Chris Howland

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Chris Howland
Chris Howland in 2009.
John Christopher Howland

(1928-07-30)30 July 1928
Died29 November 2013(2013-11-29) (aged 85)
OccupationRadio- and TV-presenter, actor, singer, author
Years active1948–2013

Chris Howland (30 July 1928 – 29 November 2013)[1] was a British radio- and TV-presenter.[2][3] For most of his career, he worked in (Western) Germany, where he started a few years after World War II at BFN in Hamburg. He became a popular disc jockey and presenter also at German networks. He also was a prolific Schlager-singer[4] and starred in films.

Youth in England[edit]

Chris Howland was born in London and brought up in Southern England and became a professional beekeeper.[5]

Radio career[edit]

In 1948, he started working for the BFN in Germany.[6][7]

The British programmes were popular among German youths who would rather listen to British music than to the comparatively slow contemporary German music. So his popularity subsequently soon exceeded his actual target audience.[8] Howland did also get acquainted with the German language. In 1952, when he already spoke German fluently, he was hired by the Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk broadcaster.[9] Still, when he debuted six years later as a singer,[10] he did it in German and had two hits. But in 1959, he stopped doing radio shows and returned to Britain.

TV career[edit]

On British TV, Howland had a show called Peoples and Places, but he was not as popular as in Germany where the audiences loved his British accent.[11] So after two years, he continued his career in Germany.[12] There, he got a show called Studio B,[13] which featured pop stars in a new way that included a lot of humour. The show was broadcast more than sixty times. Howland's next coup was a version of Candid Camera for German TV.[14]

Cinema career[edit]

From 1954, Howland acted in more than twenty films, including six European Karl May films. In 2007, he appeared in a parody on German Edgar Wallace feature films.[15] He did mainly act in comedies which were carried out in a style quite like the British Carry On films.

Accent as trademark[edit]

Like the Dutch TV-presenter, singer and actor Rudi Carrell and the American musician, actor and journalist Bill Ramsey (who also appeared as guest in Howland's show "Studio B"[16]), Howland made his accent his trademark.[17]

Recent activities[edit]

Until his death, Chris Howland lived outside Cologne and worked again as a radio-presenter[18] and appeared occasionally as an actor or talker on TV. In 2009, he published his memoirs Yes, Sir.[19] The book was well received.[20]

Chris Howland died on 29 November 2013.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Press release,, accessdate 3 December 2013
  2. ^ "Chris Howland, der legendäre Kult-Star - Chris Howland, der Sänger, Chris Howland der Entertainer !".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Chris Howland discography at Discogs
  5. ^ "Winnetou I, Chris Howland". 25 December 2008.
  6. ^ "Working for BFBS while it was still called BFN".
  7. ^ "Chris Howland - UKGameshows".
  8. ^ "German TV about his career and his memoirs". YouTube.
  9. ^ "Interview with Chris Howland". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Chris Howland song on YouTube". YouTube.
  11. ^ "Famous British accent".
  12. ^ "Chris Howland".
  13. ^ "Musik aus Studio B".
  14. ^ "Joke with hidden cam". YouTube.
  15. ^ "Nostalgic hommage to a classic feature film series". Archived from the original on 12 May 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  16. ^ "American guests in "Studio B"". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  17. ^ "ZDF-Mittagsmagazin".
  18. ^ "WDR 4 Programm". 18 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Chris Howland, der legendäre Kult-Star - Chris Howland, der Sänger, Chris Howland der Entertainer !".
  20. ^ Miersch, Michael (29 July 2008). "Kabarett: Chris Howland war der erste Gastarbeiter".

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