British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.
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 Various Roles (28 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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The pilot episode was due to replace the last episode of Fawlty Towers (1975) in the schedules (Fawlty Towers: Basil the Rat (1979), which was postponed due to a BBC strike). John Cleese filmed a short skit to open the pilot, explaining why he hadn't produced a show that week. Although the pilot was then canceled, the sketch was used during the first full series of Not the Nine O'Clock News, the week after "Basil the Rat" was finally broadcast. See more »

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Ronnie Barker: This is a family show, and I will not allow smut into your home!
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Referenced in Comedy Connections: To the Manor Born (2006) See more »

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Superb satire of Thatcherite Britain
23 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not the Nine O'Clock News is a brilliant combination of satire, visual and verbal humour, the topical and the downright silly. Although some of the more topical, particularly political, humour doesn't age too well most of it is timeless comedy gold. My personal favourite is the Government statement performed by the marvellously deadpan Rowan Atkinson on the current unemployment figures, a 30-second sketch of 'oh dear, oh dear oh dear oh dear'. For the people who lived through the 80s era of strikes and recession the biting humour will kindle some memories and put a happier face on what was doubtless a trying time. For non-Brits or those of us who were too young to remember, it's just really very funny. "And we would like to point out that we exhibited less cruelty to hedgehogs per se that whoever it is who goes around stuffing them".


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