Popular BBC sketch show that introduces a whole host of memorable characters such as Tim-Nice-But-Dim, Wayne and Waynetta Slob, The Old Gits and teenagers Kevin and Perry. The show spawned a slew of spin-off series and films.
Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »
The Fred Tomlinson Singers
A series of self contained television movies starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends. Noted for a high sense of parody of previous movies, literature, and generally everyone in sight.
BBC sketch show that while continuing to show the misadventures of a series of popular characters now also introduces a slew of new oddballs and misfits for us to enjoy including Tory Boy and The Lovely Wobbly Randy Old Ladies.
A thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, work as rag and bone men (collecting and selling junk). Harold is ambitious and wants to better himself, but his... See full summary »
Harry H. Corbett,
In 1995, eight re-cut and condensed (to make it "faster and funnier than ever") compilation episodes were broadcast on BBC 2 as "The Best of Not The Nine O'clock News". They were then released on two separate videotapes (and later on DVD) as "The Gorilla Kinder Lingers" and "Nice Video Shame About The Hedgehog". The original broadcast has never been released on DVD and has rarely been repeated. This is primarily because the original episodes in their entirety lampooned events that were in the news at the time. See more »
[a ticket tout solicits a man in a theatre lobby]
Psst... here... want a couple of tickets for the Osmonds concert tonight?
Osmonds concert? No.
Yeah...! Best seats, no rubbish, front stalls.
Two front stalls...
[hand the man two tickets]
and five and five...
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The series was edited down to eight 25-minute compilation episodes in 1995; these have been released on video, and are the versions used for repeats on British TV. See more »
Classic sketches, even if you can't remember the '80s
The reason that NTNON isn't remembered as much as it could be is the sheer topicality of many of the sketches. The company bosses acceding to the increasingly outrageous demands of the Union bosses - "and his daughter to be phased in at a later date" - are still funny, but were probably funnier still at the time. Of course, there are plenty of other sketches that don't require a full knowledge of Britain in the early Thatcher years to appreciate, and if you ever get the chance, it's worth catching them.
And the songs are still brilliant. Altogether now - " I Like Trucking"
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