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Not the Nine O'Clock News 1979

  • 1982-03-08T00:00:00Z
  • BBC Two
  • 1979-10-16T07:00:00Z
  • 25 mins
  • 11 hours, 15 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy
Not The Nine O'Clock News was a satirical show broadcast on BBC2 (UK) from 1979 to 1982. Noted for its topical sketches and skits, it made stars of Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys-Jones and Pamela Stephenson. The show required a large number of writers, and to this end operated an "open door" policy, accepting sketch ideas from anybody who wanted to contribute. With a large number of contributing writers, there was plenty of material to go round, and only the best ideas made it to the screen; thus the series was able to maintain a remarkably high quality of material across four series. The series ended in 1982, partly due to the various cast members wanting to pursue their own projects instead.

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