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Amis, John Preston (1922–2013), music critic and broadcaster, was born on 17 June 1922 in a nursing home at 80 Thurlow Park Road, Dulwich, London, the younger child of James Preston Amis (1886–1980) and his wife, Florence Mary, née Weight (1890–1963). At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Anderson [married name Sykes], Marjorie Enid (1913–1999), radio broadcaster, was born on 7 November 1913 at 35 Barton Street, London, the only child of Harold Harry Anderson (d. 1918/19), private secretary, of independent means, and his wife, Charlotte Augusta, née Boyle (...

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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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(Leslie Thomas) John Arlott (1914–1991) by unknown photographer, 1955 © Empics

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Arlott, (Leslie Thomas) John (1914–1991), writer and broadcaster, was born at Cemetery Lodge, Chapel Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire, on 25 February 1914, the only son of William John Arlott (1883–1959), cemetery registrar, and his wife, Ellen (Nellie) Jenvey-Clarke (c.1884–1975). He was educated at ...

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Arnold, Doris Grace (1904–1969), radio presenter and producer, was born at 74 Cecil Road, Wimbledon, Surrey, on 4 November 1904, the daughter of Edward Arnold (b. 1875), a carpenter and joiner, and his wife, Grace Harriet, née Stephens (1882–1943). She attended Tiffin Girls' School...

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Bailey, Trevor Edward (1923–2011), cricketer, broadcaster, and journalist, was born on 3 December 1923 at 11 Imperial Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, the younger son (there were no daughters) of Bertrand Fothergill Bailey (1884–1947), a civil servant at the Admiralty, and his wife, Muriel Elsie, ...

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Trevor Edward Bailey (1923–2011) by unknown photographer, 1955 © Mirrorpix

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William Barclay (1907–1978) by unknown photographer Paternoster Press / Authentic Media; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barclay, William (1907–1978), New Testament scholar, writer, and broadcaster, was born on 5 December 1907 in Wick, Caithness, the only child of William Dugald Barclay (1864–1936), a bank manager and lay evangelist, and his wife, Barbara Linton McLeish (1867–1932). In 1912 the family left for the industrial south-west when ...

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Bartlett, (Charles) Vernon Oldfeld (1894–1983), journalist and broadcaster, was born on 30 April 1894 at Westbury, Wiltshire, the second of the three children and only son of Thomas Oldfeld Bartlett, bank manager, of Swanage, and his wife, Beatrice Mary Jecks. He was educated at ...

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Baseley, (Cyril) Godfrey (1904–1997), radio broadcaster and writer, was born on 2 October 1904 at The Square, Alvechurch, Worcestershire, the second of the three children of Walter Ernest Baseley, master butcher, and his wife, Mary Ellen, née Court. His parents were members of the ...

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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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Sam Hanna Bell (1909–1990) by Doris V. Blair © Mme Doris Bourguignon. Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of the Trustees of the National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland

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Bell, Sam Hanna (1909–1990), writer and broadcaster, was born in Glasgow on 16 October 1909, the eldest of the three sons of James Hanna Bell (1879–1918), a journalist on, and later manager of, the Glasgow Herald, of Ulster descent, and his Ulster-born wife, ...

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Benzie, Isa Donald (1902–1988), radio broadcaster, was born on 4 December 1902 at 157 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, the daughter of Robert Marr Benzie, a chartered accountant, and his wife, Annie Young Lamberton. She attended the city's Laurel Bank School. In 1922 she went up to ...

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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