Life and career
She was born Mavis Mainwaring and spent her childhood in Briton Ferry. She became a student at Swansea University. There in 1949 she met the writer and journalist, Geoffrey Nicholson, whom she married in 1952, and with whom she had three sons.
In 1951, at the end of her undergraduate career at Swansea University, Nicholson won a scholarship to train as an advertising copywriter and with this moved to London.
There she and her husband were at the centre of a lively social circle, including the journalist and broadcaster John Morgan and the novelist Kingsley Amis. According to Peter Corrigan's obituary of her husband, Mavis and Geoff Nicholson "...became a much-loved double-act. Amis did not always approve of their views and claimed to have invented the word "lefties" during one little set-to with them. While it was true that the Nicholsons didn't have dinner parties as such - they invited people for an argument and threw some food in - they were by no means belligerent but had in abundance the Welsh love of debate."
Nicholson stopped her work as an advertising copywriter when she had her children, but her second career as a broadcaster began when, because of her probing and engaging conversational style at the dinner table, she was asked to host a programme on newly launched daytime television (British television had previously only started to broadcast in the late afternoon).
Her first presenting job was on the 1972 show 'Good Afternoon', after which her TV career spanned the next 25 years.
She then presented British television programmes such as Afternoon, Afternoon Plus and Mavis On Four from the 1970s to 1990s, on which she interviewed celebrities of the stature of Elizabeth Taylor, David Bowie, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
Her last work for television was Oldie TV in 1997, a television version of The Oldie magazine.
She is the author of the 1992 book Martha Jane & Me : A Girlhood In Wales.
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- Peter Corrigan (1999-08-04). "Obituary: Geoffrey Nicholson - Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- "Film & TV Database - Nicholson, Mavis". The Independent. 2005-10-31.
- "North Powys Youth Music by Mavis Nicholson". North Powys Youth Music. 2006.
- "Bowie Golden Years: ITV February 1979". Bowie Golden Years. 2007.
- "Good Afternoon!: Good Afternoon[RX 01/08/74]". BFI. 2007.
- "Magazines: The Oldie". The Independent. 2005-10-31.
- "Miles Kington: Trapped in the Med with the wise and witty Oldies". The Independent. 2006-11-10.
- "Radio Listings "Mavis Nicholson"". Radio Listings. 2007.
- "WorldCat: Martha Jane & Me : A Girlhood In Wales". WorldCat. 2007.
- The Oldie Magazine
- Mavis Nicholson interviewing Kenneth Williams Interview of Kenneth Williams in 1974