1910? - 1964
Indian-born, appeared in repertory then joined the BBC as newsreader and announcer. Head of BBC TV drama in 1948/49.
1925 - 1997
Radio announcer, disc jockey and actor during his time in Australia from 1948. Then followed McDonald Hobley (qv) as staff announcer on BBC TV in 1956. Appeared in a few films and TV shows. Father of actor Fraser MacIntosh.
1919 - 2005
Saxophonist who played with several bands before forming his own band in 1949. Performed live on BBC Midlands radio and later on the Light Programme and also made records with the band.
1926 - 1988
Actress who made some radio and television app-earances in the mid-1950s before joining TV's 'Harding Finds Out'. Then had her own series 'Highlight' in 1955. Wrote and appeared in the 1958 TV sitcom 'Trouble For Two' with Lorrae Desmond (qv).
1897 - 1975
Canadian-born he joined the BBC as staff organist before the war and became one of its most familiar voices introducing the various shows in which he played the organ.
1908 - 1995
Canadian-born he was a sports commentator, compere and quiz master for the BBC and hosted radio's popular 'Ignorance Is Bliss' and 'Down Your Way' and 'Twenty Questions' in the 1940s.
1905 - 1976
Malayan-born character actor and one-time newsreader for the BBC. Introduced 'Music From The Movies' and 'Music Parade' and appeared on 'Educating Archie' on radio and in many films.
A very familiar face on TV as an announcer in the early days of post-war television. Also did interviews and worked as a compere.
1888 - 1969
Actor who appeared on stage, radio, films and TV as well as writing plays and film scripts.
1905 - 1980
Italian-born violinist and orchestra leader whose face was familiar to TV viewers from the 1940s on. Made many records and his popular orchestra had an instantly recog-nisable sound with its 'cascading strings' effect. Had his own television series and made many radio broadcasts.
1914 - 1969
Actor who made many films and played Paul Temple in 1946, among other appearances on radio. Another distinctive voice.
1921 - 1996
Very deep-voiced actor who appeared in comedy and drama. His own shows were 'Don't Look Now' in 1950 and 'Alfred Marks Time' from 1956.
1917 - 1995
Actress who appeared in many TV plays and series such as 'Fabian Of The Yard' and 'Big Man'.
1918 - 1988
Austrian-born orchestra leader, a regular on radio and television. His first radio series was 'Reprise' in 1947 and he conducted the BBC Northern Variety Orchestra. His shows included 'Quite Contrary', 'Ray's Half Hour' and 'Isn't it Romantic'. He made many records and left the UK for America in 1957.
Singer who appeared in stage revues. In America for four years, she made her TV debut there and returned to the UK to appear in one of ITV's first programmes, 'Friday's Girl' with Malcolm Lockyer (qv) in 1955. Appeared on Tyne Tees Television's 'The Boys Request'.
1915 - 1997
Politician and TV presenter of current affairs programmes such as 'Britain In Decline', a series broadcast in 1956
Comedian and actor who formed a partnership with Terry Scott (qv) and their show 'Great Scott - It's Maynard! was broadcast in 1955/56. He appeared without Scott in 'Mostly Maynard' in 1957 and from 1974 in 'Oh No - It's Selwyn Froggitt' on ITV. Latterly seen in the long-running ITV series 'Heartbeat'. Also made films and appeared on stage.
1908 - 1972
Scottish-born actor in films, radio and TV. In ITV's popular series, 'The Adventures Of Robin Hood'.
1914 - 1983
Australian-born actress who appeared on stage, TV and in films. Starred in the sitcom 'Call Me Sam' in 1959.
1932 - 2015
Actress of much talent who has appeared in many radio, television and film productions, becoming a well-known face on TV in plays and series. Appeared on radio's 'Hancock's Half Hour' in 1952.
1928 - 2009
American-born actor who app-eared on stage in the West End and on TV in 'The Makepeace Story' in 1956. Later played John Drake in the 'Danger Man' ATV series in 1960/61/64 and as Number Six in 'The Prisoner' in 1967/68. Has made numerous films.
Scottish-born pianist. Played with dance bands and with the BBC Showband where he accompanied some famous singers. Played jazz and also scored some music for films.
1907 - 1973
Scottish-born actor, appeared in many radio serials, including 'Paul Temple' and in plays, TV series and in several films.
1911 - 1964
Scottish-born actor who also narrated several programmes and made a few films.
TV presenter of programmes for children like 'Picture Book', 'Studio E' and 'Andy Pandy'. An afternoon hostess on BBC TV and a guest announcer.
Actress who became popular in films in the 1950s and apeared on BBC TV in 'Romeo and Juliet' in 1955, winning an award. Also on stage and in various television dramas and films, notably 'Born Free', with her husband Bill Travers.
1917 - 1981
Canadian-born broadcaster on politics and current affairs. Interviewed many major political figures but most remembered for his coverage of general elections using the famed Swing-ometer.
1908 - 1965
Musician who appeared on Armed Forces Radio and the BBC during the war and with his own orchestra with the recognisable Melacrhino strings. Made many radio and television appearances as well as making records and writing a few film scores.
Actress who made an early appearance in radio's' Hancock's Half Hour' and who frequently appeared on radio and TV thereafter, also acting on stage. Sister of jazz singer George Melly.
1910 - 1983
Berwick-born, he joined the BBC as feature writer and producer. Wrote revues for the theatre and comedy for TV such as 'Raise Your Glasses' in 1962 in which he also appeared together with Arthur Askey (qv). Also heard on radio's 'Brains Trust'.
1923 - 2000
Announcer on BBC Forces Programme - later the Light Programme - who later compered 'Two Way Family Favourites' on radio with her eventual husband Cliff Michelmore (qv), and, in 1950, she presented 'Woman's Hour'.
1928 - 201515:16 15/12/2016
Australian-born actor who appeared on BBC Television in 'Pygmalion' in the 1950's and later found success with his portrayal of Henry VIII in 'The Six Wives Of Henry Eighth' in 1972. Made a few films.
Actor who later became an interviewer for 'In Town Tonight' on BBC radio. He presented 'Housewives Choice' on the Light Programme.Also well-known as an impresario.
1919 - 2016
Joined the British Forces Network as a sports commen-tator and outside broadcaster and introduced 'Two Way Family Favourites' from 1948 to 1950 on radio with his wife Jean Metcalfe (qv). TV debut with 'For the Children' in 1950 and went on to become a familiar face on TV when he presented the long-running 'Tonight ' magazine programme on BBC television from 1957 to 1965. 'Highlight' and '24 Hours' were other programmes he was involved with.
Mick and Montmorency
? - and 1925 - 2006
Jack Edwardes (Mick) and partner Charlie Drake (Montmorency), a comedy duo of varying heights who appeared in the children's shows 'Jigsaw' and 'Mick And Montmorency', later retitled 'Jobstoppers' in 1955 on ITV. Split up when Charlie Drake wanted to try adult TV with which he had much success with his own shows, 'Drake', 'The Charlie Drake Show' and 'The Worker' in the 1950s and 60s, also making some films and hit records. Later appeared in straight acting roles. 'Hello My Darlings' was his catch-phrase.
1926 - 2016
Irish-born actress who appeared many times on television, films and on stage.
(Sir, later Lord) Bernard Miles
1907 - 1991
Well-known character actor on stage, films, radio and TV who first broadcast in 1935. TV debut in 'Mixed Bull' in 1946. Founded his own theatre, The Mermaid in 1951. Also appeared in TV commercials for Mackeson stout.
1919 - 1971
New Zealand-born, he began his career as an announcer in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. His first UK broadcast was in 'Radio Forfeits' on the BBC and his first TV show was 'Michael Miles' House Party' in 1951. Presented the popular game show 'Take Your Pick' on ITV from 1955 to 1968 and the later show, 'Wheel Of Fortune'.
Tynemouth-born singer who sang in the chorus with the Carl Rosa Opera Company and toured in 'Zip Goes A Million' where she was 'discovered' by comedian Charlie Chester (qv).
1894 - 1963
Legendary British comedian, billed as the 'Cheeky Chappie'. Wearing plus fours, white hat and kipper tie he was at his peak in the forties and fifties. His quick wit, timing and risque humour made him popular with theatre and radio audiences of the period. Sang songs in his act and also made some films.
Spike (Terence) Milligan
1918 - 2002
Indian-born, former musician who turned to comedy and scriptwriting. Famous for his appearances in 'The Goon Show' on radio, and author of several children's books and auto-biographies. He appeared in many television shows including 'A Show Called Fred', 'Son Of Fred', 'Q' and 'Curry And Chips'. A unique entertainer whose often bizarre and surreal comedy won him many admirers.
1905 - 1985
Scots-born announcer and commentator on BBC television before and after the war. Joined Associated Red-iffusion in 1955 with the birth of Independent Television where he both conducted interviews and chaired discussion programmes. Later freelance, had his own Tyne-Tees Television prog-ramme 'Those Wonderful Years'. Well known as the voice of British Movietone News in the cinema.
1917 - 2002
Scots-born, he formed choirs while in the Forces and then formed The George Mitchell Choir in the 1950s, later becoming the George Mitchell Minstrels. They appeared in 'The Black and White Minstrel Show' on television until 1978, when the show was taken off.
1925 - 1979
Actress first appearing on TV in 1952, but famous for her role in the 1954 adaptation of George Orwell's '1984' opposite Peter Cushing (qv). Also in several prominent film roles.
1928 - 2003
Popular comedian whose early partnership with Denis Goodwin (qv) began in 1949. Together they wrote scripts both for themselves and for other comics, and appeared in 'Fast and Loose' on BBC in 1954. The partnership split up in 1962 after which he became a very successfull entertainer, incl-uding as a game show host in TV's 'Candid Camera' (1960-1967), compere of The Golden Shot (1967-1975) and many others shows.
Morecambe and Wise
1926 - 1984 and 1925 - 1999
Hugely popular and well-loved comedians who met on Bryan Michies' (qv) 'Discoveries' as schoolboys. First broadcast in 1943 in 'Youth Must Have Its Swing'. Their show 'Running Wild' in 1954 flopped, but after appearances on the Winifred Atwell (qv) Show' in 1956 they bounced back with their own show in 1961, continuing om both BBC and ITV until 1983, their Christmas Shows becoming almost a national institution.
1909 - 1978
Character actor who achieved fame as Professor Quatermas in 'Quatermas and The Pit' in 1958. Many other TV, radio and film appearances.
1898 - 1983
Welsh-born comedian who began in 'Welsh Rarebit' in 1949. Appeared on 'The Frankie Howerd Show' on radio and TV and in 'Educating Archie'. Noted for her infectious laugh.
1928 - 2001
Australian-born model who had a few film parts and became hostess on BBC TV's 'Dancing Club'.
Moris, Marty and Mitch
??; 1934 - 1982; ??
Comedy act who made their debut on 'Showcase' in 1955. Also in the first TV version of The Billy Cotton Band Show. Trumpeter Marty eventually became better known as writer and comedian, Marty Feldman.
1896 - 1960
Middlesbrough-born comic who starred in 'Club Night' on the BBC from 1950 to 1956, later transferring to television with Joe Gladwin and Fred Ferris. Also in 'The Artful Dodger' in 1959. A straw hat, glasses and a cigar were his trademark props.
1916 - 1999
Welsh-born entertainer who appeared in his own series 'Johhny's Jaunt' and was the Hot Chestnut Man on Children's TV in 'Playbox'. Also in 'Animal Magic' from 1962 to 1983 in which he did funny voices for the animals while appearing as a zookeeper. Also presented his travel experiences on radio in which he amusingly related his exploits abroad and did the voices of people he encountered, for example on a trip to the USA.
1921 - 1968
Welsh-born, appeared in 'Stars In Battledress' during the war and in 'The Charlie Chester Show' in 1949. On TV in 'The Arthur Haynes Show' in 1957 with Joan Savage (qv) with whom he had by then teamed and married, playing the piano while she sang.
1930 - 1998
Attractive actress who married Ronnie Waldman (qv), Head of Light Entertainment at the BBC. Appeared in several TV and radio plays and also in the theatre. Made a name for herself in films and in the hugely popular series 'The Forsyte Saga' in 1967 and was in 'Howard's Way' in the 1980's. Also a TV panellist.
Canadian-born, fast-talking com-edienne who appeared in 'Meet Libby Morris' and 'Two's Company', both 1956. Later in 'Space Patrol' and 'Alexander the Greatest'.
1904 - 1975
Actor who appeared in many films and on TV in 'Silk, Satin, Cotton, Rags' in 1952 and 'Our Man at St Mark's' in 1963 and in many other roles.
1903 - 1990
Controversial ex-journalist, regarded by many as pompous, he became a well known reporter for 'Panorama' in the 1950's and interviewer in 'Appointment With' (1960/61) and 'Let Me Speak' (1964/65).
1914 - 1979
American-born, originally a song and dance act but became an actress. Appeared on 'Tall Story Club' on BBC in the mid-1950's and in several film parts. Her biggest success was as Janet in the 'Dr Finlay's Casebook' series in the 1960's.
1907 - 1990
First broadcast in 'Band Waggon' where he met Arthur Askey (qv). A regular in radio's popular 'Much-Binding-In-The-Marsh' as 'Stinker' Murdoch (catch-phrase 'Have you read any good books recently?') and later on TV with Arthur Askey in 'Living It Up' and in 'Beside The Seaside', both 1957. Later in the comedy series 'The Men From The Ministry' with Wilfred Hyde-White and Deryck Guyler, (both qv).
1929 - 2014
Joined her parent's variety act but later fulfilled her ambition to be an actress, appearing in Rank films in the late 1940's and 1950's. In 'Never A Cross Word', a sitcom on ITV in 1968 and in ITV's 'The Power Game' (1965 to 1969) as Lady Wilder, and several other series.
Chic Murray and Maidie
1919 - 1985 ?? _
Both Scots-born, formed a comedy act together (and later married), touring variety theatres and appearing on TV, in 'Garrison Theatre' and 'Young And Foolish' in 1956 on ATV. Maidie played the accordion while Chic made droll comments and they sang songs together. When the diminutive Maidie retired, Chic carried on as a unique solo act, wearing a flat-cap or 'bonnet', and with his own unique brand of surreal humour.
Actor who joined Radio Luxembourg and came to the BBC Light Programme in 1958. Introduced pop programmes 'The Six Five Special' and 'Juke Box Jury' on TV and moved to pirate radio. Later on Radio 1 and Radio 2.
1912 - 1983
Actor who made many broadcasts as well as appearing on stage. In long-running radio comedy 'The Navy Lark'.
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