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Encyclopedia > Frank Skinner
Frank Skinner
Birth name Christopher Graham Collins
Born January 28, 1957 (1957-01-28) (age 50)
Oldbury, West Midlands, England
Medium Stand-up, television
Nationality British
Years active 1987-present
Genres stand-up comedy, chat show, sitcom
Notable works and roles Fantasy Football League
The Frank Skinner Show
Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned
Shane
British Comedy Awards
Best comedy entertainment personality (2001)

Frank Skinner, (born 28 January 1957 in Oldbury, West Midlands, England) is an English writer and award-winning comedian, best known for the hit football song "Three Lions" with David Baddiel and The Lightning Seeds as well as presenting, alongside Baddiel, the hit comedy show Fantasy Football League. Frank Skinner is the name of: Frank Skinner (composer) (1897-1968), American composer for motion pictures. ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... // The West Midlands is an area of central England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Richard Pryor hits the money line A stand-up comedian or stand-up comic is someone that performs in comedy clubs, usually reciting a fast paced succession of amusing stories, short jokes and one-liners, typically called a monologue. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... Comedy may be divided into multiple genres based on the source of humour, the method of delivery, and the context in which it is delivered. ... B. J. Novak in a stand-up comedy routine at Olde English sketch comedy in June 2007. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Fantasy Football League was a British television programme hosted by Frank Skinner and David Baddiel. ... Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (2000-2003, 2005-) is a free-form talk show hosted by British comedians/personalities David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and produced by Avalon Television. ... Shane was an ITV sitcom written by and starring Frank Skinner and directed by Audrey Cooke, with the first series originally broadcast in 2004. ... The British Comedy Awards is an annual awards ceremony in the United Kingdom celebrating notable comedians and entertainment performances of the previous year. ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... // The West Midlands is an area of central England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about the English as an ethnic group and nation. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... Three Lions was the official song of the England football team for the 1996 European Championships, which were held in England. ... David Baddiel (born May 28, 1964, Troy, New York, U.S.) is an English comedian, novelist and television presenter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Fantasy Football League was a British television programme hosted by Frank Skinner and David Baddiel. ...

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Career

Youth and early career (1957-1993)

He was born at Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, and grew up in neighbouring Oldbury. He was the youngest of four children born to West Cornforth-born former semi-professional footballer John Collins and his wife Doris. He has two older brothers, Keith and Terry, as well as an older sister called Norah. His father had played for Spennymoor United before the Second World War, and met his mother in a local pub after Spennymoor had played West Bromwich Albion in an FA Cup game in 1937. He attended Moat Farm Infant School from 1961 to 1964, St. Hubert's Roman Catholic Junior School from 1964 to 1968, and then Oldbury Technical Secondary School from September 1968. Sandwell General Hospital is a busy acute teaching hospital of the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust in West Bromwich, England and provides an extensive range of general and specialist hospital services. ... The Public by Will Alsop. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ... Map sources for Oldbury at grid reference SP3194 Oldbury is a town in Englands Black Country. ... West Cornforth is a village in County Durham, in England. ... Spennymoor United F.C. was a football club based in England. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... West Bromwich Albion Football Club (also known as West Brom, The Baggies, Albion, The Albion, The Throstles or W.B.A.) are an English professional football club based in West Bromwich, West Midlands. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... Warley High School was a secondary school located in Oldbury, West Midlands, England. ...


He passed 2 O-levels in the summer of 1973 and was allowed to take A-levels in English Language and Art, along with several O'level re-sits, at Oldbury Technical School Sixth Form. He took 4 A'levels (including English Language and Literature) at Warley College of Technology and then graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic (now the University of Central England) in 1981 with a degree in English. This was followed by a Masters degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick, the following year. After graduating, he spent four years as a lecturer in English at Halesowen College, whilst being a stand-up comedian on the side, before quitting his job in 1989 to pursue his comedy career full-time. During this period he quit drinking due to influenza and remains one of the UK's most high-profile recovering alcoholics. The General Certificate of Education or GCE was introduced in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1951, replacing the older SC and HSC. It was intended to cater for the increased range of subjects available to pupils since the raising of the school leaving age from 14 to 15 in... The A-level, short for Advanced Level, is a General Certificate of Education qualification in the United Kingdom, usually taken by students during the optional final two years of secondary school (Years 12 & 13, commonly called the Sixth Form), or at a separate sixth form college or further education college... The University of Central England in Birmingham (UCE) is located in Birmingham, England. ... The University of Warwick is a British campus university located on the outskirts of Coventry, West Midlands, England. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... B. J. Novak in a stand-up comedy routine at Olde English sketch comedy in June 2007. ... Influenza, commonly known as flu, is an infectious disease of birds and mammals caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae (the influenza viruses). ... King Alcohol and his Prime Minister circa 1820 Alcoholism is the consumption of or preoccupation with alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the alcoholics normal personal, family, social, or work life. ...


Collins took on the pseudonym Frank Skinner when the actors' union Equity told him there was already someone of the same name on their books (their rules do not permit two members with identical names). He took the name from a member of his late father's dominoes team. Skinner had performed his first stand-up gig in 1987 and made his television debut a year later. In 1990 he co-wrote and starred in a weakly-received sitcom, Packet Of Three, on Channel 4 but continued to see his reputation as a stand-up grow. He won the 1991 Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe, beating Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard. The British Actors Equity Association (now called Equity) is the British actors trade union. ... Domino redirects here. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Packet of Three, later known as Packing Them In, was a 1990s comedy series broadcast by Channel 4. ... This article is about the British television station. ... The Perrier Comedy Award is a prestigious award for comedy, awarded to the best comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. ... A street performer on the Royal Mile, with volunteer (2004). ... Jack Dee (born September 24, 1962) is an English stand-up comedian, actor and writer known for his sardonic, deadpan style. ... Edward John Eddie Izzard (born February 7, 1962) is an English[1] stand-up comedian and actor, known for his cross-dressing. ...


Career peak (1994-2005)

Frank Skinner (right) on the sofa with David Baddiel in an episode of Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned
Frank Skinner (right) on the sofa with David Baddiel in an episode of Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned

He often works with best friend and ex-flatmate David Baddiel, notably on the popular late night entertainment show Fantasy Football League, from 1994 to 2004 and on Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned from 2000 to 2005. Image File history File links Baddielandskinnerunplanned. ... Image File history File links Baddielandskinnerunplanned. ... David Baddiel (born May 28, 1964, Troy, New York, U.S.) is an English comedian, novelist and television presenter. ... Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (2000-2003, 2005-) is a free-form talk show hosted by British comedians/personalities David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and produced by Avalon Television. ... David Baddiel (born May 28, 1964, Troy, New York, U.S.) is an English comedian, novelist and television presenter. ... Fantasy Football League was a British television programme hosted by Frank Skinner and David Baddiel. ... Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (2000-2003, 2005-) is a free-form talk show hosted by British comedians/personalities David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and produced by Avalon Television. ...


The duo also co-wrote and performed the football song "Three Lions" with the Lightning Seeds and the England national football team for Euro 96, and re-released it for the 1998 World Cup. Both times the song reached #1 in the UK charts and it is widely regarded as the best of the English football anthems[citation needed]. In 2001, he released his autobiography "Frank Skinner by Frank Skinner", which became an instant bestseller. An accompanying TV show, "Frank Skinner on Frank Skinner", in which Skinner showed where he lived as a child and interviews with Skinner, his friends and family members, was recorded and shown on ITV in 2001. From 1995 to 1998, Skinner had his own chat show on BBC One, and moved it to ITV in 1999, where it ran until late 2005. He has appeared in a number of self-written sitcoms, including Blue Heaven (1994) and Shane (2004). In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. He has lived in London since 1991, but still supports West Bromwich Albion F.C.[1] and Warwickshire County Cricket Club. When West Bromwich Albion won promotion to the FA Premier League in 2004, he featured in an Express and Star article which commemorated the club's promotion. Soccer redirects here. ... Three Lions was the official song of the England football team for the 1996 European Championships, which were held in England. ... Lightning Seeds are an alternative pop/rock band, largely the brainchild of writer, singer and guitarist Ian Broudie (born August 4, 1958, Liverpool, England). ... First international  Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win  Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat  Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... -1... -1... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... Blue Heaven was a British television sitcom that starred Frank Skinner, Conleth Hill and Paula Wilcox. ... Shane was an ITV sitcom written by and starring Frank Skinner and directed by Audrey Cooke, with the first series originally broadcast in 2004. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... West Bromwich Albion Football Club (also known as West Brom, The Baggies, Albion, The Albion, The Throstles or W.B.A.) are an English professional football club based in West Bromwich, West Midlands. ... Warwickshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Warwickshire. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system...


Post ITV (2006-present)

In 2005, Skinner announced he was going to leave behind his television work in favour of returning to the stand-up comedy circuit. A second series of Shane has been made, but not shown. In February 2006, he received an honorary degree from the University of Central England.[2] Skinner and David Baddiel covered the 2006 FIFA World Cup by podcast for The Times, a British broadsheet. The podcasts received a nomination for the 2007 Sony Radio Academy Awards. In May 2006, he appeared as a guest speaker at the Oxford Union. Skinner recently learned to play the banjo for a celebrity reality show, Play It Again, which was broadcast on the BBC in March 2007. He had 3 months to learn the instrument before competing in a bluegrass festival. In the end, despite progressing well, he got very nervous when performing and made many mistakes. An honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum, not to be confused with an honors degree) is an academic degree awarded to an individual as a decoration, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. ... The University of Central England in Birmingham (UCE) is a major university, located in the city of Birmingham, England. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom (and the Kingdom of Great Britain before the United Kingdom existed) since 1788 when it was known as The Daily Universal Register. ... The Oxford Union Society, commonly referred to simply as the Oxford Union, is a private debating society in the city of Oxford, England, whose membership is drawn primarily but not exclusively from the University of Oxford. ... Play It Again is a documentary series on BBC One, featuring celebrities trying to learn to play musical instruments. ... Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music. ...


In 2007, he announced a new live stand-up tour, his first for 10 years. On 1 May he performed a warm-up gig before a sell-out crowd at the Swindon Arts Centre, and followed this up on 26 May at the 150 capacity Forest Arts, New Milton. His final preview performance was at the Junction Theatre, Cambridge on 29 July. He will produce a CBS pilot version of Shane. Skinner returned to ITV to take part in a new show, Tough Gig, which aired on Tuesday 12 June 2007 at 10pm, chronicling his visit to an Osho commune in Dorset. is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... , For other places with the same name, see Swindon (disambiguation). ... is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... , New Milton is a market town in south west Hampshire, England. ... This article is about the city in England. ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about the spiritual teacher formerly known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. ...


Videography

VHS Releases

  • Frank Skinner - Live (1992)
  • Live At The Apollo (1994)
  • Fantasy Football Video (1994)
  • Just For Laughs - Highlights From The Montreal Comedy Festival (1995)
  • Live At The Palladium (1996)
  • Unseen Fantasy Football (1996)
  • Two Men And A Football - Fantasy Football 3 (1996)
  • The Unseen Frank Skinner Show (1997)
  • More Unseen Fantasy Football (1997)
  • Live In Birmingham (1998)

DVD Releases

Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (2000-2003, 2005-) is a free-form talk show hosted by British comedians/personalities David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and produced by Avalon Television. ... Fantasy football can refer to two different types of fantasy sport, depending upon the local meaning of the term football: Fantasy football (American) Fantasy football (soccer) There is also a British television programme called Fantasy Football League, loosely based on the soccer version. ...

References

  1. ^ The bbc.co.uk Guide to Comedy - Blue Heaven. bbc.co.uk (2004-05-14). Retrieved on 2007-08-04.
  2. ^ "Honour for comic Skinner", Birmingham Mail, 2006-02-22

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