Mark is the Washington correspondent for Sky News. He is a multi-award winning broadcast journalist who has spent 35 years reporting and presenting for ITV News and the BBC. In his three decades at ITV News, Austin presented both News at Ten and the Evening News at 6.30pm, often on location from places as far afield as the Antarctic, Iraq, the Israel/Gaza border, Libya, Haiti, Nepal, Mogadishu, Afghanistan and Washington. Along the way, Mark conducted numerous agenda-setting interviews with the likes of Prince William, Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Gordon Brown, Shimon Peres, Tony Blair, Sir Jock Stirrup and Bob Geldof, among many others.
Previously Mark was Senior Correspondent for ITV News, covering major foreign and domestic stories. For fifteen years he was a foreign correspondent based in Africa and Asia and travelling all over the globe.
In 2011 and 2015, ITV News at Ten was named RTS Programme of the Year under Mark’s watch and he won Presenter of the Year at the 2014 and 2015 Royal Television Society for Journalism awards. Mark’s achievements include winning five BAFTA awards; an International Emmy in 2000 for his reporting of the devastating floods in Mozambique, a Golden Nymph in 1999 for covering the war in Kosovo, a Gold Medal at the 1996 Film & Television Festival of New York for his coverage of the Bosnian war and being named TRIC’s Newscaster of the Year in 2010.
Mark started his career in local newspapers before joining BBC News as a reporter, becoming one of the youngest national reporters ever appointed by the BBC.
In 2017, Mark presented several programmes for LBC.
Wasting Away: The Truth About Anorexia, a documentary he made with his daughter Maddy, tackling the subject of anorexia and how the NHS deals with this and other mental health issues was broadcast on Channel 4 last year.
Mark regularly hosts corporate events and also speaks on mental health issues.
Occupation: Journalist, Presenter (TV/Radio)
Dear Diary: why, oh, why has it taken me this long to meet - TV’s Richard Arnold, national treasure? Jennifer Aniston
‘You’re my leading man. For today. - ’Barbra Streisand‘
Sure honey, put your hands where ever you like. ’Dolly Parton‘
Richard Arnold is Harry Styles for women over 45’Woman’s Own
A firmly established favourite on the breakfast TV sofa, popular Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Arnold celebrates 21 years on the small screen this year - seen daily on ITV’s early morning offering in his role as Entertainment Editor.
From Streisand to Gaga, Buble to Tony Bennett, Richard has interviewed many of the world’s biggest stars in recent years, as well as anchoring hours of live TV since he first appeared on BBC2’s youth TV offering The Sunday Show back in 1995.
After two series, he started his long tenure at ITV on GMTV in 1997 before leaving the breakfast station back in 2010. He returned the summer of 2012 by popular demand and following two years on Daybreak is now installed ever weekday with Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway.
During his long stint at GMTV, he hosted The Richard Arnold Show for two summers, presented ITV’s live tea-time celebrity cook-off Soapstar Superchef alongside Nicki Chapman and three series of Challenge TV’s highest rated original commission to date, quiz show Take It or Leave It from the makers of Deal or No Deal.
TV credits include competing in the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing where the grace and favour of the voting public took him all the way to Wembley. He was also a quarter finalist in the first series of Celebrity Masterchef and has taken part in Celebrity Mastermind where his specialist subject was Dallas, the TV series.
In 2003, Richard co-hosted Living’s daily magazine show Loose Lips with Melinda Messenger clocking up over 160 shows, Psychic Live (20 shows) and the Will On Will and Grace audience with star Eric McCormack.
Other TV appearances include The Chase, Pointless Celebrities, Countdown, Tipping Point, Stars In Their Eyes, The Paul O’Grady Show, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Celebrity Are You Smarter Than A Ten Year-old, 71 Degrees North, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here NOW! and competing in 2010’s Sports Relief ‘Let’s Dance…’ as Danny Zuko from Grease alongside Kate Garraway as Sandy during which they made that year’s final.
TV cameos ‘as Himself’ include ITV’s Footballers Wives and C4’s acclaimed drama Shameless. ITV’s Rock Rivals, BBC1’s Hustle and alongside Max Beesley in ITV drama Is This Love?
Films include 2011’s crime thriller Blitz with Jason Statham and David Morrissey - and this summer’s highly anticipated Ab Fab: The Movie - both as himself.
During his brief hiatus from morning TV from 2010/11, Richard hosted his own talk show on London’s LBC 97.3, taking him back to his roots in radio which began the early 90s as a contributor at BBC Radio Scotland, followed by three years at BBC Radio 5 Live alongside Eddie Mair. Richard also hosted his own daily and weekend radio shows on London station Liberty Radio for three years.
Richard writes weekly columns for Hello! (since 2010) and Woman’s Own magazine (since 2007) as well as contributing to The Sun, The Mail on Sunday, The Express, News of World and no end of magazine credits on matters TV, lifestyle and travel
He is a regular host of many charity events, fashion shows and awards ceremonies. His main corporate client is British Telecom, helping in recent years with their campaigns for Comic and Sport Relief, as well as hosting their Hyde Park Olympic coverage in 2012.
He lives in North London and has recently acquired a cockapoo called Clementine.
Occupation:Broadcaster, Entertainer, Poet
Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for over 40 years, and is one of the few authors who has had books in the Sunday Times bestseller charts in almost every decade since the 1970s. She is the author of several best-selling poetry collections, including The Works, With These Hands, Surgically Enhanced and You Made Me Late Again!. Many of her poems are in school textbooks around the world including the UK, USA, China, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, South Africa, Ireland and Singapore. Pam’s autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude, was the UK’s bestselling female autobiography of 2011.
In May 2018 The Last Hedgehog, was published by Picador, and within two weeks went to No. 1 in the Sunday Times Bestseller list. Beautifully illustrated by Alice Tait, the single poem sees our hero tell of all the terrible ends his family have come to at our own hands – and exactly what we can still do to keep them alive, and see them thrive once more.
Pam’s next poetry book, Up In The Attic, will be published by Ebury Books in September 2019.
Recent TV appearances have included BBC Springwatch, BBC Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, BBC Celebrity Mastermind, and one of the BBC1 TV series Women at War: 100 Years of Service, about Pam’s years in the Women’s Royal Air Force in the 1960s.
For BBC Radio, Pam has recorded six series of Ayres On the Air for BBC Radio 4, and she is a regular guest on Just A Minute. Also for Radio 4, Pam is one of the comparatively few guests who have appeared twice on Desert Island Discs, the first time in 1979, and again last year.
Pam has appeared three times for HM The Queen – at the Silver Jubilee Royal Variety Performance in 1977, at a Royal Gala Charity Reception at St. James Palace in 1996, when Pam, as the only entertainer, performed part of her solo stage show, and finally at Sandringham Women’s Institute in 2004, when the Queen attended in her capacity as President of the Sandringham WI. Subsequently, Pam was honoured to be awarded the MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2004.
“Pam Ayres is absolutely essential to British humour, reminding us all to be tickled by the small joys and ridiculousness of everyday life.” (Mail on Sunday, June 2018)
“I keep smiling, remembering moments performed by the incredible @PamAyres at @CurveLeicester last night. Laughed and cried in equal measure. What a woman.” (Jo Hayward, BBC Radio Leicester, review of Pam on 18 September 2018)
“From the moment that Pam Ayres walked onto the stage, she captivated her audience – of 1400 people – with humour, wit, and a perfect sense of timing……….. This session was one of my highlights of Hay Festival this year, because I laughed so hard that my stomach ached for hours afterwards and it is wonderful to witness a true craftswoman practice her art.“ (Hay Festival – May 2015)
Emma Barnett is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster.
She is the host of the BBC 5Live morning programme, 5Live Daily with Emma Barnett, which goes out Monday to Thursday 10am-1pm. The Wednesday edition is a politics special, coming live from Westminster. ‘Westminster Wednesdays’ sees Emma interview the great and good of politics - demanding answers to her listeners’ most pressing questions about life in Brexit Britain. Her interviews in the summer of 2017 with the Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn made front page news.
On Thursdays Emma’s 5Live prime time programme takes live radio to places it wouldn’t normally go and uncovers news stories that surprise and inform her audience. She also creates a space where high profile guests and listeners alike can have conversations on air they would normally hold in private. Emma’s show also shares breaking news in a unique fashion, allowing her listeners to shape the day’s agenda.
On BBC 5Live she also presented The Hit List, a fast-paced innovative Sunday evening show which counts down the nation’s top 40 news stories, based on their digital reading habits. It has been praised for reflecting the “real people’s news agenda”.
Emma regularly presents BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour – a lifelong dream realised and is the youngest presenter in the programme’s history to do so. As part of her ongoing work for the show, she chairs the Woman’s Hour Power List – rewarding the UK’s top women every year for their achievements and records in-depth features. A stand-out project was her retracing of Sylvia Pankhurst’s footsteps for a special Woman’s Hour series covering the lives of working women in today’s Britain.
She was previously the Sunday drive-time host on LBC, where she cut her radio teeth.
Emma is a columnist for The Sunday Times. Every week, in her aptly named column, Tough Love, she doles out ruthlessly honest advice to Sunday Times Magazine readers, who come to her with their deepest problems – from difficult children to even worse partners.
Emma’s book Period. will be published by HQ in summer 2019 in hardback, eBook and audiobook
Television-wise, Emma has co-hosted The Pledge, a straight-talking weekly debate programme on Sky News. She is currently the co-host of Sunday Morning Live on BBC1.
Previously Emma spent seven years at The Daily Telegraph – where she was the Women’s Editor and a top columnist. During her time at the paper, she created, launched and edited Telegraph Wonder Women – the “go-to site for young women in Britain” according to the British Press Awards. Covering news, politics, work, society, religion and relationships, Emma came up with the idea after feeling exasperated with the way ‘women’s issues’ were being covered by the mainstream media.
Prior to becoming The Telegraph’s Women’s Editor, she was the newspaper’s Digital Media Editor, breaking news about the fast-moving world of technology and media, interviewing Silicon Valley’s biggest hitters and penning a business column. She was named Digital Journalist of the Year twice by the Association of Online Publishers and the Online Media Awards.
Emma is thrilled to have had the opportunity to deliver a TEDx talk, prompting her to explore an issue close to her heart: female ambition. In her thought-provoking talk ‘The Secrets That Snails Can Teach Women About Success’, she explains how women are just as ambitious as men – but regularly end up “losing custody of their ambition, often without even realising it”.
She is a regular documentary maker for Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. Recent docs include: America’s Fan Club – a behind-the-scenes look at the Daughters of the American Revolution – one of the largest women-only groups in the world – who congregate once a year in ballgowns and white gloves in Washington. Emma has also investigated the rise of mindfulness; the march of military women to the front line; and in a highly personal piece – her hypocritical views of female rabbis.
She also enjoys chairing live events – hosting big ticket events such as ‘Telegraph Question Time’ at The Hay Festival; panels at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival and evenings for the prestigious 30 Club. Emma regularly hosts evenings with top celebrities for the children’s rights charity Plan UK.
Emma is a proud long-time volunteer for Smartworks, a charity that helps disadvantaged women get back into the workplace through dressing and preparing them for job interviews. She also loves travelling, eating and cooking (but mainly eating) with her husband. Emma is currently learning how to draw and paint (badly)….
Twitter handle @emmabarnett - https://twitter.com/Emmabarnett
Women on front line http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c3dx1
Nicky Campbell has won 6 Sony Gold Radio Awards. He has presented network radio BBC programmes for 30 years now starting off his Radio career as a colleague of among others Kenny Everett, Alan Freeman and John Peel.
He has presented on various Television programmes over the years ranging from 'Top of the Pops' to 'Newsnight' and 'Panorama'. He fronted the BBC1 consumer show 'Watchdog' for 9 years.
Currently he presents ITV's multi-award-winning and ground-breaking 'Long Lost Family' with Davina McCall and the BBC's Sunday morning ethical and religious debate programme ‘The Big Questions’.
Nicky has also presented a series on adoption for ITV, ‘Wanted: A Family of My Own’. He presented a documentary in ITV's Perspectives strand on one of his passions 'Great American Love Songs'. In December 2017 Nicky appeared in ITV’s “All Star Musicals” singing Razzle Dazzle from Chicago.
On Radio he has presented the much awarded Five Live Breakfast show for 14 years with Shelagh Fogarty and now Rachel Burden. He has interviewed every Prime Minister and Chancellor since Margaret Thatcher.
Nicky's charity work is in Animal Conservation and Adoption. He campaigns against the illegal Ivory trade and he is Patron of The British Association of Adoption and Fostering and was himself adopted when three months old. His adoptive mother was a psychiatric social worker and his adoptive father a publisher of maps. In 2004 he wrote Blue-Eyed Son, Story of an Adoption, his account of tracing both his birth parents and his extended families in Ireland.
Nicky is also a professional song writer and composer. In 2009 he wrote the critically acclaimed swing album "Moonlights Back in Style" for Mark Moraghan on the famous Jazz label Linn Records. His second album, We’re Just Passing Through, was co-written with Kate Robbins. In Spring 2017 he wrote and released the single “Sacred Eyes” in support of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Nicky's great loves are his wife Tina, his four daughters Breagha, Lilla, Kirsty and Isla, his dogs Maxwell and Misty, his guitar, his piano and his Ukulele. Nicky was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours for services to adoption and fostering.
Lorraine Candy is luxury content director at The Sunday Times and editor in chief of Style. Previously editor of ELLE UK, she is renowned in the industry for her digital content innovation. She recently spearheaded an iconic redesign of Style and introduced Style Play, a video-only channel in front of the paywall. Lorraine has also written for The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times, The Sunday Times, Good Housekeeping and Suitcase magazine, on topics ranging from parenting and working women, to fashion and travel reviews.
1985 - 1987 Reporter, The Cornish Times
1987 – 1990 Reporter, The Wimbledon Times
1990 – 1993 Reporter, The Daily Mirror
1993 – 1995 Woman’s editor, The Sun
1995 – 1997 Assistant editor, Marie Claire
1997 – 1998 Deputy editor, The Times’ Saturday magazine
1998 – 1999 Editor, B Magazine
1999 – 2000 Features editor, The Times
2000 – 2004 Editor in chief, Cosmopolitan
2004 – 2016 Editor in chief, ELLE UK
2017 – Luxury content director, The Sunday Times; editor in chief, Style
AWARDS AND HONOURS
2009 BSME monthly Editor of the Year award
2010 BSME monthly Editor of the Year award
2014 Named among the top 50 most influential people on Twitter by the Press Gazette
2015 PPA Game Changer of the Year award for Natasha Pearlman, ELLE deputy editor
2015 PPA Content Team of the Year award
2015 The Drum Creative Department Live award for ELLE’s #MoreWomen campaign
2017 CEW achiever award
COLUMNS2009 – 2016 ‘I Don’t Know How I Do It’, a weekly parenting column for The Daily Mail’s Femail section
2017 – Weekly parenting column for The Sunday Times magazine
CAMPAIGNS2014 Hearst Empowering Women
2015 ELLE #MoreWomen
2017 ¬ Style Leading Women
PUBLIC SPEAKING AND MEDIA APPEARANCES
Major speaking and hosting appearances: speaker at the Mumsnet Workfest conference (2013); host of the ELLE Style Awards (2004-2016); host of the European premiere of A Wrinkle In Time and chair of a panel discussion with Oprah Winfrey (2018); chair of the first Style Leading Women panel discussion on raising female leaders (2017).
Media appearances: regular contributor to Newsnight, Radio Four’s Today programme, Woman’s Hour, This Morning.
Lorraine is a mother to four children (Sky, 15; Gracie, 14; Henry, 10 and Mabel, 6) and married to James. Her hobbies include running and swimming; for charity, she has completed triathlons, half-marathons and a swim across Lake Geneva in 2017. She is on the media advisory board of the children’s charity Theirworld and also on the membership council of the Tate art galleries. Whenever she can, she likes to return home to Cornwall with her family.
Lachlan Goudie is an artist who exhibits regularly in London and New York. The scope of Lachlan’s work is broad, incorporating portraiture, still life and landscape painting. His canvasses have won numerous awards and in 2013 he was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil painters, in London. In addition to painting, Lachlan is also a writer and Arts broadcaster. In 2015 he wrote and presented the landmark series ‘The Story of Scottish Art’ for the BBC. The four episodes were critically acclaimed and Lachlan was nominated by the Royal Television Society Scotland for the ‘Onscreen personality of the year’ award.
Lachlan has written and presented several other documentaries for BBC television – ‘The Art of Witchcraft’ (2013), ‘Stanley Spencer: The colours of the Clyde’ (2014) and ‘Awesome Beauty: The Art of Industrial Britain’ (2017). Lachlan’s most recent films ‘Painting the Holy Land’ and ‘Mackintosh: Glasgow's Neglected Genius’ were broadcast on BBC1 and BBC4 in 2018. ‘Mackintosh: Glasgow's Neglected Genius’ was nominated in the best single documentary category at the Celtic Media awards, 2019.
Lachlan has been a judge across three series of BBC1’s ‘Big Painting Challenge’ and reprised this role on BBC1’s ‘Celebrity Big Painting Challenge’, 2018. He regularly contributes to the BBC World Service radio programme, ‘From our own Correspondent’ and has presented several concerts on BBC Radio 3.
Lachlan’s first book, ‘The story of Scottish Art’, will be published by Thames & Hudson in 2020. Lachlan’s writing is informed by his experience of working as an artist. He is a keen proselytiser for the value of technique and craft in contemporary art and was schooled in painting by his father, the artist Alexander Goudie. The wonder of art: its power to colour and change people’s lives fascinates Lachlan. It lies at the heart of his work as a painter, writer and broadcaster. Lachlan was born and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, before studying English at Christ’s College, Cambridge and Fine Art at Camberwell College of Art in London.
You can follow Lachlan on Twitter @lachlangoudie
Michael Grade has had a long career in broadcasting, encompassing London Weekend Television, the BBC, ITV, as well as over nine years as Chief Executive of Channel Four Television.
In May 2004 he was appointed Chairman of the BBC, succeeding Gavyn Davies, resigning in November 2006 when his appointment as Executive Chairman of ITV was announced, a post he relinquished in 2009.
Michael Grade was non-executive Chairman of Pinewood and Shepperton Film Studios for 16 years.
He is non-executive Chairman of Infinity Creative Media, of Gate Ventures plc and of the Production Company Twelve Town. He is also non-executive Chairman of Reach for Entertainment, a Media and Entertainment Marketing Company. He is a non-executive Director of the One Media IP Group, a digital content provider exploiting intellectual property rights around music and video.
Michael Grade is co-founder of the GradeLinnit company, which produces for the theatre.
He is Chairman of the Arora Group’s Heathrow Expansion Advisory Board. In January 2011 he became the Conservative Peer, Lord Grade of Yarmouth.
Born in London in 1960, Andrew Graham-Dixon is one of the leading art critics and broadcasters in the English-speaking world. He is the author of numerous books on subjects ranging from the art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the present day, including A History of British Art (1994), Renaissance (1999), Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel (2008) and Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane (2010), which was shortlisted for the UK's most prestigious non-fiction book award, the Samuel Johnson Prize.
Andrew was appointed Chief Art Critic of The Independent at the age of twenty-five. During his early career he was awarded the Arts Journalist of the Year award three years running (1987-9). In 1992 he was awarded the inaugural Hawthornden Prize for Art Criticism. Over the course of the last three decades has written a weekly column on art, first for The Independent, then the Sunday Telegraph. His collected art criticism runs to more than ten volumes. He is now roving arts correspondent for Christie's Magazine, as well as a regular contributor to Vanity Fair.
In 1991, Andrew began his long collaboration with the BBC, which still continues. He has presented more than twenty landmark series for the corporation, including Art of Russia, Art of America, Art of Spain, Art of Scandinavia, Art of Italy, The High Art of the Low Countries, Art of China and many more. Altogether, he was written and presented more than 100 films about the visual arts for the BBC, considerably more than any other individual in the history of the institution. His first film, Gericault's Raft of the Medusa, was awarded a Golden Lion for Reportage at the Montreal International Film Festival in 1992. His first series, A History of British Art, was nominated for both BAFTA and RTS awards in 1996; Renaissance (1999) was nominated for the RTS; Art of Russia (2009) was nominated for BAFTA.
Andrew has a long history of public service in the visual arts, serving on the Hayward Gallery Advisory Committee (1992-5) and Government Art Collection Committee (1992-6). He was a trustee of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (2005-10) and judged the Turner Prize in 1991. More recently he served as member and spokesman for the Bank of England's committee charged with advising the Governor on which figure from the field of the visual arts to celebrate on a new design for the twenty-pound note.
Andrew also lectures on art extensively throughout the world, particularly the UK and the US. He also works with a small number of private clients, advising them on art and art collecting.
Andrew is currently working on two books: a documentary biography of Vermeer and a wide-ranging study of art seen from the perspective of the history of thought, provisionally entitled Art as Idea. Both are to be published by Penguin Books.
Andrew has also worked closely with the BBC to produce the first major new history of the Royal Collection for a generation. He has in addition been working on a series of detective-style programmes exploring such subjects as The Mona Lisa, the theft of paintings by Van Gogh from Amsterdam, and the forgeries of Han Van Meegeren. The last is scheduled to be broadcast this autumn on BBC4.
According to Robert Hughes, former art critic of Time magazine and writer of 'The Shock of the New': “Andrew Graham-Dixon is the most gifted art critic of his generation. Unsparing, witty and probing, with a supple style, a real passion for the concrete body of art and a clear sense of its social environment, he encourages you to think and feel”.
John Russell, long-time art critic of The New York Times, has written that “In fifty years’ experience as a fellow workman in the field, I have never known an art critic in London who responds so well, year in and year out, to the challenge of subjects that cover the whole range of Western art.”
Occupation: Broadcaster, TV Executive
From March 2009 to March 2012, Paul Jackson was CEO at Eyeworks UK. He then worked extensively in China, consulting for many national broadcasters and acting as EP on The Gadget Show for Shenzhen TV and The West You Don’t Know for CCTV. He acted for three years as Creative Director for Houghton Street Media in Beijing. He was also part of a team from The Format People who set up a new network in Mongolia.
Paul executive produced the last two series of BENIDORM for Tiger TV, a series he commissioned when he was controller of Entertainment at ITV Until December 2008 Paul was ITV’s Director of Entertainment and Comedy, commissioning and overseeing shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, X Factor, Benidorm and Ladies of Letters. Before that he was working as Granada’s Chief Executive Officer in America (where he executive produced Hell’s Kitchen, Nanny 911 and Celebrity Fit Camp amongst others) and previously he worked in Australia as Chief Executive Officer of Granada Productions.
He went to Australia from the BBC where he held the role of Controller of Entertainment and Comedy, responsible for five entertainment and comedy departments working across television, radio and online.
In his production career, Paul produced and or directed a raft of entertainment and comedy shows for most UK Broadcasters, including Young Ones, Red Dwarf, Saturday Live, Girls on Top, The Generation Game and Blankety Blank.
He was the founding Chair of Comic Relief and one time Chair of the Royal Television Society.
Paul was the presenter of BBC Radio 4's long-running series Britain in a Box and The Real Comedy Controllers.
He has just completed working as Executive Producer’ on the recent very successful theatre tour, Benidorm Live.
Aled Jones has had an extraordinary career over the past three decades. He is the original crossover star and has sung for the Pope and the Royal Family, has received an MBE, released over 30 albums, with over 10 million album sales and counting and has over 40 Silver, Gold and Platinum Discs.
After beginning his career at the age of 12, Aled became one of the world’s most successful boy sopranos, releasing 12 hit albums in 4 years with the defining moment being ‘Walking in the Air’, the hit song from the animated film The Snowman.
As a broadcaster, he has forged an extensive career, having worked for BBC Radio 2 and 3, and BBC Radio Wales. Aled also hosts the Classic FM Sunday Breakfast Show and has become a popular favourite on the station and enjoyed his own magazine show ITV Weekend.
Aled continues to record and perform alongside his radio and TV career. One Voice reached no.3 position in the UK Official Album Chart in 2016 – selling more units in the first week of sales than former One Direction’s Zayn Malik and held the no.1 spot on the Classical Chart for 14 weeks - gaining silver BPI status.
Later that year One Voice at Christmas shot to no.1 in the Classical Chart, selling over an impressive 60,000 units during these 4 weeks and making One Voice and One Voice At Christmas the 2 top selling classical albums of 2016 in the UK.
Aled’s successful trip to Australia earlier in 2017 saw him secure a No 1 with One Voice. This was followed up later in the year with an Australian Tour where Aled secured another top spot in the Australian charts with One Voice At Christmas.
Not content with international success, Aled rounded off 2017 with the final installment of his One Voice album trilogy – One Voice: Believe, going straight to No 1 in the Classical Charts back at home in the UK.
One Voice: Believe was a collection of spiritual classics and saw Aled duetting with his younger self – man and boy, but also featured a few special surprises: for the very first time, the Classic FM presenter was joined by his 12-year-old son Lucas, to duet on one of Aled’s favourites hymns, The Lord is My Shepherd, arranged by Howard Goodall. An incredibly tender and heartfelt rendition brought this beautiful trilogy to a stunning finale.
Australia released One Voice/Believe in July this year and boasted a triumphant chart week as One Voice: Believe rapidly climbed up to No. 5 in the Overall Physical Albums Chart. It made it to the Top 20 of the Overall Albums Chart before its digital release and 18 weeks later broke all records as it continued its reign at No 1 in the Classical Chart.
Before boarding a flight to Australia in September to embark upon an extensive tour Aled conquered his fears by ‘walking in the air’ on the wing of a plane for Classic FM Global’s Make Some Noise charity.
In November 2018 Aled and Russell Watson released a stunning new album together, In Harmony a beautiful collection of hymns, arias and popular songs which entered the UK album charts at No 8. They will be touring the UK together in September and October 2019.
Occupation: Author, Journalist, Presenter, Businessman
Martyn is an accomplished after-dinner speaker,* chair of conferences, panel discussions and debates, and highly professional narrator whose recent projects include a 2-hour DVD on the 100th anniversary of the RAF, a 3 minute video for Denmark’s Constructive Institute
(see https://vimeo.com/312112075) and a one-hour interview with FW de Klerk and Sir John Major on world current events at an anniversary dinner of the Global Leadership Foundation. In the 2010 and 2015 General Elections in the UK he presented a live closed-circuit interview programme for 1,000 guests at London’s Tate Gallery as the results came in.
He brings to all his work the considerable experience of 32 years as a television journalist, during which he anchored every mainstream national news programme on ITV and BBCTV, including News At Ten and the Six O’Clock News. Running parallel with his broadcasting is his extensive work in the voluntary sector, for which he was awarded a CBE in 1997 and a knighthood in 2016. He founded the UK’s first internet charity, the award-winning YouthNet (now TheMix.org.uk).
A recent chairman of NCVO (the main umbrella organisation for the voluntary sector) and director of IPSO (the Independent Press Standards organization), he is currently chairman of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (part of the UK Honours system).
As a long-time campaigner for "solutions journalism", he remains chair of NCVO’s “Constructive Voices” project and Patron of Positivenews.org.uk. On the business front he is Founder and Executive Chairman of YourBigDay Ltd, offering video “time-capsules” for every date and almost every year over the last century, drawn from the Reuters and ITN archives, and ordered and delivered online (yourbigday.tv).
* Subjects include :How Constructive or Solutions Journalism is gaining momentum round the world and in the UK.The importance of volunteering in communities and companies.Reflections on Success, based on personal interviews with over 60 famous people from all walks of life.Why everyone should support their local hospice.Humorous stories from behind the scenes in the news media.
Eddie Mair is, by his own account, one of Britain’s most beloved broadcasters.
Born in Dundee, Scotland, he has worked in radio all his adult life. From the foothills of commercial radio in his hometown, through the sunlit uplands of the BBC in Scotland, he has reached the peaks of his profession, with BBC network radio in London. And he’s never afraid to work a metaphor beyond endurance.
In addition he’s appeared on most of the BBC’s TV channels, including ones that are no longer on TV. He witnessed the handover of Hong Kong and once asked Arnold Schwarzenegger a question –though he takes no responsibility for either.
For twenty years he was at the helm of Radio 4’s PM: a nightly news round-up that meant Eddie worked for just one hour a day. He moved to LBC in September 2018 to host his own afternoon show.
Whether he’s interviewing politicians, getting people to share their personal experiences, or just imparting his favourite zesty chicken recipes, Eddie is never happier than when he is at the microphone. Except when he is at the microphone with a large martini.
In truth, his neediness is an irritation to everyone who knows him and if you buy his book he might get out of their hair.
Eddie’s other work, as a humanitarian and tireless, secret worker for charity is not mentioned here. His diaries, A Good Face For Radio, were published in November 2017.
Praise for Eddie Mair
Voted the UK’s favourite radio voice in a Radio Times poll
‘Broadcasting is all about tone and Eddie Mair, PM's regular host, is its greatest asset’ Miranda Sawyer, Observer
‘There is not, I regret to say, a woman presenter to match the wit, bite, invention and editorial weight of PM’s Eddie Mair. Now I think of it, there’s no man, either’. Gillian Reynolds, Daily Telegraph
‘The BBC likes to talk about journalistic excellence and a tradition of creativity, but really it is an academy for stars. And after Eddie Mair’s careful pinioning and dissection of Boris Johnson on Sunday’s ‘The Andrew Marr Show’, there is a feeling out there that a new one has just graduated’ Leo Benedictus, Guardian
‘I thought Eddie Mair’s interview was one of the most disgusting pieces of journalism I’ve listened to for a very long time. The BBC sank about as low as it could.’ Boris Johnson’s dad, 2013
Paul Martin has been the popular presenter of FLOG IT! Since 2002; indeed the series had its 1000th episode in 2016.
Paul was discovered when he was interviewed about his passion for oak furniture by a team from BBC Bristol. This was the extent of his previous television experience! The team was so impressed by his natural confidence in front of the camera that he was signed up immediately to present the BBC daytime antiques show.
Paul owned an antique shop specialising in 17th & 18th century English and Welsh oak furniture until his television commitments meant that he could not give the business enough of his time. He is obsessed with beautiful furniture and is most eloquent when talking about the look, feel andsmell of wood.
Paul travelled around the UK filming FLOG IT! which meant he was in and out of auction houses and meeting craftsmen all the time. He says “I have learned so much. Meeting people in the antiques trade or people who make their living by skills learned over decades is always a treat.”
Paul was educated at Falmouth Grammar School in Cornwall and studied art and woodwork at Falmouth College. He spent two years as a scenic painter on film sets at Pinewood Studios. From the age of 25 he ran a pitch on Portobello Road and participated in various shop-share schemes. Later Paul worked as an antiques props stylist for magazines like Marie Claire and New Woman, and designed antique sets for TV shoots for the Clothes Show and Granada TV.
Paul enjoys drumming and in the early 90’s played in rock bands like `The Quire Boys’ and the ‘Dogs D’Amour’. He still loves to play in local jazz and blues bands.
He has presented two series of the BBC1 prime-time series BRITAIN’S HIDDEN HERITAGE, THE MANOR REBORN also for BBC1, and PAUL MARTIN’S HANDMADE REVOLUTION- a search for Britain’s brightest and best amateur designer-makers - for BBC2. He has also presented A HISTORY OF WALLPAPER for BBC4 and the ITV series I NEVER KNEW THAT ABOUT BRITAIN.
He has presented two series of STREET AUCTION and MAKE ME A DEALER. His quiz show CURIOSITY was recently broadcast.
Paul has an art and antiques gallery in The Cotswold market town of Corsham, The Table Gallery (please add link Jos)
Paul’s book Paul Martin: My World of Antiques was published in November 2018. In the book Paul reveals hitherto untold stories of fantastic artefact finds, and tells us about the key to success in trading antiques
Paul lives in Wiltshire with his wife and two young children who feature regularly, together with their smallholding, in the BBC1 daytime series COUNTRYFILE DIARIES.
Sir Trevor McDonald OBE was born and educated in Trinidad in the West Indies where his career in the media began, first as a radio reporter, news presenter and sports journalist. On his first major assignment there, he was sent to London (1962) to report on talks at Marlborough House which culminated in setting a date for Trinidad's Independence.
Sir Trevor came to London in August 1969 to work as a Producer in the BBC Overseas Regional Service at Bush House in the Aldwych. He went on to produce Current Affairs programmes for the BBC WORLD Service and in that capacity worked on the initiation of a number of shows like THE WORLD TODAY which are still part of the BBC World Service schedule.
In 1973 he joined ITN as a General Reporter. His first major assignment was in Northern Ireland where he covered the Province's 'troubles' for more than a decade. He also reported from Dublin, Rome, Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg on negotiations about the terms of Britain's membership and earliest days of the then Common Market - now the EU.
Covering sport and politics Sir Trevor travelled to Argentina, Australia and the West Indies before becoming Diplomatic Correspondent and Presenter of Channel Four News in 1982. In that capacity he reported from every Continent, covering events and conducting interviews in Egypt, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, India, Pakistan, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, the Soviet Union and Hong Kong. During this time he also worked extensively in the United States reporting on the unfolding events at the United Nations during the Falklands War, from New York and from Washington, as well as covering a number of Presidential and Congressional Campaigns. Sir Trevor reported on Soviet Communist Party Conferences from the time of President Brezhnev and returned to Moscow and to Washington to report on East West Summit meetings, prominently among them... those between Reagan and Gorbachev. His coverage of the ' people power ' Philippine Elections in 1985 won a BAFTA Award for Channel Four News.
When not working abroad, Sir Trevor began his career as an ITN Presenter. He anchored every ITN News programme - from what used to be the News at One, the News at 5.40 and 6.30 to the flagship and award winning News At Ten. And not just from London, but from news locations around the world. He became Diplomatic Editor in 1982 and in February 1990, after several visits to Southern Africa, went back to Johannesburg to report on Nelson Mandela's release and to do the first British Television interview with the ANC leader for ITN. In November of that same year, just before the start of the first Gulf War, he did the first and still the only British television interview with former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
In the ensuing years at ITN, Sir Trevor conducted the most important television interviews of his time: with Libyan President Colonel Gaddafi, with the former PLO leader Yasser Arafat, with President Bill Clinton, and Secretary of State Colin Powell along with a number of American Presidential candidates and Congressional leaders.
Sir Trevor became the first sole Presenter of News At Ten in 1992 and anchored the Late Evening News until December 2005. By then he had received more awards than any other news broadcaster in Britain. His awards include the Richard Dimbleby Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society Gold Medal for his Outstanding Contribution to Television News (1998), the National Television Award for Outstanding Commitment to Television (2003) presented to him on live television by the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and the Royal Television Society’s Judges’ Award (2005). He was named Newscaster of the year in 1993, 1997 and 1999 and has regularly topped the polls as the most authoritative and trustworthy news presenter. He has received Honorary Degrees from at least eight Universities
From 1999 to December 2007 Sir Trevor presented ITV's bi weekly flagship Current Affairs programme, Tonight, during which time he interviewed President Bush on two occasions and political figures like Tony Blair, Secretary of State Rice, Hilary Clinton and other senior politicians. In January 2008 Sir Trevor returned to ITV News, for one year, to co-present the re-launched News at Ten.
He has presented many documentaries for ITV1; including Secret Caribbean, Secret Mediterranean, The Mighty Mississippi, Inside Death Row, Women Behind Bars, The Mafia and Mafia Women, Death Row: The New Arrivals, James Bulger: A Mother’s Story, Martyn Luther King, Sir Trevor McDonald: Return to South Africa, To Catch A Serial Killer and Fred and Rose West: the Real Story with Trevor McDonald. More recently: Trevor McDonald’s Indian Train Adventure and Britain’s Greatest National Treasures
In May 2018 Sir Trevor co-presented Invitation to A Royal Wedding a documentary on ITV1 about Royal weddings over the years. Sir Trevor has done charitable work for the Prince's Trust, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Playing Fields Association, Sight Savers, the Royal National Institute for the Blind, the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Deaf (which became know later as Sound Seekers), Macmillan Cancer Research and the Leukaemia Trust. He serves as Patron, Chairman, President or Vice President in a number of other charitable organisations including National Children's Homes, the Shooting Star Children's Hospice, the Friends of Barnes Hospital and De Paul Trust. He has also helped to promote the work of St John Ambulance, and organisations dealing with awareness of the problems surrounding Sickle Cell, Autism and homelessness among young people.
He travelled to many parts of the country to speak in his capacity as Chairman of the Better English Campaign under the last Conservative Government, was co chair of a Nuffield Foundation Inquiry into the Teaching of Foreign Languages in British Schools for which he was honoured by the French and German Governments, has been involved in a number of campaigns to encourage young children to read more widely, and speaks regularly to schools and colleges. He has also held the position of Chancellor of London South Bank University. Sir Trevor was awarded the OBE in 1992 and was awarded a Knighthood in 1999. His autobiography AN IMPROBABLE LIFE will published in October in his 80th year
Occupation: Writer, filmmaker
"Jonathan Meades has been compared favourably to Rabelais and flatteringly to Swift. The truth is that he outstrips both in the gaudiness of his imagination." Henry Hitchings, TLS, "For the last thirty years Britain's most consistently surprising and informative writer on the built environment." Owen Hatherley, LRB
Meades was born in Salisbury and educated there and in the west of England. He subsequently went to RADA. When he left, the Principal, Hugh Crutwell, told him: "You'll be a very successful character actor - when you're middle aged." Expecting to be resting for a couple of decades he began writing. Many years later Crutwell said "I was right - what I didn't know was that the character would be called Jonathan Meades."
His books include three works of fiction – FILTHY ENGLISH, "Dense with the imagery of evisceration...A marvellously potent vision." Nicholas Shakespeare, The Times "A highly original imagination...it is also undeniably horrible." Robert Nye, The Guardian "Reaches into parts of society more sensitive black comedians might well retch away from." Valentine Cunningham, The Observer
POMPEY "If Meades was a racehorse you'd be calling for a steward's enquiry. There's something in his feed which definitely gives him the lot." Iain Sinclair, Kaleidoscope. "Disgusting and brilliant" Paul Spike, Vogue "Any page comes crammed with more freewheeling invention than any writers achieve in a lifetime." Tom Shone, Sunday Times "There is more invention in a single page of Pompey than many British writers manage in fifty." Richard Preston, Daily Telegraph
THE FOWLER FAMILY BUSINESS " A brilliant novel...Meades is a genius at provoking horrid laughter." Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard "This comedy is not so much black as draped in sackcloth and ashes." Bel Mooney, The Times
His non fiction includes PETER KNOWS WHAT DICK LIKES "The pieces selected here prove his gift for reaching sideways out of aesthetics and bringing in the sociology and the politics as well, with no care for who gets offended." Clive James
INCEST AND MORRIS DANCING.
MUSEUM WITHOUT WALLS which comprises essays, scripts and squibs on urbanistic, topographical and architectural subjects. It was chosen as a book of the year by thirteen writers, among them: Nigel Jones in the Sunday Telegraph: "Meades is a national treasure - original, quirky, fearless and often quite right." Anthony Quinn in Metro "Sceptical, forthright, unbiddable and seriously droll." In the RIBA Journal Douglas Murphy described Meades as "One of the best writers on architecture this island has produced." Jonathan Glancey in Architectural Review praised his "Highly charged rants underpinned by a dazzling display of wordplay." Rowan Moore wrote in the Observer that "The idea is not just to describe actual places, but to invent, to create out of observed reality imagined realms that did not previously exist." In the Guardian Andy Beckett wrote:"The sentences zigzag between the lordly and the thuggish, between high culture and low, between grand assertion and intricate description."
AN ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF MYSELF
Winner of Best Memoir in the Spear's Book Awards 2014 'Nothing wilfully invented. Memory invents unbidden.' The 1950s were not grey. In Jonathan Meades’s detailed, petit-point memoir they are luridly polychromatic. They were peopled by embittered grotesques, bogus majors, vicious spinsters, reckless bohos, pompous boors, suicides. Death went dogging everywhere. Salisbury, where he was brought up, had two industries: God and the Cold War, both of which provided a cast of adults for the child to scrutinise – desiccated God-botherers on the one hand, gung-ho chemical warriors on the other. The title is grossly inaccurate. This book is, rather, a portrait of a disappeared provincial England, a time and place unpeeled with gruesome relish. Buy it here. Read extracts here and here. What the reviewers said:
'I loved this book. Meades is a very great prose stylist, with a dandy's delight in the sound and feel of words, and we are lucky to have him.' Ian Thomson, Spectator 'Pathologically observant, his memoir is quite the most brilliant, bracing but hairshirtless social history of mid-20th century provincial England that I have yet and, likely, will ever read.' Caroline Jackson, Country Life 'The richness of the vocabulary is as pleasurable as his honesty is bald... what can appear as isolated jottings in the end come together in a pointillist canvas to form by far the best picture of the 1950s I have read.' George Walden, The Times 'A symphonic poem about post-war England and Englishness...a masterpiece.' Roger Lewis, Financial Times 'Sulphurously opinionated... a dazzling confection of grown-up sophistication and schoolboy intensity of feeling.' Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph
'Meades has an endless curiosity about people and what becomes of them; his writing gives the everyday world of 1950s Britain a full colour, respiring immediacy... It's a true literary achievement.' Simon Heffer, Literary Review.
His most recent book is The Plagiarist In The Kitchen, (Unbound 2017)
'This year's best cookbook.' Rowley Leigh, Financial Times
'Hilariously Grumpy ' David Hare, Guardian
'The final joke, of course, is that Meades has made a cookbook that is itself a work of literary art. Chapeau.' Steven Poole, Guardian
'Meades is just the right sort of elitist; one who despairs of cant and therefore of fashion, but who is wise enough to leave the door to his mind ajar. The Plagiarist in the Kitchen is the anti-cookbook of the year. ' Alex Massie CapX
A new colelction of journalism, essays and diversions Pedro and Ricky Come Again will be published in autumn 2020
Since the mid 80s he has written and performed in some sixty television shows on predominantly topographical subjects such as self-built shacks, the utopian avoidance of right angles, the lure of vertigo, the deleterious effects of garden cities, the buildings occasioned by beer, Birmingham’s appeal, megastructures, Worcestershire, the everyday surrealism of Belgium: certain of these are available on The Jonathan Meades Collection DVD.
Magnetic North (2008) - a journey from Flanders to Helsinki - was described by Robert Hanks in the Independent as having ‘a sweep, an intellectual confidence and a sense of mischief you won’t find anywhere else on TV. Meades is an artist of television.’
The 2009 series Off Kilter was described by Simon Heffer in the Daily Telegraph as ‘a masterpiece’.
Jeremy Paxman is an award-winning journalist, author and television presenter. Beginning his career covering The Troubles in Northern Ireland for three years, he then spent 8 years reporting from around the world for the BBC, before becoming anchorman of the BBC’s nightly news analysis programme, Newsnight in 1989, a post he held for 25 years. He has been chairman of University Challenge since 1994.
In May 2015 and June 2017, he anchored Channel 4's Election Night coverage. He is the author of numerous documentaries and documentary series – on the history of the British Empire, on the poet Wilfred Owen, on Victorian art, on Churchill’s funeral and on the effect of the First World War on Great Britain.
In the last few years, he has presented 3 current affairs documentaries for BBC1 Paxman on Brussels: Who Really Rules Us?, Paxman on Trump v Clinton: Divided America and Trump’s First 100 Days. In February 2019, his two-part documentary PAXMAN ON THE QUEEN’S CHILDREN was broadcast on Channel 5.
His 2014 one-man show PAXO at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was a critically acclaimed sell-out.
Jeremy Paxman was born in Yorkshire in 1950, educated at Malvern College in Worcestershire and received his degree (in English) from St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He is an honorary fellow there, and a Fellow by Special Election at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He holds honorary doctorates from Leeds, Bradford and the Open University.
He is the author of ten books, including The English - Portrait of a People; The Political Animal; On Royalty; The Victorians; Empire - What Ruling the World Did to the British. Great Britain’s Great War was published in October 2013. His memoirs A Life in Questions was published in October 2016. He is currently writing a book about coal.
He is a columnist at SAGA Magazine.
His charitable interests include homelessness, mental health and education. In his spare time, he goes fly-fishing and is the editor of Fish, Fishing and the Meaning of Life. He doesn’t go anywhere without Derek, his rescue dog.
Occupation: Author, Broadcaster, Writer
TIM RICE has worked in music, theatre and films since 1965 when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim’s ambitions to write rock or pop songs they turned their attention to Andrew’s obsession – musical theatre. Their first collaboration (lyrics by Tim, music by Andrew) was based on the life of Dr. Thomas Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist, The Likes Of Us. Their next three works together were much more successful – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.
Tim has since worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast), Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess), and Stuart Brayson (From Here To Eternity). He also wrote two songs with the late Freddie Mercury, featured on Freddie’s album Barcelona with Montserrat Caballé.
He has recently written new material with Sir Elton for the 2019 release of The Lion King as he did with Alan Menken for the 2017 release of Beauty and the Beast.
Tim founded his own cricket team in 1973, which played its 700th match in 2019, and was President of MCC, founded in 1789, in 2002. He was appointed President of the London Library in 2017 in succession to Sir Tom Stoppard. He is a Trustee of Sunderland FC’s Foundation of Light and a Life Vice-President of the schools/cricket charity Chance to Shine. He is a regular broadcaster/presenter on BBC Radio 2, drawing on his extensive knowledge of the history of popular music since Elvis was a lad. He has won several awards*, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up.
*if you need the details, leading awards include 3 Oscars, 4 Tonys, 5 Grammys, 1 Emmy (thus an EGOT). Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. Songwriters Hall of Fame. Lotsa UK awards notably 13 Ivor Novello Awards and British Songwriters Academy Fellowship.
Stuart Rose has worked in retail since 1971 when he joined Marks & Spencer as a management trainee.
After holding a number of senior positions he then moved to the Burton Group in 1989 becoming Chief Executive of the Multiples Division in 1997. He was subsequently CEO of Argos plc and Booker plc, returning to M&S as CEO in 2004.
He became Chairman and CEO in 2006 before leaving the group in 2010. He is currently Chairman of Ocado plc, Zenith Automotive, FatFace and MAF Retail, and a senior advisor to HSBC.
He was Chairman of the British Fashion Council from 2004 – 2008 and Business in the Community from 2008 – 2010.
He was knighted for services to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility in 2008 and created a life peer in 2014.
Occupation: Author, Broadcaster, Journalist
John Sergeant is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, as well as a much talked-about contestant on STRICTLY COME DANCING, a regular contributor to the BBC's ONE SHOW, the first host of the comedy panel game ARGUMENTAL on the Dave Channel, and presenter of the ITV series JOHN SERGEANT'S TOURIST TRAIL and the BBC’s series on the history of the Indian Railways TRACKS OF EMPIRE. John was the voice of ITV’s popular GRIMEFIGHTER series, presented a mock documentary for BBC2 JOHN SERGEANT MEETS RAB C NESBITT, and an ITV documentary on Father Christmas, THE SANTA FILES. In 2011 John presented a programme in which he flew a Spitfire, BRITAIN'S FLYING PAST, and also a documentary on the only Vulcan bomber still airborne in the BBC's BRITAIN’S HIDDEN HERITAGE.
In 2012, John presented the BBC2 series BRITAIN'S FIRST PHOTO ALBUM, based on the photographs of Francis Frith, the great Victorian photographer. More recent documentaries, for ITV, include SERGEANT ON SPIKE, a celebrating the genius of Spike Milligan, and a profile of the new royal borough of Greenwich ROYAL GREENWICH. He also presented 3 documentaries for BBC2’s BRITAIN’S FLYING PAST about the Spitfire, the Sea King helicopter and the Lancaster Bomber. He narrated ITV's BOMBER BOYS documentary about the WW2 bombing campaign and was invited to read a poem at the ceremony to unveil the Bomber Command memorial in London. John was also one of the few BBC commentators on the Jubilee River Pageant not to be criticised.
In 2014, he presented BARGING THROUGH BRITAIN for ITV, a series about Britain's canals. The second series was transmitted in the summer of 2016.
John appeared in a three-part series based on a sailing trip along the Scottish sea lochs. He took part in the TV version of JUST A MINUTE and was the host for the return of a new series of YES PRIME MINISTER.
In July 2018 John was one of the presenters of POMPEII’S FINAL HOURS: NEW EVIDENCE on Channel 5. In November 2018 John and his old friend and colleague Michael Buerk, both keen sailors, sailed around Britain for Channel 5 in BRITAIN BY BOAT.
A guest on a wide range of radio and TV programmes, including HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, ROOM 101, QI, QUESTION TIME, and ANY QUESTIONS, John is also a frequent after dinner speaker and host of awards ceremonies. He spent six years touring his one-man show "An Evening with John Sergeant".
John has written two books which made it to the best seller lists: his memoirs, GIVE ME TEN SECONDS and an account of the last part of Baroness Thatcher’s career, “MAGGIE: HER FATAL LEGACY.
John’s first BBC television appearance was in 1966 a few months after graduating from Magdalen College, Oxford where he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He took part in Alan Bennett’s comedy series, ON THE MARGIN which won a Royal Television Society award for Comedy of the Year. John then became a journalist, training on the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo before joining the BBC staff in 1970. He reported from 25 countries and he covered a number of conflicts, including the Vietnam War and the troubles in Northern Ireland, before settling down at Westminster. He was chief political correspondent of the BBC for 12 years. His most famous broadcast was with Margaret Thatcher outside the British Embassy in Paris in 1990 when she heard the devastating result of the leadership contest with Michael Heseltine which would lead to her resignation as prime minister two days later. After thirty years with the corporation, he moved to ITV where he was political editor of ITN from 2000 to 2003. Since then he has worked as a freelance, taking on a variety of roles, including becoming president of the Johnson Society of Lichfield.
John has been married for over 40 years and lives with his wife, Mary, in Ealing. They have two grown up sons, both of whom work in television.
Alastair Stewart presents a range of news and current affairs programmes on the ITV network including “THE ITV EVENING NEWS” and "THE ITV LUNCHTIME NEWS". In April 2010, he moderated the first ever live TV debate between the Party Leaders, ahead of the General Election. More recently Alastair has moderated debates on Channel 5 on the subjects of Brexit and Knife Crime.
His career started in 1976 with ITV's Southern Television, in Southampton. He was a reporter, industrial correspondent, presenter and documentary maker. He recorded one of the last interviews with Lord Mountbatten, and even spent six weeks in Ford Open prison to make a half hour documentary.
Alastair joined ITN as an industrial Correspondent in 1980 and had his first taste of newscasting one year later.
He originally joined New at Ten in May 1989 from ITN’s News at 5.40, which he presented from September 1986. Before that, he spent three years as a presenter and reporter with ITN’s CHANNEL FOUR NEWS. He also presented ITN’s “THE PARLIAMENT PROGRAMME” for Channel Four. He is one of the very few people who has, at one time or another, presented all of ITN’s main news programmes.
In 1990 he was appointed ITN's Washington Correspondent, an assignment abruptly interrupted by the first Gulf War. He was sent to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to anchor ITN’s coverage. He presented News at Ten, live from Saudi Arabia, for two months. At the end of February 1991, Alastair was the first British television reporter to broadcast, live, from the liberated Kuwait City. He presented News at Ten from Kuwait for a week before returning to the UK.
Alastair subsequently presented Scottish TV’s special coverage of the gulf War Service of Thanksgiving, attended by HM the Queen, for the ITV network.
Away from 1TN, in 1994, he presented ALASTAIR STEWART’S SUNDAY for BBC Radio 5 before moving to host ALASTAIR STEWART’S SUNDAY PROGRAMME for GMTV which he presented until July 2001. From 1993 until 2009, he presented ITV London's “LONDON TONIGHT”.
He returned to ITV News as an anchor on the ITV NEWS CHANNEL for the 2003 Iraq War, the channel’s Local Government Elections coverage and a special programme on the European Single Currency. He went on to present his own news and interview strand "LIVE WITH ALASTAIR" for which he won the Royal Television Society's Presenter of the Year Award in 2005.
ITN’s network coverage of the 1992 Budget saw the ninth year of Alastair’s involvement in the presentation of this special programme for ITV. It was his fifth year anchoring the programme having taken the role from Sir Alastair Burnet. Since his return to ITV News, he has been a regular presenter of Budget programmes.
Alastair anchored the 2010 General Election for ITV having co-anchored the 1987 General Election with Sir Alastair Burnet, the 1992 General Election with Jon Snow; and the 1997 and 2005 General Elections with Jonathon Dimbleby.
He has presented many of ITN’s other special programmes on the ITV network including the State Openings of Parliament, numerous by-elections, State Visits and for the Royal Weddings of the Prince and Princess of Wales and Duke and Duchess of York. Alastair provided live coverage of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster as the details of the tragedy unfolded. A two minute news-flash became an unscripted, one hour special programme.
He also anchored, with Sandy Gall, ITN’s award winning coverage on the night of the bombing of the PanAm jet over Lockerbie; he also presented ITV’s network coverage of the Memorial Service for the victims. He anchored the ITV Network coverage of the funeral of Pope John Paul II and of the resignation of Tony Blair. In July 2006, at the out-break of the Israeli-Lebanon conflict, he presented all three ITV News network bulletins, for five days, from Beirut.
He jointly presented “CITIES AT WAR” and LEGACY OF WAR” with the late Walter Cronkite for ITV and America’s Public Service Broadcasting network.
Alastair has presented “UNBELIEVABLE MOMENTS-CAUGHT ON CAMERA”” for ITV since 2014.
Alastair Stewart studied economics, politics and sociology at Bristol University and was Deputy President of the National Union of Students, 1974-76.
In the charity world and voluntary sector, Alastair is Vice President of both ACTION FOR CHILDREN and HOMESTART. He is also a Patron of the LORD MAYOR TRELOAR COLLEGE for disabled students; the disablism charity SCOPE; the mental health charity SANE; the medical research charity, HOPE; the CRIMESTOPPERS TRUST; KIDS4KIDS; the brain tumour SAMANTHA DICKSON RESEARCH TRUST; JUST A DROP; the LOOMBA TRUST; and MOMO HELPS, Mo Mowlam's charitable trust; he is a vice Patron of THE ZITO TRUST and THE MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION and an Ambassador for INVESTORS IN PEOPLE, CRISIS – the homeless charity - and CARE INTERNATIONAL.
Alastair is a Governor of Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication. He is a former Trustee of the Royal Air Force Museum. In 1998, he was the subject of “THIS IS YOUR LIFE”. In 2002, he won “THE FACE OF LONDON” award from THE ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY and, in 2005, was the THE ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY’S “PRESENTER OF THE YEAR”.
In 2006, he was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his work in broadcasting and for charity. In 2008, he was made an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of Bristol. In 2010, he was made an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of Plymouth.
Alastair is involved with a large number of corporate events each year and gets multiple repeat requests. He is acknowledged to be one of the most accomplished conference hosts/moderators on the circuit.