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Prince Charles spares a minute to record show tribute

By Francesca Gosling

The Prince of Wales has recorded a special message to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of much-loved BBC Radio 4 show Just A Minute.

His speech, which describes the programme as "one of this country's great institutions", will open a special festive episode broadcasting on Christmas Day.

Just a Minute Does Panto! will be hosted as always by Nicholas Parsons, who has been the voice of the comedy game show since it first launched in December 1967.

Having already heard the special royal tribute, Parsons (93) said: "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."

Just A Minute Does Panto! will air on BBC Radio 4 at 1.15pm on December 25.

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