Hale & Pace

ITV (ended 1998)



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Hale & Pace

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British Comedy Series starring Gareth Hale and Norman Pace. Hale and Pace met while in Teacher training and bonded. They began performing comedy stand-up to supplement their teachers wages. After recording a single on-off special for London Weekend Television in Christmas 1986, they were given a full series in 1988. Their relationship with ITV lasted a decade, with most of their programmes going out around 10pm on a Sunday. Their most famous comic creations are the bouncers The Two Rons - also known as The Management; and children's TV presenters Billy (Hale) and Johnny (Pace). A number of their TV sketches caused controversy, especially a scene performed when they pretended to have microwaved a cat. In 1996, Hale and Pace recorded several episodes of a series called: Hale and Pace Down Under. Loosely based on their adventures while touring doing live stand-up gigs in Australia. According to the BBC website, there were ten series of the show. (www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/guide/articles/h/haleandpace_7772955.shtml) Transmission Details Number of episodes: 69 Length: 67 x 30 mins · 2 x 60 mins *Special (60 mins) Hale And Pace Christmas Extravaganza 20 Dec 1986, Sat 9pm Series One (7) 2 Oct-13 Nov 1988, Sun mostly 10pm Series Two (6) 1 Oct-5 Nov 1989, Sun mostly 10.05pm Series Three (6) 30 Sep-4 Nov 1990, Sun 10.05pm Series Four (6) 29 Sep-3 Nov 1991, Sun mostly 10.05pm Series Five (7) 24 Jan-7 Mar 1993, Sun mostly 10.20pm Series Six (7) 19 Sep-31 Oct 1993, Sun mostly 10pm Series Seven (7) 18 Sep-30 Oct 1994, Sun 10pm Series Eight (7) 8 Oct-19 Nov 1995, Sun mostly 10pm Special (60 mins) Hale And Pace Down Under 29 Dec 1996, Sun 10.25pm Series Nine (7) 5 Jan-16 Feb 1997, Sun mostly 10pm Series Ten (6) 23 July-27 Aug 1998, Thu 9.30pm Special 20 Dec 1998, Sun 11.25pmmoreless
Gareth Hale

Gareth Hale

Himself (and various characters)

Katy Newell

Katy Newell

Various Characters

Norman Pace

Norman Pace

Himself (and various characters)

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  • Unashamedly funny but not for fickle, lily-livered comedy snobs.

    Hale and Pace seem to be currently enjoying a new lease of life on YouTube where their funniest sketches are stacking up and finding a new audience. During a time when Smith and Jones had gone stale and Ben Elton and the painfully pc alternatives were clutching at straws, it was refreshing to find no-punches-pulled comedy that was actually funny. Hale and Pace were never going to please the comedy snobs and that was the beauty of their series - no (pseudo)political agenda just belly laughs. So now that Alexei Sayle is doing voiceovers for bank commercials and Ben Elton is brown nosing with the very people he sent up in the eighties, it's interesting to note that H and P's gags are still standing up and that 'Little Britain' owes more to them than the wearisome, right on hangover that its non pc material seeks to redress.moreless
  • Worse movie ever. Well actually that's being very harsh. After all, I'm sure the production company had put a lot of effort in producing this and trashing it like I am doing right now seems downright unfair.moreless

    Worse movie ever. Well actually that's being very harsh. After all, I'm sure the production company had put a lot of effort in producing this and trashing it like I am doing right now seems downright unfair. However, I can't forgive those who waste my time with something like this. Why did I pick up something called Hale & Pace in the first place?

  • Abysmal retrogressive show that aimed at the lowest common denominator. Weak, even by ITV standards.

    Where does one start?

    These characters should have stayed in the pub where they belonged. Amidst all the great comedy that was being made in the eighties by the likes of Ben Elton and Rowan Atkinson, Rik Mayall et al, there was this abberation in the British comedy continuum that somehow allowed not funny old-fashioned 'comedians' in the vein of Cannon and Ball, and Little and Large to produce this skin tearingly bad 'comedy'.

    In the eighties, ITV was famously left behind with its face in the dust as BBC and Channel 4 bought up all of the cutting edge comedians (although they managed to get hold of things like Spitting Image and the New Statesman in the late eighties). So ITV were left with the chaff, such as the dismal Hale and Pace.

    The ONE skit that Hale and Pace had that was funny (at first) was The Management, which was essentially two night-club bouncers riffing off one another. The Hale and Pace show was suspended from this sketch, which simply was not strong enough to carry the weight of even the lightweight and very dated material we were presented with each week.

    But ITV knew their audience - so gay jokes, sexism and so one were the order of the day.

    I heartily recommend that you never rush out and buy the extended DVD edition boxed set of Hale and Pace, unless you are perhaps suicidal or masochistic.


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