Born Lee Gordon McKillop in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1968, but
perhaps best known as a stand-up comedian by the stage name
Lee Mack, he is well known for writing and starring in the TV
sitcom ‘Not Going Out’ , and for being a team captain
on ‘Would I Lie To You?’ .
Lee McKillop was born in about 1968 in Blackburn, and moved
to Southport, Merseyside where he went to school. On leaving
he worked in a bingo hall and as a stable boy. After that, Mack
became a blue coat at Pontin’s Holiday Camp. Mack went on to
have various other jobs, and studied at Brunel University before
becoming a full time comedian.
Mack first came to prominence on winning ‘So You Think You’re
Funny’ at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since then
Mack has played the part of Graham, the security guard in the
original radio version of ‘The Mighty Boosh’ , and also
has his own radio show on BBC Radio 2 called ‘The Lee Mack
Show’, and was a cast member for ITV’s ‘The Sketch Show’.
In 2005 Mack presented the sports quiz ‘They Think It’s All
Over’. His BBC1 sitcom ‘Not Going Out’ , also starring
Tim Vine was first shown on 6 October 2006, and the second series
(September 2007), won a Rose d’Or and RTS Award. He also hosted
on ‘Have I Got News For You?’ in 2008.
Alan Carr, born in Weymouth, Dorset on 14 June 1976, is a stand-up
comedian and presenter of radio and television, noted for his
camp demeanour. Alan’s formative years were spent in Northampton.
He is the son of Graham Carr, who was manager of Northampton
Town Football Club.
He gained a degree in BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Studies from
Middlesex University. Carr moved to Manchester after a string
of dead-end jobs to live a house in Chorlton-cum-Hardy after
which he moved to Stretford. He he went on to host ‘Alan
Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong’ and ‘ The Sunday Night Project’ ,
which he co-presented alongside Justin Lee Collins and a weekly
guest host. Carr makes regular guest appearances on game shows
and panel shows including ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ , ‘Countdown’s’
dictionary corner and ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’, as
well as a successful career as a stand-up comedian, on tour
and on television.
He has been featured in three Edinburgh shows and in 2007 he
toured throughout the UK, which was followed by a DVD entitled
“Tooth Fairy Live” . Carr had his own monthly show
in a Manchester comedy club and he has toured nation-wide, supporting
He has performed at the Apollo Theatre in London, which was
televised for the BBC1 series ‘Live At The Apollo’ , and
has been featured in the Royal Variety Performance. Since 2009
his own show “Alan Carr: Chatty Man” has been
transmitted on Channel 4.
Dave Dee, (real name David John Harman) was born on 17th December
1943 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, but had for some years been a
resident of Cheshire. He was best known as the head of the flamboyant
1960s pop quintet, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, (or
as they were known in the business, “The Dozies”),
which had formed in 1961. Dee had originally been a police officer
before turning his hand to music.
In 1964 the group were contracted to Fontana Records and first
came to public notice with ‘ You Make It Move’ and went
on to release a succession of memorable singles including
‘Bend It’, ‘Hold Tight’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Zabadak’ and ‘The
Legend of ‘Xanadu’, the latter reaching Number One in the
UK charts in December 1965. Their combination of colourful performance,
extravagant 60s costumes and on-stage theatrics made them a
popular and successful band of that era.
However, in 1969 Dave Dee left to pursue careers in presenting
and in acting, while the remaining four continued for a short
period, releasing a minor hit, ‘Mr President’, but eventually
The group reformed in the 1990s with Dee as lead vocalist with
performances in the UK and Germany. Dee actually performed his
last gig in Eisenburg, Germany on 20 September 2008.
Later, as David Harman (again) he was a founding committee member
of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity and was actively
involved in fund-raising for more than 30 years.
In later life he was a magistrate in Macclesfield, Cheshire,
and lived in the county with his wife Joanne and daughter Olivia,
both of whom survive him, as do twin sons from a previous marriage
to Carole. He spent the last two years of his life with his
partner, Lesley Garton.
Dee died on 9th January 2009 after fighting a losing battle
was born in Southampton and was educated in Cirencester and
London. She moved to Manchester where she chose to work on a
newspaper in Moss Side rather than doing a university course.
Next she began work at the Stockport Express Advertiser .
Then moved on to radio in Stoke and Birmingham, before joining
Birmingham Live TV as a presenter of the late bulletin at Central
News in the East Midlands. This was a brand new station and
she was the first person on air. In 2003 she began work as the
producer/presenter on the ‘North West Tonight’ 10.25
bulletin. She now regularly presents news broadcasts on the
BBC North West Tonight local television programme. Currently,
Annabel lives in Cheadle Hulme with her husband and two children.
who studied English and Philosophy at Lancaster University,
qualified as a journalist in 2000 and was offered a six month
contract at BBC Radio Lancashire soon afterwards. After a 15
month stint she secured another radio job at BBC GMR (now Radio
Manchester), where she produced and presented programmes and
read news bulletins for three years. She presented the local
BBC breakfast programme during the Commonwealth Games in the
summer of 2002. Ranvir then moved on to television and played
a key role in presenting the nationally broadcast Manchester
Passion on Good Friday 2006. She also reported on the Election
Night Special with David Dimbleby. She was for several years
a regular and well-established presenter alongside Gordon Burns
on the BBC ‘North West Tonight’ evening programme before
moving to ITV in 2011.
joined the BBC’s ‘North West Tonight’ programme shortly
after the introduction of colour television, and, as a reporter
he’s covered many of the region’s biggest stories of recent
years, including the Louise Woodward trial in Boston, the Harold
Shipman case and the break-up of ‘Take That’ . In the
late 1980s he spent a year in Australia working for newspapers
there. Eventually, however, home beckoned and he returned to
the North-west .His passion is Bolton Wanderers Football Club
and he takes every opportunity to mention them on air. A regular
presenter on North West Tonight and stand-in during Gordon
Burns absences, he can also be heard occasionally as a presenter
on the Radio 4 ‘You and Yours’ programme.
reportage covers the whole of Lancashire, Greater Manchester,
Merseyside, Cheshire, south Cumbria and north Derbyshire – a
potential audience of around 7½ million.
Dave started work in local newspapers in 1975, worked his way
up through several regional, evening and national newspapers
before joining the BBC in 1983. Here he has filled a number
of roles as a reporter and producer in Manchester, but has also
spent some time working at the BBC London TV Centre as regional
news co-ordinator. Dave is married with two daughters and lives
Tony Livesey was born 11 January 1964 in Burnley. He started
a career in newspaper journalism with the Nelson Leader and
then worked in the Middle East with Sam Sloan at the Gulf
News in Dubai. Returning to his native Lancashire, he worked
at the Lancashire Evening Telegraph before spending 18
years with Sport Newspapers at which he was editor-in-chief
and managing director of the Daily Sport and Sunday
Sport newspapers. After resigning in August 2006, he joined
the BBC for whom he presents the breakfast show on Radio Lancashire
and is a sports reporter for regional BBC TV news programme
‘ North West Tonight’. His work on North West Tonight
has taken him around the world, and in recent years, Tony has
appeared on over 100 TV shows on all the major channels. He
presented the game show ‘ Traitor’ on BBC 2 which was
nominated for a Golden Rose at Montreux and he has written and
presented two major documentaries for BBC2 called ‘ Crumpet’
and ‘Beefcake’ . He has written and presented a five-part
series for Channel 4 called ‘Seaside Secrets’ and been
a regular panellist on ‘Have I Got News For You’ as well
as on ‘ Never Mind The Buzzcock’s’ and ’29 Minutes
of Fame’ on BBC1 alongside Matt Lucas and Jo Brand. Tony
lives in Lancashire with his wife and two children. He is also
an avid supporter of Burnley Football Club.
her first career not in broadcasting, but in fashion. She was
one of the first designers to produce concessions for Topshop
nationwide and she also showed collections at London Fashion
Week. She made the move into broadcasting via a community radio
station before placements at the BBC’s Local websites in Manchester
and Lancashire. Eno’s first job with the BBC came at Radio Leeds
where she worked on the breakfast show, doing everything from
producing content to presenting. Back in Lancashire, Eno was
the autocue operator for the ‘North West Tonight’ programme
for a time before she applied for the late weather presenter
position. She now works as a multi-platform weather presenter,
which involves producing forecasts for TV, radio and online
and is regularly seen on BBC local television broadcasts.
is a Salford born comedian, well known as a regular participant
on the Channel 4 television panel show “8 Out of 10
Cats” . Jason was born on 26 May 1981 and is known as
a writer, comedian, actor, radio and television presenter. He
began his career in 1999, while working at the Buzz Comedy Club
upstairs at the Southern Hotel in Chorlton, Manchester. In that
same year he won the North West Comedian of the Year title.
In 2000, he was the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the
Year, and was a finalist in the “So You Think You’re
Funny?” competition. He made his debut appearance at
the Edinburgh Fringe in 2005 with “Urban Legend” ,
a show that was nominated for the Perrier award. The following
year he won the Chortle Award for best breakthrough act. He
embarked on his first solo tour of the UK in September 2008,
a month after hosting the topical Channel 4 show “Tonightly”.
Sellout tours and appearances include the Comedy Store and Jongleurs,
a guest on BBC1’s “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross”
and gigs abroad as far afield as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore
and China. Other stand up appearances on television have included
Edinburgh and Beyond” and “The World
Stands Up on the Paramount Channel and “Comedy
Shuffle” on BBC3 and a live appearance on “Live
at the Apollo”.
Broadcaster, criminologist and author Edgar Marcus Lustgarten
was born in Manchester to a Jewish family on 3 May 1907. Edgar’s
father was a barrister who sent him to the celebrated Manchester
Grammar School and later to St John’s College, Oxford, where
he eventually became President of the Oxford Union. He was called
to the bar and practiced law on the Northern Curcuit.
He first came to a wider public attention when in 1952 he presented
a six-part radio murder series called “Prisoner at the
Bar” . He played all the parts, from spinster to judge
and so popular was the series that the audience rose to six
million listeners, somewhat of a record for that time. From
1962 Lustgarten hosted 13 courtroom drama B-films made at Merton
Park studios in south London under the title “Scales
of Justice” . The series ended in 1967 when the studios
closed. Abridged versions of these films were also were also
shown on television in Britain and America.
His books included crime fiction, but most were accounts of
true life criminal cases. The legal justice system and courtroom
procedures were his main interests which were reflected in his
writings. He also wrote numerous articles for newspapers and
presented the radio series “Advocate Extraordinary” .
On Friday 15 December 1978 Edgar Lustgarten died of a heart
attack at a desk in the reference department of Marylebone Public
His works are still used as introductory readings in Law Schools
around the world because of their accuracy on the atmosphere
of trials and appropriate courtroom behaviour for attorneys.