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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Series cast summary:
 Various Roles (27 episodes, 1979-1982)
 Various Roles (27 episodes, 1979-1982)
 Various Roles (27 episodes, 1979-1982)
Griff Rhys Jones ...
 Various Roles (27 episodes, 1979-1982)


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

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Release Date:

16 October 1979 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ei yhdeksän uutiset  »

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(27 episodes)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones's later sketch comedy show "Alas Smith and Jones" is considered to be a spin-off of "Not the 9 O'clock News". See more »


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Two Lions in Congress
4 December 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Sure, this was the funniest show ever. Right up until 'Kids in the Hall,' anyway, which gave NTNON about ten years reign. Do you realise NTNON was the first comedy troupe to make fun of ABBA? Respect is due. If you can picture Mel Smith dressed like Agnetha, you get the idea... And if it comes easily to your mind, I raise an eyebrow at you.

Just a young lad when this show was on-air, I was glued to the tv set like wet toilet paper.

Nowadays NTNON's humour seems fairly commonplace. But NTNON was the first to mock the MGM logo by zooming out on the roaring lion to show him mounting a female. Since this is done routinely in comedy now, the impact is lost. But at the time, it was mind-blowingly irreverent. And since this was the first time I had ever seen sex, it was also educational.

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