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Not the Nine O'Clock News

Premier :: 1979-10-16

on BBC Two

Genre :: Comedy
9/10


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Summary

Welcome to the Not the Nine O'Clock News guide at TV Tome. Not The Nine O'Clock News was a satirical show broadcast on BBC2 (UK) from 1979 to 1982. Noted for its topical sketches and skits, it made stars of Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys-Jones and Pamela Stephenson. The show required a large number of writers, and to this end operated an "open door" policy, accepting sketch ideas from anybody who wanted to contribute. With a large number of contributing writers, there was plenty of material to go round, and only the best ideas made it to the screen; thus the series was able to maintain a remarkably high quality of material across four series. The series ended in 1982, partly due to the various cast members wanting to pursue their own projects instead. The format was subsequently copied in the USA where it became Not Necessarily the News. For those wishing to see Not The Nine O'Clock News on video, two VHS compilations are available: Nice Video Shame About T

Latest Episode

Series 0 - Episode 22 - Not Again: Not the Nine O'Clock News
Aired - 28 December 2009

Episode summary:

The inside story of the anarchic comedy sketch show, which ran on BBC Two from 1979 to 1982, and launched the careers of Rowan Atkinson, Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith and Pamela Stephenson, as well as writers including Richard Curtis, Andy Hamilton and Clive Anderson. This documentary reveals how the series first came about, looks at the casting of the four main players and the dynamic of the team, as well as recalling the show's key moments, its impact at the time and its legacy. Featuring interviews with Smith, Jones, Stephenson and Curtis, as well as celebrity fans including Billy Connolly and Dara O Briain

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