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

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Series cast summary:
 Various Roles (28 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:

1979 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ei yhdeksän uutiset  »

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Technical Specs


(27 episodes)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "Constable Savage" sketch foreshadowed Rowan Atkinson starring in the police sitcom The Thin Blue Line (1995). See more »


[a ticket tout solicits a man in a theatre lobby]
Scalper: Psst... here... want a couple of tickets for the Osmonds concert tonight?
Man: Osmonds concert? No.
Scalper: Yeah...! Best seats, no rubbish, front stalls.
Man: How much?
Scalper: Fiver each?
Man: Alright.
Scalper: Two front stalls...
[hand the man two tickets]
Scalper: and five and five...
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Referenced in Comedy Connections: To the Manor Born (2006) See more »

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In defence of Not The Nine O' Clock News
23 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a pity that the comment that is visible on the front page puts down one of the best sketch shows of the 1980s and completely misses the point. It reminds me of the time when someone wrote to 'Points of View' to complain about the racism in 'Goodness Gracious Me' after the 'Indian teenagers visit Britain' and 'Going for an English' sketches. As the writer of the comment was Scottish I wonder if he finds 'Chewin' the Fat' offensive to people with throat cancer! Not the Nine O' Clock News was equally capable of hilarious comedy and biting satire. I remember Rowan Atkinson's monologue as an alien with a faulty translator being the first thing that ever made me laugh uncontrollably, long after the sketch had ended; The series' songs were clever parodies of such pop stars of the time as Sheena Easton, Blondie, Kate Bush and Motorhead; and the 'Gerald the Gorilla' sketch was superb. There was also excellent satire as well, directed at police racism (the 'Constable Savage' sketch), religious outrage over 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' (the 'Life of Christ' sketch) and patronising Hollywood attitudes to issues in other countries (the 'Hollywood Salutes Lech Walesa' sketch). Perhaps our negative reviewer found the 'Coca Cola' sketch offensive to fat people instead of a comment on the fact that a so-called 'cool' drink is actually fattening and unhealthy. It's a pity that this series is only available on 2 'Best of' DVDs (why the hell do the BBC do that?) as it was the launchpad for the careers of Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones, all of whom are still entertaining us (to a greater or lesser degree) today. And furthermore it shows us that Pamela Stephenson was a talented comedienne who need not have given up performing (though to her credit she has achieved a great deal in the years since her 'retirement'). A much-missed gem.

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