HERE’S A weird one. Mel & Griff temporarily decamp from the BBC to earn big bucks from Dyke Towers for routine effort in the Spitting Image/Clive James Sunday slot, revisiting history via means of clips from crappy old films linked with terrible one-liners written by a third-rate script team led by main Roland Rat writer Colin Bostock-Smith. Pathetic main gag revolved around the fact that every week, one of the hapless 50s B-movie actors resembled Smith. Jones: “Just stop that there…look, it’s Mel!” Smith: “It doesn’t look anything like me”. And running jokes about Keith Chegwin (in clips from Children’s Film Foundation classic Young Robin Hood) and the same stock footage of a bloke shooting an arrow turning up in hundreds of films. But the main (only) point of interest concerns the fact that they made 12 shows, but after ITV screened the first block of six, Smith and Jones made a new series for BBC, in which they almightily took the piss out of their ITV efforts (“A Load Of Old Jokes According To Smith And Jones”) and sent up the Mel-lookalike gag, perhaps in order to conceal their shame and embarrassment. But then ITV screened the second set of six, ostensibly as a new series, making S&J look like a pair of hypocritical tossers. And how they deserved it for making the fiasco in the first place.