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That Was The Week That Was

That Was The Week That Was, also known as TW3, was a satirical television comedy program that aired on the BBC in 1962 and 1963.

Devised, produced and directed by Ned Sherrin[?], cast members included: David Frost[?], Roy Kinnear[?], and Willie Rushton. The programme opened with a song - entitled That Was The Week That Was - sung by Millicent Martin[?] and enumerating topics that had been in the past week's news.

The programme was groundbreaking in its lampooning of the establishment. The Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was initially supportive of the programme, chastising the then Postmaster General Reginald Bevins[?] (nominally in charge of broadcasting) for threatening to "do something about it". During the Profumo affair however, he became on of the programme's chief targets for derision. After two successful seasons in 1962 and 1963 the programme not return in 1964 as this was an election year and the BBC decided it would be unduly influential.

A program with the same name also aired on the US TV station NBC starting on January 10, 1964 and ending in May, 1965. This version had a cast that included: Buck Henry[?], Tom Lehrer and Alan Alda.

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