Well, this is timely. Going out on this very day 29 years ago, the final episode of pseudo-sitcom/sketch show Inside Victor-Lewis Smith (BBC2) starring Victor Lewis-Smith, who died today*. (*On Saturday**.)
(**It’s a reference to a regular joke of his in his C4 series TV Offal, in case you’re unaware. And if you think that’s inappropriate, probably best you stop reading here.)
Topics include a list of Extinct Television Species, the secret story of The Queen’s other sister, the Conservatives’ new plan to privatise the homeless and… his own death. The latter in a lot of detail. Including what he’d like to have done to his body after his passing.
In short, watching this would be in the poorest taste, were it not by far the absolutely most fitting way to mark the passing of arch architect of sledgehammer satire VLS. Just bear in mind that this programme was basically a toned-down version of his earlier Radio 1 series. Yep.
Written by Victor Lewis-Smith with his longtime writing partner Paul Sparks, and co-starring Nickolas Grace, Moya Brady, Annette Badland, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Tim Barlow and Chris Langham, plus Arthur Mullard as his dad. So, you probably won’t be seeing this repeated on BBC Four in tribute. For about fifteen different reasons.
Best watch it here instead, then.