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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It’s amusing to see Andy McCluskey on Pops 80 performing songs about Joan of Arc and getting up the noses of the musical establishment and then remembering that two decades later he was writing and producing Atomic Kitten’s output, which is not a slight on McCluskey or Atomic Kitten in any way because a successful three minute pop song is so incredibly hard to write and takes just as much skill as any “serious” music. Another star of one era who had a hand in the pop of another was Marty Wilde, who after his own hits dried up penned a stack of ace tunes for his daughter with equal success, as he will explain to Russell Davies.
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