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Not the Nine O’Clock News at 40

+ discussion

Revisit the fast-paced, cutting-edge show that took pot shots at late-70s and 80s Britain.

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BBC 1979
Dirs Bill Wilson, Geoff Posner, Bob Spiers
With Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, Pamela Stephenson
Total runtime 100min

When Monty Python’s Flying Circus finished, many TV pundits heralded the death of the sketch show, as the Python’s brilliant deconstruction of the genre seemed to make it impossible to launch a traditional sketch show. However, Not the Nine O’Clock News brilliantly demonstrated this wasn’t the case and delivered a fast-paced, contemporary, cutting-edge show that took pot shots at late-70s and 80s Britain – lampooning pop videos, breakfast TV, punk rock and Margaret Thatcher. Join the show’s producer, John Lloyd, and others (tba) to revisit this fondly remembered and highly respected series.


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