Nicholas Parsons, who was the host of radio recreation present Just A Minute, has died aged 96. The actor and presenter’s agent revealed he had handed away after affected by a “brief sickness”.
A press release issued by his agent Jean Diamond on behalf of his household learn: “Nicholas handed away within the early hours of the 28th of January after a brief sickness at the age of 96.
“He was along with his beloved household who will miss him enormously and who want to thank the fantastic employees at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital.”
Nicholas leaves behind his second spouse Ann Reynolds and his two grownup youngsters from his first marriage.
He started his profession as an actor, who labored for 2 years in weekly repertory, specializing in comedy.
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He then progressed into cabaret work within the 1950s and have become a humorist at the Windmill Theatre, whereas venturing into selection exhibits.
The performer’s first transfer into tv was alongside comic Arthur Haynes within the 1960s.
He additionally labored alongside Benny Hill for 3 years and starred in West Finish comedies Boeing Boeing and Say Who You Are.
Nicholas was the chairman of BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute for over 40 years, and hosted Sale of the Century for a document 14 years.
BBC director-general Tony Corridor mentioned about Nicholas: “Only a few folks have accomplished a lot to entertain audiences over the many years, and nobody deserves to be known as a broadcasting legend greater than Nicholas Parsons.
“His attraction, creative mind and skill to create laughs have been unsurpassed. Our ideas are along with his household and all who knew him.”
Mohit Bakaya, controller of BBC Radio 4, added: “Nicholas Parsons was one of many greats, a first-class broadcaster and an icon on this planet of British comedy.
“Nicholas all the time introduced his sharp wit, good poise and heat to every part he did – however notably as host of Just a Minute the place his excellence shone in every episode with out hesitation, deviation or repetition.”
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The TV and radio persona acquired an OBE in 2004 for his companies to drama and broadcasting, then was promoted to CBE a decade later for charitable companies.
Nicholas not too long ago praised girls in comedy whereas discussing the scantily clad girls who surrounded him on the set of Sale Of The Century.
He advised the Mirror again in 2013: “I mentioned would not or not it’s good to have me within the center with them throughout?
“That was very indicative of the time. You probably did look a little bit as if girls have been handled as objects nevertheless it was a part of the tradition.