The Universe and Me

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Just a Minute

When I was a kid, I’m sometimes listen to a CBC radio re-broadcast of a BBC radio game show called “Just a Minute.” Always entertaining and funny, the game’s objective was for a contestant to talk for one minute about a random subject without hesitation, repetition or deviation. It’s not as easy as it sounds, especially when there are three other contestants ready to challenge your every word. Correct challengers get a point and have to pick up the subject where the first speaker left off and try for their own minute. The show began in 1967 and continues to this day, although there are only ten or eleven shows per season now. Old episodes are available on cassette and cd and you can read transcripts online to get an idea of what it’s all about. Some well known British personalities have taken part, including Graham Norton, Clement (grandson of Sigmund) Freud, Stephen Fry and Peter (voice of the Hitchhiker’s book) Jones.


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