Not the Nine O'Clock News

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Not the Nine O'Clock News

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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 The Hedgehog and The Gorilla Kinda Lingers. Both are deleted but should be easy enough to find. Three albums were also released: Not The Nine O'Clock News, compiled from the soundtracks of series 1+2; Hedgehog Sandwich taken from series 3, and The Memory Kinda Lingers, taken from series 4. The latter two albums are available as a combined long-play BBC cassette.moreless
Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson

Himself / Various

Pamela Stephenson

Pamela Stephenson

Herself / Various

Mel Smith

Mel Smith

Himself / Various

Griff Rhys Jones

Griff Rhys Jones

Himself / Various

Chris Langham

Chris Langham

Himself / Various

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    9.0
    My local PBS station used to air this hilarious show until humorless blue-noses complained it off the air.

    Like most British sketch comedy, NTNOCN had more wit, and cleverless in one of it's hemorrhoids than any American show had in it's entire body. Only the better bits of SNL could hold a candle in the skit sweepstakes.

    It skates the thin edge of taste, occasionally veering over the edge, but (IMHO) it was never, ever boring.moreless
  • Best song
    Every show contained a specially written song, many of which were surprisingly catchy. So for those who remember the series - whic...
    06/01/08
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  • Favourite sketch
    Loads to choose from obviously - but which sketch was your favourite?Very difficult given the choice, but in my opinion it has to ...
    05/18/08
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  • Funniest member of the cast
    Not the nine 'o' clock news was a departure from the usual brand of comedy at the time - very topical and amusing. Who though, did...
    05/18/08
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