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

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Hart, Norman Antony [Tony] (1925–2009), artist and television presenter, was born at 90 Hastings Road, Maidstone, Kent, on 15 October 1925, the son of Norman Chandler Hart (1890–1970), a local government clerk and amateur cartoonist, and his wife, Evelyn Emma, née Dyke (1897–1981)...

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Norman Antony Hart [Tony] (1925–2009) by T. Topsham, 1993 © TV Times / Scope Features

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Arthur George Negus (1903–1985) by unknown photographer BBC Radio Times Archive

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Negus, Arthur George (1903–1985), antiques expert and broadcaster, was born on 29 March 1903 in Reading, Berkshire, the only child of Arthur George Negus (d. 1920), cabinet-maker, from Huntingdonshire, and his wife, Amy Julia Worsley (d. 1925). He left Reading School...

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Nuttgens, Patrick John (1930–2004), architect, broadcaster, and educationist, was born on 2 March 1930 at The Studio, Whiteleaf, Monks Risborough, Buckinghamshire, the second son and third of four children of Joseph Edward Nuttgens (1892–1982), professionally known as J. E. Nuttgens, a stained-glass artist of German origin, and his first wife, ...

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Robinson, John Ebdon [known as John Ebdon] (1923–2005), planetarium director and broadcaster, was born on 22 December 1923 at Durham House, 102 Crouch Hill, London, the son of William Ewart Robinson, export and import merchant, of 109 rue du Relais, Ixelles, Brussels...

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Routh, John Reginald Surdeval [Jonathan] (1927–2008), television presenter, author, and painter, was born at Northwoods, Gosport Road, Bridgemary, near Gosport, Hampshire, on 24 November 1927, the only son of Captain (later Colonel) Herbert Charles Edric Routh (1894–1984), Royal Artillery officer, and his wife, ...

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John Reginald Surdeval Routh (1927–2008) by unknown photographer Rex Features

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Brian Alfred Christopher Bushell Sewell (1931–2015), by John Vere Brown, 1961

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Sewell, Brian Alfred Christopher Bushell (1931–2015), art critic and broadcaster, was born Brian Alfred Christopher Bushell Perkins at 20 Rivercourt Road, Hammersmith, London, on 15 July 1931, the son of Mary Jessica Perkins (1901–1996), a private secretary. His father was not named on his birth certificate. He was brought up by his mother and stepfather, ...