Just A Minute comes to BBC Two Daytime in 2012

by Lynn Connolly

In 2012, one of the BBC’s longest running Radio Comedy series, Just A Minute, will turn 45.

To celebrate over four and a half decades of avoiding “Repetition, Hesitation and Deviation”, Just A Minute will deviate its way to television on BBC Two Daytime for 10 very special episodes.

Nicholas Parsons will chair the show just as he did on its very first broadcast back in 1967. Sticking faithfully to the well loved radio format, each episode will see a selection of comics and well known performers attempt to talk for one minute on a given subject.

Nicholas Parsons says: “After 45 years of chairing Just A Minute on the radio, I am very excited to be hosting these special celebratory episodes for BBC Two. I’m sure they will be popular with the show’s many fans and hopefully with a few new ones as well.”

Viewers can expect to see a selection of the show’s stalwarts, including Paul Merton, as well as some new players as they attempt to catch each other out.

Liam Keelan, Controller of BBC Daytime, who commissioned the series, says: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be bringing this much-loved radio classic to screens in celebration of its 45th birthday. I know it’s something that daytime viewers and fans of the radio series will love to see.”

Derek McLean, Entertainment Creative Director, says: “Just A Minute was a huge success during Comic Relief’s 24 Hour Panel People marathon, where David Walliams enjoyed a baptism of fire at the hands of Nicholas and the Just A Minute regulars. With the 45th anniversary looming, we just couldn’t resist the chance to treat TV viewers to another dose of this legendary comedy institution.”

The series will be recorded at BBC Television Centre in November to be stripped across two weeks early next year.

The 10×30-minute series will be made by In-house Entertainment, BBC Vision Productions, and will be overseen by Creative Director, Derek McLean and produced by Andy Brereton and Jamie Ormerod. The BBC Executive Producer for Daytime is Jo Street.



Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.