Radio Legends – Where Are They Now?

As Steve Wright announces his legendary afternoon show is to end after running off and on for over 40 years we look back at some of Radio’s other big stars.  We’ll do it over two parts.

From presenters to comics we ask where are they now?

Tony Hancock

Between 1954 and 1959 Tony Hancock ruled the airwaves with his Hancock’s Half Hour Radio show, similar success followed with a TV series of the same name.

 

After his final BBC series in 1961 Hancock was unable to attain the same level of success and committed suicide whilst filming a new TV series in Australia in 1968

 

 

Kenneth Horne

Kenneth Horne starred in and co-wrote RAF comedy Much-Binding-About-the Marsh which ran between 1944 and 1954, but it was the two shows that followed that made him a household name. Beyond Our Ken ran for 7 series between 1958 and 1964, following on from this success the cast recorded four series of the hugely popular Round The Horne.

 

It was just before the recording of a fifth series of Round The Horne that Kenneth Horne Horne died of a heart attack while hosting the annual Guild of Television Producers and Directors Awards; Round the Horne could not continue without him and was withdrawn.

 

 

Kenny Everett

A popular pirate DJ Kenny Everett joined the BBC in 1967 and soon found himself on new pop music station Radio1 here he developed his  unique style with shows featuring zany voices, surreal characters all created by Everett himself.  A controversial figure throughout his radio and TV career never the less a trend setter.

Everett worked across Radio and TV right up until his death from AIDS in 1991.

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