Mel Smith: I have Sort Of Done Things :worldleaks
MEL Smith is thought by many people for many things – be it one half of Britain’s most ignorant old pals act, analysing the issues of the day with Griff Rhys Jones, or the eponymous hero of much devalued sitcom Colin’s Sandwich.
But Smith, who died earlier this year aged 60, was also a writer, actor and acclaimed director whose love of performing started at an early age. The son of a west London bookie, he was guiding plays with schoolmates from the age of six.
This documentary sees friends, colleagues, and supporters, including John Lloyd, Richard Curtis and, of course, Griff Rhys Jones, discuss the mark Smith left on them.
It was Lloyd who introduced Smith to Jones when the producer invited them to join the cast of Not The Nine O’Clock News along with Rowan Atkinson and Pamela Stephenson. The mix of skits, topical satire, and musical parodies was like nothing seen before and made stars of them all, Smith and Jones going on to enjoy more achiever with their own sketch show.
At this time of year, meanwhile, the suitably chubby star, with the most lived in face in showbusiness, becomes known to a whole new generation as Raymond Briggs’s animated Father Christmas.
With home video footage and classic outlines, I’ve Sort Of Done Things is a fitting tribute to a much-loved comedy legend.
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