Tuesday, 11 April 2017
656 Alas Smith and Jones / Smith and Jones
First viewed : Early 1984
This was always likely to be disappointing - Not The Nine O Clock News without the genius of Rowan Atkinson or Pamela Stephenson's sexual charisma. The remaining duo of Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones wrote much of the material themselves but also used some of the NTNOCN team. Former colleague Chris Langham appeared fairly regularly with them.
The show was mainly sketch-based with the main innovation being the Pete and Dud -ish head to head dialogues for which they are best remembered.
I watched it but never religiously . My recollection is that many of the sketches went on a bit too long and for a show that ran for ten seasons ( with name and channel change about half way through ) there aren't too many classic moments that have stayed with me. I remember a laboured sketch about Griff being a former woman who's now an executive rival of ex-husband Mel, a savage attack on their own series for ITV The World According To Smith and Jones and the duo taking flak from a female guest until she accuses them of being worse than Hale and Pace and then taking umbrage but that's about it.