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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John was born in Leyton, Essex. He was an actor/writer, who was a long-time member of the London’s Players Theatre. During World War II, he served as a navigator in the Fleet Air Arm with the rank of lieutenant. He later returned to London’s Players Theatre.

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Hannah’s love of radio began in her teenage years. She gained a degree in radio, film and TV at Canterbury Christ Church University. Her first broadcasting job was with BBC Radio in Herts, Beds and Bucks. She moved into television as a network announcer on BBC One and BBC Two (1997 – 2000). She was the launch announcer on BBC Choice. In 2000, she appeared on BBC One’s daytime show Talking TV and showed presenter Vanessa Feltz behind-the-scenes of network control – and Vanessa even did two short daytime BBC One links.

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Jasmine was born in London. She was the niece of Esme Ivo Bligh, the 9th Earl of Darnley and a descendant of Captain William Bligh, the commander famously usurped in the Mutiny on the Bounty. Having entered the world of acting at 17 – in spite of opposition from her mother – she struggled to make an impact in her chosen profession. Five years later, she answered a BBC advertisement for female television ‘hostess-announcers’ who were unmarried and without red hair. Both Bligh and Elizabeth Cowell were chosen for the jobs out of 1,122 applicants, along with Leslie Mitchell and they were seen during test transmissions from Alexandra Palace in 1936 (which continued to be broadcast until 1939).

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Norman worked at the Met Office (1947 – 1984). He was a BBC TV forecaster (March 1959 – March 1964); during the same period he was also heard on BBC Radio. He joined former BBC TV colleagues on Nationwide to celebrate the 25th anniversary of BBC TV Weather in January 1979 – Bob Wellings interviewed past and present weather forecasters.

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Charles was born in London and lived in Glasgow from an early age. He is the son of the Soviet historian Alexander Nove. In 2016, he celebrated 40 years behind the microphone. His first foray into broadcasting was at Glasgow’s Hospital Broadcasting Services in 1976. Two years later, he was signed up as the BBC’s youngest presenter for the launch of their new station, Radio Scotland. He was a regional television announcer on BBC Scotland for a while in the early 1990s.

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Mark was born in Bradford. He began broadcasting, aged 17, at BBC Radio Leeds, where he presented a series of features about community life called Down Your Street, mentored by producer Peter Byrne. On finishing his time at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Yorkshire, he had been expected to take a place at Leeds College of Art, but instead was offered a trainee-ship at the BBC. He was the drivetime presenter at BBC Radio Cleveland from c. 1977, and was a familiar voice across the North, presenting news on Look North in Newcastle and BBC Radio 4. He was also regularly heard on Radio Humberside and Radio Newcastle as a voiceover artist.

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Alex was born in Fulham. He was a former actor. His voice was heard on the very first advert for Gibbs SR Toothpaste shown at 8.12pm on the opening night of ITV on 22nd September 1955. He was an in-vision BBC TV network announcer (1955 – 1961) and also a relief BBC TV newsreader (16th March 1961). He contributed to many BBC programmes, including: This Is Show Business (1956); a spell as a regional presenter on Come Dancing (1957 – 1966 and 1968 – 1972); the London area news magazine Town and Around (1961). He also appeared on BBC TV children’s programmes: Film Club (1960 – 1962); as driver on Show Train (1961); Let’s Go (1962), which was transmitted fortnightly from the TV Theatre.

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Mel was born in South Africa. He was a former DJ with Radio Luxembourg in the 1950s. He later moved into TV and worked as an ITV announcer for Southern TV (1959 – 1961), ATV, ABC Television and Associated Rediffusion. He moved to BBC Television as a network out-of-vision announcer, who also appeared in-vision conducting interviews on BBC Two (1965 – 1972). He presented BBC Two’s Line-Up (1969) and narrated The Curious Character of Britain (1970) and Sights and Sounds of Britain (1971) for BBC One.

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Tony was a BBC Midlands newsreader (1957) and a BBC Radio Light Programme/Home Service/Third Programme announcer (1958 – 1962, 1964 – 1965). He presented BBC regional TV’s Town and Around (1960). He was also a BBC TV out-of-vision network announcer (1966).

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