The BBC’s Horrible Histories has had some wonderful musical parodies in the past (the theory of evolution set to Bowie’s Changes springs to mind) but this one is something else. A chronological account of the life of Charles Dickens set to the music of The Smiths. It is spot on too. The level of detail is superb, the Morrissey style vocal mannerisms, the occasional sudden break, the funky Marr-esque guitar, they are all there.
It is about four Smiths songs in one but Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Know and This Charming Man feature prominently.
And don’t miss its excellent finale- and what is he doing with that Gladioli?
Oh, and isn’t that Al Murray on drums. Now that is what the licence fee is for.
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