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Rhys Jones: "I invited Mel to my country cottage and he never took his coat off. He took me to the races and I read a book"

Griff Rhys Jones has said his comedy partnership with the late Mel Smith was "not exactly a marriage made in heaven", but that it could be "sheer bliss" to work with him.

Smith died earlier this month from a heart attack and in an interview with Radio Times, Rhys Jones said: "We were not similar . . . I invited Mel to my country cottage and he never took his coat off. He took me to the races and I read a book.

"I dragged him sailing and he asked to 'go in' when we were halfway home and 30 miles from the nearest port."

Rhys Jones continued: "He loved a drink. I am teetotal. He never carried a credit card. I never have cash. He never went for a walk. I run 10 miles a week. He worshipped Stephen Sondheim. I think Sondheim is a pretentious, overrated introvert, who can't write a tune . . .

"It is a long list and a weird one and not exactly a marriage made in heaven. We used to joke that we stayed together for the money."

He added: "We really didn't have a lot in common, except this. When Mark and John, or Clive and Rory, or Howe and Preddy, or Smith and Kyan (all writing double acts who scribbled our jokes for us . . . ) brought forth a real cracker, we both loved it, equally and unequivocally. We knew what it wanted and how to do it.

"I think we made some 50 hours of TV together. God knows a lot of it won't bear repeating, but when it was good it was sheer bliss to perform with Mel."

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