Saturday, June 11, 2016


Hard to find current BBC unsung heroes in the Honours List. 

Janet Ellis, former Blue Peter presenter, gets hers for services to charities and theatre. Brian Blessed, launched on to an unsuspecting world as PC Fancy Smith in BBC1 cop soap Z-Cars, get his for The Arts and charity. Penelope Wilton, long-suffering screen wife to Richard Briers in Ever-Decreasing Circles, and also Harriet Jones in Dr Who, is rewarded for services to drama. 

Drama producer Gareth Neame, of the Neame dynasty, first worked for the BBC in 1988, and, with some other jobs in between, rose to Head of Drama, before leaving Auntie in 2003. He had a hand in Spooks, New Tricks, Hustle, Clocking Off, State of Play and The Woman in White. On leaving Auntie he set up Carnival Films, where perhaps his only mistake has been selling the company just before Downton Abbey was formally commissioned. 

Singer Ruby Turner does much of her live performing with Jools Holland, so there's a BBC connection there. Cindy Kent, now the Reverend Cindy Kent-Winsley, was the lead singer with folkies The Settlers. She was a regular guest on Jimmy Savile's Speakeasy on Radio 1 and survived. Savile occasionally introduced her as "the girl with unsettling legs". 

Adil Ray, creator of Citizen Khan, had nine years with the BBC's Asian Network, the last two as breakfast presenter. 

Anyone spot any others ?

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