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A short-lived but extremely influential weekly sketch show which marked the start of the "satire boom" in the UK during the early 1960s.

The programme was ground-breaking in many ways, particularly as far as its "tone" was concerned. It began a move away from the rather reverential and often over-tolerant approach to politicians and other "authority figures" which had previously predominated on British television.

Every week, topical events were covered using a mixture of sketches, monologues and musical items. Politicians and other prominent people were subjected to close inspection and, as often as not, were well and truly "debunked".

A notable exception to the normal humorous, satirical tone of the programme took the form of an extended tribute to John F Kennedy, broadcast the day after his assassination.

Series: 2
Episodes: 37
Transmitted: 1962-1963
Channel: BBC-TV

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