Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–1982)

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British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

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 Various Roles (27 episodes, 1979-1982)
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 Various Roles (27 episodes, 1979-1982)
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 Various Roles (27 episodes, 1979-1982)
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 Various Roles (27 episodes, 1979-1982)
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British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

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Victoria Wood, Susan George and Alison Steadman were considered for the female role that went to Pamela Stephenson. See more »

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[a scientist is being interviewed about his project to communicate with a gorilla sitting next to him]
Interviewer: Professor, can Gerald really speak as we would understand it?
Prof. Timothy Fielding: Oh yes, yes. He can speak a few actual words. Of course it was extremely difficult to get him even to this stage. When I first captured Gerald in the Congo, '67 I think it was...
Gerald, the Gorilla: '68
Prof. Timothy Fielding: '68. Umm... there was an awful lot of work to do. He was enormously slow and difficult. I had to do a lot of work with him on a sort of one-to-one basis...
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Cult British satirical TV show
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This show was practically compulsory viewing for teenagers and students in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It introduced the British public to Griff Rys-Jones, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson and Rowan Atkinson. Chris Langham was in the first season but seemed to get replaced by G R-J after that.

It consisted of a series of sketches, some purely comedic, others with political overtones. The pizza parlour worker, played by Rowan Atkinson, sneezing on the pizza and declaring "Extra mozzarella" is the former, the close-up of a yobbish Griff R-J talking about him and his mates picking on some black blokes "because we 'ate 'em, right?" and the camera gradually pulling away during the monologue to show he's a uniformed policeman would be the latter.

Some great writing (Clive Anderson, Andy Hamilton, a pre-"Four Weddings and a Funeral" Richard Curtis), go-for-it acting and sketches that hit frequently enough to forgive the ones that didn't. The sketch with the trendy lefty social worker declaring the only way to deal with young men who misbehaved was to "cut their goolies off" is still a classic, as is Gerald the talking gorilla.


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