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Clive Anderson - born 1952, comedy writer and TV presenter. Initially a barrister performing standup at The Comedy Store, he later presented 10 series of Whose Line is it Anyway? and regular chat shows for Channel 4 then the BBC. On BBC Radio Four he presents Loose Ends - 6 x 8 inches (15 x 20 cm) large autographed photo, signed: "With best wishes from Clive Anderson". £12     

   

  

  

  

  

  

Marjorie Anderson - 1913-1999; a leading BBC radio broadcaster: during WW2 she presented Forces Favourites, and is best remembered for presenting Woman's Hour from 1958 to 1972 - 3.5 x 5.5 inches ( x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "With all good wishes, Marjorie Anderson. £12      

  

  

  

  

  

 

Jeffrey Archer - born 1940, British novelist and politician; he was MP for Louth 1969-74, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party 1985-86, and was made a life peer in 1992. His political career ended with his conviction for perjury and perverting the course of justice, and he was imprisoned from 2001 to 2003. His novels include Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, Kane and Abel, First Among Equals, Honour Among Thieves and The Sins of the Father - autograph on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) white card, signed: "Happy Reading, Jeffrey Archer". £15
  

 

 

 

 

  

       

Paddy Ashdown - born 1941, British politician. First a Royal Marine, then an MI6 Intelligence Officer, he became a Liberal MP in 1979, and from 1988 leader of the Liberal Democratic Party. Now Lord Ashdown, he sits in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat peer - 4 x 7 inches (10 x 18 cm) autographed photo, signed in blue ink. £15     

   

 

above: detail of Paddy Ashdown autograph

   

  

  

  

    

 

Margaret Atwood - born 1939, Canadian novelist, poet and literary critic; five of her novels have been nominated for the Booker Prize, and she won it in 2000 with The Blind Assassin. Her other novels include The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake - 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) autographed photo. £15      

 

 

 

 

  

   

Alan Ayckbourn - born 1939, prolific British playwright; he has written and produced over seventy plays. From 1972 to 2009 he was artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough where nearly all of his plays have been premiered before moving to London where they have been performed by the National Theatre or by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and ten of his plays have transfered to Broadway. His major successes include The Norman Conquests, A Chorus of Disapproval, Woman in Mind, House and Garden and Private Fears in Public Places - autograph on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) white card. £15  

 

 

 

 

  

   

               

 

above: detail of Richard Baker autograph

Richard Baker - born 1925, British broadcaster, best remembered as a BBC TV newsreader from 1954 to 1982, and for presenting numerous BBC radio programmes, including Start the Week, Baker's Dozen and Your Hundred Best Tunes - 4.75 x 6.5 inches (12 x 16 cm) autographed informal photo. £10

  

 

 

 

 

 

        

above: David Bellamy autograph

David Bellamy - born 1933, British author, Broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist. During the 1980s he was a much-parodied popular TV presenter, whose media career diminished in the late 1990s when he campaigned for the ill-fated Referendum Party - 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) autographed Population Concern publicity card. £10

 

 

 

 

    

Katie Boyle - born 1926, Italian-born actress, TV personality, game-show panelist and agony aunt; she appeared on TV panel shows What's My Line? and Juke Box Jury, and famously presented The Eurovision Song Contest - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18.5 cm) autographed photo, signed; "Best wishes, Katie Boyle". £10     

 

 

 

 

  

    

Melvyn Bragg - born 1939, British broadcaster and author, best known for presenting long-running TV series The South Bank Show and BBC Radio Four's In Our Time. He has written 20 novels including The Cumbrian Trilogy and The Soldier's Return, plus over a dozen non-fiction books - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, Melvyn Bragg" in firm blue biro. £10  

  

 

above: detail of Melvyn Bragg autograph

   

  

  

  

    

 

Michael Buerk - born 1946, British journalist and broadcaster, famous for his 1984 report on the famine in Ethiopia, and for reading the BBC news from 1976-2003 - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo. £8        

 

 

 

 

  

 

Julia Carling - born 1965, British journalist and TV presenter; she has presented The Big Breakfast, This Morning and Top of the Pops - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed publicity card, signed in blue biro: "Love, Jules Carling". £8      

 

 

 

 

  

      

Barbara Cartland - 1901-2000, British novelist who wrote many hundreds of romantic novels, often as many as 20 in a single year. Later she was Dame Barbara Cartland, and step-grandmother to Diana Princess of Wales - photograph on cardboard mount, nicely autographed in red pen on mount: the total dimensions of item are 6 x 8 inches (15.5 x 20 cm). £35       

  

 

 

 

  

        

John Cole - 1927-2013, British (Northern Irish) journalist and broadcaster, BBC Political Editor 1981-92 - 5.5 x 8 inches (14.5 x 20 cm) autographed informal photo, signed in black marker-pen. £15     

   

  

  

  

  

  

Rosemary Conley - born 1946, British businesswoman, writer and broadcaster, known for her fitness and diet books and programmes  - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm) autographed photo, signed: "With love, Rosemary Conley". £10          

   

  

  

  

  

 

Jilly Cooper - born 1937, British author. Initially a journalist, she wrote a weekly column in the Sunday Times, then The Mail on Sunday, whilst also writing self-help and history books. Since 1975 she has written more than 20 romantic fiction novels, most of then best-sellers with long and complex plot lines - 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, Jilly Cooper" in firm blue biro. £10   

   

 

above: detail of Jilly Cooper autograph

   

  

  

  

    

    

Edwina Currie - born 1946, British politician, writer and broadcaster. A Conservative MP from 1983, she had a colourful political career, becaming Junior Health Minister in 1986. After leaving parliament in 1997 she presented a radio programme for the BBC 1998-2003. She has written six novels including A Parliamentary Affair, A Woman's Place and The Honourable House - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed BBC Radio Five Live publicity card, nicely signed in dark blue biro. £10      

   

  

  

  

  

 

Angus Deayton - British actor, writer, comedian and broadcaster, co-writing and performing in BBC radio series Radio Active, then famously playing Victor Meldrew's long-suffering neighbour in One Foot in the Grave, and being the long-term presenter of Have I Got News for You - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm) autographed photo. £10      

   

  

  

  

  

 

Richard Dimbleby - 1919-1965, British writer and journalist - autograph (snipped from letter?) on grey paper fragment glued to 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) small blue page from autograph book. £20     

  

  

  

 

  

 

Frank Dobson - born 1940, British Labour Party Politician, MP for Holborn and St Pancras since 1979. He served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Health from 1997 to 1999, being replaced by Alan Millburn whose subsequent changes to the National Health Service he has very vocally opposed. He stood in the election for Mayor of London in 2000 coming third, and subsequently regained his seat in Parliament - autograph on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) white card. £8   

 

 

 

   

  

 

Huw Edwards - born 1961, British (Welsh) journalist, TV presenter and newsreader who presents Britain's most-watched news programme, BBC News at Ten - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo. £10     

 

 

 

 

  

   

Marcia Falkender - born 1932, formerly Marcia Williams, British Labour Party politician; she was private secretary to Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and later his political secretary and head of his political office. An influential and colourful character, she has on occassion been the subject of rumours of shady dealings, which have never been conclusively proved; now Baroness Falkender, she sits in the House of Lords - autograph on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) white card, signed: "Marcia Falkender,12.10.95" £10       

 

 

 

 

  

           

Frederick Forsyth - born 1938, British writer and journalist, author of over a dozen best-selling novels, many of which have been turned into films, including The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Dogs of War and The Fourth Protocol - 4.5 x 5 inches (11.5 x 13 cm) autographed photo, clearly signed in black marker-pen. £35          

   

  

  

  

  

   

Germaine Greer - born 1939, Australian academic and journalist; a noted feminist, she became famous in 1970 with her book The Female Eunuch. Her many other books include The Whole Woman, Shakespeare's Wife and Sex and Destiny: The politics of Human Fertility. A frequent broadcaster in Australia and the UK, she often appears on BBC TV's Question Time, and on arts-review programmes - 6 x 4 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo. £20                 

 

 

 

 

  

 

          

 

above: detail of Peter Haigh autograph

Peter Haigh - 1925-2001, British TV announcer. He joined the BBC in 1952 as an on-screen announcer, and also presented TV programmes including Come Dancing, Picture Parade and the Eurovision Song Contest. For twenty years he was a major figure in British broadcasting - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. Condition: small marks on reverse where item has been mounted in an album. £12

 

 

 

 

 

Geoffrey Howe - born 1926, Welsh-born British politician. A barrister from 1952, he became a QC in 1965, and was first elected to parliament as a Conservative MP in 1964, losing his seat in 1966, but being elected MP for Reigate in 1970 when he received a knighthood. A member of Heath's and then Thatcher's cabinet, he was Foreign Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and finally leader of the House of Commons and Deputy Prime Minister; his resignation in 1990 marked the beginning of the end for Margaret Thatcher's Prime Ministership. He now sits in the House of Lords and still speaks occassionally on foreign policy - 6 x 8 inches (15 x 20 cm) autographed photo. £15    

 

 

 

 

  

   

John Inverdale - born 1957, British radio and TV broadcaster and presenter, especially sports, frequently heading BBC coverage of Wimbledon, Rugby and most recently the 2012 Olympics - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed in firm blue biro, clearer than appears on scan. £8    

 

 

 

 

  

 

   

 

above: detail of P D James autograph

P.D. James - (full name Phyllis Dorothy James) 1920-2014, British crime author. Her early novels featured detective and poet Adam Dalgliesh, the first being Cover Her Face, published in 1962, and the last being The Private Patient. Her 2001 novel Death in Holy Orders stemmed from her deep interest in the workings of the Anglican Church; many of her books have been dramatised on TV - 7 x 4.5 inches (17.5 x 11.5 cm) autographed photo. £30   [ref: PDJ1]

   

 

 

 

     

P. D. James - (full name Phyllis Dorothy James) 1920-2014; British crime author. Her early novels featured detective and poet Adam Dalgliesh, the first being Cover Her Face, published in 1962, and the last being The Private Patient. Her 2001 novel Death in Holy Orders stemmed from her deep interest in the workings of the Anglican Church; many of her books have been dramatised on TV - autograph on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) white card. £18   [ref: PDJ2]
   

 

 

 

 

  

        

                

 

above: Gerald Kaufman autograph

Gerald Kaufman - 1930-2017; British politician and writer. He became a Labour MP in 1970, and a junior minister in 1974. From 1980 to 1983 he was Shadow Home Secretary, and from 1987 to 1992 he was Shadow Foreign Secretary. In later years, as Sir Gerald Kaufman, he was a highly influential backbencher, chairing a number of parliamentary committees - 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, Gerald Kaufman". £18

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

above: detail of Henry Kelly autograph

Henry Kelly - born 1946; Irish journalist, newspaper editor, writer, radio DJ and TV presenter. He rose to fame as a co-presenter of LWT's hugely popular Game For a Laugh and later BBC's Going For Gold - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed BBC publicity card, dating from around 1990. £10

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

above: detail of Matthew Kelly autograph

Matthew Kelly - born 1950, British actor and TV presenter, who became famous as a co-presenter of LWT's TV show Game For a Laugh, and then as presenter of Stars in Their Eyes. He is now enjoying a successful career as an actor - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Love, Matthew Kelly". £12

 

 

 

 

     

Charles Kennedy - 1959-2015, British (Scottish) politician - He was Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Ross, Syke and Lochaber, becoming leader of the Liberal Democrat Party in 1999, resigning in 2006. A much loved but troubled man, he died tragically young in 2015 - autograph on 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) white card, signed: "Best wishes - Charles Kennedy". £15     

  

  

 

  

  

 

John Kettley - born 1952, British TV and radio weather forecaster, who became a cult figure in 1988 when the band A Tribe of Toffs had a hit record called John Kettley is a Weatherman - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo. £8     

 

 

 

 

  

  

Magnus Magnusson - 1929-2007, Icelandic TV presenter, journalist and writer, who lived most of his life in Scotland and became a household name presenting the BBC TV quiz Mastermind for 25 years - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed BBC publicity photo. £10                

 

 

 

 

  

            

Norma Major - born 1942, writer and wife of former Prime Minister Sir John Major. Now Dame Norma Major, she has wriiten books including Joan Sutherland: The Authorised Biography and Chequers. The Prime Minister's Country House and its' History - 4.5 x 6 inches (11.5 x 15 cm) autographed photo, showing her with John Major, nicely signed in blue marker-pen. £15     

   

  

 

 

  

 

 

     

 

above: detail of Jack de Manio autograph

Jack de Manio - 1914-1988, British journalist and radio presenter. He was a colourful character who as a junior officer was decorated for bravery in WW2, then shortly afterwards court-martialled and dismissed from the army. He presented the BBC Home Service radio programme Today for many years, and was voted British Radio Personality of the Year in 1964 and 1971 - 5.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 9 cm) autographed photo, signed: "With best wishes, Jack de Manio". Condition: marks on reverse where item has been mounted in album, and on the front a light paperclip indentatiom top-left. The words "With best" are slightly smudged. £15

 

 

 

 

            

           

 

above: detail of Trevor McDonald autograph

Trevor McDonald - born 1939, Trinidadian-British broadcaster and journalist. He was an ITV newscaster, then presenter of News at Ten and Tonight with Trevor McDonald. He has written several books on cricket, including biographies of Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Trevor McDonald, best wishes". £10

 

 

 

 

        

Alan Milburn - born 1958, British politician, Labour MP for Darlington 1992-2010; he was Chief Secretary to the Treasury 1998-9, and Secretary of State for Health 1999-2003 - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm) autographed photo, signed in blue marker-pen. £10      

  

 

 

 

  

 

Mo Mowlam - 1949-2005, British politician. She was the Labour MP for Redcar 1987-2001, and served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, overseeing the signing of the Good Friday Peace Agreement in 1998; for several years she managed to hide the fact that she was terminally ill with cancer so that she could continue her political career - autograph on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) white card. £15    

 

 

 

 

  

 

John Noakes - 1934-2017, British TV presenter and personality; he is most famous for being the longest-serving presenter (12 years 6 months) of the legendary BBC Childrens TV programme Blue Peter - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, John Noakes". £20     

 

 

 

 

  

  

Barry Norman - British novelist, journalist, film critic and broadcaster, best known for presenting the BBC "Film" series - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, Barry Norman". £10
      

  

 

 

 

  

     

              

 

above: detail of David Owen autograph

David Owen - born 1938, British politician. Initially a doctor, he became a Labour MP, and was Foreign Secretary from 1977 to 1979. In 1981 he was one of the "Gang of Four" who left the Labour Party to found the Social Democratic Party. He was leader of the SDP from 1983 until 1987, and of the continuing SDP from 1988 to 1990 after the party split. Now Lord Owen, he is a crossbencher in the House of Lords - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm) autographed photo, signed in firm biro. £15

 

 

 

 

     

Chris Patten - born 1944, British politician and administrator. He was a conservative MP, and later as Governor of Hong Kong supervised the handing back of the province to China. Now Lord Patten, he sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative peer, and is Chairman of the BBC Trust  - 5.5 x 7.5 inches (14 x 19 cm) autographed informal photo, nicely signed in black marker-pen. £12           

   

 

 

 

  

 

Jeremy Paxman - born 1950, British journalist, writer, historian and broadcaster, noted for his forthright, and sometimes abrasive, manner. He is best known as the presenter of BBC TV's Newsnight and the quizmaster of University Challenge. He has written and presented several TV documentary series such as The Victorians and Empire and he has written a number of books including The English: Portrait of a People and Friends in High Places: Who Runs Britain  - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed publicity photo, nicely signed in firm blue biro. £10        

   

  

  

  

  

 

Terry Pratchett - 1948-2015, British author of fantasy novels starting with The Carpet People in 1971. He was best known for the Discworld series of about 40 novels, starting with The Colour of Magic in 1983, after which he wrote two books a year. In the 1990s he was the UK's best-selling author, and sold over 70 million books worldwide in 37 languages - autograph on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) white card. £25     

 

  

  

  

  

 

Peter Purves - born 1939, British actor and TV presenter. He played the Doctor's companion Steven Taylor in 44 episodes of BBC science fiction series Dr. Who; but he is best known as a presenter of the legendary BBC childrens' TV series Blue Peter - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo. £15     

 

 

 

 

  

    

                       

 

above: detail of Claire Rayner autograph

Claire Rayner - 1931-2010, British nurse, journalist, broadcaster and novelist. She was best known as an agony aunt in the Daily Telegraph, later The Sun and then the Daily Mirror. She campaigned on nursing issues throughout her life, writing more than 30 books on nursing, health and sex-education, and over 25 novels - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, with a dedication: "To Sarah, best wishes, Claire Rayner". £10

 

 

 

 

    

Nick Ross - born 1947, British radio and TV presenter. He became a household name in the1980s, co-presenting BBC's Breakfast Time, then Watchdog and Crimewatch. On the radio he presented the pioneering phone-in programme Call Nick Ross on BBC Radio 4. Recently he has devoted much of his energy to supporting health charities - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed in firm blue biro (darker than appears on scan). £10      

 

 

 

 

  

   

Valerie Singleton - born 1937, British TV and radio presenter, she is best known for presenting the legendary BBC TV childrens' programme Blue Peter - 4 x 6.5 inches (10 x 17 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, Valerie Singleton" in red marker-pen. £15      

 

 

 

 

  

      

Peter Snow - born 1938, Irish-born British TV presenter, journalist and historian, cousin of newsreader Jon Snow, and father of military historian and TV presenter Dan Snow with whom he has presented several TV series including British Battlefields and 20th Century Battlefields - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Warmest wishes, Peter Snow". £10     

 

  

  

  

  

 

David Steel - born 1938, British (Scottish) politician, leader of the Liberal Party from 1976 to 1988, and now Lord Steel of Aikwood - autograph on 3 x 6.5 inches (8 x 16.5 cm) image on paper, snipped from Liberal Parety manifesto, signed in blue biro: "best wishes, David Steel". £10

     

 

 

 

  

       

Jack Straw - born 1946, British Labour Party Politician, MP for Blackburn since 1979, he was Home Secretary from 1997 to 2001 and Foreign Secretary from 2001 to 2006, then the very first Secretary of State for Justice - autograph on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) white card. £10    

 

 

 

 

  

 

Desmond Tutu - born 1931, South African Anglican bishop and social rights activist, who rose to fame in the 1980s as an opponant of aparteid; he was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town, and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; he has campaigned to fight AIDS, poverty, racism and homophobia, and in 2007 he was awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize - autograph on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) white card, signed "God Bless, Desmond Tutu, 12.2.97". £15

 

     

 

 

 

 

  

        

Carol Vorderman - born 1960, British TV presenter and personality, best known for co-hosting TV gameshow Countdown for 26 years - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed Yorkshire Television publicity photograph. £12    

  

 

above: detail of Carol Vorderman autograph

  

 

 

 

    

 

Gok Wan - born 1974, British TV presenter, fashion consultant and author. After writing for women's magazines, he rose to fame presenting TV shows including How to Look Good Naked, Gok's Fashion Fix and Miss Naked Beauty - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed publicity photo, signed "Gok x" Condition: small crease lower-right. £8      

 

 

 

 

  

 

Mary Whitehouse -1910-2001, British social and moral activist, known for her vigorous opposition to  the permissive society and liberalism in the British media. She founded the National Viewers and Listeners Association through which she waged war on the permissiveness of the BBC, her motivation deriving from her deep evangelical Christian faith. Latterly she was a leading figure in the Festival of Light, a Christian campaigning movement; she was a highly controversial figure in her day, loved and hated in equal measure - autograph on 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm) white card, signed: "With best wishes, (Mrs) Mary Whitehouse, 24/2/98". £15

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Right: detail of Terry Wogan autograph

                       

Terry Wogan - 1938-2016, Irish (later also British) radio and television broadcaster. He was famous for his BBC radio programme Wake Up to Wogan, which was the most listened-to radio programme in Europe. On TV he presented a huge number of programmes, including his chat show Wogan, as well as Children in Need, The Eurovision Song Contest and Come Dancing - 3.5 x 5 inches (9 x 12.5 cm) autographed photo. £10
 

  

    

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