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Prince Charles does Just A Minute

Royal support as panel show turns 50

Prince Charles is to appear on Just A Minute.

The heir to the throne has recorded a special message for the show which will air as part of its panto-themed edition on Christmas Day.

The Prince, a well-known fan of the Goon Show, taped his message in Clarence House to mark the 50th anniversary of the panel show next year.

In it, he talks about what he calls ‘one of this country’s great institutions’, while trying to avoid challenge from Paul Merton

Nicholas Parsons, who has hosted Just A Minute since its inception in December 1967, said: ‘It was a pleasure to hear The Prince of Wales recount years of listening to Just A Minute with such fondness. But when he delivers his message will he make it to the end without hesitation, repetition or deviation? You’ll find out on Christmas Day.’

The festive special combines a traditional game of Just A Minute with a panto, and also features Gyles Brandreth, Sheila Hancock, Pippa Evans, Tony Hawks, Rufus Hound and Josie Lawrence.

Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams, said: ‘We know the Prince of Wales has enjoyed BBC radio comedy over many years so how fitting that he should join Just A Minute for this special Christmas episode.

‘I’m delighted to welcome him to the team, but Nicholas Parsons and Paul Merton take no hostages, so I can only wish him luck!’

Just A Minute Does Panto! will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day at 1.15pm.

Published: 16 Dec 2016

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