BBC-3 (TV series)

BBC-3 is 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.

Presented byRobert Robinson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series1
No. of episodes24
Producer(s)Ned Sherrin
Original networkBBC One
Original release1965 (1965) –
1966 (1966)
Preceded byNot 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.[1][2][3] Guests included Millicent Martin and Alan Bennett.[2] The musical director was Dave Lee.[1] 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.[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. 16 October 1965. BBC Television. BBC One.
  2. ^ a b Radio Times entry for BBC-3. 27 November 1965. BBC Television. BBC1.
  3. ^ Radio Times entry for BBC-3. 11 December 1965. BBC Television. BBC1.
  4. ^ "My TV 4-letter word by Tynan". Daily Mirror. 15 November 1965. p. 1.

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