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Newman and Baddiel in Pieces was a sketch show aired on BBC2 in 1993, written by and starring comedians Robert Newman and David Baddiel. It was produced by Harry Thompson. BBC Two (or BBC2 as it was formerly styled) was the second UK television station to be aired by the BBC. History The channel was scheduled to begin at 7:20pm on April 20, 1964 and show an evening of light entertainment, starting with the comedy show The Alberts and... A comedian (also comedienne, female) is a person who attempts to make people laugh through a variety of methods, normally through joke telling, or a stream of funny banter. ... Robert Newman (born July 7, 1964) is a British stand-up comedian, author and political activist. ... David Baddiel (born May 28, 1964) is an English comedian, novelist and television presenter. ... Harry Thompson (1960-2005) was a British comedy writer and producer. ...


The show, a spin-off from The Mary Whitehouse Experience, combined monologues and observational routines from each of the two (often with very dark themes) and character comedy. The Mary Whitehouse Experience was a UK topical comedy show, both on radio and TV, in the late 80s/early 90s. ... A monologue, which comes from the Greek words mono and logos meaning one word, is a speech by one person directly addressing an audience. ...


The two reprised their bickering professors act, entitled History Today, while Newman created a new character named Jarvis, a predatory lothario in a smoking jacket who would cruise the streets of Soho looking for youthful partners to fulfil his lust. Baddiel also created a character called Brian Coat, a humourless and over-zealous safety officer, in hard hat, who caused the accidents he was trying to prevent. A professor (Latin: one who claims publicly to be an expert) (prof for short) is a senior teacher, lecturer and researcher, usually in a college or university. ... Lothario was a character in Nicholas Rowes 1703 play The Fair Penitent, who seduces and betrays the female lead. ... A smoking jacket is an item of clothing, now relatively rare, specifically designed for the purposes of smoking tobacco, usually in the form of pipes and cigars. ... Soho is an area of Londons West End in the City of Westminster. ...


The characters were tepidly received by critics; however, the stand-up comedy was roundly slammed for being too morbid, self-indulgent and unfunny. The two rarely performed any non-character material together, suggesting little writing as a partnership, and the comedy output suffered. Tension was evident between the pairing too, and this was confirmed when they announced they would no longer be working together at the conclusion of the series. A critic (derived from the ancient Greek word krites meaning a judge) is a person who offers a value judgement or an interpretation. ...


Seven episodes were made in total, one of which featured Bullseye scorer and darts commentator Tony Green in a cameo, reprising his calming schtick used on the Bullseye contestants prior to an important round, with the intention this time of getting the insomniac Baddiel to sleep. Other celebrities who appeared on the show included Mariella Frostrup, Robert Smith and Jimmy Hill, all playing themselves. Bullseye was a British game show made by ATV and Central Television between 1981 and 1995, and hosted by Jim Bowen. ... Darts is a game, or rather a variety of related games, in which darts are thrown at a circular target (dart board) hung on a wall. ... Tony Green (born 1939, UK) was announcer and co-host of the popular television darts quiz, Bullseye, produced by Central for ITV. A former darts player and referee, he is the BBCs lead commentator for the annual World Professional Darts Championship staged at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley... 2002 Lincoln cent, Obverse, proof with cameo Cameo is a method of carving; or an item of jewelry made in this manner. ... For the novel by Stephen King, see Insomnia (novel); for the Norwegian movie and its American remake, see Insomnia (movie). ... Mariella Frostrup is a journalist and television presenter, well known on British TV and radio for her throaty voice. ... Robert Smith or Bob Smith is a common name. ... Jimmy Hill OBE (born Balham, London, July 22, 1928) is a British football personality. ...


A recurring theme of the show was the presence of a "character actor" named Albert (played by Denys Graham) who would occasionally interrupt either of the performers to ask whether he could play a role in the next sketch or perform a stunt in order to earn money to pay for a dialysis machine for his daughter Sally, whose picture he would look at from within a locket. A character actor is an actor who predominantly performs supporting parts, often in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ... This article is about clinical dialysis; for the laboratory technique, see Dialysis (biochemistry) In medicine, dialysis is a method for removing waste such as urea from the blood when the kidneys are incapable of this, i. ... Note: Daughters is also a band. ... This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ...


There were also parodies of the MTV Unplugged phenomenon, in which the duo would turn up pretending to be techno acts The Orb or Utah Saints, and would look embarrassedly at the audience as an unplugged version of their style of music was, in fact, complete silence. This was considered a show highlight. In contemporary usage, parody is a form of satire that imitates another work of art in order to ridicule it. ... MTV Unplugged is a series showcasing popular musical artists playing acoustic instruments. ... Techno- is a prefix relating to technology. ... The Orb is a British electronic music band known for pioneering the genre of ambient house. ... The Utah Saints are a British dance band from Leeds in West Yorkshire. ...


Comedian Sean Lock, who had previously supported the duo on their groundbreaking tour which had culminated in a sell-out of the 12,000-capacity Wembley Arena, also featured in the show as the host of a fictional nature programme called Disappearing World, in which he often ended up killing the animals featured. Sean Lock (born 1963) is an English comedian. ... Wembley Arena is a world famous live entertainment venue, located in Wembley, London. ... The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Phyla Porifera (sponges) Ctenophora (comb jellies) Cnidaria (coral, jellyfish, anenomes) Placozoa (trichoplax) Subregnum Bilateria (bilateral symmetry) Acoelomorpha (basal) Orthonectida (flatworms, echinoderms, etc. ...


The other duo from The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Punt and Dennis (Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis), also wrote and presented their own sketch show, called The Imaginatively Titled Punt and Dennis Show. This, despite getting a more mainstream slot on BBC1, was not too well received either, though was not subjected to the same vitriol that some critics laid at Newman and Baddiel, which famously led to Private Eye printing a special letters page from their correspondence on the show, entitled The Great Newman & Baddiel Debate. Punt and Dennis are a comedy double act consisting of Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. ... Steve Punt is a British writer, comedian and actor, most famous for his long-time partnership with Hugh Dennis. ... Hugh Dennis (born Peter Dennis, 1962) is a UK actor, comedian and writer. ... The Imaginatively Titled Punt & Dennis Show (1994-1995) was a stand-up and sketch show by comedians Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. ... BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest United Kingdom, and indeed, the world. ... March 4, 2005 cover of Private Eye; this is a typical example of the magazines front cover. ... Look up Letter on Wiktionary, the free dictionary A letter is a written message from one party to another. ...


Newman and Baddiel have not worked together since the show ended. Newman became a successful novelist, activist and anti-capitalism campaigner; Baddiel joined forces with Frank Skinner for a number of successful TV and music projects and also wrote a novel. DeFoes Robinson Crusoe, Newspaper edition published in 1719 A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Activism, in a general sense, can be described as involvement in action to bring about change, be it social, political, environmental, or other change. ... In common usage, the word capitalism means an economic system in which all or most of the means of production are privately owned and operated, and the investment of capital and the production, distribution and prices of commodities (goods and services) are determined mainly in a free market. ... Frank Skinner (born 28 January 1957) is a British comedian. ...


External links

  • Newman and Baddiel in Pieces on the BBC Comedy Guide

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