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Thursday 26 February 2009, 10:02

Mark Damazer Mark Damazer

The original 'Just a Minute' crew in 1967. Inventor Ian Messiter is at bottom left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having just made the announcement on Clue/ISIHAC (and I see from the blog that purists would prefer if I abbreviated to ISIHAC) I thought I'd briefly point out that the other great long-lasting series, Just a Minute has won a special 'Outstanding Achievement' award from Chortle - the leading comedy website. For which I say thanks. And quite right too.

JAM, produced by Claire Jones, is a supreme example of re-invention. It worked many decades ago with Kenneth Williams, Derek Nimmo et al... but when they died there was real risk of the programme becoming moribund.

But the arrival of Paul Merton - and then the likes of Graham Norton - gave it a very different feel - and it worked. Nicholas Parsons himself was all in favour of the change in tone - and with Clement Freud staying on it has worked beautifully over many years.

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    Nicholas is just a superb host. May he live on forever.

    Well done JAM.

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    JAM never, never fails to entertain.

    A well deserved award.

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    I hope there are plans to ensure ISIHAC survives the inevitable ravages of time on its current team ... no more fitting an epitaph for those geniuses of mirth than "The Best of Last Century's ISIHAC" on 3d-Holovision at the beach, half way up Snowdon on Xmas Day 2109.

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    Just A Minute is easily one of the best things in life. Guaranteed laughs, incredible repartee and admirable genius. Long may it go on!

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    Comment number 5.

    Great show yes, but Paul Merton weakens it. When he goes off on a flight of fancy it is called surrealism. When anyone else does it it is called deviation. One of the great joys of the show is when someone has the skill to be able to speak unchallenged for an entire minute on a given subject. That can NEVER happen when Paul Merton is a contestant. His constant interuptions in search of bonus points invariably lie outside of the rules of hesitation, repetition, or deviation, yet he is rewarded every time. Wonderful show, but please, get rid of Merton, or at least get rid of the cheaply earned bonus points.

 

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