(1921-2002) Born in Farnworth, Bolton in 1921, football commentator
Kenneth Wolstenholme is probably best remembered for the immortal
line “they think it’s all over it is now”
at the end of England’s 1966 World Cup final win against West
Germany at Wembley. Wolstenholme was, in many ways, the ‘voice
of football’, having been the first commentator on BBC’s “Match
of the Day” . He commentated for more than 20 years
with the BBC, including 23 successive FA Cup finals and five
World Cups until he left the BBC in 1970.
Wolstenholme had served as a bomber pilot during the Second
World War, flying more than 100 missions for which he was awarded
the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar. After the war, in 1948,
he joined the BBC, claiming that he had never watched a television
programme before his first commentary.
In his later years he returned to television sports commentary
with Channel Four’s Italian football coverage, though ill health
forced him to give that up. His last television appearance was
on a football special of the BBC’s “Weakest Link”
his life he remained a big fan of Bolton Wanderers, but for
him nothing could eclipse Sir Alf Ramsey’s England team of 1966. Kenneth
Wolstenholme died in 2002 at a private hospital in Torquay –
his daughter was by his side.
Vernon Kay was born in the Lostock district of Bolton in 1977
and became best known as a presenter on the BBC Radio 1 “Weekend
Morning’s Show” as well as presenting his own show
“Vernon’s Happy Hour” every Sunday on Radio
One. He attended St Joseph’s RC High School in nearby Horwich.
His first taste of fame came when he was spotted by a model
scout from Select at the BBC’s “Clothes Show Live” .
there followed a fairly successful modelling career culminating
in his selection by Channel 4 as Model of the Week on “The
Big Breakfast” morning show. Vernon was the co-presenter
for BBC 2’s “Top of the Pops Plus” and the
spin off series “Top of the Pops@Play” for
Play UK . He
is also part of the T4 team on Channel 4 – including hosting
the Saturday night show “Boys and Girls” .
also hosted the BBC’s youth magazine show “FBI”
and was a guest presenter at “T in the Park”
for T4. Earlier he had co-presented Channel 5’s live magazine
format “The Mag” and reported for Trouble Television.
He now lives in London, with ex-model wife and terlevision presenter, Tess Daly, and no longer
does any modelling, preferring to concentrate on his expanding
TV career. His spontaneous wit and charming regional accent
make him popular with both male and female viewers of all ages.
He has also hosted the Saturday night show “Boys and
Girls” on Channel 4. R ecently
he has been presenting “Wife For William” on
E4 and “The Grill” on Channel 4, and in late
2006 he began hosting the latest version of the “Family
Fortunes” quiz show.
Born on 20th July 1960, in Urmston, Manchester, Jonathan Morris
(sometimes spelt ‘Jonathon’) is a popular actor with a strong
television presence. Some of his earliest appearances have included
“The Professionals” in 1977 and a role in the
“Doctor Who” series. He
also played Damien in “Screamtime” in 1982
and appeared as John in the TV series “Beau Geste”
in 1983. But it was probably his role as Adrian Boswell in Carla
Lane’s most successful and long-running television situation
comedy “Bread” that brought him to a wider
public notice, and established him as somewhat of a sex symbol
with women viewers.
was also cast in “Wild Oats” as part of the
ITV Comedy Playhouse series in 1993. More recently Jonathan
has played the role of Ash in “The Vampire Journals”
in 1997, appeared in “Subspecies 4: Bloodstorm”
and in “The Awakening” on Cable TV in the USA
in 1998, as well as in “The Fantasticks” in
has also appeared on stage in “The Rocky Horror Show” ,
and presented “The Movie Game” . He has also
been a guest on the panel in “Through The Keyhole” .
Nick Conway, (real name Nick Campbell) was born on 26th December
1962 in Shrewsbury in Shropshire, but moved to live in Manchester
when he was 4 and later went to college in Salford. Nick has
a distinguished acting career in London’s West End where he
is a regular performer, but is probably best known to the general
public as Billy Boswell in Carla Lane’s successful and long
running television situation comedy “Bread”
. He has also appeared in the ITV drama “The Bill” .
Most recently he has appeared in the stage performance of Terry
Pratchett’s “Guards! Guards!” which was adapted
by Geoffrey Cush, and began a second tour in January 1999. His
theatre credits include the West End and national Tour of “An
Evening With Gary Lineker” . Very versatile in voice
impersonations, accents and characterisation, Nick does many
voice-overs for television commercials, including, most recently,
for Fairy, BT, The Army, Oil of Olay, Unison, Club Ibiza, NHS
Direct and Peugeot. Apart from comedic qualities, Nick is an
accomplished and experienced narrative reader and popular club
Colin Baker is probably best known as the 6th Doctor Who in
the BBC TV series of that name. He was actually born on 8th
June 1943 in the Royal Waterloo Lying-In Hospital in London
during an air raid. He spent his earliest years in London with
his mother, while his father served in the armed forces. After
ther war his family moved to live in Rochdale and Colin attended
schools at St Gabriel’s in Castleton, and at St Bede’s Roman
Catholic Grammar School in Whalley Range, Manchester.
At the age of twenty-three he decided to become a full-time
actor and joined the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
(LAMDA), where he trained for three years alongside fellow student,
David Suchet. Early television appearances included in Tolstoy’s
“War & Peace” in 1972 for BBC2, as well
as “Roads to Freedom” in 1970, and “Balzac’s
Cousin Bette” in 1971, both also for the BBC. He now
lives in Cadmore End near High Wycombe. He was married to actress
Lisa Goddard, but subsequently divorced her and later married
He came to the forefront of a wider public notice in the role
of the colourfully dressed and eccentric Doctor Who for just
under 3 years, from March 1984 to December 1986. During his
tenure the programme was subject to increased criticism and
controversy and saw declining viewing figures, which resulted
in an 18 month period during which the series was ‘rested’ –
taken off air.
At the end of this time the ever-popular programme returned
to face renewed criticism from the press and some fans so that
in 1986 the BBC management decided that Colin Baker should depart
role – much against his will. As a result of this he did not
make a return appearance for the traditional regeneration story.
Its return to the small screen in September 1996 was with the
14 part story “The Trial of a Timelord” . During
the same year, Colin also appeared in the documentary film “Bitter
Paradise: The Sell-out of East Timor”. In the 1990s
he concentrated mainly on a stage career, but made several television
appearances, notably with “Eastenders” actress
Louise Jameson in a special episode made for the 1993 “Children
in Need ” appeal – they also worked together on “The
Terror Game” , a spin-off from “The Stranger”
series by producer Bill Baggs. He also appeared in pantomime
in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at Wycombe
Swan Theatre in 2000, as well as in episodes of TV series like
“Jonathan Creek”, “Casualty”, “The
Bill”, “Juliet Bravo” and earlier, the cult
Sci-fi series “Blake’s Seven” . He later returned
to his roots with Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, which he
grew to love while on the stage as a schoolboy at St Bede’s.
Photo courtesy of Liam Byrne
(1934-1972) Janet Munro was born in Blackpool in September 1934, the
daughter of comedian Alex Munro. She began her acting career
in 1951 at Preston Repertory Theatre with the Reggie Salberg
Players, before moving on to Oldham Rep at the Oldham Coliseum
in 1953. Janet lived much of the time at 45 The Boulevard in
first movie came in 1956, in “Small Hotel”
wirth Gordon Harker and in 1958 she was the first female to
be placed on long term contract by the Walt Disney organisation
when she starred in “Darby O’Gill and the Little People”
with Sean Connery – a film for which she won a Golden Globe
Award as Best Newcomer. Later
she appeared in “Third Man on the Mountain” with
Michael Rennie and James MacArthur, and “Swiss Family
Robinson” with John Mills.
September 1960, by that time as a local celebrity, she was invited
to switch on the Blackpool Illuminations. Other movies in which
she subsequently starred were “Day the Earth Caught
Fire” with Leo McKern, “Life for Ruth”
with Michael Craig and Patrick McGoohan (for which she was nominated
for a BAFTA as Best Actress) and in “Sebastian”
with Dirk Bogarde in 1968.
marriage to Ian Hendry ended in divorce in 1971 and tragically
she died in December 1972, at the tender age of 38, from a heart
attack. She left two daughters, Sally and Corrie.
details and photos of Janet Munro are available on Liam Byrne’s
excellent website at www.janetmunro.com.