80s Comedy Double-Acts

Hale and Pace

Gareth Hale and Norman Pace first appeared on our TV screen on a one-off Christmas '86 show for LWT. They were so successful that they were given their own TV series which ran for ten years from 1988 until 1998.

Hale & Pace were usually screened at 10pm on a Sunday night, and some of their sketches proved to be rather controversial - this probably contributed to higher viewing figures!

One of their most controversial sketches involved putting a cat into a microwave - not a real one, of course!

Hale and Pace DVD - series two

The Krankies

This video clip is from the eighties BBC TV series The Krankies Electronik Komic.

The Krankies were husband and wife Janette and Ian Tough. This Scottish duo appeared regularly on UK TV screens throughout the 80's until 1991, when they went into semi-retirement, mainly appearing in pantomime. They still do pantomime today, and appeared on the Paul O' Grady Show in 2008.

There catchphrase was "Fan'dabi'dozi", and they actually released a single using the catchphrase as the title in 1981. Sadly for them (gladly for everyone else!) it only reached No.46 in the UK charts. Go to the "Worst Songs Of The 80s" page.         

The Krankies Annual 1983

Little and Large

Little and Large were never considered to be in the same league as The Two Ronnies or Morecambe and Wise. The critics gave them a hard time, but they still managed to appear on our TV screens with their own show for 14 years, which was a pretty decent innings.

Syd Little and Eddie Large first appeared on our TV screens on Opportunity Knocks, before they were given their own TV show on ITV through Thames Television in 1977.

In 1978, they moved over to BBC1 where their show ran from 1978 until 1991. Like so many 70s and 80s comedians, their brand of humour had become too dated, and a whole crop of new, cutting-edge (and foul-mouthed) comedians began to take over the TV screens during the 1990s.

Syd and Eddie were ideal entertainment for the family to watch together on a Saturday teatime during the 70s and 80s. The large guy pushing the thin guy around routine had been done before (comedy legends Laurel and Hardy spring to mind), but it worked for them and gave them many years of success.

Syd Little and Eddie Large in the 80s
Rod Hull and Emu