Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life

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Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life
Genre Satire
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
Production
Producer(s) Ned Sherrin
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) BBC
Broadcast
Original channel BBC1
Picture format Black-and-white, 405-line
Audio format Monaural
Original run 13 November 1964 (1964-11-13) – April 1965
Chronology
Preceded by That Was The Week That Was (1962–1963)
Followed by BBC-3 (1965–1966)

Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life is a BBC-TV satire programme produced by Ned Sherrin, which aired during the winter of 1964–1965, in an attempt to continue and improve on the successful formula of his That Was The Week That Was (known informally as TW3), which had been taken off by the BBC because of the coming General Election. It too featured David Frost as compère, with two others, William Rushton (as he was known at the time) and the poet P. J. Kavanagh joining him in the role. In addition to Saturdays, there were also editions on Fridays and Sundays. [1]

It saw the first appearances on television of John Bird, Eleanor Bron, Roy Hudd, Patrick Campbell and John Fortune. Michael Crawford also featured as 'Byron'.

Whereas TWTWTW had had a dark nightclub atmosphere, the new programme used predominantly white sets.

The programme lacked the impact of TW3 and lasted only one season before being replaced by the Robert Robinson-fronted BBC-3.

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