BBC-3 (TV series)
|Presented by||Robert Robinson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Original release||1965 –|
|Preceded by||Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life|
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 Battley, Roy Dotrice, Bill Oddie, and Leonard Rossiter. Guests included Millicent Martin and Alan Bennett. The musical director was Dave Lee. With its white sets, BBC-3 retained the look of its predecessor, Not So Much a Programme. Its name was a reference to the BBC's second channel, BBC-2, which had started the previous year.
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. The storm which resulted forced the BBC to make a public apology for Tynan's comments.
- Radio Times entry for BBC-3. 16 October 1965. BBC Television. BBC1.
- Radio Times entry for BBC-3. 27 November 1965. BBC Television. BBC1.
- Radio Times entry for BBC-3. 11 December 1965. BBC Television. BBC1.
- "My TV 4-letter word by Tynan". Daily Mirror. 15 November 1965. p. 1.