The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer – 1993
Vic and Bob had first appeared on Channel 4 in the hit alternative comedy sketch show Vic Reeves Big Night Out at the beginning of the 90’s.
By 1993 the duo had moved to the BBC and were considered hot property. For the move Vic Reeves assistant (in Big Night Out) Bob Mortimer moved up to share the biling for the BBC series The Smell Of Reeves And Mortimer.
The new show continued Reeves & Mortimer’s bizarre, anarchic and frequently silly comedy that first appeared on Big Night Out. However there were a number of important differences, not just the name of the show and Bob Mortimer’s billing, but nearly all the characters were new (only Greg Mitchell and the Stotts survived, the Stotts appearing in the second series). Perhaps the most memorable were the Slade characters that appeared in the Slade in Residence sketches.
The series ran for two seasons of six episodes each in 1993 and 1995
The format of the show was the pretty familiar tried and tested format of a studio set from which the duo would introduce themselves interlinked with pre-recorded sketches.
In the case of this show there was a lavish studio based set laden with columns and pillars and in the centre the enormous letters R&M, from which the duo emerged at the start of each show. They would then sit behind a desk and just tell silly jokes, introduce bizarre guests and promote various fictional Reeves and Mortimer products. The show would end with the song “Let’s Have A Little Bit More,” where the duo would enthuse about the smells of things, from “Pol Pot’s Dungarees” to “Lulu’s Hairdos.”
Written By: Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer
Produced By: Channel X for BBC
Original Transmission Dates: 21st September 1993 – 9th June 1995