When Claire Jones took over producing Just A Minute, Peter Jones had just died and it was a year since Derék Nimmo's death. Over the following couple of years she brought in some newcomers who have gone on to become regular guests in the show - Sue Perkins, Ross Noble, Liza Tarbuck, Chris Neill and Charles Collingwood were all introduced in this time and all are still associated with the programme. She also brought back Sheila Hancock, Wendy Richard and Gyles Brandreth, all but Wendy being successful.
But since then, they've continued to bring in new people but it's proved far more difficult to make the splash necessary to go on with it.
Here's a list of people to have debuted in the past 10 years. There's a lot of people here. But only a few have done more than 10 shows. Is it too hard for people to break into the JAM family?
17 shows: Marcus Brigstocke
15 shows: Josie Lawrence
12 shows: Shappi Khorsandi
7 shows: Alun Cochrane
6 shows: Janey Godley (includes one not yet aired), Phill Jupitus, Pauline McLynn
5 shows: Dave Gorman, Miles Jupp (includes one not yet aired), Dara O'Briain
4 shows: Chris Addison, Jack Dee, Ian McMillan, David Mitchell, Justin Moorhouse, Victor Spinetti, Rick Wakeman
3 shows: Bill Bailey, Rob Brydon, Richard Herring, Owen O'Neill, Paul Sinha
2 shows: Cyrus Broacha, Jason Byrne (includes one not yet aired), Kevin Eldon, Rhod Gilbert, Fi Glover, Jason Manford, Mike McShane, Anuvab Pal, Kate Robbins, Terry Wogan
1 show: Stephen K Amos, John Bishop, Hugh Bonneville, Hannibal Buress (not yet aired), Jo Caulfield, Lynn Ferguson, Robin Ince, Ruth Jones, Russell Kane, Sean Lock, Lee Mack, Stephen Mangan, Russell Tovey, Tim Vine (not yet aired), Suki Webster
and here's another question
who from that list would you like to hear on the show more often, maybe even get into the next level of regular guests? Just pick four (and let's not include Marcus, Josie and Shappi, they're already at that level).
For me my four would be Chris Addison, John Bishop, Russell Kane, Lee Mack and David Mitchell.
What? I can't count? Hey, I'm running this show! :)