Broadcasting Legend Nicholas Parsons Has Died, Aged 96

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

“Nicholas passed away in the early hours of the 28th of January,” said a statement issued 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.”

A Career That Lasted More Than Just A Minute

Nicholas Parsons was the host of Radio 4’s Just A Minute since its inception in 1967, a role for which he will be best remembered.



However, Nicholas Parsons began his broadcasting career during wartime in the 1940’s a career that he continued until he was in his mid-90s.

During that time, highlights included: becoming a national treasure thanks to his hosting of TV quiz shows like Sale of the Century, his chairing of Radio 4’s long-running Just A Minute, and his comic acting.



Parsons was among the cast of Much Binding In The Marsh in the 1940’s and 50’s.  He began his legendary stint on Just A minute in 1967, he hosted the long running panel show until the last series in November 2019.  In the 1970’s he hosted the long running quiz show Sale Of The Century.  It was in 1989 he appeared in the long running BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who.

For many years Nicholas Parsons also hosted his own one man show at the Edinburgh Festival.

Full story and obituary from BBC


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