Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life
was a BBC
-TV satire programme produced by Ned Sherrin
, which aired during the winter of 1964
, in an attempt to continue and improve on the successful formula of his That Was The Week That Was
, which had been taken off by the BBC because of the coming General Election
. It too featured David Frost
as compère, with William Rushton
(as Willie was officially called in those days) now joining him in this role, with a third compère, the poet P. J. Kavanagh
. In addition to Saturdays, there were also editions on Fridays and Sundays.
It saw the first appearances on television of John Bird, Eleanor Bron, Roy Hudd and John Fortune. Michael Crawford also featured as 'Byron'.
Whereas TWTWTW had had a dark nightclub atmosphere, for the new programme predominantly white sets were introduced - this of course being before colour television.
The programme lacked the impact of TW3 and lasted only one season before being replaced by the Robert Robinson-fronted BBC-3.