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, chat
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
Producer(s) Ned Sherrin
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) BBC
Original network BBC1
Picture format Black and white, 405-line
Audio format Monaural
Original release 13 November 1964 (1964-11-13) – April 1965
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 a forthcoming general election. It too featured David Frost as compère, with two others, William Rushton (as he was billed at the time) and the poet P. J. Kavanagh joining him in the role. For the final few months of the series, only David Frost was hosting the show. In addition to Saturdays, there were also editions on Fridays and Sundays.

The show saw the first appearances on television of John Bird, Eleanor Bron, Roy Hudd, and John Fortune. Michael Crawford also featured as 'Byron'. The format alternated satire with chat; the trio of hosts were joined by three guests including regulars Patrick Campbell, Gerald Kaufman and Harvey Orkin.[1]

Whereas TWTWTW had had a dark nightclub atmosphere, the new programme used predominantly white sets. The theme tune was sung by Lynda Baron.

The programme lacked the impact of TW3 and lasted only one season before being replaced by the Robert Robinson-fronted BBC-3 (which aired once a week).


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