Hugh Scully

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Hugh Scully
Michael Hugh Scully

(1943-03-05)5 March 1943
Died8 October 2015(2015-10-08) (aged 72)
Barbara Dean
(m. 1966; died 2009)

Michael Hugh Scully (5 March 1943[1] – 8 October 2015) was an English journalist, radio and television presenter. He was the host and longest-serving presenter of the BBC programme Antiques Roadshow from 1981 to 2000.


Early life[edit]

Born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, he spent much of his childhood in Malta and Egypt, where his father was stationed with the Royal Air Force. He was sent to Prior Park College, a boarding school in Bath, at the age of thirteen, and after leaving worked for a period with the piano company Steinway & Sons. For a short time Hugh Scully worked as a record producer at Saga Records in London.

Radio career[edit]

He auditioned successfully as a temporary newsreader on BBC radio, and made his debut regular radio broadcast reporting from Southampton in 1963.[2]

Journalism and television[edit]

Always a freelance journalist rather than an employee,[2] he worked on BBC News magazines and was a presenter on the BBC South West news programme Spotlight from 1965, before joining the networked news programme Nationwide. After a producer discovered that he collected antiques, he became chairman of the radio show Talking about Antiques in 1967 and Collector's World in 1970.

Scully was chosen in 1981 to present Antiques Roadshow, along with Arthur Negus. Negus retired in 1983, and Scully was the sole host on that show for 17 years. He resigned as presenter in 2000, to join Internet auction company and help launch its on-line antiques business,[3] and was replaced by Michael Aspel. From 1988, Scully ran a television production company, Fine Art Productions,[2] and he also hosted a segment on Britain's Finest.[4] He was married to his wife Barbara for 43 years before she died on 9 March 2009.[5]


Scully died on 8 October 2015, at the age of 72, in his home in Tresillian, Cornwall.[6][7] He is survived by his two sons.[8]


  2. ^ a b c Rees, Jasper (30 January 1994). "Polish from the BBC chair man: Hugh Scully". The Independent. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Scully quits Antiques Roadshow". BBC News. 17 November 1999. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Lion Television – Britain's Finest". Lion Television. Archived from the original on 2015-10-23.
  5. ^ Goodfellow, Emma (19 March 2009). "Mawnan funeral for broadcaster Hugh Scully's wife Barbara". The Falmouth Packet. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  6. ^ Dale, Helen (13 October 2015). "Former Mawnan fundraiser and Antiques Roadshow host Hugh Scully dies at home". The Falmouth Packet. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Hugh Scully, former Antiques Roadshow host, dies". BBC News. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Hugh Scully, presenter – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.

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Preceded by
Arthur Negus
Host of Antiques Roadshow
Succeeded by
Michael Aspel