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He has spent more than 900 episodes ensuring his famous panellists speak without hesitation, repetition or deviation.
But for the first time in half a century, Nicholas Parsons was absent from Just A Minute last night.
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The 94-year-old, who has hosted the show since it began in December 1967, was replaced by writer Gyles Brandreth in order to give the veteran ‘a couple of days off’.
Yesterday evening, fans of the long-running series expressed alarm at Parsons’s absence, as some feared it was a harbinger of doom.
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BBC executives were quick to quell fans’ fears, explaining that the veteran host was just taking a couple of days off.
Writing on Twitter after the episode finished, Brandreth said: ‘An honour (if daunting) standing in for the irreplaceable Nicholas Parsons tonight. Happily he’s back in a fortnight!’ Appearing alongside Brandreth in the show, which was recorded...
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