I first remember seeing Hale and Pace in their "The Management" guise on the Ben Elton-hosted "Friday Night Live". For some reason ITV seemed to think a series of 3 minute interludes on a late night ultra-PC "Alternative Comedy" Channel 4 show was enough reason to give them a series of their own. Watching sketches from it now, it doesn't seem to have aged that well. That said, I'm not sure whether the appeal was that it was 'funny', or that it was a 'grown-ups comedy show'.. something that effectively became a badge of prestige at school the Monday after.
"Hey Ian, Did you see Hale & Pace last night?"
"Hi Steven. Yeah , that bit where they said p*ss was great.. And they did that song about pants! How about you Paul? What was your favourite bit?"
"My parents don't let me watch it.."
"Come on Ian, lets not talk to Paul. He clearly smells of fleas."
Ah, happy days...