Nancy Banks-Smith

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Nancy Banks-Smith (born 1929) is a British television and radio critic. Born in Manchester and raised in a pub,[1] she was educated at Roedean. She was a writer for The Sun in the 1960s, and left the newspaper in 1969 when it was bought by Rupert Murdoch who turned it into a sensationalist tabloid.[2] She also worked briefly for the Daily Express in the 1960s. Banks-Smith began writing for The Guardian in 1970, with her television column becoming a leading feature of the newspaper. She remained with The Guardian for over 40 years, and until 2017 wrote a monthly column for the paper entitled "A month in Ambridge", reviewing recent developments in the radio soap opera The Archers.


In 1970 she was recommended for the Order of the British Empire, which she declined.[3]



  1. ^ Nancy Banks-Smith (2 March 2016). "Nancy Banks-Smith: 'I grew up in a pub – I thought Corrie was a documentary'". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  2. ^ Celebrating 40 years of Nancy Banks-Smith, The Guardian, 4 February 2010
  3. ^ "Some who turned honours down", The Guardian, 22 December 2003, retrieved 31 August 2012.

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