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TV Series
    (November 24, 1962-May 4, 1965)
    Aired on BBC (November 24, 1962-December 28, 1963) and NBC (January 10, 1964-May 4, 1965)
    Both versions hosted by David Frost
    British cast members included Timothy Birdsall, Bernard Levin, Lance Percival, Kenneth Cope, Roy Kinnear, David Kernan and Millicent Martin
    American cast members included Henry Morgan, Buck Henry, Alan Alda, Tom Lehrer, Tom Bosley, Phyllis Newman and Nancy Ames
    Often abbreviated as TW3
    Premise: A satirical look at the week's news events
    Frost was originally supposed to co-host with Brian Redhead, who dropped out after filming an unaired pilot.
    The British version often either ran short or ran over its time slot.
    The Boy Scout Association protested a joke questioning Robert Baden-Powell's sexuality.
    Bernard Levin got punched by a member of the studio audience.
    Time magazine called the show 'ragged and embarrassingly sophomoric.'
    It was cancelled by the BBC on the grounds that an election had been called for 1964 and they feared the show's political material could compromise the network's impartiality.
    When British Postmaster General Reg Bevins (the official in charge of broadcasting at the time) announced after the first episode, 'I'm going to do something about this,' Prime Minister Harold Macmillan sent him the note, 'Oh no you're not.'
    By lampooning the powers that be, it paved the way for Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show and hordes of others.
    When the BBC tried to stop the show from running long by scheduling repeats of 'The Third Man' after the show, Frost responded by reading synopses of the 'Third Man' plots during TW3. The BBC dropped the tactic after three episodes.
    It ran a moving tribute to John F. Kennedy the day after the assassination.
    'Radio Times,' noting the passion it inspired among both detractors and fans, wrote, 'Whatever else may be said about TW3, it could never be ignored.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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