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Norfolk home for TV's Adam Buxton
By David Keller, BBC Norfolk

Joe Cornish and Adam Buxton
Joe Cornish and Adam Buxton

Adam Buxton shot to fame through The Adam And Joe Show, the home-made comedy TV series filmed on portable equipment.

The former Channel 4 show spawned a cult following with its original, quirky and surreal humour.

After working in TV, Adam and his partner Joe Cornish moved their comedy to BBC 6 Music in 2007.

Buxton eventually decided the stresses and strains of London wasn't so funny, and moved his life and work to Norwich in 2008.

School-boy pals and 'bad' teen movies

Comedian, writer, actor and director Adam Buxton first became friends with Joe Cornish at Westminster School when he was around 11 years old.

"Joe and I got on very well from an early age. We bonded over quite bad American teen movies - we were big John Hughes fans," said Adam.

Their shared interest of watching hours of 'bad' television spurred them on to start playing around with Adam's dad's video cameras.

"In our spare time, we used to make videos a lot and that kept going right the way through our teens. My dad (Nigel) was a writer and he would road test video cameras. We would fool around on them and recreate Monty Python sketches," said Adam.

"We became video literate from an early age and eventually we ended up sending in some of the stuff that we had done to television channels for a bit of a laugh.

"Channel 4 picked up on it and showed some of our stuff on their show Takeover TV, which was one of the first public access type shows. I presented that for a while and then asked Joe to help me out."

Adam Buxton and BaaadDad
Adam Buxton and BaaadDad

"After Takeover TV had finished, Channel Four said, 'Do you want to do anything else?' We said, 'Yeah!' and the rest is history."

With Adam and Joe as the hosts and with help from Adam's 'BaaadDad' Nigel who made regular guest appearances, The Adam And Joe Show was first broadcast in 1996. The dreams of the pair had come true.

"It made us incredibly happy, because we had always both been massive 'videoheads'," said Adam.

"We'd watched a huge amount of TV in our lives and we couldn't believe we now had our own TV show. We didn't realise how good we had it.

"We were tucked away in our own little corner, no one ever bothered us and it was wonderful. If only we got some money out of it, it would have been nice, but I'm certainly not complaining."

Changing medium

Come the birth of the new millennium, the stresses of keeping the show fresh was taking its toll on the pair.

"We never fell out doing The Adam And Joe Show, but once we started working in TV and getting paid for it, it turned into work and it was really tough," said Adam.

"We used to work really hard to get the show finished and we'd get quite ratty with each other and act very competitive," he added.

The Adam And Joe Show
The Adam And Joe Show

It was time for a change and the comedy duo decided to swap TV for radio. In October of 2007 they landed a prestigious Saturday morning slot on BBC 6 Music.

"This is going to sound a bit cheesy, but I swear that it's true - working at 6 Music is the most fun I've ever had working with Joe. After the death of our TV series, it's almost like we've become friends again," said Adam.

"Being on the radio is nice - it's like hanging out again, fooling about and talking rubbish. I really enjoy it and look forward to it every week," he added.

Taking the Norfolk career path

After the birth of Adam's third child, a move out of the big city to Norwich made perfect sense.

"My wife's family comes from around this part of the world and I'd always liked coming over here to visit. When we had our newest daughter, we thought it would be the ideal opportunity to get out of London," said Adam.

"The more children you have, the less reason there is to be in London. You're not exactly going out clubbing every night any more! We thought we'd take advantage of the more attractive pace of life in the countryside," he added.

Adam has no intention of moving either.

"There's lots I enjoy about Norfolk, but people here are nice to each other, which is something I've really noticed," he said.

"Living here is just much less stressful. You can go to the cinema and people are quiet.

Adam Buxton
Adam enjoys living in Norfolk

"There's lovely clean air. I sound like a real old man, but you really notice these kind of things coming out of London.

"Maybe it's a cliché, but as soon as I come back into the city towards the weekend, I'm always shocked by how busy and aggressive some people are.

"I really just love being in Norfolk. Some people find it a little bit bleak, but it's just beautiful."

Thoughts for the future

Future planning is not something that Adam relies on, preferring to keep his life path spontaneous.

"I just make it up as I go along - I don't really have a career path. I tend to keep wandering off it and getting lost," he said.

"What I do know is that I'm doing a sitcom for BBC Two that is filming over the summer of 2009 and I'm going to play a fairly prominent part in that.

"However, I think in the distant future, I'll get myself a jet-pack, attach some polystyrene under the house so it'll float when the floods come and I'll start work on my teleportation device."

Adam Buxton appeared in BUG at the Norwich Playhouse on Thursday, 5 February, 2009.


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