Alas Smith and Jones 31 January 1984
Alas Smith and Jones debuted on 31 January 1984. The comedy show was a starring vehicle for Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith, previously seen as half of the Not the Nine O’clock News team. Smith and Jones offered a modern, sometimes subversive, take on the comedy double act. The title of the new show was taken from the western series Alias Smith and Jones, with which it bore no similarity apart from the names of the two lead characters. Alas Smith and Jones started on BBC Two but transferred to BBC One, where it became a mainstream hit, running until 1998.