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”.
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A first television outing, after a few months on iPlayer, for this hugely entertaining romp through the golden age of snooker, majoring on the careers of Alex Higgins and Steve Davis. It looks and sounds great, and is possibly the only film ever to soundtrack a character having an emotional breakdown with Snooker Loopy. If it reminds us of anything it’s The Damned United, and it’s all good foul-mouthed fun – and if the snooker overruns and it ends up going out late, you can, er, watch it on iPlayer of course.
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