One Minute Please



Roy Plomley


BBC Home Service, 1951-?


The forerunner of Just a Minute, this was played in a very similar fashion but with two teams of three instead of four individual panellists.

Ian Messiter described his inspiration in a radio interview: "Well, it came from school. I was looking out of the window. Suddenly the cane came down on my desk, like thunder - it was quite the most extraordinary noise, like a gun going off. The master in charge said 'Messiter, stand up! Would you repeat what I've been saying without repeating yourself?'"


Ian Messiter


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