Alan Taylor (television presenter)

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Alan Taylor (1924–1997) was a television presenter, popular in Wales and the West Country during the 1960s and 1970s.[1]

Taylor was originally from Cardiff, where his family had an electrical business. He served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He began his television career as a continuity announcer with TWW in 1959 and became one of the station's biggest stars. He also appeared in early episodes of "Paint Along With Nancy" on HTV where he assisted the host.

After presenting a birthday slot with a glove puppet called "Tinker", he went on to host a regular children's magazine programme called Tinker and Taylor and on which he would often play the Melodica with the puppet. In the early 1970s he presented a Saturday morning children's programme on HTV called Orbit, which featured an alien puppet called "Chester".[2] He later hosted several quiz and game shows on ITV, including Three Little Words and Mr. & Mrs.. He retired in 1982, ran an antique shop in Bath for a time, and then moved to Spain, where he died.[3]


  1. ^ Harlech House of Graphics
  2. ^ "Orbit". Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  3. ^ UK

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