Hale and Pace is a sketch-based British comedy show. The terms "Good Taste" and "Politically Correct" are obviously totally unknown to the writers.




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Series cast summary:
Gareth Hale ...
 Various Characters (67 episodes, 1988-1998)
Norman Pace ...
 Various Characters (67 episodes, 1988-1998)


Hale and Pace is a sketch-based British comedy show. The terms "Good Taste" and "Politically Correct" are obviously totally unknown to the writers. Written by Yaron <yaron@starlight.trendline.co.il>

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On January 29th 1988, 10 month before Hale and Pace (1988) aired for the first time on ITV on 2nd October 1988. Norman Pace's 4 month old daughter Holly was sick with a deadly strain of meningitis and it left Holly with partial paralysis, brain damage and epilepsy. Norman Pace became a Patron of Meningitis Research Foundation and in 2009, Norman Pace and Dr, Hilary Jones recorded a 9 minute video "Holly's Story" to explain the importance of knowing the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia and to help save lives. See more »


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Well-'ard comedy from two cheeky monkeys.
9 October 2005 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

Along with Smith & Jones, Gareth Hale and Norman Pace made up the other popular British comedy duo to brighten our screens in the nineties. They spent less time on satirising the big issues and more on sexual innuendos and dirty jokes than S & J, with the kind of sniggering enthusiasm that has always been the English approach to toilet humour. Not surprisingly, their regular characters included two imbecilic teenagers with penchant for sadomasochistic pranks, and a pair of so-nice-you-just-wanna-puke children's show hosts who dropped outlandish double entendres with smiling innocence. They also had something of a gangster fetish, best realised in the two Rons, a pair of stone-faced cockney hoods in black tie who had a firm faith in the compatibility of electrodes and testicles. They shamelessly drew and played on the boorish, sexist and national chauvinistic mentality so loved by the British tabloid press and still too often prevalent when dealing with anything or anyone across the Channel, but never really succumbed to endorsing it without that tongue on the cheek. They always were a bit too clever and a bit too juvenile for that.

Interestingly, Hale & Pace also shone in the obligatory musical numbers that closed their shows, producing a few classics such as the Chris Rea parody "The Voice from Hell"; the Scottish rap duo McHammer (probably not a joke anymore); a country and western song about the singer's Dad, who was a Nazi transvestite, "a goose-stepping man of the night"; and one Godley&Creme-style video that took all the sloppy metaphors in the song's lyrics just a bit too literally. Often these are the most perfunctory parts of a sketch show, but they had enough hits to warrant the one all-music special that combined the best of their singing career.

There is of course only so many ways you can crack a joke about the French, premature ejaculation or the oafishness of anyone with a regional accent, and Hale & Pace eventually started to lose their potency. But their best skits still hold up today, smutty but clever, liberatingly funny in their incorrectness and their vigorously exploited stereotypes.

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