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Douglas Noël Adams (1952–2001) by Brian Griffin, 1986 © Brian Griffin; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Adams, Douglas Noël (1952–2001), writer, was born on 11 March 1952 at the maternity hospital in Cambridge, the son of Christopher Douglas Adams (d. 1985) and his wife, Janet Dora Sydney, née Donovan.

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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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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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Bridson, (Douglas) Geoffrey (1910–1980), writer and radio broadcaster, was born on 21 August 1910 at Heaton Norris, near Stockport, the only child of John Douglas Bridson, a Manx shipping manager, of Stockport, and his wife, Marion (1883/4–1967), daughter of Josiah Barlow, of Rawtenstall...

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Bullett, Gerald William (1893–1958), writer and broadcaster, was born on 30 December 1893 at 107 Brockley Rise, Forest Hill, London, the third of the three sons of Robert Bullett (1851–1914), a schoolmaster, later a coal agent, and Ellen, née Pegg (1848–1904), a farmer's daughter from ...

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Clarke, Augustine Joseph [Austin] (1896–1974), writer and radio broadcaster, was born on 9 May 1896 at 83 Manor Street, Dublin, the eleventh of twelve children (four of whom survived to adulthood) of Augustine Matthew Clarke (d. 1918), plumber, son of Denis Clarke...

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Alan Coren (1938–2007) by Terry O'Neill, 1990 Getty Images

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Coren, Alan (1938–2007), humorous writer, was born on 27 June 1938 at 2 Queensdown Road, Hackney, London, the son of Samuel Coren, builder and plumber, and his wife, Martha, née Coren, hairdresser. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Davies, Aneirin Talfan [Aneirin ap Talfan] (1909–1980), author and broadcaster, was born on 11 May 1909 at Islwyn, Felindre, near Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire, the second of the four sons of William Talfan Davies (1873–1938), Calvinistic Methodist minister, and his wife, Alys, née Jones (1878–1948)...

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Geoffrey Dearmer (1893–1996) by Tim Bishop, 1993 © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dearmer, Geoffrey (1893–1996), writer and radio broadcaster, was born on 21 March 1893 at 59 South Lambeth Road, London, the elder son of Percy Dearmer (1867–1936), Church of England clergyman and liturgist, and his wife, (Jessie) Mabel Pritchard White (1872–1915), children's writer and illustrator, daughter of ...

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Evans, Meredydd (Merȇd) (1919–2015), writer, broadcaster, and political activist, was born on 9 December 1919 at Top Pentre, Llanegryn, Merioneth, the youngest of eleven children of Richard Evans, motor driver, later quarryman, and his wife Charlotte, née Pugh. His Christian name was given on his birth certificate as ...

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Fabian, Robert Honey (1901–1978), police officer and broadcaster, was born at 25A Malyons Road, Ladywell, Lewisham, London, on 31 January 1901, the second of two sons of Andrew Pinwill Fabian (1868–1953), steam engine maker's fitter, and his wife, Ada Eliza, née Taggart (1870/71–1963)...

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Griffith, Llewelyn Wyn (1890–1977), writer and broadcaster, was born on 30 August 1890 at 10 Penrhyn View, Llandrillo-yn-Rhos, Colwyn Bay, Caernarvonshire, the eldest son of John Griffith (1863–1933), schoolmaster, and his wife, Dora (1861–1940), daughter of Owen Jones of Tal-y-sarn, Caernarvonshire. His childhood was spent in various places in rural ...

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(William) Stephen Richard King- Hall, Baron King-Hall (1893–1966) by Howard Coster, 1932 © National Portrait Gallery, London