Colin Bostock-Smith

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Colin Bostock-Smith (born 1942)[1] is a British television and radio comedy writer.

Early career[edit]

Until the age of 30, he was a journalist, noting in a review of an early performance by The Beatles ("four young men with four fringes, three guitars, and some drums") that they were "not nearly as bad as they might have been".[2] He later edited the music newspaper Top Pops.[3] However, he always had—in his words—"this feeling that I would like to write comedy",[4] starting in this area with contributions to the BBC Radio 4 show Week Ending.

Bostock-Smith has contributed to a significant number of British television comedies. In a 2008 interview, he noted that he was the sole writer of all 41 episodes of the early-1980s ITV sitcom Metal Mickey, and claims to be most proud of his work on Not the Nine O'Clock News and the sitcom Me and My Girl.[4]

Selected credits[edit]

Writing contributions[edit]


  • As Time Goes By (Bostock-Smith claims he only came up with the original concept, saying "I’ve never written a word of it. [..] I didn’t even write the title. It was my idea, you see."[4])


  1. ^ "I was born in 1942, so I was exactly the right age for rock and roll when it all happened." [1]
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  3. ^ Smith, Alan. "Every No.1 in the 1960s is listed from all the nine different magazine charts!". Dave McAleer. Archived from the original on May 10, 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2012. Original editor was the noted author Colin Bostock-Smith.
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  5. ^ a b