T.V. Smith (born Tim Smith on 5 April 1956) is a British punk rock singer songwriter who was part of the band, The Adverts, in the late 1970s. Since then, he has played with other bands, as well as pursuing solo work.
T.V. Smith was born in Bideford in the county of Devon. He rose to prominence as the singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk band The Adverts, who are best known for their 1977 single "Gary Gilmore's Eyes". When The Adverts split up in November 1979, Smith formed a new band: T.V. Smith's Explorers. They released a single called "Tomahawk Cruise" on the independent record label Chiswick Records. The band recorded the album "The Last Words of the Great Explorer", but it failed to achieve commercial success.
Smith's next band was named "Cheap": they toured through the mid 1980s and released the politically charged single "Third Term". However, Cheap failed to find commercial backing for their album. It was finally released in the late 1990s.