UK: As BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute enters its 50th anniversary year, HRH The Prince of Wales has recorded a special message for the iconic show which will air on Christmas Day, as a festive treat for listeners. 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, says Gwyneth Williams, Controller of BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra.
The Prince of Wales recorded a message about Just a Minute in which he talks about what he calls “one of this country’s great institutions”, whilst trying to avoid challenge from Paul Merton.
The Prince of Wales’ contribution will be part of Just a Minute’s festive special, Just a Minute does Panto!, broadcast on Radio 4 on 25 December at 1.15pm. The Prince’s message will be heard before the game starts in Just a Minute does Panto! and will be introduced by Nicholas Parsons, who has hosted Just a Minute since its inception in 1967. Just A Minute turns 50 in December 2017.
Nicholas Parsons says: “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.”
Launching the milestone year, the Christmas Day festive special combines a traditional game of Just a Minute with another great institution, the pantomime. In Just a Minute does Panto! Nicholas Parsons and Just a Minute regulars, Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth and Sheila Hancock, journey through Panto-land in search of the missing Golden Whistle, joined by companion Pippa Evans, Tony Hawks, Rufus Hound and Josie Lawrence.
Gwyneth Williams, Controller of BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra, says: “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. Radio 4 is the home of radio comedy and as Controller I am 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! is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 25th December at 1.15pm.