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Prince Charles to join panel of BBC comedy show

For all the speeches, special readings and poems we have heard before, we can expect this one to be different, for Prince Charles will be- probably for the first time- intercepted as he delivers a very special message.

The Prince of Wales has recorded a message that will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s comedy quiz Just a Minute in a special Christmas Day episode. The famous panel show celebrates 50 years next year.

A long-time listener of the programme, Prince Charles will now see himself takes a small part in the game, which requires contestants to speak for one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition of the subject.

In his message- delivered from his favourite desk in Clarence House, HRH will praise ‘’one of this country’s great institutions’’ while dodging a challenge by the show’s panelist Paul Merton.

The BBC said that the message will be played before the contest starts, ruling out any chance of the Prince finishing the game.

Veteran host Nicholas Parsons, who has presented the show since it was first broadcast in 1967, 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.”

Gwyneth Williams, Controller of BBC Radio 4 said, “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.’’

The Christmas special episode is titled ‘’Just a Minute Does Panto!’’. It will involve regulars Gyles Brandreth and Sheila Hancock in search of the missing Golden Whistle over Panto-land. They will be joined by comedians Pippa Evans and Tony Hawks.

If you are excited to know what happens when the Prince of Wales delivers his message, tune in to BBC Radio 4 at 13:15 GMT on 25 December.


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