Not The Nine O'Clock News was a tremendously successful comedy TV show, running from 1979 to 1982. Through my connection with Mel Smith, I was invited to submit musical material for the show, and ended up writing several, not very subtle, not very sophisticated, comic songs for them. Some of this material featured on an LP album of the same name put out by BBC Records, which got to No.3 in the album charts and promptly 'went Platinum'. This photo was taken at a presentation ceremony on 18th March 1981. The album featured the work of so many different writers, that there was never any possibility of actually getting a thing-in-a-frame to call my own. However, I was graciously allowed to hold the sacred object. An auspicious beginning for what would prove to be a rather dull decade for me.

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