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Monday, February 8, 1999 Published at 16:58 GMT


Entertainment

Just a minute on TV



The classic BBC Radio 4 comedy Just A Minute is to be made into a TV show for BBC One.

The programme, in which personalities try to speak for "just a minute" on a given subject without repetition, deviation or hesitation, has entertained radio audiences since 1967.

The show's host Nicholas Parsons will also chair the new TV version.

"This is extremely exciting. It is a great opportunity for a new television audience to be introduced to what is a firm radio favourite which has fans aged from 9 to 90," he said.

The programme's regular radio panellists Wendy Richards, Tony Slattery, Kit Heskith-Harvey and Linda Smith will also appear in the TV version.

The new show will be recorded by BBC Birmingham in front of a live audience this spring and transmitted later in the year. The radio version will also continue on BBC Radio 4.

Among the comic stars who have contributed to Just A Minute's popularity are Derek Nimmo and the late Kenneth Williams.



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