The British comedy world is mourning the loss of one of its greats, Mel Smith, who has died at the age of 60.

As a comedian and actor, Smith will be best remembered for his work as part of the 'Not The Nine O'Clock News' team and alongside Griff Rhys Jones in 'Alas Smith And Jones'. But he was also a director and producer, founding Talkback Productions with Jones and directing comedy films like 'The Tall Guy' and 'Bean'.

"We have lost a great and lovely talent," wrote 'Not The Nine O'Clock News' producer John Lloyd. Hopefully some of the classic sketches below - from that show and 'Alas Smith And Jones' - will go some way to reminding us of what we have, indeed, lost: a man who didn't just have a great face for comedy but also an amazing talent for it. RIP, Mel. Thank you for the laughs.

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  • Alas Smith And Jones: Grave

  • Not The Nine O'Clock News: Gramophone

  • Alas Smith And Jones: Sperm Bank

  • Not The Nine O'Clock News: Gerald The Gorilla

  • Alas Smith And Jones: Football Scores

  • Not The Nine O'Clock News: The Devil - Is He All Bad?

  • Alas Smith And Jones: Music

  • Alas Smith And Jones: Police Interrogation

  • Not The Nine O'Clock News: Darts

  • Alas Smith And Jones: The Kiss

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    File photo dated 13/10/04 of comedian Mel Smith who has died from a heart attack at his home in north west London, his agent Michael Foster has said.

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    File photo dated 19/10/10 of comedian Mel Smith (left) with his wife Pam. Mel Smith has died from a heart attack at his home in north west London, his agent Michael Foster has said.

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    File photo dated 28/10/1998 of comedians Mel Smith (left) and Griff Rhys Jones on stage at the Prince's Trust comedy gala at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Smith has died from a heart attack at his home in north west London, his agent Michael Foster has said.

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    File photo dated 13/10/1992 of comedians Mel Smith (right) and Griff Rhys Jones. Smith has died from a heart attack at his home in north west London, his agent Michael Foster has said.

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    File photo dated 29/07/1997 of comedian Mel Smith (left) and Rowan Atkinson. Smith has died from a heart attack at his home in north west London, his agent Michael Foster has said.

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    File photo dated 07/08/06 of comedian Mel Smith who has died from a heart attack at his home in north west London, his agent Michael Foster has said.

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    January 1987: British comedian Mel Smith announces the start of his new TV series, entitled 'The World According To Smith and Jones' and co-starring Griff Rhys-Jones. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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    British comedy duo Griff Rhys-Jones and Mel Smith announce the start of their new TV series entitled 'The World According To Smith and Jones'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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    British comedians (left to right) Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones with New Zealand-born comedian Pamela Stephenson in London, 20th October 1980. Together they write and star in the comedy sketch show 'Not the Nine O'Clock News'. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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    British comedians Mel Smith (left) and Gryff Rhys Jones (wearing Policeman's uniforms) with Scottish comedian Billy Connolly and his wife New Zealand born actress and comedienne Pamela Stephenson backstage at the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium, London, 13th July 1985. Smith, Jones and Stephenson had previously worked together on the TV comedy programme 'Not The Nine O'Clock News'. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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    2nd February 1983: Rowan Atkinson, Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith and Pamela Stephenson from the television show 'Not the Nine O'Clock News' in Baker Street, London, with gold records given to them to mark the sales of 250,000 copies of their album 'Hedgehog Sandwich'. (Photo by Gary Stone/Central Press/Getty Images)

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    Comedy actor and writer Mel Smith (centre) with poet Roger McGough and actress Alyson Spiro during rehearsals for the West End stage production of McGough's 'Summer With Monica', 17th December 1979. (Photo by Graham Morris/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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    British comedians (left to right) Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones with New Zealand-born comedian Pamela Stephenson (below), in London, 20th October 1980. Together they write and star in the comedy sketch show 'Not the Nine O'Clock News'. (Photo by Graham Turner/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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    From left to right, the cream of British comedy - Stephen Fry, Ben Elton, Robbie Coltrane, Griff Rhys-Jones, Mel Smith and Rowan Atkinson, circa 1990. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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    The Treatment.