Hale And Pace. Image shows from L to R: Norman Pace, Gareth Hale. Copyright: London Weekend Television.

Hale And Pace

ITV and Channel 4 sketch show. 69 episodes (10 series), 1986 - 1998. Stars Gareth Hale and Norman Pace.

Hale & Pace - Series 1

Hale & Pace - Series 1

Following a one-off Christmas special in 1986, Gareth Hale and Norman Pace's first foray into the sketch series format was instantly successful and instantly controversial. Keeping just the right side of broadcasting standards, the two former teachers enjoyed phenomenal ratings over a decade of quick-fire, occasionally notorious comedy sketches, winning the Silver Rose at Montreux and becoming one of the most mimicked comedy acts in television history.

Presented here is the first series, complete and uncut, featuring legendary bodyguards the Two Rons (later to enjoy fame on their own terms in spin-off series The Management), detectives Stubble and Crockery, horticultural heroes Wheelbarrow and Bibbler, regular guests Ainsley Harriott and Annette Badland... and that sketch featuring the cat and the microwave.

Also included is the 1986 Christmas special, featuring the immortal Status Quo, Harry Enfield and saxophonist Courtney Pine.

First released: Monday 12th March 2012

  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 2
  • Catalogue: 7953617

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