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Eamonn Andrews (1922–1987) by Godfrey Argent, 1970 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Andrews, Eamonn (1922–1987), radio and television broadcaster, was born on 19 December 1922 at 11 Synge Street, Dublin, Ireland, the second of five children and elder son of William Andrews, carpenter, and his wife, Margaret Farrell. He was educated at a Dublin convent and the ...

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Armfield, James Christopher [Jimmy] (1935–2018), footballer, football manager, and broadcaster, was born on 21 September 1935 at 16 Marina Avenue, Denton, Lancashire (5 miles east of Manchester), the only child of Christopher Armfield (1904–1980), a grocer, and his wife, ...

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Jimmy Armfield (1935–2018), by W&H Talbot Archive, 1963

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Baker, Richard Douglas James (1925–2018), broadcaster and author, was born at 35 Linacre Road, Willesden Green, London, on 15 June 1925, the son of Albert Baker (1884–1974), a plasterer, later jeweller’s assistant, and his wife, Jane Isabel, née Baxter (1897–1997...

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Brian Munro Barron (1940–2009) by unknown photographer, 1980 © UPPA / Photoshot

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Barron, Brian Munro (1940–2009), journalist and broadcaster, was born on 28 April 1940 at Bristol Maternity Hospital, 50 Southwell Street, Clifton, Bristol, the son of Albert Barron, a clerk with an aircraft company, and his wife, Norah Bernadette, née Morgan. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Raymond Frederic Baxter (1922–2006) by unknown photographer, 1951 © BBC

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Baxter, Raymond Frederic (1922–2006), broadcaster and writer, was born on 25 January 1922 at 132 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, Essex, the son of Frederic Garfield Baxter (1881–1968), science teacher, and his wife, Rosina Ellen, née Retzbach (1884–1934), also a teacher. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Wendy Mary Beckett (1930–2018), by Lou Boileau, 2006

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Beckett, Wendy Mary (1930–2018), nun, art historian, and broadcaster, was born on 25 February 1930 in Johannesburg, South Africa, one of three children of Aubrey Cecil Beckett (1897–1961), a banker’s clerk of Irish origin, and his wife, Dorothy, née Sheehan. Through her father she was a distant cousin of the playwright ...

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Bellingham, Lynda [née Meredith Lee Hughes] (1948–2014), actress, broadcaster, and writer, was born on 31 May 1948 in Montreal, Canada, the daughter of Carl Seymour Hutton (1896/7–1959) and Marjorie Bond, née Hughes (1917–2012). At the age of four months she was adopted by an English couple, Capt. ...

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Beningfield, Gordon George (1936–1998), wildlife and countryside artist, naturalist, and broadcaster, was born at his maternal grandmother’s house, 30 Neckinger, Bermondsey, London, on 31 October 1936, the elder son of George Robert Edward Beningfield (1907–1981), a Thames lighterman (and skilled amateur artist), and his wife ...

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Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1955 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's

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Betjeman, Sir John (1906–1984), poet, writer, and broadcaster, was born on 28 August 1906 at 52 Parliament Hill Mansions, north London, the only child of Ernest Edward Betjemann (1872–1934), a furniture manufacturer, and his wife, Mabel Bessie Dawson (1879–1952). The family name, of Dutch or German origin, can be traced back to an immigration in the late eighteenth century. The poet adopted his style of it about the age of twenty-one....

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Bukht, (Mirza) Michael John [pseud. Michael Barry] (1941–2011), broadcasting executive, television presenter, and cookery writer, was born on 10 September 1941 at Ynysarwed Farm, Resolven, Glamorgan, the elder son of Mirza Jawan Bukht (1908–1973), an Indian (later a Pakistani) diplomat, and his wife, ...

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Burnet, Sir James William Alexander [Alastair] (1928–2012), journalist and broadcaster, was born at 2 Storth Avenue, Fulwood, Sheffield, on 12 July 1928, the son of Alexander Burnet (1882–1957), electrical and mechanical engineer, and his wife, Jessy (Schonaid), née Rose (1888–1975). His parents were both Scottish. He went to the ...

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Buxton, Nigel Edward (1924–2015), travel writer and broadcaster, was born on 29 May 1924 at Laureldene, Cowfold, Sussex, one of seven children—six boys and a girl—of Gordon Offord Buxton (1884–1951), chauffeur and factotum, and his wife, Mary Janetta, née Griffiths (...

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Carpenter, Harry Leonard (1925–2010), sports journalist and broadcaster, was born on 17 October 1925 at 110 Portland Road, South Norwood, London, the only child of Harry Carpenter, a fish salesman at Billingsgate fish market, and his wife, Adelaide May, née Lascelles. At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Coleman, David Robert (1926–2013), sports broadcaster and commentator, was born on 26 April 1926 at 24 Carlisle Street, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, the son of David Coleman (1896–1978), civil engineer, and his wife, Violet Mary, née Sutton (1900–1974), both born in Ireland. He was raised in ...