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Name: Noel Edmonds  
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Date of Birth: 22nd December 1948
Place of Birth: Ilford, Essex, England, UK
Profession: Actor
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Edmonds presenting Top of the Pops

Noel Edmonds (born December 22, 1948 in Ilford, Essex) is a British DJ, television presenter and executive who made his name on BBC Radio 1 in the UK.

Radio career

Edmonds began his broadcasting career with Radio Luxembourg, before moving to BBC Radio 1 in early 1970, presenting a two hour Saturday afternoon show from 1-3pm. In July 1970, Noel took over from the sacked Kenny Everett on Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm.

In October 1971, Noel took over a Sunday morning show from 10am-12pm, before taking over Radio 1's prestigious breakfast show from 1973 to 1978, gaining record audience figures.

Noel moved back to Sunday mornings in 1978 from 10am-1pm, where he remained until he left Radio 1 in 1983. Although he briefly returned in 1985, sitting in for Mike Read for two weeks on the breakfast show and again in 1992, where he presented a special show, celebrating Radio 1's 25th Birthday.

In 2003, he returned to radio, filling in for Johnnie Walker whilst he was undergoing cancer treatment, from 4 August until 3 October on BBC Radio 2.

On 15 December 2004, Noel also played a detective on a radio murder mystery play on local station BBC Radio Devon.

Television career

He hosted Top of the Pops at various points between 1970 and 1989. He also hosted the children's Saturday morning programmes, Multicoloured Swap Shop, which ran from 1976 until 1982.

He later moved to a Saturday early evening slot, first with The Late, Late Breakfast Show. The show was cancelled by the BBC in autumn 1986 following an accident in which Michael Lush, a viewer who had been selected to take part in a live stunt for the 'Whirly Wheel' section, was killed during rehearsal.1 The accident was apparently caused by lack of trained bungee jumping supervision.

Edmonds is gunged on Noel's House Party

Edmonds soon returned to television with The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow in 1988. The Saturday Roadshow eventually morphed into the seminal Noel's House Party in 1991. This later series ran for eight years from the fictional town of "Crinkley Bottom". Mr. Blobby initially appeared in the celebrity Gotcha section, and became a regular icon of the show. The character even achieved the 1993 Christmas No. 1.

In 1997, Edmonds' image took a further blow when Garry Malley, a nine-year-old boy with special educational needs, was killed in a helicopter crash during a flight sponsored by Edmonds's charity, the Airborne Trust.

Noel's House Party was a staple of BBC1's autumn and spring schedules for several years. Several reformats could not save its declining popularity. In the final show, broadcast on 20 March 1999, Edmonds appealed that viewers' memories should be kind to the show; a reasonable request considering the criticism which this very popular show received during its later seasons.

He also presented the quiz show Telly Addicts and Top Gear. Noel's Christmas Presents was a Christmas morning programme in which Edmonds delievered special presents to various people; gifts included arranging trips to Lapland for ill or disadvantaged children, or arranging family reunions.

The Curse of Noel Edmonds, a documentary tracing the rise and fall of his showbiz career, was transmitted by five on November 9, 2004.

Theme parks

Edmonds licensed theme park attractions based on Crinkley Bottom and Mr Blobby in Somerset, Morecambe and East Anglia. Following disappointing visitor numbers, and in the case of Morcambe, legal disagreements with the local council (dubbed 'Blobbygate') the parks eventually closed down. He was critical of Lancaster City Council's management of the Morecambe park, which closed only a few months after its opening.

Unique Group

He formed the Unique Group in 1985, which now consists of various strands. The UBS Media Group is the leading independent producer of audio programming in the UK, supplying the BBC and independent radio. Michael Peacock was an executive in the group between 1989 and 2005. It owns Classic Gold Digital.


1The majority of websites claim this accident occurred in October 1986, whilst one supplies the exact date of November 13.

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