Tuesday, 24 November 2020


Hosted by celebrated presenter David Frost, the news satire programme was first aired on the BBC on this day in 1962, “That Was The Week That Was” was ground-breaking television for its lampooning of political figures and attacking the monarchy, class and the Empire, and significantly signalling the willingness on the part of the corporation to not consider itself bound by rules of impartiality in addressing apartheid in South Africa and the American south. Only broadcast on Saturday evenings through December of the following year, the show has an outsized legacy, directly informing a Dutch version and a US version hosted by Gene Hackman, This Hour Has Seven Days and This Hour Has Twenty-Two Minutes in Canada, and A Week Of It in New Zealand