Humphrey Barclay producer of radio's I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again was given the
opportunity to assemble a comedy team for his first television venture. Surprisingly,
this would be a show aimed at children and broadcast at tea-
Barclay knew writer-
A pilot show was recorded on 6th November 1967, was viewed as a success and the series was commissioned. The first show "Do Not Adjust Your Set, Or A Happy Boxing Day And A Preposterous New Year" was broadcast on ITV on 26th December, the very same evening that the Bonzos were guests on BBC1's Magical Mystery Tour. However due to a technical error the first show was shown without the expected advert break, so a three minute gap was eventually followed by the ads, shortening the show by three minutes. To make matters worse, some areas saw the second edition of the show by mistake.
On Thursday 4th January 1968 the series kicked off properly and became an immediate
favourite, not only with kids but adults coming home from work. David Jason and Denise
Coffey were given their own weekly in-
Proving the show's popularity the troupe were given the front cover of the TV Times, week beginning 17th February 1968.
The show was entered into a prestigious TV competition and this was celebrated with
The success of the show was not lost on Rediffusion's successor, Thames Television
as they re-
The team re-
The show would not make it to a third series. Idle, Palin, Jones and Gilliam made
their way to Monty Python, Jason and Coffey would later co-