Category: Smith & Jones

  • Alas! The Tour (Souvenir Programme)
    Alas! The Tour (Souvenir Programme)

    A few months ago I tweeted this: Which then led me down a little, shallow rabbit hole, wherein I purchased a copy of the tour programme. Here’s how it looked when it arrived, all pristine and lovely. And here’s the back cover. This is a full page advert parody from inside. Here’s a flavour of […]

  • The Other Mel Smith Double Act
    The Other Mel Smith Double Act

    It’s easy to forget that Mel Smith wasn’t always staring into the face of Griff Rhys Jones, that he was on Not The Nine O’Clock News first, and that he was actually in a double act with someone else. Mel Smith and Bob Goody met in the mid-70s, and put on a play together at […]

  • Smith, Jones And Philips
    Smith, Jones And Philips

    In 1982 VisionHire once again teamed with Philips to bring new models of their TVs and VCRs to rental and retail stores throughout the UK. And they enlisted the help of Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones to do so. Here’s one of the TV spots. And here’s a remarkable curio (from the excellent Neil […]

  • Smith, Jones, Hale, Pace, Croft, and Craig (Naked)
    Smith, Jones, Hale, Pace, Croft, and Craig (Naked)

    Here’s a nice review page from The Stage, dated 29th November 1990, in a week when Smith And Jones, You Rang M’Lord?, and Nicholas Craig – The Naked Actor all aired.

  • Alas Clips And Jones
    Alas Clips And Jones

    Here’s a great article from the Liverpool Echo, dated 28th January 1984, previewing the upcoming new series of Alas Smith And Jones. Can anyone figure out which sketch it is they’re rehearsing? Good to learn that John Lloyd was the warm up act for the studio recordings.

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s […]

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first […]

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