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Nigel Planer

Nigel Planer

English actor, comedian and writer
Nigel George Planer is a British actor, writer and musician. He played Neil in the BBC comedy The Young Ones and Ralph Filthy in Filthy Rich & Catflap.Wikipedia
BornFebruary 22, 1953
HometownWestminster, United Kingdom
Height6'3" (1.91m)
SpouseRoberta Green, Frankie Park, Anna Lea
ChildrenHarvey Planer, Stanley Planer
ParentsLesley Planer, George Planer
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Video shows 'Neil' returning to Young Ones house - for first time in almost 40 years

These pictures show 'Neil' returning to the house from the Young Ones - for the first time in almost 40 years. Nigel Planer, now 70, starred as Peace Studies student Neil Pye in the hit comedy, which centered on the fictional lives of four undergraduates. The show was set in north London but a house at the top of Codrington Road in Bishopston, Bristol was used for exterior shots of the foursome's home. Nigel hadn't been back to the property since filming ended in the 1980s before fan of the show Ben Hill, 45, made contact. The pair returned last month and talked about their memories of the programme. Nigel said: “It’s interesting to look back on it now and see it was possible for everyone to be fun and have a laugh. “It was years ago but of course a lot comes flooding back when you go back to this house where you spent a lot of formative time. "[The Young Ones] wouldn’t be made today - no question. "The younger generation are very different now, there’s a lot more responsibility on their shoulders. “You wouldn’t be making something now that’s four guys shouting at each other. “I don’t think it was a golden age. There was a load of crap made then, you just don’t remember the rubbish ones." The show, written by Ben Elton, Rik Mayall and Lise Mayer, focused on the lives of four students, who were studying at the fictional Scumbag College. Voted as number 31 in the BBC's Best Sitcom poll in 2004, it is widely held as an icon of British culture in the 1980s. Nigel says he believes The Young Ones existed at ‘the right time’. He said: “Whenever I’m asked I try to defend modern comedy – there’s lots of good comedy at the moment. “I think it’s thriving, every now and then there’s something extraordinary and it turns another corner and I guess The Young Ones was there at the right time. “There was window of opportunity for working class people, being a student was free when The Young Ones was made, it was the last generation of people who didn’t need to pay loans and fees.” Alongside the main cast, of Nigel, Mayall, Adrian Edmondson and Christopher Ryan, the programme also featured a variety of guest appearances from comedians, actors, and singers. Planer claims not to remember much from the actual filming of the show but could recall the catering trucks and bands including Madness, The Damned and Dexys Midnight Runners. And he says one guest appearance sticks out in his mind - the rockstar Lemmy. Planer said: “Lemmy was unbelievably professional - on each occasion [I worked with him] he was definitely Lemmy, but he knew what he was doing. “He wasn’t professionally wild, - he was completely professional every time.” Nigel is currently working on projects including comedy science fiction books and poetry gigs. He’s also produced a Christmas release as the character Den Dennis from band Bad News – a fictional four-piece which was originally created for Channel 4 show The Comic Strip Presents.... The song, Axogram, will be released on December 15 and was originally written for a Bad News album released in 1987. But he claims producer Brian May - of Queen - told him at the time it wasn’t the right fit. Nigel also released a collection of poems in August this year - Making Other Plans - and released the first book of a time-travel fantasy trilogy, Jeremiah Bourne In Time.
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Albums

Hole in My Shoe (Paranoid Version)
Hole in My Shoe (Paranoid Version)
1984
Neil's Heavy Concept Album
Neil's Heavy Concept Album
1984
Cabaret
Cabaret
2005
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