Just a minute.. is Nicholas Parsons in town?
Nicholas Parsons is a trooper. Even though his 90th birthday is less than a month away, the idea of putting his feet up and calling it a day is as remote as ever.
One of Britain's entertainment greats, Nicholas has been flying the flag for British comedy for more than half a century and is still going strong. Making men half his age look like slackers, a typical week for Nicholas could feature radio or TV appearances, theatre dates and a dinner party or two.
And next Thursday he will be gracing Cheltenham's Bacon Theatre to talk about his life and work.
"Depending on the time of year the pace can be non-stop or a little more sedate, when you have a chance to relax a little and prepare yourself for the next busy period," he said.
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"Although I've been working for more than 50 years I never allow myself to become complacent because then you become predictable and boring and you are finished."
As the sharp-as-a-needle host of Radio 4's iconic quiz show Just a Minute, nobody could ever describe Nicholas a boring. As the only truly improvised show around, Nicholas has no script and nothing to prepare him for what will happen from one show to the next.
"It is completely off the cuff so it is always a challenge but I have loved doing it and I still enjoy it very much," he said.
In the Just a Laugh a Minute show, Nicholas demonstrates his ability as a performer as he recounts tales of a career working in the unpredictable world of show business.
"I always prepare for these talks and have a script unlike Just a Minute but you can always change what you are going to say, depending on the audience and their reaction," he said.
"You have to make a connection with the audience in the first few minutes and with a script if one thing isn't working, you can move on to something different. I put my heart and soul into every performance and enjoy everything I do."
Nicholas says he will travel down to Cheltenham the day before with his wife, Anne, and get settled into their hotel for a rest before the show. "We know Cheltenham really well as we used to live in the village of Windrush, near Burford, and often went to Cheltenham," he said.
"If it wasn't so far from London we would love to live there but London is where the majority of my work is and it is just practical to live there."
Nicholas admits Just a Minute is one of his favourite jobs but it was only by chance that he got the role of chairman.
"Jimmy Edwards was supposed to have been the chairman but as he wasn't available for the pilot show, they asked me to do it instead," he said. "In fact that first show wasn't a big success but apparently they really liked me and decided to give it a second chance and here we are 46 years later still going strong."
The audience at the Bacon Theatre is sure to be treated to an evening packed with anecdotes and acute observations very probably without hesitation, repetition or deviation.
Tickets for Just a Laugh a Minute cost £16 from 01242 258002 and the evening starts at 7.30pm