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Mel Smith's 5 greatest comedy sketches (VIDEO)

As a tribute to the magical comedy of Mel Smith, who sadly passed away last Friday, the What's On TV office has chosen our 5 favourite 'Mel Smith' comedy sketches, taken from his BBC series Not The Nine O Clock News and Alas Smith & Jones. We hope you'll enjoy them as much as us...

1 Drunken darts!

Mel as Guy 'Fat Belly' Gutbucket playing against Griff' Rhys Jones as Tommy 'Even Fatter Belly' Belcher in a boozy darts match with a twist.

2 Gorilla grief!

Mel's Professor Timothy Fielding was having a torrid time with a pretentious gorilla called Gerald who sounds suspiciously like Rowan Atkinson.

3 The Two Ninnies

The Two Ronnies were the comedy greats of the 1970s and 1980s but they weren't beyond a bit of spoofing by Mel and Griff in The Two Ninnies...

4 Nazi knocker!

Always good to send up a Nazi, as Mel did here playing General Gruber, who was always being fitted for a new uniform!

5 You've been Ad!

Mel's shows always had plenty of parody, and here's a brilliant spoof of a cheeky chappy advert. Move over any Kwik-Fit fitters!

Nicholas Cannon
Nicholas Cannon

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.