Publishing the Minutes | Nicholas Parsons to write first history of radio panel show

Publishing the Minutes

Nicholas Parsons to write first history of radio panel show

Nicholas Parsons is to write the first book about Just A Minute in its 45-year history.

The 89-year-old host has signed up to write Welcome To Just a Minute!, which will be launched at the Edinburgh Fringe next year.

Parsons has appeared in all 804 episodes since it launched on Radio 4, when it was still a new station in December 1967.

The book – an official BBC tie-in published by Canongate – will cover the history of the show, with transcripts of its best moments and contributions from regular panellists.

Parsons said: ‘While it is my responsibility as chairman to guide the show, I consider it equally important to generate the fun we create in what is a truly unscripted and spontaneous programme, and it is an honour to be asked to bring the spirit of the show into book form.’

Canongate editor Jenny Lord said: ‘I’ve been tuning in to Just A Minute for as long as I can remember. A British comedy institution, it is consistently brilliant and no surprise that after 45 years, it is still our best-loved radio comedy.’

The show recently announced it will be launching an edition for children, to be recorded in London later this month.

Published: 13 Sep 2013

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