Biographies

Stanley Unwin

Stanley Unwin

Stanley Unwin

In a country famed for its literary giants, Stanley Unwin stands out alone as a man recognised and lauded for his oratory, not because he was an exceptional speaker of the English language, but because he invented his own language, "Unwinese."

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Vivian Vance

Vivian Vance

Vivian Vance

Best known for her role as Ethel Mertz on the American sitcom classic 'I Love Lucy', Vivian Vance first had to win over the show's star first and then work with an actor who despised her. Mike Spadoni looks back on the career of an actress who was "second banana to none."

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Kent Walton

Kent Walton

Kent Walton

For years television viewers in the UK would tune in to hear Kent Walton's opening line "Greetings, grapple fans" as he introduced Saturday afternoon wrestling as part of ITV's long running World of Sport programme.

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Richard Wattis

Richard Wattis

Richard Wattis

He was the man who began a sentence with a rather disinterested "Can I help you?", would listen to you explain your predicament and then frustrate you with an equally dispassionate "I'm awfully sorry, there's absolutely nothing I can do to help you."

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Laurie West

Laurie West

Laurie West

The ITV weatherman who changed how weather forecasts were presented. Come rain or come shine, there was never a dull moment with Laurie West.

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June Whitfield

June Whitfield

June Whitfield

The term ‘national treasure’ has become as overused as any of its predecessors like ‘legendary’ and the oft-coined ‘there will never be another.’ But in the late Dame June Whitfield, it’s safe to say that the term was fully merited.

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Mike and Bernie Winters

Mike and Bernie Winters

Mike and Bernie Winters

Mike and Bernie Winters were gifted and appealing professionals whose canny brand of rough and smooth comedy routines added much welcomed laughter to the nation's television screens.

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Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood

She was as adept at producing touching drama as she was belly-aching comedy. Victoria Wood brought laughter and tears to audiences with a gentle, soulful reality that is hard to find in the comedy world she has left behind.

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