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Bob Glen wrote: 'I wondered if you or someone out there could help me, I'm trying to find out a bit more about Tim Gudgin, the voice of the football pools on BBC's Grandstand every Saturday afternoon.  He has been around for many years. I can remember him on radio when I was a kid, and he was a Radio 2 presenter for years. Do you or anybody else have a profile for this veteran of broadcasting, and how old is he?  I knew he had been around for many years and even so I have never seen what he looks like, that would be interesting. I seem to remember him reading a children's story on "Listen With Mother" when I was very young.  Hope you can help. Bob.

Aircheck replies: 

Profile: Tim Gudgin: Tim's got a very distinctive, and recognisable voice but due to his brief on-air appearances over the past few years, there's little that can be traced..

He was the announcer on Series 2 of 'Round The Bend', broadcast on a Friday evening on the Home Service, what is now Radio 4 from 7:00-7:30pm, repeated Mondays on the Light Programme months later from 8:30-9:00 working alongside Michael Bentine, Benny Lee, Peter Hawkins, Dick Lester, Jean Campbell, Judith Chalmers and Rosemary Squires. Episodes featuring Tim aired from December 1958 to March 1959. 

He did the same for Series 3 aired Fridays on the Home Service from 9:45-10:15pm alongside Michael Bentine,Ron Moody, Clive Dunn, Benny Lee, Janet Walters, Dick Lester, Judith Chalmers with the music still provided by Nat Temple and his Orchestra. Programmes aired from May 1960 to August 1960.

He started reading horse-racing results for BBC's Grandstand in 1958, and started as a reader on the BBC Radio 4 quiz 'Quote - Unquote' from Series 30, his voice has even been part of art - courtesy of Simon Patterson's 1997 work Colour Match displayed in the Tate Gallery, in which he read a list of English football teams and a text based on the code numbers of Pantone Colors - an international colour standard used by printers and designers.  Tim regularly reads the scores on BBC1's Grandstand - having to tie his tongue around all the Welsh team names. Tim's apparently had lessons to pronounce the likes of TNS Llansantffraid and Flexsys Cefn Druids. 

His brief appearances on-air over recent years mean there's not a lot about him to research.  However, Tim has been known to present shifts reading the news on BBC Radio 2.  If you know any more information, please e-mail us here at AIRCHECK @ ianmsperry@hotmail.com for a credit and publication of the information.

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