lions and tigers at Battersea Fun Fair!

PJ: Yes itís absolute rubbish! You canít do much more than he did in that!

NP: And you donít get them in the desert either.

PJ: What?

NP: And you donít get them in the desert either.

PJ: No, of course you donít. My God! Absolutely right! Of course you donít! Panthers in the desert! Iíve never heard such rubbish!

NP: You responded so rapidly!

PJ: Yes I was on to it there! I wasnít going to let him get away with that!

NP: No! So Peter you have 26 seconds on spooks starting now.

PJ: Well there is a restaurant, I think, called Spooks. Itís one of a er...


NP: Kenneth Williams has challenged.

KW: Hesitation.

NP: Yes Kenneth...

PJ: Quite right.

NP: And you have now 22 seconds on spooks starting now.

KW: Oooohhhhhhh and various weird sounds are made by them. And if you stay awake long enough, manifestations, jelly-like, with curious ectoplasmic weird faces loom up at you and...


NP: Kenneth Williams was then speaking as the whistle went, so got...

KW: I get a bonus point! A bonus point!

NP: Yes you got a bonus point!

KW: So Iím in the lead!

NP: Just let me give the final score.

KW: Well what is it?

NP: I want to keep you all...

KW: Stop hanging it out! Come on!

NP: The audience like to have it hung out a little because I always like, when I give the final score, to announce it in reverse order and say that Peter Jones did very well at the end and he finished only just in fourth place, about three points behind Alfred Marks who coming for the very first time, very nearly won. But by one point he failed to beat our joint winners of this week Clement Freud with Kenneth Williams! We do hope youíve enjoyed this edition of Just A Minute, from all of us here good-bye.


ANNOUNCER: The chairman of Just A Minute was Nicholas Parsons, the programme was devised by Ian Messiter and produced by David Hatch.