Jonathan Maitland

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Jonathan Maitland

Jonathan Maitland is a British broadcaster, writer and author.

Early life[edit]

He was educated at Epsom College and graduated from King's College London with a degree in law.


Maitland started his journalism career as a reporter on a local freesheet, The Sutton Guardian.

He reported for BBC Radio Bristol from 1986–88 and BBC Radio 4's Today programme from 1988-94. He then went on to present various TV shows including the BBC's Watchdog, House Of Horrors, The Man In The Van and Vote For Me, all on ITV. He currently presents and reports for the ITV1 flagship current affairs show Tonight.


He has written five books including How to Make your Million from the Internet (and what to if you don't), which detailed his attempt to make a million from the dot com boom by mortgaging his house for £50,000 - he failed. How to Survive your Mother described his unconventional childhood in suburban Surrey. Aged 3 he was sent to boarding school and at 13 his mother turned the family home in Ewell into a hotel for homosexuals. The film rights were bought by ITV but have now expired. He also co-authored the authorised biography of singer Eva Cassidy with television producer Rob Burley.

He writes occasionally for newspapers and magazines and has written comedy sketches or songs with, or for, Chris Morris, Rory Bremner and Alistair McGowan.

He part funded Morris's debut feature film Four Lions (2010) in which he has a cameo as a newsreader.


Although, by his own admission, possessing no musical talent whatsoever, Maitland played bass for a wedding-cum-pub band, Surf N Turf for 8 years. In 2002, the group performed his brother Pete's composition I Give In in the A Song For Europe contest, hoping to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest on BBC1. They failed to qualify, coming fourth out of four entries by a considerable margin.

Other appearances[edit]

Maitland presents "Lyrical Journey" on BBC Radio 4. The series, which he devised, involves taking musicians to a place they have written a famous song about. They then perform the song in front of people for whom it has a special significance. He has co-written (with Chris England) a feature film script called "Whatever Happened to Stanley Matthews" which has been optioned and is currently in development.

Personal life[edit]

He likes cricket, golf, curry, Scrabble, Karaoke, watching rugby union, and eating all types of cake. He lives in West London with his partner Helena and their son, Manny. He has two step sons, Ivo and Felix.

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