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The best parody of The Smiths ever – from, err, Horrible Histories

By Stefano on June 12th, 2013

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.

More fantastic TV kids shows for adults here.

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The five best ever kids TV shows (for adults) – Press Gang, Horrible Histories and more

By Stefano on December 21st, 2012

So the BBC is finally pulling the plug on showing kids programmes on mainstream channels like BBC 1 and if you want to entertain your youngsters you’ll now have to plonk them in front of CBBC or any one of about a hundred US channels.

In the general scheme of things this matters very little. It does however give me a cheesy hook to highlight five great kids programmes that quite frankly are wasted on the little blighters.

These five are all solid gold viewing for adults – some intentionally so, others just because they offer a snapshot of a fascinating period of time.

The number one is a current programme and if you don’t have kids you quite probably know nothing about it.

What would you add to the list?

1 Phineas and Ferb

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The best animated US kids programme since, ooh, Scooby Doo and Wacky Races, Phineas and Ferb is a total work of genius. Each fifteen minute episode focuses on what a pair of school age kids,Phineas and Ferb, choose to get up to during their summer hols. There is also a bewilderingly brilliant supporting cast including an annoying sister (Candace), a pet platypus who leads a double life as a secret agent (Perry) and his arch enemy the inept Bond villain-esque Dr Doofenshmirtz. It may be aimed at kids, but there's a wicked under current of adult humour too. As for our heroes, Phineas is a 'can do' genius always coming up with cool ideas and brilliant ways to execute them, while Ferb is the super smart builder/tech guy with an eye to design. Ferb is also British too. Anyone else think that they might actually be the cartoon version of messrs Jobs and Ive? There's a strong British influence too in that Ferb and his dad are British and are both obsessed with 80s electronic music. This isn't too surprising as co-creator, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, lived in London for many years and worked on (ulp) Postman Pat. Each show also has a musical interlude and so far the show has parodied everything from rap to power pop to 80s girl sounds (Ferb's mum was a one hit wonder from the decade). The show has countless very funny running gags, loads of celebrity guest appearances and... oooh just go and watch it!

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