Derek Griffiths sings the credits of Film Fun, 1983
The closing credits of a TV show – often a long list of unknown names in equally unknown jobs, and only really interesting to see if Ken Morse or Mykola Pawluk turn up in them. Given how virtually every show has them, and they take up so much time, it’s perhaps surprising how rarely they actually make anything of them. There are some exceptions – Python, of course, subverted them by running them at any point on the show, while Whose Line Is It Anyway went on comic flights of fancy with the names. But surely the most imaginative way to feature the contractually-obliged roll call while still entertaining came on Derek Griffiths’ fondly-remembered cartoon cavalcade. The multi-talented Griffiths didn’t just read out the credits, he created a song featuring all the production team and their jobs, ensuring they all enjoyed a nice little moment in the spotlight and – more or less – explained to the viewers exactly what they did, including making the tea or course. The result is a hugely imaginative and enjoyable way to end a show. Derek himself is, of course, an absolute genius and one of the most talented performers in the history of British television, not just a wonderful singer and hilarious comic performer but also a fantastic character actor to boot. And anyone who can manage to get “MCMLXXXIII” into a song deserves all the acclaim we can throw at them.