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Ray Gosling

Ray Gosling, broadcaster, television reporter and gay rights campaigner

Ray Gosling was born in Chester in 1939, brought up in Northampton,
and educated at Northampton Grammar School and the University
of Leicester, but has always been closely associated with Manchester
and the north-west, Ray Gosling was for many years a popular
and regular figure in Granada’s Television’s local programmes
during the 1970s and 80s. A respected reporter of relevant,
probing and incisive investigative journalism as well as proactive
lobby, especially for gay rights and the repeal of the controversial
Section 28, legislation that banned local authorities from ‘promoting
homosexuality’. It sparked a storm of protest led by lesbian
and gay groups and was eventually, thanks to the active work
of Gosling and others, was repealed on 18 November 2003. With
more than 100 television documentaries and over a thousand radio
documentaries to his credit, Gosling’s reputation for simple
honest reportage, reflected the attitudes of the common man
– his name and face were known to millions of regular viewers
in the northwest region.
His many
television successes included ‘The Human Jigsaw’ produced
by Granada Television in 1984, and the popular series of ‘The
People’s Game’, narrated by Gosling, – a TV programme about
the national obsession with football. At his peak in the mid-1980s,
Ray Gosling was earning £50,000 a year – at that time,
a small fortune. But
his professional fortunes waned in the mid 1990s, and when his
long-term partner, Bryn Allsop, was diagnosed with pancreatic
cancer, Ray nursed him until his death in November 1999. After
that his professional and personal life suffered serious depression.
With mounting unpaid bills and debts, he found himself facing
bankruptcy. A Radio 4 controller once described him as “…one
of those singular and particular voices that we need to cherish”.
His personal portraits of working class culture in Manchester
became increasingly unfashionable.
followed years of mounting unpaid bills which resulted in his
eventual bankruptcy.
Gosling is still an active campaigner and powerful voice in
the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE), which originated
in Manchester, and along with Allan Horsfall, was instrumental
in making it into a nationwide organisation. He is also associated
with North West Homosexual Law Reform Committee (NWHLRC), also
based in Manchester. Nowadays
Ray Gosling lives modestly in Nottingham and has been unemployed
for several years, surviving on unemployment benefits of £70
a week. A
BBC film about Gosling’s bankruptcy, called simply “Bankrupt” ,
was shown earlier in 2004, and more recently London’s Carlton
Television invited him to make four films on statues and monuments
in London – hopefully this marks his long-awaited and much deserved
return to broadcasting.


Tess Daly, television presenter


Tess Daly was born Helen Elizabeth Daly on 27 April 1969 in
the registration district of Chapel En Le Frith, near Stockport.
A former model and dancer, she has appeared in pop videos with
groups like Duran Duran and Soul II Soul but is
probably best known for her debut on Channel 4 TV’s “The
Big Breakfast “. Tess was originally with model agency
Models1 , but left to concentrate on her television career,
which seems to have been a wise and successful move. She has
appeared in “Singled Out” and “Spy
TV” and co-presented “LA Pool Part” with
Jayne Middlemiss and Lisa Snowdon. Tess was also co-presenter
on ITV’s flagship children’s show “SM:TV Live”
after Ant & Dec moved on to higher things, and replaced
Cat Deeley.
In 2002 the
show was named best entertainment series in the British Academy
Children’s Film and Television Awards (BAFTA). In December 2003
she co-hosted “The Christmas Show” with presenter
Eammon Holmes. Other hosting stints include “Back To
Reality” , co-hosting “Come Dancing”
with Terry Wogan and helping bring in the money through “Sports
Relief”. “Britain’s Brainiest Kid 2002”
was also Co-hosted
by Tess, accompanied by Carol Vorderman. She also presented
the winner at the Royal Mail’s “Young Letter Writer
of the Year” with his prize at an Award Ceremony in
London in 2003.
recently she has Co-hosted with Bruce Forsyth on the BBC1 hit
show “Strictly Come Dancing” , interrupted for
a few weeks in October 2004 while she gave birth to her daughter,
Phoebe Elizabeth, in a London hospital. Tess is married to BBC
Radio 1 presenter,
– they currently live in a flat in West London but plan
to look for a bigger home in the country.


Timmy Mallet, DJ, comic and broadcaster


Timmy Mallett was born on 18 October 1955 in Marple. This whacky
colourful entertainer and DJ, actually studied History of Art
as part of his History degree at Warwick University. He began
presenting on TV with the “Wide Awake Club”
and “Wacaday” , as Roland Rat’s replacement
at TVam! By the mid 1980s he had a show at Piccadilly
Radio – “Timmy on the Tranny” and already hosted
what was probably the biggest teenage pop show in the UK! “Smash
Hits” magazine and Sony named him the ‘DJ of the Year’
and presented him with the ‘Best Music Show’ award. He also
worked at Radio Oxford, Centre Radio, Radio Luxembourg
and on the BBC Roadshow for several years.
By 1985 he was widely popular, with children and adults alike
– his crazy, often lunatic radio style at one time attracted
record audiences and he ruled, for a time, as a much sought-after
and most popular radio and television presenter and he guested
on many other television shows. He introduced his own game show
“Mallet’s Mallet”, and in 1991, he had a number
one chart hit, singing “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow
Polka Dot Bikini” as a duet with Bombalurina.
his whacky style soon began to lose favour and by the 1990s
he had passed out of public popularity into relative obscurity.
Even so, irrepressible as ever, he has recently made an attempt
at a television comeback with the children’s show “Timmy
Towers” , a panto-style comedy show, and in November
2004, he embarked on a nationwide tour. Timmy
Mallett is reputed to own more than 187 pairs of spectacles!
He is credited with having introduced Mike Myers (of “Wayne’s
World” ) and
into British television. In
personal terms, he is recognised by many as a talented artist
who specialises in water colours and acrylics, and his paintings
have been enjoyed at regular exhibitions in London, Manchester
and the Home Counties.


Dave Spikey - Comedian from Chorley


A former biomedical haematologist, comedian and actor Dave Spikey
was born David Gordon Bramwell on 6 October 1951 and lives in
Whittle-le-Woods near Chorley. A
much-celebrated stand-up comedian, his professional career began
in 1992, when, after writing routines and sketches for other
comedians on TV and radio for many years, he appeared on Central
Television’s “New Faces” show as one-half of
comedy duo ‘Spikey and Sykey’. They came third and thereafter
went their separate ways. Spikey
is currently one of the top acts on the national comedy circuit
and regularly appears at the Comedy
, Jongleurs and most of the country’s other top venues.
He has also hosted ITV’s popular “Chain Letters”
game show.
working his way up through many northern clubs, one evening
he met Agraman (the human Anagram) at the Bolton
Octagon Theatre
, and was invited to perform at his club
The Buzz .
His particular brand of comedy was a great success, which led
to other bigger venues and greater notoriety. Though
by now well known in live comedy performance, it was probably
his role as the character of compere Jerry St Clair in the hit
TV series “Phoenix Nights” that brought him
to the wider attention of television audiences.
was awarded The British Comedy Award for Best New TV Comedy
for “That Peter Kay Thing” which he co-wrote
with Peter Kay. He also collaborated with Kay on “The
Services” and “Phoenix Nights” . In
2003 he won an award at the MEN Arena Theatre Awards for “Performance
of the Year” and was voted “Comedy Performance of
the Year” by the Leicester Mercury newspaper. He
appeared in the six-part show “Dead Man Weds”
on ITV1 in January 2005, alongside comedian Johnny
. A popular stand-up comedian and formerly a regular
team leader on TV panel games and quizzes such as as “8
Out of 10 Cats ” and “QI” . In 2013,
after a long break from the stand-up circuits he announced he
would be embarking on a UK tour.


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