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Release Date:
2 October 1988 (UK) See more »
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Hale and Pace is a sketch-based British comedy show. The terms "Good Taste" and "Politically Correct" are obviously totally unknown to the writers. See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 30)
Gareth Hale ... Various Characters (67 episodes, 1988-1998)
Norman Pace ... Various Characters (67 episodes, 1988-1998)

Series Directed by
David G. Hillier (33 episodes, 1989-1993)
Peter Orton (20 episodes, 1994-1997)
Vic Finch (7 episodes, 1988)
Series Writing credits
Gareth Hale (19 episodes, 1988-1990)
Norman Pace (19 episodes, 1988-1990)
Laurie Rowley (18 episodes, 1988-1990)
Sean Carson (6 episodes, 1990)
David Tomlinson (6 episodes, 1990)
Simon Greenall (4 episodes, 1990)
Chris Lang (4 episodes, 1990)
Jez Stevenson (4 episodes, 1990)
Clive Whichelow (4 episodes, 1990)
Ronnie Barbour (3 episodes, 1990)
David Kind (2 episodes, 1990)
Patrick Moran (2 episodes, 1990)
Richard Parker (2 episodes, 1990)
Andrew Taft (1 episode, 1990-1994)

Adrian Baldwin (unknown episodes, 1988-1995)
Lenny Barker (unknown episodes, 1994)
Paul Clark (unknown episodes)
Henry Naylor (unknown episodes)
Andy Parsons (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Mark C. Robson .... producer (27 episodes, 1994-1998)
Alan Nixon .... producer (20 episodes, 1988-1993)
David G. Hillier .... producer (20 episodes, 1991-1993)
Humphrey Barclay .... executive producer (7 episodes, 1998)

John Kaye Cooper .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Peter Brewis (unknown episodes)
Simon Webb (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Francis De Groote (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Ray Weedon (1 episode, 1990)
Series Casting by
Sweeney MacArthur (4 episodes, 1998)
Nikki Finch (3 episodes, 1990-1993)
Series Production Design by
Alison Humphries (1 episode, 1988)
Hazel Lesniarek (1 episode, 1988)
Margaret Howat (1 episode, 1990)

Mike Oxley (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Jenny Andrews (27 episodes, 1994-1998)
Series Costume Design by
Janet Benge (1 episode, 1990)

Tudor George (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Jules Korshoonoff .... makeup artist (21 episodes, 1993-1994)
Joan Stribling .... makeup designer / hair designer (7 episodes, 1988)

Christine Cant .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Richard Cox .... executive in charge of production (1 episode, 1990)
Peter McKay .... production manager: location (1 episode, 1990)
Julia Weedon .... production manager (1 episode, 1990)
Series Art Department
Terry Jones .... production buyer (7 episodes, 1988)

John Mann .... carpenter (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Jon Matthews .... sound supervisor (1 episode, 1990)
Michael Russell .... film sound (1 episode, 1990)

Charlie McFadden .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Alex Thompson .... sound (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Dominic McGill .... special effects (1 episode, 1990)

Nick P. Phillips .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Peter Pedrero .... stunt performer (1 episode, 1993)
Joss Gower .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1998)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
David Holliday .... grip (8 episodes, 1995-1997)
Francis De Groote .... film cameraman (1 episode, 1990)
Lisle Middleditch .... senior cameraman (1 episode, 1990)
Sean Moon .... vision controller (1 episode, 1990)

Mike Sutcliffe .... lighting technician (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Stephanie Dawes .... casting assistant / assistant casting director (34 episodes, 1993-1998)
Series Editorial Department
Wink Hackman .... videotape editor (1 episode, 1990)
Barbara Hicks .... vision mixer (1 episode, 1990)

Naomi Neufeld .... vision mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Peter Brewis .... composer: theme music (1 episode, 1990)
Joe Griffiths .... musical associate (1 episode, 1990)
Andy Street .... musical director (1 episode, 1990)
Series Other crew
Mark Tinkler .... film researcher (19 episodes, 1988-1990)

Patti Walker Booth .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Ken Hawkins .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Nicky Hinkley .... choreographer (unknown episodes)
Richard Parker .... script editor (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
30 min
Australia:M | New Zealand:M (seasons 5 - 8)

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Featured in Comedy Classics of the 80's (1991) (V)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Top Shelf, 19 October 2010
Author: Chris. from Australia

Gareth Hale and Norman Pace are one of the most consistently entertaining comedy duos to emerge from the UK. They're irreverent brand of school-yard humour was always well scripted, staged and executed and the two appeared to have a genuine mutual rapport, and thus supported one another with the razor-sharp precision required for sketch comedy. In particular, Hale's expressive, walrus-like features make him an instant comedy attraction, the perfect vice to Pace's straight guy routine. Impressively, they could also reverse the roles and still produce genuine laughs.

Some of my personal highlights are Gareth Hale's jaunt to Spain, where he becomes totally inebriated, insults his host country and is forcibly removed from a Tapas bar ("and let's not forget, the generous Spanish hospitality"), Billy & Johnny and their adult-themed children's show ("one two drip on my shoe, three four not anymore") and one of the many music satires concerning the perils of wearing red hair ("oh yes it's utterly, utterly rotten to be ginger"). Really, there were so many highlights, every episode contained a memorable moment.

In later seasons, looking noticeably older and more portly, the pair relied on recurring characters (the cab driver's with the cockney dialect) that became more the subject than the vehicle to project the humour. Some of these worked (the well-hard boys for instance chanting "always drink from a broken glass and crack walnuts between the cheeks of me Arsenal, Arsenal, come on you gunners Arsenal"), although the formula seemed to be missing more often. But the best of Hale & Pace from seasons 2-4 and the ubiquitous 'Christmas Specials', offer hours of side-splitting humour that rank among the best of British comedy. If you're accustomed to that type of sketch comedy, then you should relish Hale & Pace.

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