Chris was born in Romford. He began his entertainment career as a presenter on Radio Orwell in Ipswich hosting a Saturday morning children’s show. He also performed in cabaret and at Butlins. He joined the BBC in 1993, as a presenter on CBBC – he was the last new CBBC presenter to appear in The Boom Cupboard alongside Zoë Ball and Josie d’Arby. His final appearance was in 1997. He presented observation quiz Look Sharp! (BBC One, 1995 – 1996).

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Keith joined the Met Office in 1947, initially working at RAF stations around Britain. From 1964 until 1968, he was based at the London Weather Centre, except for the first half of 1966 when he was consultant to the World Meteorological Organisation in Geneva. Later (mid-1968 – mid-1969), he was in charge of the Met Office at Salalah in Oman.

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Peter worked as a meteorological observer in charge at Whitworth Observatory, Manchester. He was a research assistant at Keele University and a Royal Navy met officer before joining the Met Office in 1963. He was a forecaster based at Uxbridge. Peter notched up 25 years of weather appearances, starting as a BBC TV forecaster (1964 – June 1968). He also broadcast on BBC Radio during this period. He left the Met Office in 1968 to join Heriot Watt University as a lecturer in communications until 1982. During this time he appeared as a weatherman on STV (1970 – 1981).

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Jilly was born in Widnes. She graduated from London University with a degree in English, French and history of art. In October and November 1980, she was a BBC Radio 4 announcer. She was also a local radio presenter at Two Counties Radio in Bournemouth. In 1982, Jilly’s first TV presenting job was with TSW as a newsreader. She also worked in the United States on an exchange programme with WRAL TV in North Carolina, where she anchored the news show and their anniversary state specials.

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Crispin began his broadcasting career as a sports reporter and presenter for BBC Radio Norfolk. He went on to become one of the few younger male announcers on BBC One: announcing everything from the news to Strictly Come Dancing (1998 – 2001). He moved to BBC Radio 1 as a producer, working on the following programmes: the Scott Mills early morning show; The Jamie Theakston Show (Saturday mornings); Dance Anthems with Dave Pearce (2001 – 2003).

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Glen is a voiceover artist/presenter who found fame with his knowledgeable introductions to Dr Who, Blake’s 7 and other cult shows on UK Gold.

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By passing the 11-Plus, Greg gained entry to his local grammar school in north London, but education seemed to gain little purchase on his mind, which was focussed on tuning around the short wave, discovering the existence of offshore radio and determination to escape as soon as possible.

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Toni was born Antoinette Alice Priscilla, in Oxford. She won a music scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music at the age of nine and gave a concert at the Wigmore Hall in the same year. She trained as a nurse at University College Hospital. She was a folk music singer and was married to fellow musician Dave Arthur (1963 – 1977). They released several folk music albums (1964 – 1975).

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John was born in Halifax. He was employed by the Met Office from 1970 until 2000. He had a spell working at the Nottingham Weather Centre (1980 – 1985), where he made appearances on BBC Birmingham’s Midlands Today (1980 – 1983) and on Central TV (1984 – 1985).

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Isobel was born in Lincoln. She graduated in 1991 from Exeter University with a BSc (Hons) degree in mathematics. She joined the Met Office in September 1991 and was initially based at the London Weather Centre, where she prepared forecasts for the press; she also presented the weather on local radio. Isobel appeared briefly as a holiday relief forecaster for Meridian TV before joining the BBC Weather Centre in May 1995. She was a regular BBC network television forecaster (December 1995 – August 2006). She had a baby boy (Benjamin Bryon) in October 2002 and after a second child was born, returned from maternity leave in summer 2004.

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