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2011
* Immediately recommissioned by the BBC for two further series following the success of the first, Frank Skinner's Opinionated returns for a six part run on BBC TWO.

* Frank appears with Al Murray, Jimmy Carr and Stephen Fry to release their own flavours of crisps for Clash of the Comics raising thousands of pounds for Comic Relief.

2010

* Baddiel and Skinner reunite on Absolute Radio resuming their position as the unofficial voice of football at the 2010 World Cup. Frank and David, who launched the tournament's first-ever podcasts in 2006 with their Sony Radio Academy Award-nominated series, partner up to record a brand new series of 20 free-of-charge podcasts which were downloaded over 3 million times.

* Frank returns to BBC Two with a topical comedy series, Frank Skinner's Opinionated. Each week Frank is joined by two fellow comedians and, most importantly, a studio audience to unpick the week's most talked about news stories.


2009

* Frank began hosting his Saturday morning radio show on Absolute Radio with his co-hosts Emily Dean and Gareth Richards.

* Frank began hosting Credit Crunch Cabaret, a budget-busting series of Variety Shows at the Lyric Theatre for just ten quid.


2008

* Frank releases his Frank Skinner Stand-Up show on DVD. Recorded in front of 5,500 people at the Birmingham NIA the DVD is Frank’s first live release for 10 years. Frank also releases The Stand-Up Collection DVD box set including Frank Skinner Stand-Up Live From Birmingham's NIA, Frank Skinner Live and Frank Skinner Live At The Palladium.

* Frank appears at the Amnesty International Secret Policeman’s Ball.

* Frank releases the follow-up to the bestseller Frank Skinner by Frank Skinner – Frank Skinner On The Road. The book charts his return to stand-up after many years working on Television and the challenges that were involved.


2011

* Immediately recommissioned by the BBC for two further series following the success of the first, Frank Skinner's Opinionated returns for a six part run on BBC TWO.

* Frank appears with Al Murray, Jimmy Carr and Stephen Fry to release their own flavours of crisps for Clash of the Comics raising thousands of pounds for Comi c Relief.

2010

* Baddiel and Skinner reunite on Absolute Radio resuming their position as the unofficial voice of football at the 2010 World Cup. Frank and David, who launched the tournament's first-ever podcasts in 2006 with their Sony Radio Academy Award-nominated series, partner up to record a brand new series of 20 free-of-charge podcasts which were downloaded over 3 million times.

* Frank returns to BBC Two with a topical comedy series, Frank Skinner's Opinionated. Each week Frank is joined by two fellow comedians and, most importantly, a studio audience to unpick the week's most talked about news stories.


2009

* Frank began hosting his Saturday morning radio show on Absolute Radio with his co-hosts Emily Dean and Gareth Richards.

* Frank began hosting Credit Crunch Cabaret, a budget-busting series of Variety Shows at the Lyric Theatre for just ten quid.


2008

* Frank releases his Frank Skinner Stand-Up show on DVD. Recorded in front of 5,500 people at the Birmingham NIA the DVD is Frank’s first live release for 10 years. Frank also releases The Stand-Up Collection DVD box set including Frank Skinner Stand-Up Live From Birmingham's NIA, Frank Skinner Live and Frank Skinner Live At The Palladium.

* Frank appears at the Amnesty International Secret Policeman’s Ball.

* Frank releases the follow-up to the bestseller Frank Skinner by Frank Skinner – Frank Skinner On The Road. The book charts his return to stand-up after many years working on Television and the challenges that were involved.


2007

Frank completed a two week run at the Edinburgh Festival followed by a 69 date sell-out tour marking his return to live stand-up after a 10 year break. The tour included three homecoming shows at the Birmingham National Indoor Arena.

* Frank completed a two week run at the Edinburgh Festival followed by a 69 date sell-out tour marking his return to live stand-up after a 10 year break. The tour included three homecoming shows at the Birmingham National Indoor Arena.

 

Frank Skinner Stand-Up show on DVD

2006

  • Frank teamed-up with David Baddiel to record the Sony Award nominated World Cup Podcasts – live, from Germany, throughout the World Cup.

  • He appeared on BBC1 in Play it Again, in which he not only learnt how to play the banjo but competed at the Winfield Bluegrass Festival in Kansas.

 

Frank Skinner & David Baddiel

2005

  • Frank Skinner participated in UK Radio Aid day and donated his original Elvis shirt raising £7,200.00 for the Tsunami appeal.

  • Frank Skinner records an audio version of his best seller Frank Skinner by Frank Skinner.

  • Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned series five returned over the summer.

  • Series nine of The Frank Skinner Show was broadcast in the autumn.  Guest included amongst others, Mel Brooks, Ringo Starr, Terry Gilliam, Sheryl Crow, Kevin Bacon, Steve Irwin, Mitchell & Webb, and Girls Aloud.

2004

  • Frank Skinner recorded a radio drama for BBC Radio 4 entitled The Rotters Club.

  • Frank Skinner wrote and starred in Shane – a new family sitcom for ITV1. Shane was directed by This Life director Audrey Cooke and produced by BAFTA Award-Winner Charlie Hanson (The Sketch Show, The Big Impression, Birds of a Feather).

  • Frank Skinner teamed up with David Baddiel for the return of Fantasy Football on ITV1, for the Euro 2004 Championship.

  • Series eight of The Frank Skinner Show broadcast on ITV1 in the autumn.  Guest included amongst others, George Best, Pamela Anderson, Richard Dreyfuss, Tony Bennett, and Joss Stone.

Shane


2003

  • The Frank Skinner Show returned to ITV1 for its seventh series, the guests included amongst others: Robert Downey Jnr, Helen Mirren, Michael Moore and Michael Stipe.
Robert Downey Jnr & Frank Skinner


2002

  • Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned returned for a third series in March for a 12 week run.

  • The Frank Skinner Show was nominated for the Golden Rose Of Montreaux.

  • Frank became a regular columnist for The Times sport supplement The Game.

  • The Frank Skinner Show returned to ITV1 for its sixth series, the chat show guests included: Pamela Anderson, Richard Gere, Samuel L Jackson, LL Cool J, Sir Elton John, Moby, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Renee Zellweger.

  • Frank Skinner’s autobiography, Frank Skinner by Frank Skinner, was placed as the top selling entertainment autobiography in 2002 by industry magazine Bookseller and was also the 6th best selling non-fiction book in the Sunday Times for 2002. With sales of more than 380,000, the book was in the Top Ten Bestsellers list for more than 9 months.
Frank Skinner


2001

  • Frank recorded a one off special episode of The Frank Skinner Show for ITV1 with Britney Spears, which broadcast on Saturday 26th January at 9.35pm, attracting 7.5 million viewers.

  • Series two of Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned was broadcast in Spring on ITV.

  • David Baddiel and Frank Skinner performed a sell-out run of Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned in April at The Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End.

  • Frank travelled to Japan and Korea to film a World Cup documentary for ITV, Kimonos for Goalposts.

  • Frank received the inaugural Variety Club Award for comedy.

Frank travelled to Japan and Korea to film a World Cup documentary for ITV, Kimonos for Goalposts.

  • The Frank Skinner Show series 5 was broadcasted on ITV1 in the autumn.

  • Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned Live From London’s West End was released on DVD.

  • Frank’s autobiography, Frank Skinner by Frank Skinner was released in October and spent 9 weeks at No.1 in the book charts.

  • Frank Skinner and David Baddiel starred in ITV1’s celebrity special of Who wants to be a Millionaire? in December 2001 winning £250,000 for their favourite charity.

  • Frank Skinner was named British Comedy Entertainment Personality of the Year.

2000

  • Frank Skinner returned to the West End in March to star in Edinburgh Festival’s sell-out show, Cooking With Elvis.

  • Frank Skinner was reunited with David Baddiel for a new 12 part live series for ITV.  Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned, broadcast at the end of May, originated from the pair’s 1998 Edinburgh Festival Show.

  • The Frank Skinner Show series four was broadcasted on ITV in the autumn.

 

Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned

1999

  • Frank received widespread critical acclaim for his leading role in the West End show Art in August.

  • In December, Frank Skinner signed a three series deal to move his hit series The Frank Skinner Show to ITV.

 

ART

1998

  • The Frank Skinner Show (series 3) returned to BBC1 in April for an eight week run.

  • The Frank Skinner Christmas Show, broadcast on Christmas Eve, featured guest appearances from Spice Girl Mel C, Aled Jones and a UK exclusive interview with former Bill Clinton lover, Gennifer Flowers.

  • Frank won Rear Of The Year in November.

  • Frank Skinner Live in Birmingham was released in October. The show was recorded on Frank’s 100 date 1997 UK Tour. This special release features un-broadcastable original material that could never be shown on TV.

  • In July Fantasy Football League transferred to ITV for the 1998 Football World Cup and for the first time ever was broadcast live four times a week. The 16 x 30min series was broadcast every other day throughout France ‘98 with ratings topping 6.5 million.

  • Two thirds of fans surveyed on the Carling Premier League Net site, voted for Three Lions as their first choice to be the official England World Cup theme in June.

  • David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds recorded a new version of the song for World Cup ’98 - featuring updated lyrics written by Frank and David and a real Wembley crowd singing “It’s coming home” from Euro ’96. The video includes guest cameo appearances from Geoff Hurst, Chris Evans and Robbie Williams.

  • Frank Skinner said “Hearing Three Lions being sung by fans at Wembley was the best moment of my life.”

  • Three Lions resided at the number one spot for 6 weeks selling 1.2 million copies.

  • Frank returned to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his self-titled debut solo show.  The event was described as one of the best shows at this years festival, The Daily Recordand was nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award.

  • Frank co-wrote and co-presented The Alphabet Show for digital channel PlayUK, alongside Lauren Laverne.

  • Frank appeared on Gas, Channel 4’s stand-up comedy show.

1997

  • In January, Three Lions won an NME Brat Award for Musical Event Of The Year.

  • The Frank Skinner Show returned for Series 2 in January. Scrutiny from the BBC censors and TV watchdog Biteback resulted in sketches and material that were considered too risqué being cut from his chat-show.  “We did a piece about a bloke who’d been accused of getting over familiar with his next door neighbours’ dog. I said the police had gone round his house looking for leads - but he’d been seen outside getting into a brown Rover.”  Guests included Gene Wilder, Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Palin, history-making astronaut Buzz Aldrin, millionaire Ivana Trump, Jerry Lee Lewis’ child-bride - Myra Lewis-Williams, former KGB Spy Oleg Gordievsky, world champion boxer Marvellous Marvin Hagler and Drew Barrymore’s mother - Jade.

  • Frank headlined the Melbourne Comedy Festival, in March in Australia.  Following the success of a sell-out four week run he enjoys a fortnight run in Sydney.

  • In May, having shared a flat with David Baddiel for five years Frank got his own place - 100 yds. down the road “I lived by myself for seven years after I left home and I actually quite liked it. I used to like eating baked beans out of a tin and sitting naked watching Sergeant Bilko at 11 O’clock at night. You can’t do that if you share a flat with someone. Other people’s nakedness, unless you’re in love with them is a pretty off-putting thing.”

  • From September to November, Frank embarked on a 100 date national tour playing to an audience in excess of 250,000 people.  Over the four months Frank covered 11,300 miles on the road - the equivalent of driving from London to Auckland, New Zealand.  Frank Skinner’s last stand-up tour, in 1994, completely sold-out in advance for a 60 date run.

  • Frank performed at London’s Battersea Power Station in December, making the Guinness Book Of Records as Britain’s biggest solo comedy performance. The specially built venue took three weeks to build, involving 35 trucks and 2 65 foot cranes. The 6000 seat auditorium was also used for the hand over ceremony in Hong Kong in June.

1996

  • In June, The England Euro ‘96 single Three Lions (“It’s Coming Home”), which Frank wrote with David Baddiel and The Lightning Seeds achieved Platinum status selling over 750,000 records and then made music history by re-taking the Number One slot five weeks after its original release. The single was adopted by the English fans as “the new National Anthem” (Daily Telegraph), and was sung by capacity crowds of over 76,000 at Wembley Stadium and watched by TV audiences exceeding 22 Million throughout Euro ’96 - “Three Lions has inspired the England team and millions of their fans.” (Martin Phillips, The Sun).  The track also went Top 20 in the German charts and Top 10 in Norway (a country that didn’t even qualify for Euro 96’). The anthem was covered by The Smurfs and adopted by Tony Blair for a keynote speech (“Three Lions was so good I borrowed it for the Labour Party Conference”, Tony Blair).
  • In July, Frank travelled from Burkino Faso to Ghana to make Balls To Africa, a documentary for Comic Relief. The aim was to raise awareness about Africa through the universal language of football.

  • Frank Skinner Live At The London Palladium was released in October. This 18 Certificate title went straight into the comedy chart at Number One - outselling Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, Eddie Izzard and Bottom.

  • The third series of Fantasy Football League was nominated in The Royal Television Society Awards for Best Comedy and reached over 6 Million per week.

  • A US version of Fantasy Football League was acquired for development for baseball, by cable giant HBO.

  • Frank was invited by Major League Baseball to play in an exhibition game at Philadelphia Stadium - his team mates included: Bill Cosby, Meatloaf, Ron Howard, and LL Cool J.



 

1995

  • Michael Aspel presented Frank with the This Is Your Life book as he encored after a sell-out gig at The London Palladium.

  • In October, The Frank Skinner Show, Series One, broadcast on BBC1, Sunday nights, attracting over 7 million viewers per show.  The show was nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards.

  • In March, a second series of Fantasy Football League broke all ratings records for the time slot, attracting over 3.5 million viewers.  When The David Letterman Show was broadcast in the same slot on the same channel it achieved only a fifth of the ratings.

1994

  • Frank Skinner teamed up with David Baddiel to create and star in BBC2’s Fantasy Football League, “The Newman and Baddiel fans never forgave me... they saw me as a Linda McCartney figure, the one who broke up the band.”

  • The BBC Video Fantasy Football League was the fastest selling comedy release in the one month run to Christmas, selling over 100,000 units. It received a VHE Award Of Excellence as Top Comedy Programme.

  • In July David and Frank were invited by BBC Television to join their commentary team for World Cup Grandstand.

  • In October, Frank’s UK national stand-up tour completely sold out in advance of a 60 date run.  Over two months he performed live to over 100,000 people.



1993

  • Frank was invited to headline the Montreal Comedy Festival and The Royal Variety Performance (in the presence of HRH Prince Charles). In the same year he interviewed Robin Williams for BBC’s Wogan. He swiftly moved through two Channel Four series as a stand-up comic, followed by Blue Heaven, the semi-fictional account of his upbringing which he describes as “a love-letter to the Black Country.”


1992

  • Frank made his TV debut on Central Weekend prompting 131 complaints, including one from Edwina Currie.

1991

  • Working all day and gigging practically every night eventually found its reward when Frank won the prestigious Perrier Award for stand-up comedy at The Edinburgh Festival

1986 - 1990

  • After a trip to the Edinburgh Festival Frank experienced his “road to Damascus moment” and was inspired to begin his career as a stand-up.  His first gig in December 1987 was “at the Birmingham Anglers Association...I died on my arse.

  • Forced by the lack of comedy venues in Birmingham, Frank spent weekends performing unpaid spots on London’s cabaret circuit, sleeping in the back of his 1967 Vauxhall Viva, whilst still holding down a number of day jobs.

  • A four-year slog through the comedy circuit was financed by running comedy workshops and part-time (and unqualified) teaching at Halesowen College in the West Midlands. At £15 per hour for each class he spent most of his time trying to think up new courses and was genuinely upset when he failed to get any takers for his class “Contemporary Soap Operas; a discussion group.”

  • Frank formed his own club in Birmingham where he compered weekly, building up a loyal, local following. This culminated in sell-out shows at the 2000 seater Birmingham Town Hall.  All of this was prior to his TV career.

  • Another performer ‘a dog act’ - was already registered at Equity under Frank’s real name (Chris Collins), so after a brief flirtation with the name ‘Wes Bromwich’, he borrowed ‘Frank Skinner’ from a man in his dad’s pub dominoes team.

  • In 1987 Frank spent £400 of his £435 savings on booking a venue at The Pleasance Theatre for the 1988 Edinburgh Festival.

 

 


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