Telly: Confessions of an Urban Planner; Frankie Boyle the Big Interview Frankie Boyle with Dara O'Briain and the Mock the Week Team

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Telly: Confessions of an Urban Planner; Frankie Boyle the Big Interview Frankie Boyle with Dara O'Briain and the Mock the Week Team


Byline: by Roz Laws

COMEDIAN Frankie Boyle has mixed feelings about Birmingham.

On the one hand, he made life-long friends in the city after living there for almost a year.

But he also dropped out of "terrible"

Aston University as soon as he could - and has had to take a restraining order out on a "mad" Brummie stalker.

The subject of Frankie's over-zealous fan comes up when he's questioned about his children. The savage star of BBC2's MockThe Week has a four-year-old girl and a year-old boy with his girlfriend Shereen.

He says: "I don't like to talk about my family because it encourages this mad bloke from Birmingham. I've got a restraining order out on him and it's going to court, so I can't go into it.

"It's one of the side-effects of being famous. I don't mind for me, but it's not fair on the kids."

Frankie doesn't hold it against Birmingham and often returns to perform, despite not having the best memories of his student days, when came to Aston University to study... Urban Planning.

Surely he didn't harbour a secret ambition to become a town planner?

"Not at all," says the cynical Glaswegian.

"I had a place at a university in Brighton to study English, but that didn't start for a year. Being Scottish, I could get a grant for four years, and I would do anything to get out of the house.

"So I took whatever was left in the clearing system and that was a degree in Urban Planning at Aston. But I always knew I would only stay for a year.

"Actually I only lasted two terms. I learned almost nothing about urban planning because I did no work at all.

"I remember one project we were given.

We had to write a dissertation on Shopping Trends In Birmingham In 1974.

"I wrote 'who honestly cares?'. I only wrote two pages and hoped I might get thrown off the course, but I still passed because they didn't want to lose any students.

"I thought the university and my halls of residence were terrible, full of engineers and Tories.

Boring berk "Most of the students were awful, it was like the boring berk from every family was shipped off there.

"But I liked Handsworth, where I lived, and other parts of Birmingham. I still come back to see the good friends I made there. …

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