Smith and Goody

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1980 on ITV (Thames)

MOONLIGHTING FROM pulling rubbery faces and dressing up as comedy punks on NOT THE NINE O’CLOCK NEWS, MEL SMITH did this uncomfortable Books Are Fun, Kids! comedy/educational effort on Tuesday afternoons together with long-serving kids TV face. BOB “ACE REPORTS” GOODY. Almost certainly not on the director of Mr Bean’s CV nowadays. Thunderously ill-advised title sequence involved a fuzzy cartoon approximation of the duo belting out a tuneless theme song, to wit: “Good books, bad books, funny books, ever-been-had books and sad books/There’s a book about a ship that disappears without trace/There’s a book about a thing that came from outer space…” and so on. Despite the literate tomfoolery, the show quickly followed its own advice and “disappeared without trace”.

TV CREAM SAYS: WHAT THE FUCK'S AN "EVER-BEEN-HAD BOOK", ANYWAY?

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