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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?

3 Tyrant King

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This is a fascinating one. The six episode series was shot in the late 60s and basically follows a group of kids as they hare round the capital in search of a drug dealer who is planning a rendezvous at a place inhabited by the mysterious Tyrant King. What makes it so interesting is that it was the first project of Mike Hodges who within two years would be directing Get Carter. He choose three smart kids, kitted them out in the latest Carnaby Street threads and chose all his fave psych bands (Pink Floyd, The Nice, Cream) to deliver the soundtrack. He was also having fun with the cinematography creating the type of vistas that would become known as his trademark after his first film. So you can forget the plot and revel in the visual experience of London in the 60s with some superb music as an accompaniment. The Tyrant King is available now on DVD.

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