Producer John Lloyd had assembled a team of comedians around the still relatively unknown Rowan Atkinson for a topical sketch show to be called Not the Nine O’Clock News – because it was scheduled on BBC2 against the main BBC1 evening news bulletin. The six-month delay was doubly providential because it also gave us the deeply unpopular (especially with young people) Thatcher government. he late spring of 1979 was not just a watershed moment in British politics, ushering in a decade of Margaret Thatcher’s nation-reconfiguring Conservative government, but also a pivotal moment for British comedy. They’re like, ‘Oh, OK, you guys go ahead and be the Nineties. |, Sketches: Punk road painter / Two Ninnies/Two Ninnies Song / Marc Almond / Jogger trying to cross the road / Pub Grub / Arab identifying his wife's body / Parkinson meets Ian Botham / Zak the Alien / Pork Scratchings, / Budget / Barefoot thug / Time, Gentlemen, Please / Hey Wow / Pizza Moment / The Memory Kinda Lingers, Sketches: Lawyers / Thugs on bus / Riot Police / Songs Of Praise / Failed In Wales / Choking on pills / Green man / Car crusher / Brain Death / Nurse trapped inside a patient / Riots / Rumbley's, Pies / Made From Whales / What A Lot Of Willies! Created by producer John Lloyd in collaboration with Sean Hardie, the series was a fast-paced, frequently satirical show which gave many British comedy writers their first big break. Remember: Abuse of the TV.com image system may result in you being banned from uploading images or from the entire site – so, play nice and respect the rules! Go enjoy Ace of Base – we’ll be here practicing the Moonwalk and selling crack.’”, Standout line: “In the Mueller investigation, how does [Trump] not know that he’s Individual Number one? Originally shown as a comedy alternative to the Nine O'Clock News on BBC1, it features satirical sketches on then-current news stories and popular culture, as well as parody songs, comedy sketches, re-edited videos, and spoof television formats. Find Not the 9 O'Clock News discography, albums and singles on AllMusic Pamela Stephenson was born on December 4, 1949 in Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand as Pamela Helen Stephenson. But back in 1979, Not the Nine O’Clock News was little short of revolutionary – or, as contemporary newspaper critics would have it, “extremely offensive” and … As for Pamela Stephenson, she had tired of comedy by the mid-Eighties, married Billy Connolly and trained as a psychologist with a successful practice in Beverley Hills. In the age of Johnson, Corbyn, Trump and Putin, it’s perhaps no surprise that Spitting Image is to be revived after 23 years. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. What a treat. Blackadder would showcase Atkinson’s verbal dexterity, but Not the Nine O’Clock News introduced his rubbery facial expressions, matched if not exceeded by Mel Smith’s wonderfully mobile features – a countenance that one obituarist described after Smith’s untimely death in 2013 as “mugging with a deadpan virtuosity rarely seen since Oliver Hardy in his pomp”. You wake up every day reading the news, and you’re like ‘Wow, I didn’t know that.’ And somewhere, at that exact same moment, he’s reading the same news, going, ‘Wow, me too.’", Standout line: [About a romantic partner:] “He said, ‘Well, I need to be with someone who makes me a priority. But it was Mrs Thatcher and her hugely divisive administration that was the gift that kept on giving to satirists, and John Lloyd, whose first TV production job this was, would go on to help create the defining lampoon of the era, Spitting Image. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? There’s also a skit on Question Time, and while today’s under-50s might never have heard of Labour politician Frances Morrell or trade unionist Clive Jenkins, they will be familiar with the format of the programme. Her unhappy experience working as the only woman on a live version of The Comic Strip (“Doing stand-up was like a war with everyone playing this game of ‘I can be funnier than you’”) reflects a still ongoing complaint of female comedians booked on to highly competitive, male-dominated TV panel shows. All episodes of Not the Nine O'Clock News. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Not the Nine O'Clock News (TV Series 1979–1982) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. But back in 1979, Not the Nine O’Clock News was little short of revolutionary – or, as contemporary newspaper critics would have it, “extremely offensive” and “should not be allowed on TV”. Not the Nine O'Clock News is a British television comedy sketch show which was broadcast on BBC2 from 1979 to 1982. In the event, this “tatty revue” was itself pulled because Not the Nine O’Clock News was deemed too political to be screened during a general election – a fortuitous delay in that it gave Lloyd the chance to re-cast the show, retaining Atkinson and Chris Langham (later of The Thick of It renown and child pornography disgrace) and bringing in Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones and the New Zealand-born Pamela Stephenson. Everybody who’s been indicted or going to jail… Papadopoulos, Gates, Flynn, Manafort… It all says in the Mueller report that they co-conspired with Individual Number One. / Laid In Wales / Typical Bloody Typical, Sketches: Embarrassed woman / Question Time / Headbangers / Peep-hole / Hey Bob! Throughout this one-hour show, he shows off his range, reflecting on his music career, reaching his late twenties, and that brief time when the internet really wanted him to play Spider-Man. Not The Nine O'Clock News. © 2021 TV.COM, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. They’re just this underwear that you just bleed into [during your period]. New York native Iliza Shlesinger brings a fresh take on topics from modern dating to wedding planning headaches. Do you understand what self-deprecation means when it comes from somebody who already exists in the margins? Not The Nine O'Clock News - American Election Candidate Comedy sketch featuring Rowan Atkinson. Motherf*****, that’s you! How wild is that concept? Noted for its topical sketches and skits, it made stars of Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys-Jones and Pamela Stephenson. I’m never going to be like, ‘GATHER ROUND, LADIES! The quartet in Baker Street in 1983, marking the sales of 250,000 copies of their album ‘Hedgehog Sandwich’, Atkinson’s rubbery facial expressions were matched if not exceeded by Smith’s wonderfully mobile features, {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Not the Nine O’Clock News at 40: Not topical but still funny, Graham Norton: ‘There isn’t a comedy police deciding what’s funny’, Eddie Murphy announces return to stand-up comedy, Theresa May kisses Winston Churchill in SNL sketch mocking Brexit, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. This is a religious spoof show taking a few pokes at the Catholic Church. The so-called “alternative” comedians. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. Not the Nine O'Clock News was a British television sketch comedy which was broadcast on BBC2 from 1979 to 1982. That’s never happened. Standout line: “There’s no secret [to meeting your future spouse], just so we’re clear. Her show is a delightful mix of reality checks and insightful takes. Among the latter were Clive Anderson, Andy Hamilton and Rowan Atkinson’s longtime friend and collaborator, a certain Richard Curtis, who would go to work with Atkinson on Blackadder and Mr Bean before becoming the nation’s foremost purveyor of romcoms. She is an actress, known for Superman III (1983), History of the World: Part I (1981) and Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979). These passages have been marked off by double brackets.]] In 2018, Nanette pushed the boundaries of the stand-up special – and indeed it’s so, so much more than a comedy show. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. In retrospect this could be seen as Monty Python handing over the comedy sketch-show baton to a younger generation. Gratis Versand durch Amazon ab einem Bestellwert von 29€. Not the Nine O'Clock News is a British television sketch comedy show which was broadcast on BBC2 from 1979 to 1982. If you liked Ali Wong in Always Be My Maybe (which she co-wrote! The images should not contain any sexually explicit content, race hatred material or other offensive symbols or images. Without Not the Nine O’Clock News, we may have never seen it in the first place. If everybody you come in direct contact with gets herpes, wouldn’t you be like, [confused face] ‘Am I giving everybody herpes?’”, Standout line: “It’s a new invention called THINX. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1980 Vinyl release of Not The Nine O'Clock News... on Discogs. Not the Nine O'Clock News is a television comedy sketch show which was broadcast on BBC2 from 1979 to 1982. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Oh… no.’”, Standout line: “I lived in Downtown LA, and Downtown LA is kind of like the Eighties decided to stay there. After 15 years of not doing stand-up, the comedian and talk show icon returned to the stage – and, of course, turned the experience into a Netflix special. During her premiership, TV satire, dormant since the early Sixties and the era of Beyond the Fringe and That Was the Week That Was, rose again with a vengeance. are gold. 1980s British comedy Sketch Show which starred and launched the careers of Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, Rowan Atkinson, and Pamela Stephenson.. A mixture of conventional sketches, brief non sequitur punchlines of the type later popularised by The Fast Show, musical numbers and biting political satire, it was so called because The BBC put it on BBC Two opposite their own BBC One Nine O'Clock News. The Scottish comedian refreshes the “fish out of water” archetype by delivering his take on the US – and that time he told a joke about being an atheist in Indiana. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Nov 29, 2020 #2 Thank goodness things have moved on since then. No one’s going to watch a lesbian during the day.’ And I said ‘Well, they weren’t watching me at night. / Blind man crossing the road / Medical students who aren't / Ah, Come In Rawlinson! Trevor Noah has been starring in comedy specials for a decade, so it’s no surprise that he can take just about any topic (tourism in Bali, trap music, a conversation with President Barack Obama) and turn it into incisive jokes. Complete your Not The Nine O'Clock News collection. In fact, the brevity of many of the skits often exceeded those of its near-direct descendent, The Fast Show. Not the Nine O'Clock News is a comedy television programme that was shown on the BBC, broadcast from 1979 to 1982. callumdocherty@mail.com First broadcast in 1979, Not The Nine O'Clock News was the first satirical comedy show on British television since the legendary That Was The Week That Was in the mid-1960s. Search titles only. Do not upload anything which you do not own or are fully licensed to upload. It featured a new generation of young comedians, principally Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones, and helped to bring alternative comedy to the mainstream. There’s no special magic to it. Of course, none of this would have mattered if the performers and writers hadn’t been funny. There’s perhaps one person on Earth who can make the Mueller report genuinely funny – and that person is Wanda Sykes. The first programme was due to have been aired on 2 April 1979, in the timeslot vacated by what was supposed to have been the last ever episode of Fawlty Towers – except that Basil Fawlty’s swansong was delayed because of a technicians’ strike. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. A delight through and through. My mom is very concerned that he’s going to leave me out of intimidation. Nov 29, 2020 #3 WindyNook … Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. The BBC sketch show not only kick-started ‘alternative comedy’ and some of the most influential careers in British comedy, writes Gerard Gilbert, but also the second great age of TV satire, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. You must go to it.’”, Standout line: “I have built a career out of self-deprecating humour and I don’t want to do that anymore. Under the pretence of pondering whether she’s still relatable, Ellen DeGeneres basks in the (well-earned) glory her accomplishments, reflects on her personal experiences – including her 1997 coming-out and how it was received in Hollywood – and riffs on the absurdities of daily life. The show, which aired on 16 October 1979, wasn’t initially well received by critics or viewers, although re-watching the very first episode on YouTube it’s hard to see why not – bookended as it is by two classic sketches: the inspired spoof on televised darts in which the players Fatbelly and Evenfatterbelly (Smith and Jones) swig alcoholic drinks instead of throwing darts, and Atkinson in a monkey suit as Gerald the talking gorilla. His smart writing enables him to tackle topics, such as disability and – yes – paedophilia, in a way few comics could pull off. Not the Nine O’Clock News was the neonatal ward of that rebirth. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Not The Nine O'Clock News was a satirical show broadcast on BBC2 (UK) from 1979 to 1982. / Shoplifters / Restaurant / Porn Photographer / Sommelier / One For The Birds / Roughage K / Snooker / Tomorrow's World - Microchip / Hit and, run incident / Strange ID parade / Comedy Chestnuts / Shop Stewards / Jackanory, Sketches: Bankrupt / Ask The Family / What's The Time Mr Wolf? “I was absolutely livid!”. If there was a secret, I would have f****** used it. Oh, yes, and The Apprentice – that’s one of theirs, Lord Sugar no doubt heartily approving when Smith and Jones sold the company in 2000 for £62m. 2 [UK Import] in unserem vielfältigen DVD- & Blu-ray-Angebot. Amy Schumer was expecting when her special was released on March 2019, so it’s no surprise she discussed pregnancy – and the overall business of existing in a female body – with her trademark honesty for a large part of her show. I’m gonna be 35 when I get married. In the meantime, the political guests’ evasiveness would seem to be perennial. Who knew? This is just one of the many favourites I have in my collection. Off the 405, lies a toad hole. There’s no secret. Don’t buy the books, don’t buy the hype. Which I guess… makes me a f****** inventor. This special is actually made up of two shows, Dark and Jigsaw. What's new Search. If you didn’t think you could possibly laugh at more joke about the trials of womanhood, think again. Back up to: Not the Nine O'Clock News. Originally shown as a comedy alternative to the Nine O'Clock News on BBC1, it featured satirical sketches on current news stories and popular culture, as well as parody songs, comedy sketches, re-edited videos, and spoof television formats. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. These days there is no shortage of satirical news programmes, from Mock the Week to Have I Got News for You to The Mash Report and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order. I'm an avid collector of vintage British TV shows on DVD. As a teenager in about 1980 I really used to look forward to 'Not the Nine O'Clock News' and also enjoyed books associated with the series (Not the Royal Wedding and Not 1982 etc.) Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. She has impeccable timing, sharp writing, and an apparently effortless ability to connect with her crowd. No, wait ... zorro_mfc Well-known member. There’s no secret, OK? 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Alternative comedy would truly come of age three years later with the intersecting casts of The Young Ones and The Comic Strip, but it was Not the Nine O’Clock News that paved the way, with its bold refusal to indulge in lazy sexist and racist stereotypes or rely on Two Ronnies-style innuendo and overscripted sketches. Nov 29, 2020 #1 41 years ago! Second? It’s not humility, it's humiliation. Search . Should I go on Shark Tank?”, Standout line: “As a parent – no, I’m not a parent, but I like speaking for other people, because I’m white, middle-class and male, and that’s what my people do.”. Not to myself or anybody who identifies with me.”, Standout line: “Now, I make a lot more money than my husband by, like, a long shot. GRAMMOPHONE - Rowan Atkinson - Sketch from Not The Nine o'Clock News Is actually made up of two shows, Dark and Jigsaw 68 he was completely ”! Topical and satirical not the Nine O'Clock News was a secret, I will never your... 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