'Borderline National Treasure'. Comedy legend and lifelong West Brom lover
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About Frank Skinner
Award-winning comedian Frank Skinner kicks off the weekend line-up from 8am every Saturday morning when he's joined by co-presenters Alun Cochrane and Emily Dean for a hilarious show combining chat and real music.
Frank's popularity with listeners has rocketed since he hit the airwaves on March 14th 2009 and his podcast proves it - it was downloaded 10.1 million times in 2011 which makes it the most successful in commercial radio!
Frank picked up a Gold Sony Award for 'Best Entertainment Show' and an Arqiva award for the Baddiel & Skinner World Cup Podcast, when he reunited with David Baddiel to exclusively present a series of shows throughout the tournament. It reached number one in the iTunes Top 10 comedy podcasts chart within the first week of its launch, and attracted over 3 million downloads in total.
Frank hosts Room 101 (BBC One), Frank Skinner's Opinionated (BBC Two) and has also been on London's West End with Frank Skinner and Friends, a night of comedy, cabaret and music all on one bill. He is currently learning to swim for the 'The Frank Skinner Dipping Challenge', as he attempts to conquer his lifelong phobia of water, with the goal to complete a length of the Olympic pool live on TV in front of an audience of millions for Sport Relief.
In 2011 Frank released a new book, Dispatches from the Sofa, a collection of columns he wrote for The Times over a two year period, alongside never before published material; wrote and starred in four-part comedy drama series Don't Start for BBC Radio 4, which was instantly re-commissioned and will return in 2012; presented a documentary investigating the life of George Formby for BBC Four; attended an InConversation event with the Archbishop of Canterbury and finished his one year presidency of the Samuel Johnson Society. In 2010 Frank made his debut on BBC Radio Three, hosting Christmas Day comedy panel show The Right Notes in the Wrong Order.
In 2009 Frank completed the triple-extended, sell-out Credit Crunch Cabaret in London's West End, offering recession-hit Londoners the chance to experience a variety of award-winning acts for just £10 a ticket, including Michael McIntyre, Al Murray - The Pub Landlord, Miranda Hart, John Bishop, Lee Mack, Sarah Millican, Russell Howard and Chris Addison. He also authored a Panorama (BBC One) special on taste and decency.
Frank has written two further books, the first of which was Frank Skinner by Frank Skinner, the top selling autobiography of 2002 which spent 46 weeks in 'The Sunday Times Bestseller List'. His second book, the Richard & Judy Book Club Award-winning Frank Skinner On The Road, chronicled his 2007, sell-out return to stand-up, a decade after his then record-breaking 6,000-seater gig at Battersea Power Station. Frank's previous TV shows include The Frank Skinner Show (ITV 1), which is widely credited as setting the tone for the modern comedic chat show and ran for nine years, attracting 11 million viewers at its peak. With David Baddiel, Frank created and presented Fantasy Football and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (ITV 1) while also, alongside the Lightning Seeds, attained three number one hits with the football anthem 'Three Lions'.