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Not the Nine O'Clock News 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1979–1982)
British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Rowan Atkinson ...  Various Roles / ... 28 episodes, 1979-1982
Mel Smith ...  Various Roles 27 episodes, 1979-1982
Pamela Stephenson ...  Various Roles 27 episodes, 1979-1982
Griff Rhys Jones ...  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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Comedy

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UK

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English

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1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ei yhdeksän uutiset See more »

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(27 episodes)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Griff Rhys Jones replaced Chris Langham in the second series. He had appeared as a bit-player in the first series. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Remade as Not Necessarily the News (1982) See more »

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Two Lions in Congress
4 December 2000 | by Jason-173See 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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