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on 17 October 2015
In the late 1980s and early 1990s Hale and Pace faced some formidable competition in the UK TV sketch show stakes: over at the BBC they were up against the likes of Fry and Laurie, French and Saunders, Smith and Jones, Alexei Sayle, Victoria Wood, and The Mary Whitehouse Experience, to name but a few. But Hale and Pace had some advantages over their other-channel rivals. First, their 10pm Sunday evening scheduling on ITV meant that they could try some borderline-bad taste material in a slightly more acceptable timeslot. The shorter ITV duration – allowing for commercial breaks, etc. – meant that they had to pack their material in, and there's none of the script verbiage and performance looseness was is too often endemic to BBC comedy shows. The running order sketches was also subtly given continuity with linking motifs that only really become apparent when re-watched on DVD. And Hale and Pace were intrinsically funny guys who instinctively understood the dynamics of their comedy style, rather than smarty-pants review performers who seemed to do comedy as a post-graduate media career option. The duo were also perfect for LWT's weekend audiences, who liked clever comedy that skirted with vulgarity. True, their material became variable as the years wore on, and they hesitated not to get cheap laughs out of puerile wordplay or clichéd nudity gags; but on their best form, Hale and Pace are among the very few sketch exponents whose very best work, in terms of surreal invention and downright silliness, is arguably comparable to Monty Python's Flying Circus (I'd nominate 'Guide Cats for the Blind' in this context). The sketch shows that followed Hale and Pace in the 1990s owe them a big debt – not least The Fast Show, which even lifted characters from H&P (e.g., Roy and Renée), and Armstrong and Miller. This DVD is thoroughly recommended.
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on 11 July 2012
Excellent 1980's retro entertainment from Hale and Pace. Been waiting for this to be released after watching the 1st series. This season is just as good.
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on 21 February 2013
anyone who has seen Hale and Pace, knows how funny it is, and there is no need for me to say how good it is.
just buy it and see if you have'nt seen it before now.
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on 16 September 2014
Finally received this 4 months late but its a great DVD very enjoyable. The only disappointment was the delay in providing it as it was a birthday gift.
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on 29 December 2013
Another chance to relive those distant memories! Other half was over the moon with this. It's a very funny watch! Great value and service too!!
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on 26 January 2016
This dvd is perfect and as funny as I remember many years ago, I would recommend this dvd if you want some lighthearted humour.
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on 13 January 2013
I saw these guys out here in Australia in 2012. They are as funny now as they have always been. Long may they be so.
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on 9 January 2013
Bought for my 20+ Son and he finds them hilarious. They give any comics a run for their money past and present.
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on 10 April 2015
Excellent DVD, had them on VHS but have updated now and very glad I did.
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on 6 June 2016
Hale & Pace are still one of the funniest double acts ever.
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