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Angela Rippon

Mostly Credited As: Angela Rippon
Birth Name: Angela Rippon
Date Of Birth: October 04, 1944 (Age 69)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Redruth, Cornwall, England

Angela Rippon


Angela Rippon began her career with the Plymouth Evening News before embarking on a career with the regional ITV company, Westward Television, as a researcher and presenter before joining Points West in Bristol and then becoming the BBC's first ever female newsreader in 1975 when she became well-known for showing her legs during a dance routine on The Morecambe and Wise Show the following year, as well as presenting Wheelbase (BBC2's original motoring magazine programme which became Top Gear later!). When the BBC's CEEFAX teletext service was introduced, Angela Rippon presented a special programme about the use of teletext subtitles called This is CEEFAX. She was thought to be rivalled in 1978 when Anna Ford became ITN's first female newsreader since Barbara Mandell (Angela was actually the BBC's first female newsreader since Nan Winton's brief tenure in 1960). Neither female newsreader felt any rivalry with the other and actually talked about it over supper and rubbished all newspaper reports, but actually in 1980, when TV-am were awarded the ITV breakfast franchise by the IBA both females were joined together for the first time to form a team called "The Super Six" but when Esther Rantzen became pregnant the team became known as the "Famous Five" along with Michael Parkinson, Robert Kee and Sir David Frost, who remained with the company until its franchise loss in 1992, which Angela Rippon quite correctly predicted would be the case in the very first programme when she stated that "hopefully you will not only join us for the first day's programming, but every day, at least for the next eight years". Despite being sacked along with Anna Ford two months later, this did not stop her from working with American television, by which time she was tempted back to Britain when the BBC wanted her to present a new quiz show called Masterteam, which was created as part of the BBC's new early evening schedule originally filled by Sixty Minutes which was axed in favour of the Six O'Clock News in August 1984, meaning that a 25-minute gap now existed between it and the end of childrens' programmes. Angela Rippon appeared in an advertisement for Blue Arrow in 1988, by which time she was asked by Thames Television to take on the baton from Penelope Keith to host What's My Line? when Eamonn Andrews died at the end of 1987. Angela Rippon presented a programme called Day Out and A Summer Journey for BBC West about the Kennet and Avon Canal before presenting the quiz Matchpoint by 1990. By 1992 she became the Chairperson of the English National Ballet Company, and also presented a newsreading stint as part of Channel 4's The Big Breakfast during its run. In December 2001 Angela was unfortunately involved in a run-in when some thieves tried to assault her in the middle of the street and manage to steal her jewellery and her credit cards as well as mobile telephone, and appeared on ITV1's Tonight with Trevor McDonald to report on street crimes. She has appeared on Channel 4's Countdown and also she has presented Bargain Sun and Sea Spotting for BBC2 as well as being on the ITV News Channel as one of the "Star Presenters" during the war on Saddam Hussein.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Amazing Greys (2014)As: Herself (Presenter)
Tales of Television Centre (2012)As: Herself
Rip Off Food (2012)As: Herself (Presenter)
Famous, Rich And In The Slums With Comic Relief (2011)As: Herself
Rip Off Britain (2009)As: Presenter
Sun Sea And Bargain Spotting (2007)As: Presenter
Holiday Hit Squad (2006)As: Herself (Host 2013-present)
Dancing on Ice (2006)As: Herself (Series 6 - Did Not Qualify)
Matchpoint (1990)As: Presenter
Masterteam (1985)As: Host
TV-am (1983)As: Presenter (1983)
Antiques Roadshow (1979)As: Herself (Presenter 1979)
What's My Line? (UK) (1951)As: Presenter
Episode Cast Credits 

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (2011) 
  Gloria Hunniford and Angela Rippon 04x16: (Oct/01/2014) As Herself 

The One Show (2006) 
  September 19, 2014 09x29: (Sep/19/2014) As Herself 
  July 11, 2014 08x224: (Jul/11/2014) As Herself 
  April 7, 2014 08x165: (Apr/07/2014) As Herself 
  December 4, 2013 08x87: (Dec/04/2013) As Herself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  September 15, 2014 15x258: (Sep/15/2014) As Herself 
  April 29, 2014 15x119: (Apr/29/2014) As Herself 
  January 6, 2014 15x06: (Jan/06/2014) As Herself 
  September 3, 2012 13x247: (Sep/03/2012) As Herself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  April 8, 2014 04x153: (Apr/08/2014) As Herself 
  March 26, 2012 02x140: (Mar/26/2012) As Herself 
  February 14, 2012 02x111: (Feb/14/2012) As Herself 
  November 2, 2011 02x43: (Nov/02/2011) As Herself 

Lifeline (UK) (2014) 
  Womankind Worldwide 12x02: (Feb/16/2014) As Herself 
  Lost Chord 07x04: (Apr/19/2009) As Herself 

The Wright Stuff (2000) 
  February 5, 2013 14x22: (Feb/05/2013) As Herself 

12 Again (2012) 
  Series 2, Episode 9 02x09: (Nov/16/2012) As Herself, [Featuring]

Pointless Celebrities (2011) 
  Series 2, Episode 8 02x08: (Jun/16/2012) As Herself 

War Hero in My Family (2012) 
  Episode 6 01x06: (Jun/05/2012) As Herself 

Countdown (UK) (1982) 
  Episode 5482 66x84: (May/11/2012) As Herself 
  Episode 5481 66x83: (May/10/2012) As Herself 
  Episode 5480 66x82: (May/09/2012) As Herself 
  Episode 5479 66x81: (May/08/2012) As Herself 

All Star Family Fortunes (2006) 
  Sophie Ellis Bextor/Angela Rippon 07x05: (Mar/17/2012) As Herself 

A Picture of Health (2012) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Feb/27/2012) As Herself 

That's Britain! (2011) 
  Episode 4 01x04: (Dec/14/2011) As Herself 

Children In Need (1980) 
  2011 - Part One 32x02: (Nov/18/2011) As Herself 

Ask Rhod Gilbert (2010) 
  Angela Rippon, Amanda Byram, Sarah Millican 02x05: (Oct/19/2011) As Herself 

Britain's Best Dish (2007) 
  Strictly Come Dancing v Dancing on Ice (Jun/02/2011) As Herself 

The Vanessa Show (2011) (2011) 
  Series 1, Show 14 01x14: (Jan/27/2011) As Herself 

Live From Studio Five (2009) 
  Series 2, Show 86 02x86: (Jan/25/2011) As Herself 

This Morning (1988) 
  January 10, 2011 23x86: (Jan/10/2011) As Herself 
  December 20, 2010 23x76: (Dec/20/2010) As Herself 

Lorraine (2010) 
  Series 1, Show 91 01x91: (Jan/10/2011) As Herself 

Celebrity Eggheads (2008) 
  Jennie Bond, Angela Rippon, Sue MacGregor, Jan Leeming, Rosie Boycott 02x08: (Dec/16/2009) As Herself 

The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007) 
  Series 5, Episode 14 05x14: (Oct/15/2009) As Herself 
  Series 4, Episode 12 04x12: (Jan/27/2009) As Herself 

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (UK) (1998) 
  Celebrity Special (3) 25x12: (Sep/15/2009) As Herself 

Let's Dance for Comic Relief (2009) 
  Episode 3 01x03: (Mar/07/2009) As Herself 

Midsomer Murders (1998) 
  The Magician's Nephew 11x05: (Jun/14/2008) As Interviewer 

Celebrity Masterchef (2006) 
  Series 2, Episode 4 02x04: (May/31/2007) As Herself 

Loose Women (1999) 
  Series 4, Show 18 04x18: (May/21/2003) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Series 11, Show 98 11x98: (May/30/2007) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Strictly Come Dancing (2004) 
  Grand Final: The Result 03x21: (Dec/17/2005) As Herself, [Uncredited]
  Christmas Special: Champion of Champions 02x17: (Dec/22/2004) As Herself (Audience Member), [Featuring]

It's Only TV But I Like It (1999) 
  Vernon Kay, Debra Stephenson, Angela Rippon, Jo Brand 04x03: (Jul/12/2002) As Herself 

Live Talk (2000) 
  Series 2, Show 14 02x14: (Apr/05/2001) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Have I Got News for You (1990) 
  Angela Rippon, Peter Kilfoyle 19x04: (May/05/2000) As Herself 

Whose House? (1999) 
  Episode 67 01x67: (Dec/06/1999) As Herself 
  Episode 19 01x19: (Apr/12/1999) As Herself 
  Episode 16 01x16: (Apr/07/1999) As Herself 
  Episode 12 01x12: (Mar/30/1999) As Herself 

Trial and Retribution (1997) 
  Trial And Retribution III (2) 03x02: (Oct/14/1999) As TV Presenter 
  Trial And Retribution III (1) 03x01: (Oct/07/1999) As TV presenter 

Space Cadets (1997) (1997) 
  Lukes vs. Leias 01x05: (Aug/12/1997) As Herself 

Surprise, Surprise (1984) 
  Series 12, Show 1 12x01: (Apr/23/1995) As Herself 

Chiller (1995) 
  The Man Who Didn't Believe in Ghosts 01x04: (Apr/13/1995) As TV Presenter 

House of Cards (1990) 
  Episode 3 01x03: (Dec/02/1990) As Newscaster 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Nov/18/1990) As Newscaster 

Wogan (1982) 
  Series 4, Show 10 04x10: (Dec/01/1984) As Herself 

This Is Your Life (UK) (1955) 
  Angela Rippon 22x07: (Nov/25/1981) As Herself 

Top Gear (1978) (1978) 
  Episode 2 01x02: (Jul/20/1978) As Herself, [Guest Hosts]
  Episode 1 01x01: (Jul/13/1978) As Herself, [Guest Hosts]
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Trivia

Angela Rippon has written a book at life in the West Country and was at one time married to Chris Dare. She also has two homes; one in Devon, the other in London, and also began her career by asking somebody about if they were going to have a bath. She is also chairperson of the English National Ballet Company.

Angela Rippon Quotes
"I am usually very careful about what I wear when I appear on television; I restrict to wearing colours which don't distract the viewer and so therefore I have two wardrobes at home, one for home and the other for work. I'm not employed to be a shambles".

TVTimes interview with Angela Rippon, 1988


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