A proposed 26 week satire series, produced by Don Gale and starring Australian actress Clemence Bettany, Dorothy Bromley, Allan Scott and Chris Bryant, with a weekly jazz spot occupied by Tubby Hayes and his band. The modern British satire boom was well underway with Beyond The Fringe on stage, Private Eye in print and now it would be TV's turn.
Producer Gale took Tubby Hayes to lunch to explain the idea for the show and how
Hayes would fit into it. Gale told him "I don't want any two-
Broadcast fortnightly, it was due to start 25th October, but was delayed by two weeks.
It was a possible portent of what was to come that for the first edition of the show
that three members of Hayes' regular band were aboard and couldn't make it. The show
was meant to be networked, but there's no evidence of any other ITV station showing
it. TV Times announced it "For the first time on television -
A Daily Mirror report on 20th December 1962 announced that the fourth show, broadcast that night, would be the last. The BBC could potentially 'get away with it' as far as satire and its targets were concerned due to the terms of its charter, however, ITV was bound by strict rules written into the Television Act which stated that ITV programmes must not include "any offensive representation or reference to a living person." A spokesman for Associated Rediffusion told the Daily Mirror "Since the whole essence of satire is to be rude to people, we have no alternative but to drop the series."
The BBC's That Was The Week That Was debuted a few weeks later on Saturday 24th November 1962 and helped change television, satire and possibly British society.
To be fair, Rediffusion would try again in mid-