BBC-3 (TV series)

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For the television channel, see BBC Three.
Presented by Robert Robinson
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 24
Producer(s) Ned Sherrin
Original network BBC1
Original release 1965 – 1966
Preceded by Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life

BBC-3 was a BBC television programme, devised and produced by Ned Sherrin and hosted by Robert Robinson,[1] which aired for twenty-four hour-long editions during the winter of 1965–1966.

It was the third in a line of weekend satire-and-chat shows, successor to That Was The Week That Was and Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life, though David Frost did not participate in this series.

Regular performers included John Bird, Lynda Baron, David Batley, Roy Dotrice, Bill Oddie, and Leonard Rossiter.[1][2][3] Guests included Millicent Martin and Alan Bennett.[2] The musical director was Dave Lee.[1]


In the edition of 13 November 1965, during a discussion on theatre censorship in which Robert Robinson and Mary McCarthy also participated, Kenneth Tynan became the first person ever to say "fuck" on British television; he claimed, perhaps disingenuously, that the word no longer shocked anyone.[4] The storm which resulted forced the BBC to make a public apology for Tynan's comments.


  1. ^ a b c Radio Times entry for BBC-3. 1965-10-16. BBC Television. BBC1. 
  2. ^ a b Radio Times entry for BBC-3. 1965-11-27. BBC Television. BBC1. 
  3. ^ Radio Times entry for BBC-3. 1965-12-11. BBC Television. BBC1. 
  4. ^ "My TV 4-letter word by Tynan". Daily Mirror. 1965-11-15. p. 1. 

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