20 July 2013

So farewell Mel Smith...

With today's sad news of the death of Mel Smith at the age of just 60 British comedy has lost one of its finest talents.  Not the Nine O Clock News on which he made his name was a ground breaking sketch show that reintroduced an eager audience (including me) to satire and underpinned the British comedy revolution that was know as 'alternative comedy'.  Here is Smith on top form in a sketch that completely undermined the objections to the Monty Python masterpiece 'Life of Brian' - and probably did for what was left of Malcolm Muggeridge's credibility after the 'blasphemy' debate on BBC2's Friday Night, Saturday Morning.

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