Richard Spendlove

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Richard Spendlove MBE (born Carlton, Nottinghamshire 16 June 1939) is a British radio producer/presenter and television writer.

Life and work[edit]

Richard Spendlove worked for the former British Railways for 35 years, and in 1963 was appointed Relief Station Master at Cambridge, one of the youngest men in that job. He retired from the railways at 50 - "The earliest age at which his pension was available"

Now working for the BBC, his radio show is broadcast to a number of regions across the UK from 9pm to 11pm on Saturday evenings, including:

BBC Radio Norfolk, BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Radio Essex, BBC Three Counties (Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire), BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Northampton and BBC Radio Kent.

It is believed to be the longest continually running phone-in show on UK radio. It holds a clutch of local and national awards,[1] and has been running for over 23 years. It is broadcast on various BBC local radio stations in the South and East of England and worldwide on the web. He was awarded the MBE "For Services to Regional and Local Radio Broadcasting" in June 2000.[2][3] For television, with David Croft he created and co-wrote the BBC comedy series Oh, Doctor Beeching!, which ran from 1995 to 1997, making guest appearances as the inspector, Mr. Ernest Orkindale.


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  2. ^ {{cite web. "Sun Newspaper Caring Medal, April 1993", "Help the Aged, Living Legend Award Certificate 18/3/2005","Daily Mail, Golden Jubilee Unsung Heroes Award of Merit", Cambridge Newspapers Millenium Medal, For Outstanding Work in the Community", "yours Magazine - Most Popular Regional and Local Radio Presenter in the Country", "Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 16/6//2000" | last = | first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = BBC News In Depth: Birthday Honours 2000 | work = | publisher = BBC News | date = 2000-06-16 | url = | format = | doi = | accessdate = 2009-01-09}}
  3. ^ "Presenter Profiles: Richard Spendlove". BBC Suffolk. 2008-11-17. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 

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