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Frank Skinner

Frank Skinner

Frank Skinner is often as not thought of in the pubs of Britain as half of one beast, Baddielandskinner.

In reality of course, he is an individual human male who began in professional comedy in 1987, and never looked back.

Since winning the Perrier Award in 1991 Skinner has become one of the most powerful people in British comedy through his populist entertainment shows and founding Avalon, the production and management company behind many of Britain's biggest comedy acts including Sascha Baron-Cohen.

His chat show on BBC1 ran from 1995-8, but most of his work has appeared on ITV or Channel 4, where his 1990 sitcom Packet of Three was a hit.

Perhaps Skinner's biggest hits have been with David Baddiel.

The two fronted Fantasy Football League and more recently Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. Effectively becoming the 'Lad's Culture' comedians, the pair were then natural choices to write the England Football anthem for the 88 World Cup.

Sitcom-writing was Skinner's start and he returned to it in 2003 with Blue Heaven, and 2005 with Shane, the second series of which has yet to be scheduled.

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