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Christopher Langham (born 14 April 1949) is a BAFTA award-winning British writer, actor and comedian. Events 43 BC - Battle of Forum Gallorum: Mark Antony, besieging Julius Caesar 's assassin Decimus Junius Brutus in Year 1949 ( MCMXLIX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 43 BC - Battle of Forum Gallorum: Mark Antony, besieging Julius Caesar 's assassin Decimus Junius Brutus in Year 1949 ( MCMXLIX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA is a British charity that hosts annual awards shows for film television television craft video games and forms of animation The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located A writer is anyone who creates a written work although the word usually designates those who write creatively or professionally as well as those who have written in many different forms An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works A comedian or comic is a person who seeks to entertain an audience primarily by making them laugh He is most famous for playing MP Hugh Abbot in BBC Four sitcom The Thick of It and as presenter Roy Mallard in People Like Us, first on BBC Radio 4 and later on its transfer to television on BBC Two, where Mallard is almost entirely an unseen character. BBC Four is a BBC Television channel available to digital television ( Freeview, IPTV, satellite and cable) viewers in the The Thick of It is a British comedy Television series which satirises the inner workings of modern British government. People Like Us is a British comedy programme a spoof on-location documentary (or Mockumentary) written by John Morton, and starring Chris Unseen characters are never directly observed by the audience but are only described by other characters He subsequently created several spoof adverts in the same vein. He also played similar unseen interviewers in an episode of the television series Happy Families and in the film The Big Tease. The Big Tease is a 1999 Comedy film starring Craig Ferguson, directed by Kevin Allen and written by Ferguson and Sacha Gervasi. He is also well known for his roles in the TV series Not the Nine O'Clock News, Help, Kiss Me Kate and as the gatehouse guard in Chelmsford 123. Not the Nine O'Clock News is a Comedy Television programme shown on the BBC from 1979 to 1982 Help is a BBC television comedy series first screened on BBC Two in 2005 Kiss Me Kate was a British sitcom that ran from 1998 until 2000 Chelmsford 123 was a Situation comedy produced for British Channel 4 television by Hat Trick Productions.
On 2 August 2007 Langham was found guilty of downloading indecent images of children from the Internet but found not guilty of six counts of indecent assault. Events 338 BC - A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Child pornography refers to material depicting Children being in a state of undress engaged in erotic poses or sexual activity The Internet is a global system of interconnected Computer networks He was sentenced to ten months in prison on 14 September 2007. Events 81 - Domitian becomes Emperor of the Roman Empire upon the death of his brother Titus. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.  However, on 14 November 2007, he won an appeal against the length of his sentence and was released after serving three and a half months. Events 1533 - Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrive in Cajamarca, Inca Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. In Law, an appeal is a process for requesting a formal change to an official decision 
Langham read English and Drama at Bristol University before moving into a career in comedy, writing for Spike Milligan. the University (or derivatives but lower-case when referring to many universitiesor universities Terence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan KBE ( 16 April, 1918 &ndash 27 February 2002) known as Spike Milligan, was an Anglo He had a small part in Monty Python's Life of Brian as a centurion. Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as The Life of Brian, is a 1979 Comedy film written directed and largely performed by the Centurion redirects here This article is about the Roman soldier One of his earliest breaks was as the sole British writer for The Muppet Show. The Muppet Show is an American Television program featuring a cast of Muppets which was produced by Jim Henson and his team from He also appeared as the "special guest star" in the thirteenth episode of the final season, when the scheduled guest, Richard Pryor, was unable to make it to the recording; a script was hastily written in which "Chris the Delivery Boy" stood in for an absent celebrity. Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III ( December 1, 1940 &ndash December 10, 2005) was an American Comedian, Actor He received two awards from the Writers Guild of America for his work on The Muppet Show. The Writers Guild of America Award for outstanding achievements in Film, Television, and Radio has been presented annually by the Writers Guild of
Langham was part of the original cast for Not the Nine O'Clock News pilot in 1979. Not the Nine O'Clock News is a Comedy Television programme shown on the BBC from 1979 to 1982 Even after the original pilot was pulled from the schedules he was retained for the first full series, billed equally with the then unknown Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson and Rowan Atkinson. Mel Smith (born in Chiswick, London on 3 December, 1952) is an English Comedian, Actor, Film director Pamela Stephenson also known as Pamela Stephenson Connolly, Rowan Atkinson (born 6 January 1955 is an English Comedian, actor and writer famous for his title roles in the British television comedies Blackadder The first series did not rate as well as hoped, however, and it was felt that Langham was "too independent a spirit" so he was replaced by support player Griff Rhys Jones. Griffith Rhys Jones (born 6th November or 16th November (depending on source speakers agent (6th or BBC (16th 1953 in Cardiff, Wales Langham did not learn of the switch until the last day of filming when he heard the crew discussing the second series. The show only achieved cult status during its later series, and in subsequent compilation repeats most of Langham's contributions have been cut, giving the impression that he was never a main cast member. This impression was not helped by the fact that the first series of the show has not been repeated, due to a belief in the BBC that the material was of a topical nature and would therefore not be suitable for transmission so long after the event. Langham already had problems with addiction to cocaine and alcohol and his sacking worsened this situation. However, he has since overcome these problems.
Langham went on to appear on Smith and Jones' own programme, Alas Smith and Jones, playing an ineffectual panel show host; this character apparently inspired John Morton to create the character of Roy Mallard, later to feature in his show People Like Us played (offscreen) by Langham. Alas Smith and Jones was a British Comedy sketch television series featuring Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones. This article is about the British writer and director on BBC for other uses see John Morton (disambiguation. People Like Us is a British comedy programme a spoof on-location documentary (or Mockumentary) written by John Morton, and starring Chris Langham also played a fly-on-the-wall documentary interviewer very similar to Roy Mallard in Happy Families in 1985. This article is about the 1985 comedy series written by Ben Elton
Also in 1979, Langham played Arthur Dent in the first professional stage version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, directed by Ken Campbell. For the Australian political activist see Albert Langer Arthur Philip Dent is a Fictional character, the hapless Protagonist The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy series He later returned to Hitchhiker's, appearing as Prak in Dirk Maggs' Tertiary Phase radio series in 2004. Dirk Maggs is a freelance writer and director working across all media The Tertiary Phase, Quandary Phase and Quintessential Phase are radio adaptations of the books Life the Universe and Everything
Langham narrated the 1984 radio series The History of Rock with Chris Langham, in which Langham gave a comedic, and somewhat fictitious, account of the history of rock music. The History of Rock with Chris Langham was a BBC Radio comedy broadcast in the United Kingdom in 1984. Rock music is a genre of Popular music often though not necessarily employing Electric guitar, Bass guitar, and Drums. On Radio 4 he narrated the series The Rapid Eye Movement, which starred Martin Freeman as Chester Bennington, in whose head the entire series took place. Martin Freeman ( September 8 1971) is an English Actor. He is most famous for his roles as Tim Canterbury in the BBC 's On November 14, 1985 Langham appeared as the narrator/reporter in "Roxanne", episode five of the BBC situation comedy Happy Families, written by Ben Elton. Events 1533 - Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrive in Cajamarca, Inca Year 1985 ( MCMLXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar) Benjamin Charles Elton (born 3 May 1959 is an English Comedian, writer and director. In 1992 he appeared in the film Carry On Columbus. Carry On Columbus was a 1992 film and the most recent in the Carry On films series
In addition to several one-man shows, Langham counts among his stage credits Les Misérables, in which he played Thénardier in 1996, Crazy for You, for which he received an Olivier nomination, The Way of the World, The Nerd, Blondel and The Pirates of Penzance. Les Misérables ( in French, le mize'ʁaːbl colloquially known as Les Mis or Les Miz, is a musical composed Crazy for You is a musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. The Laurence Olivier Award is regarded as the most prestigious award in British theatre and is presented in recognition of artistic achievement in London theatre The Way of the World is a play written by British Playwright William Congreve. The Nerd is a two-act comedy written by American actor/ Playwright Larry Shue. Blondel, a Rock opera musical by Tim Rice ( book and lyrics and Stephen Oliver (music was inspired by and very loosely The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty is a Comic opera in two acts with music by Arthur Sullivan and Libretto by W
Langham wrote the BBC One sitcom Kiss Me Kate, in which he also appeared along with Caroline Quentin and Amanda Holden. Kiss Me Kate was a British sitcom that ran from 1998 until 2000 Caroline Jones (born July 11, 1960, in Reigate, Surrey) is better known under her stage name of Caroline Quentin and is an Amanda Louise Holden (born 16 February 1971 is an English actress. In 2002 he wrote and starred in Bradford in My Dreams, an adaptation of a short story by Lawrence Block for the BBC. Lawrence Block (born June 24, 1938) is an acclaimed contemporary American crime writer best known for two long-running New York -set series about In 2003 he directed the comedy series Posh Nosh. Posh Nosh was a 2002 BBC television programme Parodying television Chefs Written by Jon Canter from an idea by Arabella Weir
In 2003 and 2005, respectively, he portrayed the authors George Orwell and John Wyndham in the BBC docudrama George Orwell - A Life In Pictures and the BBC Four documentary John Wyndham: the Invisible Man of Science Fiction. Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950 who used the Pseudonym George Orwell, was an English writer John Wyndham was the main Pen name used by the often post-apocalyptic British Science fiction writer John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris A Docudrama is a Dramatization of actual historical events Generalities Docudramas tend to demonstrate some or most of the following characteristics BBC Four is a BBC Television channel available to digital television ( Freeview, IPTV, satellite and cable) viewers in the He also appeared in the radio magazine satire The Sunday Format. The Sunday Format, " BBC Radio 4 's first high-quality weekend Broadsheet Newspaper " is a British satirical Radio comedy
He has starred alongside co-writer Paul Whitehouse in Help on BBC Two in 2005, where he also appeared in the Armando Iannucci comedy The Thick of It in the same year. Paul Whitehouse (born 17 May 1958 is a British Comedian and actor Armando Iannucci (ɑrˈmændoʊ jəˈnuːtʃɪ (born 1964 is a Scottish Comedian, Writer, Satirist and Radio producer. The Thick of It is a British comedy Television series which satirises the inner workings of modern British government. Langham was named Best Comedy Actor in the 2005 British Comedy Awards and won the 2006 BAFTA Best Comedy Performance award for his role in The Thick Of It. The British Comedy Awards is an annual awards ceremony in the United Kingdom celebrating notable comedians and entertainment performances of the previous year The 2006 British Academy Television Awards were held on Sunday May 7 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. In November 2005 Langham wrote and starred in ITV pilot Seven Second Delay.
He was a frequent guest on The Heaven and Earth Show and part of Bremner, Bird and Fortune writing team. Bremner Bird and Fortune is an award-winning satirical British television programme produced by Vera Productions for Channel Four In this series he has occasionally appeared as a civil servant discussing things with Bremner's Tony Blair. Anthony Charles Lynton "Tony" Blair (born 6 May 1953 is a British Politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2 May 1997 to On radio Langham has appeared as a panellist on the Radio 4 show Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive is a British radio comedy programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2005 with a second series in 2006 and
|Penalty||10 months imprisonment. Reduced to 6 months on appeal. (Served half, less time served on remand. )|
On 29 November 2005, Langham was arrested by Kent Police in connection with Operation Ore, an ongoing investigation into internet child pornography, and was released on bail. Events 1777 - San Jose California, is founded as el Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Kent Police, a Home Office police force polices Kent in England, including the unitary authority of Medway. Operation Ore is a large-scale international police operation that commenced in 1999 intending to prosecute thousands of users of Websites featuring Child pornography Child pornography refers to material depicting Children being in a state of undress engaged in erotic poses or sexual activity The arrest was first reported in the press on 16 December 2005, in response to which Langham's lawyer read a statement in which he said that he was innocent, and pointed out that he had not been charged. Events 755 - An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.  However, on 11 May 2006 he was charged with 15 counts of making indecent images of children. Events 330 - Byzantium is renamed ''Nova Roma'' during a dedication ceremony but is more popularly referred to as Constantinople Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Decency is conformity to sociocultural standards of conduct and speech 
The trial took place during July and August 2007. Part of Langham's defence to these charges in court was that they were research on a paedophile character "Pedro" for a television comedy. The term pedophilia or paedophilia has a range of definitions as found in Psychology, law enforcement and the popular vernacular Television comedy had a presence from the earliest days of broadcasting Langham's former Help co-star/writer Paul Whitehouse stated that it had never been suggested that the character, although referred to as a "peeping tom" prone to highly dubious sexual behaviour ("It was implied he had rubbed up against someone on a train", Whitehouse stated in court), was a paedophile, nor was Whitehouse aware of Langham obtaining such material for the development of the programme's script. Paul Whitehouse (born 17 May 1958 is a British Comedian and actor Godiva (or Godgifu) (c 980-1067 was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who according to Legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry A script was read out in which Pedro ogles young women and says: "God sent these young girls to me as temptation and I failed. "
A selection of files and images found on Langham's laptop computer was shown to the jury on 25 July 2007. Events 285 - Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.  Langham stated that he himself had been sexually abused by a stranger as a child, and admitted having pornography to help him "work through" his own psychological difficulties which resulted, but denied being himself a paedophile.  He stated of one pornographic film downloaded that "I talked to my wife about it. To download is to receive data from a remote or central system such as a Webserver, FTP server, mail server or other similar systems I’m one of the children in the photographs. That’s the problem I have with it. I don’t know how to react to it," adding:
|“||I know about the world of being at the receiving end of a paedophile but I don’t know about paedophilia, the networks, the slang, what does the room look like [. . . ] [When watching the pictures] my heart started beating, my mouth went dry and I started feeling sick. I tried to think what was the connection that made me go there [. . . ] To me it was like putting my face in a chainsaw. I had to get out. I did it on four occasions and had I not been arrested, I probably would have done it again [. . . ] it’s an issue in my life. It was horrible. ||”|
On 2 August 2007 Chris Langham was found guilty on charges of possessing child pornography and made to sign the sexual offenders register. Events 338 BC - A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.  He was remanded in custody pending sentencing on September 14 Langham was also charged with eight sexual offences against an unnamed woman who was below the age of 16 at the time the assaults supposedly happened.  Langham was acquitted of all these charges in the same trial where the pornography offences were considered. He was sentenced to ten months in prison on 14 September 2007. Events 81 - Domitian becomes Emperor of the Roman Empire upon the death of his brother Titus. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
Langham stated throughout that he was determined to clear his name but withdrew from all BBC projects pending the outcome of the case.  On 5 December 2006 it was reported that he was banned from attending the 2006 British Comedy Awards despite his current show, The Thick of It, being a contender for an award at the show. Events 63 BC - Cicero reads the last of his Catiline Orations. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The British Comedy Awards is an annual awards ceremony in the United Kingdom celebrating notable comedians and entertainment performances of the previous year The Thick of It is a British comedy Television series which satirises the inner workings of modern British government.  Many industry commentators are pointing out that the jailing of Langham may bring an abrupt halt to the actor and writer's 30-year comedy career, just as it was peaking. 
He was released on 14 November 2007 after he won an appeal which reduced his sentence to six months. Events 1533 - Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrive in Cajamarca, Inca Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. On his release he stated "My life has been ruined but my conscience is clear" and complained that the media "completely ignored" the court's "acceptance based upon all the evidence and expert opinion that I have no sexual interest in children".  However, Dame Heather Steel, who gave the Appeal Court's decision, said that the court viewed Langham's explanation as "highly improbable" but ruled that the court could not actually reject it. The Court of Appeal of England and Wales is the second most senior court in the English legal system, with only the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords above Nevertheless the court considered that he was still guilty of encouraging "despicable acts" through downloading the pornography. 
On 15 January 2008, Langham was interviewed by celebrity psychologist Dr Pamela Connolly (née Stephenson), with whom he had worked on Not the Nine O'Clock News, for her UK television series Shrink Rap where he discussed being abused as an 8 year old child, the events that led up to his conviction and the subsequent trial. Events 588 BC - Nebuchadrezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah 's reign 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Pamela Stephenson also known as Pamela Stephenson Connolly, Not the Nine O'Clock News is a Comedy Television programme shown on the BBC from 1979 to 1982 
Langham was also invited to make a speech in front of the Oxford Union on 29 May 2008. Status and membership The Oxford Union is an Unincorporated association, holding its property in trust in favour of its objectives and members and governed Events 363 - Roman Emperor Julian defeats the Sassanid army in the Battle of Ctesiphon, under the walls of the This invitation was subsequently withdrawn. .
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