Actress, writer and comedian Rebecca Front has worked in comedy for over 20 years and in 2010 won a BAFTA for her performance as hard done to MP Nicola Murray in Armando Iannucci’s The Thick of It.Rebecca Front: Twitter
She was raised in North London before going to Oxford to read English. It was while at Oxford that she began her comedy career as part of the Oxford Revue.
While growing up her mother, Sheila Front wrote six children’s books which her father Charles illustrated, so books were an integral part of her upbringing. Rebecca read her first book at the age of four. It was called Harry the Dirty Dog and her mother was so proud she noted the accomplishment inside the book’s cover and kept the copy.
In 1989, she made an early TV appearance in children's sitcom Tricky Business, but it was on radio her career really blossomed, becoming one of the team behind the acclaimed On the Hour. This led to roles in other productions by the cast, including Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World and another TV appearance, this time in The Day Today.
Rebecca writes regularly for the Guardian and in 2010 she fronted the BBC’s new comedy series Grandma’s House playing Simon Amstell’s mother. Other notable TV work includes Nighty Night, Julia Davis’s pitch-black comedy about a sociopathic beautician, The Catherine Tate Show, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer and Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908)The Kenneth Grahame Society
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1814)BBC: Jane Austen
Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (1838-1839)
This was Rebecca's most highly recommended book.
The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith (1888-1889)The Diary of a Nobody: weblog version
Naked by David Sedaris (1997)The New York Times review
Sir Trevor McDonald
Sir Trevor McDonald first came to the UK from Trinidad in 1969 to work for the BBC World Service and in 1973 became ITN’s first black reporter.Sir Trevor McDonald: Wikipedia
In 1993, he published his autobiography, Fortunate Circumstances of which he has said: "Fortunate Circumstances is not an autobiography, but a catalogue of major stories I have covered."
He was in Berlin for the fall of the wall, was in South Africa to get the first interview when Nelson Mandela was released from jail and he obtained an exclusive interview with Saddam Hussein at the height of the Gulf crisis.
In 1992 he was awarded the OBE, the same year he became the sole presenter of ITN’s News at Ten. In 1999 he was knighted and also awarded a BAFTA for outstanding contribution to television news.
In 2005 he tried to retire from the News at Ten but came back again in 2008 for a final stint, making his last appearance in November of that year.
He is a great sports fan and has written two biographies on West Indian cricketers Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd. He has also edited two poetry anthologies.
He mostly recently presented the series The Secret Mediterranean and The Secret Caribbean, on ITV.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1860-1861)BBC Bitesize: Great Expectations
Point of Departure by James Cameron (1967)
T.S. Eliot Collected Poems 1909-1962 (Little Gidding) by T.S. Eliot (1942)
This was Sir Trevor's most highly recommended book.T.S Eliot
Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder (2010)Bloodlands
Beyond A Boundary by C.L.R. James (1963)
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