(Born 1968) 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.
(Born 1976) 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 other acts. 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.
(1943-2009) 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 disbanded. 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. Dave Dee died on 9th January 2009 after fighting a losing battle with cancer.
Annabel 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.
Ranvir Singh, 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.
Stuart Flinders 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.
Dave Guest’s 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 in Wigan.
(Born 1964) 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.
Eno forged 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.
Jason Manford 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”.
(1907-1978) 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 Library. 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.