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Name: Bernard Braden  
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Date of Birth: 16th May 1916
Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Profession: Actor
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Bernard Braden was a Canadian actor and comedian. He was born May 16, 1916 in Vancouver, British Columbia and died February 2, 1993 in London, England.

In the late 1940's he and his wife Barbara Kelly moved to England and joined the BBC. Their first major success was called An Evening At Home With Bernard Braden And Barbara Kelly.

Bernard is probably best remembered for Braden's Week, a popular consumer affairs TV programme. It championed the cause of the British consumer for five years. Jock Watson and, later, Francis Coleman produced this Saturday late-night watchdog which also examined current political issues affecting the British public. The show was interspersed with light hearted sketches and music and helped a number of actors to get a start on TV. Frequent performers were Peter Cook, Jake Thackray and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

Braden fell from grace when he advertised margarine on the BBC's commercial rival ITV; the BBC felt this was inconsistent with his role as the consumers' spokesman and the show was cancelled. Esther Rantzen, one of the researcher/presenters, led a remarkably similar consumer show called That's Life - essentially a Braden's Week sans Braden, complete with a Fletcher (Cyril not Ronald) to read out the amusing misprints: the ITV sketch show End of Part One, scripted by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick, created a spoof entitled That's Bernard Braden's Show Really.

Rantzen says in her autobiography that Braden, pressed for an explanation of his self-destructive decision, said he was unable to resist the lure of so much money for an afternoon's work; she was later to emulate Braden once again by accepting money for promoting an accident claims company).

Braden later presented the show All Our Yesterdays, but plans to show a series of interviews on British television came to nothing. Braden published an autobiography, The Kindness of Strangers, a reference to his role as Mitch in the stage version of Streetcar in London.

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