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BBC-3 BBC Satire, John Bird

Satirical sketch series BBC-3 was very in the vein of That Was The Week That Was and Not So Much a Programme… The shows were a mixture of sketches discussions and songs.

The show is best remembered now though for the occasion on 13 November 1965 when Kenneth Tynan the theatre critic caused shock and outrage by becoming the first person to say a certain four letter word beginning in F and ending in K on British Television.

The regular cast was headed by John Bird and also featured Robert Robinson, Leonard Rossiter, Bill Oddie, John Fortune, Alan Bennett, Patrick Campbell, Malcolm Muggeridge, Lynda Baron and David Battley.

Producer: Ned Sherrin / Director: Ned Sherrin, Darrol Blake

UK / BBC One / 24×60 minute episodes / 2 October 1965 – 16 April 1966 Saturdays at 10.30pm