Surely a national treasure to many.

 

Source: BBC

 

Broadcaster Nicholas Parsons has died at the age of 96 after a short illness, his agent has confirmed.

 

Parsons had hosted Radio 4's Just A Minute since its inception in 1967.

 

"Nicholas passed away in the early hours of the 28th of January," said a statement issued on behalf of his family by his agent Jean Diamond.

 

"He was with his beloved family who will miss him enormously and who wish to thank the wonderful staff at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital."

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ent...inment-arts-51278023

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Enthusiastic Contrafibularities posted:

 

Surely a national treasure to many.

 

Source: BBC

 

Broadcaster Nicholas Parsons has died at the age of 96 after a short illness, his agent has confirmed.

 

Parsons had hosted Radio 4's Just A Minute since its inception in 1967.

 

"Nicholas passed away in the early hours of the 28th of January," said a statement issued on behalf of his family by his agent Jean Diamond.

 

"He was with his beloved family who will miss him enormously and who wish to thank the wonderful staff at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital."

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ent...inment-arts-51278023

Awwww, that’s very sad 

Sad news

 

Besides Just a Minute and Sale of the Century, Nicholas Parsons appeared in various films in the 1950s and early 60s such as Carry On Regardless, Doctor in Love and Murder Ahoy (one of the Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple films). His last role was a voiceover as Dagon in the first episode of Good Omens currently being shown on BBC.

Baz posted:

Very sad .....another one of the old school of greats gone  Radio 4 is broadcasting a special Just a Minute at 6.30 tonight . RIP Nicholas 

It's a repeat of their 50 years special which was originally broadcast on Christmas Day in 2017.

The BBC did this clip from it:


From left to right Peter Jones, Linda Smith, Peter Cook, Nicholas Parsons of course, Sue Perkins, Paul Merton, Graham Norton and Kenneth Williams.

El Loro posted:
Baz posted:

Very sad .....another one of the old school of greats gone  Radio 4 is broadcasting a special Just a Minute at 6.30 tonight . RIP Nicholas 

It's a repeat of their 50 years special which was originally broadcast on Christmas Day in 2017.

The BBC did this clip from it:


From left to right Peter Jones, Linda Smith, Peter Cook, Nicholas Parsons of course, Sue Perkins, Paul Merton, Graham Norton and Kenneth Williams.

Aww ....thanks El at least two of those are also dead ....I loved Linda Smith 

Baz posted:
El Loro posted:
Baz posted:

Very sad .....another one of the old school of greats gone  Radio 4 is broadcasting a special Just a Minute at 6.30 tonight . RIP Nicholas 

It's a repeat of their 50 years special which was originally broadcast on Christmas Day in 2017.

The BBC did this clip from it:


From left to right Peter Jones, Linda Smith, Peter Cook, Nicholas Parsons of course, Sue Perkins, Paul Merton, Graham Norton and Kenneth Williams.

Aww ....thanks El at least two of those are also dead ....I loved Linda Smith 

Other than Sue Perkins, Paul Merton and Graham Norton, all the others have died

Definitely a national treasure to my mind.  Such a long career, sharp-witted and funny right to the end.  Probably doing Just a Minute kept him mentally and physically healthy to a good age.  One of the old-timers who managed to keep his humour witty and current when many others had fallen into tired old shtick.  RIP Nicholas Parsons!

I remember Leslie Crowther from Crackerjack! He started in that in 1960, the same time as Peter Glaze. Peter Glaze took over from Ronnie Corbett who was in Crackerjack! from 1957 to 1959. Eamonn Andrews was the host and also a professional smoothie.

Nicholas Parsons had the respect of, and perhaps this is a tired old term, 'alternative comedians' and comedians even a quarter of his age because he could entertain across the generational divides.  Natural wit that appeals across generational divides and politics is something that not many have but Nicholas Parsons had!

El Loro posted:

"Do Not Adjust Your Set" - the first available episode. Originally broadcast on 4 January 1968.

Not good quality video but effectively the debut appearance of David Jason, the late Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Michael Palin.

Thanks El 

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