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Griff Rhys Jones

Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones in Smith and Jones

Griff Rhys Jones (born 16 November 1953) is best known for his comedy partnership with Mel Smith.

Having worked as a performer and radio producer after University, he was cast as Chris Langham's replacement in the second series of the seminal sketch show 'Not the Nine O'Clock News' alongside Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson and Mel Smith.

After the show ended, Smith and Jones continued to work together, developing their own sketch show 'Alas Smith and Jones', and setting up their own production company TalkBack, which has produced many of the most significant British comedy shows of the past two decades, including 'Smack the Pony' and 'Da Ali G Show'.

'Alas Smith and Jones' (BBC, 1984-87), was a solid sketch show featuring clever, cheeky and often rude sketches, as well as the famous head-to-head conversations in which Jones played bemused thickey to Smith's know it-all(-know-nothing).

Further series followed: they commented on old film clips in 'The World According to Smith and Jones', made a series of comedy playlets titled 'Smith and Jones in Small Doses' and returned to sketches in 'Smith and Jones' (BBC, 1989-98).

Jones has also established himself as a presenter, working on shows including 'Restoration' and 'The Bookworm'.

Appearances by Griff Rhys Jones
Start YearAliasProgramme BrandCountry

As a Performer

Alas Smith And Jones 1982
Not The Nine O'clock News 1979

As a Writer

Alas Smith And Jones 1982
Not The Nine O'clock News 1979

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