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Readers recommend: songs about Jones and Joneses | Peter Kimpton

17 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

What's in a name? Plenty, especially when used in song about any real or fictional Jones, or in other senses of the word

"What's in a name?" she asked. For if only she had not been called Capulet nor he Montague, but instead Juliet Smith and Romeo Jones, then perhaps for these star-crossed Shakespearean lovers events might have, after all, ended up smelling of a rose so sweet. But a name really does matter, and this week's theme focuses upon one in particular. Jones might be Smith's sidekick, as in Alias Smith and Jones, or comedy duo and Not the Nine O'Clock News graduates Alas Smith and Jones. But this week our theme is songs that mention the latter, and in variety of contexts.

Jones, perhaps slightly less so than Smith, is a very common name. But that is the beauty of it. Welsh in origin, it has spawned an infinite variety of people. »

- Peter Kimpton

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The Office, Top Gear and more: BBC Two's Greatest Ever Shows

20 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Two is 50 - the British Broadcasting Corporation's second eldest child hits the half-century mark today - Sunday, April 20.

Picking out the greatest shows from five decades of broadcasting seems like a near-impossible task, but never say that Digital Spy is easily cowed. These are - in our humble opinion - the channel's finest ever offerings.

BBC Two is 50: The Hour, Bottom and more shows to bring back

The rules are as follows: shows like Red Dwarf that originated on BBC Two are eligible, but shows better associated with another channel are not - say Top of the Pops, which aired on BBC One for the majority of its run but shifted to the sister channel for its final episodes.

Oh, and we're talking only original commissions - so no Us imports either. But even that barely narrows it down, so if you think there are any glaring omissions, »

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Spitting Image is 30: Looking back at the satirical puppet classic

26 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's been a whopping 30 years since Spitting Image first hit our screens on ITV in 1984. The satirical puppet show quickly became one of the most-watched shows of the 1980s and early 1990s.

I wasn't able to fully appreciate the series when it was first on TV. When I watched it in the early '90s as a child, I found it funny mainly because of the silly puppets, even if I didn't quite understand what was going on. But in retrospective viewings, it still holds up as a genuinely hilarious satire of politics, entertainment, sport and general UK culture of the era.

It's quite incredible to think that Spitting Image hasn't been on air since 1996. To put that into perspective, the Spice Girls had only just been unleashed, Tony Blair hadn't been elected yet, and Lorde had only just been born.

As a show that is heavily reliant on topical »

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