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Not the Nine O'Clock News

Not the Nine O'Clock News

Not the Nine O'Clock News


Not the Nine O'Clock News is a comedy television programme that was shown on the BBC, broadcast from 1979 to 1982. It featured a new generation of young comedians, principally Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones, and helped to bring alternative comedy to the mainstream. Its format was similar to that of a forerunner, Monty Python's Flying Circus, including sketches that lasted from a few seconds to several minutes. The sketches were often topical or generally satirical. Read more on Last.fm
Not the Nine O'Clock News is a comedy television programme that was shown on the BBC, broadcast from 1979 to 1982. It featured a new generation of young comedians, principally Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones, and helped to bring alternative comedy to the mainstream. Its format was similar to that of a forerunner, Monty Python's Flying Circus, including sketches that lasted from a few seconds to several minutes. The sketches were often topical or generally satirical.

Unlike other sketch shows up until then, which were based on simple stereotypes or idyllic views of Britain, the show was modern and aggressive — its comedy based on the likes of punk rockers, bodily functions, and kebabs, rather than men in tweed jackets and country pubs. The series made full use of the revolution in video editing and recording taking place at the time, and its fast pace was enhanced by the device of jump-cutting archive news footage, usually of politicians, royalty or celebrities. For example, to make it appear that Margaret Thatcher was crashing a car. (She later complained about this.) The programmes were usually shot on film for exteriors and video for studio performances, and innovative video effects, provided by the then all-new Quantel Paintbox video effects unit, were often a key element of the musical numbers in the show. Read more on Last.fm.

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