Commonly referred to as TW3, it was intended to prick the pomposity
of public figures.
The format of the show was simple. Millicent Martin would sing
the title song, then David Frost would introduce the proceedings
and act as link man between sketches. Originally John Bird was to
be host but declined.
Bernard Levin interviewed people in the news. David Kernan parodied
singers, Al Mancini pulled faces, Timothy Birdsall drew cartoons,
and Kenneth Cope, Willie Rushton and Roy Kinnear fleshed out the
sketches and comic chatter.
TW3 launched in November 1962, reached a peak of 12 million viewers
and was finally axed by the BBC at the end of 1963.
Sir Hugh Carleton Greene, BBC Director-General, is quoted as saying:
'It was as a pillar of the Establishment that I yielded to the fascist
hyena-like howls to take it off!'