Dirty Sanchez (TV series)

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Dirty Sanchez
Directed byBecky Staniforth
StarringMatthew Pritchard
Dan Joyce
Michael Locke
Lee Dainton
No. of series4
No. of episodes39 (including spin-offs)
Running time22–30 minutes
Original networkMTV
Original release2 July 2003 (2003-07-02) –
2008 (2008)
External links

Dirty Sanchez was a British stunt and prank TV series featuring a group of three Welshmen and one Englishman harming themselves, and each other, through dangerous stunts. It was known as Sanchez Boys and Team Sanchez in the U.S. The performers are Matthew Pritchard, Lee Dainton, Michael Locke (aka Pancho) and Dan Joyce, and were originally based in Newport, South Wales, but later series of the show take place elsewhere in the United Kingdom and the world. Pritchard and Locke also starred as the Pain Men in Channel 4's Balls of Steel.

Television series[edit]

Original run[edit]

Series 1: Front End and Rear End (2003)[edit]

Series one featured eight episodes and focused on each of the Sanchez members. Each episode would have them, friends and family talking about each of the Sanchez members on a certain topic the episode is about, with stunts performed in between each part of the interviews. The last episode had a psychiatrist review each of the Sanchez members behavior throughout the series.

The first series received mixed reactions, with some people calling it a lackluster imitation of the American show Jackass, while others complained that it pushed the boundaries of taste too far, due to the extreme stunts and strong profanity, as well as full-frontal male nudity. The boys are praised by others for their fun-loving hedonism and courage in their dangerous stunts. One review claims "They make Jackass look like the Royal Shakespeare Company", and also on the cover of the Dirty Sanchez: The Movie DVD, there is a similar quote by MAXIM saying "Makes Jackass Look Like The Teletubbies."

Series 2: Jobs for the Boyos (2004)[edit]

The second series also featured eight episodes but focused on the Sanchez members trying out different jobs for one week. The first episode had them working in a hair salon. The second episode had them working on a construction site. The third episode had them train to perform a martial arts show. The fourth episode had them train to be Royal Marines. The fifth episode had them train to be airport fire fighters and the sixth episode had them train to be cowboys. Episodes seven and eight were a Behind the... and Best of... the series. The series became the biggest hit in MTV UK history and is still the only MTV UK series to be broadcast in the United States.[citation needed]

Series 3: European Invasion (2005)[edit]

The third series featured six episodes and focused on the Sanchez members touring six countries to perform six live shows with their tour manager, Johnny B, in Europe. The tour began in Sweden, then to Germany, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy and finished in Spain.

Series 4: Behind the Seven Sins (2007)[edit]

The fourth series featured seven episodes that goes behind the scenes of the movie and shows the boys reactions to each sin that they had to perform in each of the countries.


MTV Wrecked (2007)[edit]

The first spin-off series, called MTV Wrecked, was hosted by Pritchard and Dainton, which saw them get two contestants to do Dirty Sanchez styled stunts in order to crown a winner. The series would feature eight episodes.

Sanchez Get High (2008)[edit]

The second spin-off series once again only featured Pritchard and Dainton. The series followed them looking for the ultimate 'highs' in Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, Australia, Cambodia, South Africa, India and Japan. They did painful stunts in order to get a 'buzz', they did naked skydiving, had painful tattoos to fit in with Filipino tribes, and tasted old remedies and substances such as ayahuasca and psilocybin mushrooms which are used in foreign countries to experience different feelings including hallucinations and euphoria. This series also featured eight episodes.

Other appearances[edit]

  • Balls of Steel (2005–2008) – UK comedy gameshow in which contestants compete for the "Balls of Steel" award. One regular act is "The Pain Men" which consists of Pritchard and Pancho. Each skit is an instudio display of daily hazards. They appeared in all three series of the show.
  • Gumball 3000 (2006, 2009, 2011) – Dan Joyce and Pritchard competed in the 2006 event of the Gumball 3000, driving a Japan-Tuning style Nissan 180SX. Pritchard competed in the 2009 event. Pritchard and Dainton also took part in the 2011 event. [2]
  • Nike's Put It Where You Want It Tour (2008) – A series of online commercials where Dirty Sanchez searched for the footballer with the deadliest accuracy in the world. In order, they visited Wayne Rooney, Torsten Frings, Gennaro Gattuso and Florent Malouda – each of which wore Nike Total 90 shoes/boots. The Sanchez Boys offered each star a chance to prove their skill with a series of shooting accuracy challenges – which, in true Dirty Sanchez style, involved using the Sanchez Boys themselves as the targets. As an example, the very first challenge of the series was called the "Pain of Wayne Challenge" and featured Rooney shooting at Pancho while he was tied between the goalposts and clothed in just a jockstrap, leaving his back and rear exposed.
  • The Dudesons (2010) – The boys from Finland go to Australia and meet up with The Sanchez boys in third episode of The Dudesons fourth season.
  • Snog Marry Avoid?(2011) - Pritchard and Dainton appeared in episode 8 of the fourth season of the Make under series where they were made to look smart. They didn't keep the improved look for long.

Dirty Sanchez: Stage Show[edit]

At the 2004 and 2005 Carling weekend at the Reading and Leeds festivals, the Dirty Sanchez team performed a variety of stunts live onstage at the cabaret tent, including attacking their legs with a meat tenderiser, being dragged across a sandpapered stage on bare buttocks, and smoking a bong filled with their own urine and pubic hair instead of water and marijuana. They also appeared at the Leeds leg of the festival in 2006.

On 1 June 2007, Dirty Sanchez confirmed a full stage show with DJ at Reading Festival 2007. They also performed live in the summer of 2007 every Monday at Bar M in Ibiza.

In 2009, Dirty Sanchez toured Australia with The Dudesons during the Soundwave Festival.

Dirty Sanchez: The Movie[edit]

Dirty Sanchez
The members of Dirty Sanchez presented as if in a police line up.
Theatrical poster
Directed byJim Hickey
StarringMatthew Pritchard, Lee Dainton, Mike Locke, Dan Joyce
Edited byJames Herbert
Distributed byPathé Distribution
Release date
‹See TfM›
  • 22 September 2006 (2006-09-22) (United Kingdom)
Running time
95 minutes
Box office£521,785

Dirty Sanchez: The Movie, a reality film based upon the series, was released on 22 September 2006. It is in the format of a world tour[1] and incorporates stunts related to the seven deadly sins. Stunts are on a larger scale and more extreme than stunts shown in the TV show. The film also features the first cross over battle between two stunt groups. In their tour of Japan, the Dirty Sanchez team battles the Tokyo Shock Boys to see who is more extreme. In the end the Tokyo Shock Boys refuse to do a live show with Dirty Sanchez due to their disgusting antics.

The DVD of Dirty Sanchez: The Movie was released on 22 January 2007 by Pathé's home video distributor 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The movie premiered on television on MTV at 10:30pm on 5 August 2007. Many of the scenes and stunts were cut short or not shown due to censorship reasons[citation needed]. TMF broadcast the movie later that month.

The movie premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Described as Jackass on crack, the film is about "wicked nasty stunts such as liposuction drinking games, beer enema shotguns, things that shouldn't be done with male genitalia, and more...."[2] Former drug smuggler Howard Marks makes an appearance as Satan.[3]

The film was released on DVD in North America on September 11, 2007 by Dimension Extreme and Alliance Atlantis.

Critical response

Critic Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gives the film a score of 3 out of 5. He admits the film is not in good taste but describes it as a film "you feel guilty and ashamed for enjoying" and jokes "for sheer self-destructive lunacy they might deserve an award".[4]

At review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 40% based on reviews from 5 critics with an average rating of 4.5/10.[5]

Pritchard vs Dainton – The Rise and Falls[edit]

Pritchard vs Dainton -–The Rise and Falls is a 2014 documentary based on the series, directed by Jim Hickey and produced by Lee Dainton.[6] It details the series' ten-year history, including interviews with the team and never-before seen footage from various episodes. Originally scheduled for release in March 2014, it was in production for roughly six months but was restrained by MTV, who owned the rights to the series' footage.[7] Pritchard and Dainton started a crowdfund on Kickstarter for £10,000 on 5 February 2014 to purchase the rights. Within two days the target was reached.

The documentary premiered in Brynmawr in July 2014,[8] and was released on DVD later that year.[9][10] It is narrated by Howard Marks, who had a brief appearance in the Dirty Sanchez movie as Satan.


Front and Rear End:

Jobs for the Boyos:

European Invasion:

Dirty Sanchez the Movie:

This is the track listing from the Soundtrack CD

  • All My Friends Are Dead – Turbonegro
  • You Got to Leave – The Bees
  • Hurt Yourself – Amino
  • Peaches – The Dub Pistols feat. Rodney P. & Terry Hall
  • Get Laid – 4 ft Soldiers
  • Supergrass – Killa Kela
  • . Eden Lies – The vapour Trails
  • . We Play Games – The Aftershow Party
  • . Gravy Digger – The Tulips
  • Kiss It Better – Lol Hammond
  • . HND in RNR – Levelload
  • Thai Porno Theme – Carpetface
  • Sweet Lassi Dub – Bhutan Philharmonic

Sanchez Get High – Pritchard 'V' Dainton:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Tribeca Film Festival film announcement, retrieved on April 20, 2007. Archived 4 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Dirty Sanchez's movie premiere". 22 September 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2017 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ Peter Bradshaw (22 September 2006). "Dirty Sanchez: The Movie. Cert 18. 3 out of 5". The Guardian.
  5. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dirty_sanchez/.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Log In or Sign Up to View". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  8. ^ McCarthy, James (25 July 2014). "Brynmawr is still recovering... Dirty Sanchez roll into town". walesonline. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  9. ^ "'Dirty Sanchez' documentary 'Pritchard vs Dainton: The Rise and Falls' - watch exclusive trailer | NME". NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COM. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  10. ^ "DVD REVIEW: Pritchard vs. Dainton: The Rise and Falls of Dirty Sanchez | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East". narcmagazine.com. Retrieved 26 February 2020.

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